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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