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60 NEBRASKAland • JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017 H annah Helmer's bull was officially scored at 430 6/8 on November 30 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist Randy Winter. That topped the previous mark of 409 7/8 taken by Dana Foster of Ogallala in Garden County in 2008. The 14-year-old and her father, Joel, watched the process. She repeatedly posed for photos with the antlers as a steady stream of people stopped to see the world-class trophy, continuing a busy two months after the story of her hunt and photos went viral. "It was really cool," Hannah said. "It's never happened to me before." It hasn't happened to many, and few likely figured it would happen in Nebraska. The top 20 of non-typical American elk listed in the 13 th edition of Records of North American Big Game is dominated by mountain states. Nebraska will be the third state that doesn't fit that description, joining Pennsylvania and North Dakota, and will match Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, and New Mexico, all of which have one entry in the current non- typical top 20. Arizona has seven. Scores are calculated by adding a series of measurements of the length and mass of an animal's antler beams and points. 14-year-old's Elk a Record Story and photos by Eric Fowler A bull elk harvested by a Seward girl near Crawford in September is not only the new non-typical record for Nebraska, it also ranks 16 th in the all-time world records maintained by the Boone and Crockett Club. Hannah Helmer of Seward was all smiles after harvesting what would become the new Nebraska state-record non-typical American elk in the Pine Ridge near Crawford on the opening morning of the firearm elk season September 24.

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