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New World Record Yukon Moose

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If ever there was irony in the meat hunting cliche You can’t eat the horns, this Canadian hunt was it. As countless hunters flocked to Alaska and Canada, paying a premium price for a trophy moose with huge antlers, Heinz Naef was subsistence-hunting, where any moose would meet his needs. Ironically, Naef almost bumped into the new world record:

14CTHD_Showcase3A new world record for Alaska-Yukon moose has been recorded by the Boone and Crockett Club, one of the official record-keeping organizations for big game in North America. On September 25, Heinz Naef of Dawson City, Canada bagged a moose that has been scored at 263-1/8 net at the meeting of the Stewart and Yukon rivers that can be only described as enormous. Even after a lifetime of hunting moose, Naef said that the animal gave him a shock that day.

“He was a big boy and I could see him maybe 60 yards away in the bush. He was trying to weave his enormous antlers through bush,” the hunter recalled in an interview with the CBC.