Rough Estimating Elk Antler Size SCI

by Tater
(Sheridan, AR USA)

I have booked my first elk hunt out west. My package includes up to 250 inches before the bonus prices increase. Can someone tell me how to estimate the antler size of an elk or at least a 250 inch elk? I've deer hunted for years and 150 inch B&C is a very good deer where I live and I know it's another 100 inches... *)


I just need a rule of thumb so I can visualize/estimate the size.

I will be with a guide but I don't want to be the guy who doesn't know and certainly don't want to shoot anything less than a 250 inch. But also don't want to have to live on the porch if I shoot one that will have me and the wife taking on a another job to pay for.

Thanks for any info.

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Jun 03, 2013
Guessing size of Elk
by: Anonymous

Takes a lot of time and watching many elk viewing elk taken by others and scored,but 250 is Not a very large trophy elk per B&C standards. I live and hunt in southern Utah where 380/390 B&C bulls are fairly common. I have helped friends who drew out to take numerous bulls which they were perfectly happy with in the 340/ 360 range.

So depending on your goal you may want to negotiate a better bottom line score as your base.

I have drawn out for a big bull this fall and will look for a 380 plus bull.

good luck

Oct 21, 2011
Book received
by: Anonymous

Dave- got the book yesterday and it was a good suggestion. I'm still a little fuzzy on such a magnificent animal but once I get over the awe of one I think I'll be able to take care of business. Thank you so much for the suggestion. I'd recommend the book to others whether it be elk bear etc.. It's got it all in there.

Oct 14, 2011
Research, research, research...
by: Dave MI

I have a hard time estimating antler size also - any antlers, deer or elk. Very hard to field judge size. Find a few websites, usually ranch hunts, where they post pics of successful hunts with the antler score. Try Royalpointranch.com and go to the pics of the management hunts. Those are probably all under the 300" mark, and all very nice. I did a hunt on a ranch, shot a nice 5x6 that I was very happy with, scored it (unofficially) at 250". (Looks much bigger on the wall than it did in the field.)

Oct 14, 2011
Estimating Elk Antler Score
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

I can't really help you, because I am not really a trophy hunter. I hunt where there aren't many huge racks. If you have time, purchase Boone & Crockett's Measuring and Judging Big Game Book.

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