This week Alaska’s Israel Payton brought home what is believed to be a world record bull moose at 80 inches.
"We tried to stand it up with cow calls, bull rakes, and grunts,” said Payton over the phone. “I guesstimated it was about a 70 inch rack from the field, and finally after 2 hours it stood up and offered a clean kill, harvested it."
Payton tells us he was hunting with a friend, when on day 3 of the hunt he spotted the bull from about 600 yards away.
He says they were able to get within 200 yards providing him with an ethical shot, but then the moose bedded down so the hunters had to wait.
Two hours later the moose stood up, and the rest is record breaking history.
"You always get a big adrenaline rush right before you harvest an animal, anyway I do,” said Payton. “When I got up next to the animal I realized how big and massive it truly was.”
Payton tells us it took a full day to pack the moose out, and with the meat he plans to share with his family, his parents, and probably 3 more families. The moose should feed them until next hunting season