Mention of the largest moose ever killed is something of a contentious issue, as the record is far from definitive. By most accounts, the biggest moose ever to be killed was shot in September 1926 in Alaska, by a hunter named George King. At the time, the animal was estimated to weigh a staggering 2,400 pounds, and measured an incredible 10 feet in height.
The moose, dubbed the ‘King of the Moose’ by locals, was an impressive specimen even before it was brought down. Reports indicate that it had a span of antlers measuring more than ten feet across, with some measurements suggesting a width of over 11 feet. The antlers were so large they were said to have scraped the ground as the animal walked.
In addition to its incredible size, the ‘King of the Moose’ was also said to be exceptionally powerful. Reports indicate that it was capable of outrunning a horse, and that it could easily break through the thickest undergrowth. It was also said to be incredibly agile, able to turn on a dime and outmaneuver even the most experienced hunters.
The moose was eventually killed near the town of Talkeetna in Alaska, after a long and grueling hunt. The animal was estimated to have been between fifteen and twenty years old at the time of its death. After its death, the moose was mounted and displayed in a museum in Anchorage, where it can still be seen to this day.
Although the ‘King of the Moose’ remains the largest moose ever killed, there have been other impressive specimens taken over the years. For example, in 1977 a bull moose was shot in British Columbia that weighed in at 1,800 pounds. And in 2013, a moose was killed in Newfoundland that weighed an estimated 1,400 pounds.
But despite these impressive kills, the ‘King of the Moose’ remains the undisputed record holder. Its massive size and impressive strength have made it an enduring symbol of the great outdoors, and a reminder of the sheer power of nature.