Montana Man Discovers “Unbelievable” Elk Skull While Searching For Mushrooms

Shed Hunters via The Sportsman Channel / Facebook

An Epic Discovery

One Montana man was simply searching for mushrooms when he made an even greater discovery.

The man found an elk skull with the antlers still attached, otherwise known as a “dead head.” While it isn’t unusual for people to find, and even search for, shed antlers while out in the wilderness, a dead head isn’t as common to come by.

However, as Josh Honeycutt explains in an article for Realtree, you don’t always want to find a dead head:

When you find these dead heads, you’ll likely want to throw them in the truck with your sheds and take them home with you. But you can’t. At least, not without doing something else first. Most states require you to get a tag for a dead head before you can pick it up and take it home.”

So before you take home a dead head like the man in Montana did, make sure you’re following all the rules and regulations in your state.

Check Out This Photo

If you do find a dead head and are able to take it home, we’d understand why you’d want to show it off. Especially if it’s as impressive as the dead head the Montana man discovered!

The Sportsman Channel shared a photo of the man showing off the elk skull he found…and it was massive! “This Montana man found the deadhead of a lifetime while looking for mushrooms. Just an unbelievable free-range monster,” The Sportsman Channel captioned the picture, which you can see below.

A monster indeed! 

The photo was originally shared in the Shed Hunters Facebook group in October 2020 along with a little more context. The forest service burnt a hillside and the man found the elk’s full skeleton in the middle of the burn.

Have any of y’all ever found a dead head before? If so, we’d love to hear your stories!

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