Bozeman – “I knew I killed a big elk but I had no idea that it could be a potential world record,” Montana hunter Steve Felix said about his record trophy.

And it’s not just a world record. Felix had taken the largest elk in North America in the last 48 years, and the largest ever out of the Treasure State. The kind of thing most hunters can only dream about and it was displayed in full this weekend at Schnee’s in downtown Bozeman.

“You know life has changed a little bit,” said Felix. “It’s been really good. Positive feedback. A lot of congratulations, but being able to take an elk like that and archery hunt in Montana, that’s why I live here. Live to hunt. And the public land end of it is really important to me. I was able to spot and stalk, sneak in on this bull and get a really good shot off on him. Made a real quick clean kill on him. Took me a couple days to get packed out. About five backpack loads total. ”

Also on hand hunting for the next record setting trophy animal was Boone and Crockett club. Taking measurements from anyone who thought their deer might make the record books. But nothing came in that could top Felix’s bull. And more than likely nothing will for a while. But knowing that isn’t stopping the hunter from getting out there again this fall.

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“I love to hunt and I’m not going to give up anytime soon, but trying to top this,” Felix laughed. “It’s going to be hard to top this I think.”