Chris Gravvett found the back-to-back years from this GIANT Bull Elk. The bottom shed is off the bull from 2002, this was the WORST drought year on record in the Southwest.
In 2004, he found the 2003 shed from the bull’s right side. The Godzilla bull went from a 390ish bull in 2002, to a 480ish bull in 2003. That is an EXTREME antler growth surge!!!
The above sheds are from the same bull. The big antler is from the bull’s 2005 growth year, which was one of the wettest years on record in the Southwest.
This bull went from a 340ish bull in 2004, to a 390ish bull in 2005.
The “Franklin Bull” was killed in 2003. This bull net scored 442 inches & became the Non-Typical Pope & Young World Record.
Josh Epperson found this bull’s sheds from the 2002 growth year. Again, this was the worst drought year on record in the southwest and the bull still scored in the 390s.
These are EXTREME cases of Antler Growth Surges in the Southwest. This usually happens when a bull of the proper genetics and age class, goes through a year of EXTREME drought, followed by a year of good precipitation during the critical time period for antler growth.