Eighth-grader’s monster bull elk officially declared a state record

Hannah Helmer played hooky Wednesday.

She and her dad, Joel, drove to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln. It was time to get her monster elk scored.

After more than an hour of measuring by Randy Stutheit, the Nebraska big game trophy records coordinator, it’s official.

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The bull elk, which the 14-year-old killed Sept. 24 on a Sioux County Ranch in western Nebraska, is the state record. It will rank in the top 20 nationally for a nontypical rack.

“The official score was 430 and 6/8ths of an inch,’’ Hannah said. “It’s amazing. I just can’t believe that happened to me.’’

That was even higher than the 428-1/8 net green score done by her dad, an official Boone and Crockett scorer. The rack had to dry out 60 days before it’s officially scored for the state record.

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8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On

If you’re at all familiar with our work here at Powderhook, you know we love hunting. But, we loved hunting long before there was a Powderhook, and will love it for decades to come. Most people have something they’re passionate about, but being passionate about hunting offers benefits far beyond what can be simply described. That’s why we believe one needs to hunt in order to understand hunting and hunters. For non-hunters, this simply means they can’t feel what we’ve felt, and it bums me out for them. Here’s what I think they’re missing.


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Watching the sun come up over the Bighorn Mountains while glassing for elk. Photo Credit: Martin Hogan

1: Witnessing the Forest Coming to Life

I really cannot explain it any better than movie star Chris Pratt did in this interview. “You walk out in the woods and the sun hasn’t come up yet, and you sit in a spot and your preparation has told you that this is the right spot. And the sun comes up and you are camouflaged, nothing knows you’re there, nothing can smell you, the wind is in your face. You’re a voyeur to the world waking up and the wilderness waking up around you in a way that no one gets to see it, when they drive their car down the road, because they’ve disturbed it. You’ve snuck in. If a tree fell in the woods and didn’t make a sound you’d be there to witness it, because nobody is there, you are not even there. And then the sun comes up and the last stars in the sky go away and the whole world comes to life.” Continue reading 8 Things Non-Hunters Are Missing Out On

NFL Player Cut After Being Cited for Carrying Registered Firearm

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Josh Huff, was cut by his team following a traffic violation turned gun violation in New Jersey. Huff disclosed his weapon, registered in Texas, to the officer but was cited for unlawful possession. The Philadelphia Eagles released him days later.

“I’m a professional athlete. What professional athlete don’t have a gun?” said Huff, in an interview with reporters prior to leaving team facilities. Continue reading NFL Player Cut After Being Cited for Carrying Registered Firearm

5 Things Hunters Can Learn from the World Series

An all time classic. Game 7 ended about 8 hours ago. In a stroke of genius, or terrible parenting, I woke up my kids (ages 3 and 5) to tell them – on the off chance they’ll remember the night back in 2016 the Cubs won the World Series. I’ve been a Cubs fan since I was a little boy watching Ryno Sandberg on WGN in South Dakota.  They were always my second favorite team behind the Twins until my best buddy moved out to Chicago for college and we caught our first game at Wrigley.

I know what you’re thinking… sweet story dude, but why the heck does this matter in a story about hunting? Continue reading 5 Things Hunters Can Learn from the World Series