Utah’s Top 10 Monster Elk of 2014

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Utah is no stranger to monster elk and 2014 just reinforced that relationship.

I have to begin this list by congratulating the women of 2014! As the fastest growing segment of outdoor enthusiasts, the women absolutely downed the most impressive bulls of the year. Ladies, you showed us how it’s done!

Man or woman I think we can all agree that elk hunting is just plain exciting. The sound of monster elk bugling simply demands you listen. Those moments solicit butterflies reserved only for special occasions.

I am certain butterflies were felt in the pursuit of these 10 magnificent animals! These bulls are in NO particular order.

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Wade Lemon Hunting (435) 795-2299

1. Leo Goss: Wade Lemon Hunting and Leo Goss got it done on one of this year’s greatest bulls. The character of this 5×7 giant is simply amazing. Congratulations Leo and WLM!

Check out these links for more information on Leo’s bull: Wade Lemon Hunting, Wade Lemon Hunting on Facebook, follow WLM on instagram @wlhunting

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Candice Hogan’s Massive 414″ Dubbed “TITUS” / DIY

2. Candice Hogan: Talk about mass! The pictures of this animal on the Tines Up Forum are incredible. Click this link. Special to this hunt was the DIY husband and wife team. Candice and Wes Hogan put in a great deal of time pursuing this bull together. Their hard work paid off!  Congrats Candice!

Check out these links for more information on Candice’s bull: Tines Up ForumTines Up FacebookTrophy Hunter MagazineTrophy Hunter Magazine on FacebookTines Up Store, follow Tines Up on instagram @tinesup @trophyhuntermagazine

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Sheridan Newsome’s 391″ Brute / Mossback Outfitters 877-682-2079

3. Sheridan Newsome: All 391″ of this bull demand respect. This beast just looks old and gnarly. Congrats Sheridan on an amazing animal. This bull’s fronts are packed full of character.

Check out these links for more information on Sheridan’s Bull: Mossback, Mossback Online StoreMossback Facebook, follow Mossback on instagram @mossbackoutfitters

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Bob Jake Jacobsen’s 400″ Monster Typical / Jake’s Archery 801-225-9202

4. Bob Jake Jacobsen: Jake’s Archery in Orem, Utah provides some of the best archery equipment and service in Utah County. Jake’s Archery has been in business for over 50 years and its owner clearly knows big bulls. Congrats Jake on an absolute toad!

Check out these links for more information on Jake’s Bull: Jake’s ArcheryJake’s Archery on Facebook, Follow Jake’s Archery on instagram @jakesarchery

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Chris Gaby’s Behemoth 407″ Typical / Mossback Outfitters 877-682-2079

5. Chris Gaby: At a gross score of 407″ this typical is simply beautiful. There is not a single weak attribute to this bull. Congratulations to Chris and Mossback on such a fine trophy.

Check out these links for more information on Chris Gaby’s Bull: MossbackMossback Online StoreMossback Facebook, follow Mossback on instagram @mossbackoutfitters

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Rick Houghton’s 394″ Giant Typical / DC Outfitters

6. Rick Houghton: Giant typicals continue to hit the dirt and this big bull is no exception. Having a shot at this bull required passing on several great bulls. That is never easy to do! With a bit of patience and a lot of hard work Rick was able to down this beast. Congratulations Rick on an awesome bull.

Go check out @ryan_dcoutfitters and @rhoughton10 on instagram for more info on Rick Houghton’s bull.

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Wade Lemon Hunting (435) 795-2299

7. Cole Medlin: Out of state hunter Cole Medlin downed this bull with the help of Wade Lemon Hunting on public land. Take a look at those fronts! Congrats Cole on a bull of a lifetime.

Check out these links for more information on Cole’s bull: Wade Lemon HuntingWade Lemon Hunting on Facebook, follow WLM on instagram @wlhunting

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Tyler Robinson’s 394″ Public Land Bruiser / DIY

8. Tyler Robinson: With 80″ of mass at 394″ this public land DIY bull is truly a monster. Tyler and his bull have certainly earned their spot on this list!  Congratulations Tyler on an amazing animal. Proof again that big bulls are out there for the DIY hunter.

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Doyle Fredrickson’s 395 6/8″ Perfect Typical / Western Lands Outfitters 801-430-0876

9. Doyle Fredrickson: This bull has it all and defines what it means to be a monster typical. With the help of Western Lands Outfitters, Doyle was fortunate enough to harvest this 395 6/8″ beast. Congrats Doyle!

Check out these links for more information on Doyle’s bull: Western Lands Outfitters, Western Lands Outfitters on Facebook, Western Lands Long Range Shooting School, follow Western Lands Outfitters on instagram @westernlandsoutfitters

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446″ Mystery Bull

10. 446″ Mystery Bull: This time around I have reserved the best for last. There is little on the web and social media regarding this bull. It is a giant. It is also the biggest bull killed in Utah this year. I would imagine you want more “color” into the back story of this bull?

That color has been promised in a future issue of Trophy Hunter Magazine. I am looking forward to the publication! What I do know is this lady and her bull are leading the pack of monster bulls for 2014!

Check out these links for more information on the 446″ Mystery bull: Tines Up ForumTines Up FacebookTrophy Hunter MagazineTrophy Hunter Magazine on FacebookTines Up Store, follow Tines Up on instagram @tinesup @trophyhuntermagazine

BONUS BULLS: (UPDATED 12/8/2014)

After publishing my lists I always stumble upon some clear misses. These are animals that deserve a spot but whose pictures may not be in active circulation. The “Bonus Bull” category within the Top 10 is largely attributed to my readers and their willingness to tell me where I may have got it wrong. I have listened. Thanks for bringing these bulls to my attention!

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Aram Von Benedikt’s Giant 404 4/8″ DIY Custom Black powder

BONUS Aram Von Benedikt: Reminiscent of the most interesting man in the world, Aram built his own custom black powder rifle and harvested this Utah 404 4/8″ giant all DIY. Check out that beautiful gun.

Aram is a contributor with Outdoor Life. He puts out some amazing content. We all have something to learn from Aram.  Check him out HERE!

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Ashley’s 445″ Utah Behemoth / Timber Mountain Outfitters /Tines Up

BONUS Ashley: Wow what a year for women! The Bess family and Timber Mountain Outfitters got it done on yet another behemoth bull. At 445″ there are few to challenge this bull’s sheer size. Congrats Ashley, Timber Mountain Outfitters, and Tines Up!

More information on Ashley’s bull with links coming soon.

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