Moose

(Alces Alces)

The Trophy


Antlers from Finnish elks are, in their original form, mostly in the shape of a palm. A rapid population decline in the early 19th century followed by strict protective measures, have favoured the proliferation of species with antlers without palm-like characteristics, and have favoured instead very strong typical trophy characteristics similar to cervids. They can still be found today.

For this reason, intermediate form antlers dominate with a rich variation from an almost pure beam form to an "almost" palm form, In this instance, the antlers mostly have a “typical butter y" appearance - with a clearly separate main and front palm. In northernmost Finland, where four genetic haplotypes predominate among the elk population (in other locations, there are mainly two and along the southern coast, only one haplotype can be found), the dominant form of antler is the palm type ("clam type") each with a large palm on both sides. The largest beam-shaped antlers are usually long with rough pearling on the main beams, where it is difficult to measure the circumferences. Palm-like antlers usually have many short tines, especially on the upper edge.

The formula is valid for all European Elk antlers (up to the Yenisei River). With elk, there are palmated and non-palmated antlers, for which the measurements to be taken are partly different. For existing intermediate antler forms, these are measured in both ways and evaluated according to the variant that provides the more favourable score.

Trophy Points Required

Phenotype

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Western Eurasian Moose (palmated)

250

275

300

Western Eurasian Moose (non-palmated)

250

275

300

Eastern Eurasian Moose (palmated)

275

300

325

Eastern Eurasian Moose (non-palmated)

275

300

325

Ussuri Moose, Amur Moose (palmated)

210

230

260

Ussuri Moose, Amur Moose (non-palmated)

210

230

260


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