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Ode to New Mexico
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From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16
This is the Story of our 2016 New Mexico Archery Elk hunt...with a "lyrical twist" . I thought a little rhyme would be appropriate for the Holidays!

About half of this was written, sitting above waterholes in a climber stand. It was a truly great Season for my Buddy Kenny and I... I hope you enjoy it.

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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ODE TO NEW MEXICO

Please gather round, if so inclined

And listen to our Story

About the “Land of Enchantment”

In all its’ shining glory

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16
Appy

My Buddy Kenny called me up

“Let’s take an elk vacation”

And so, upon his hard research

We paid the Application

The waiting seemed forever

But, we knew it was well-spent

When we found out we drew NM

On odds of four percent !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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I knew an NM Resident

Who’d had 3 years success

Turns out the Unit was the same

How could we be so blessed?

Well, Dan was just outstanding

And soon, without hesitation

We started getting steady flows

Of inside information

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Finally, the trip was on

15 long hours a loner

And I’m standing on the corner

Down in Winslow, Arizona

(RIP Glen Frey, 1948-2016)

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Kenny had to wait a day

Before he’d be arriving

Crack of Dawn, and in 6 hours

I was all done with driving

I furiously set up camp

And walked out heading West

The Day before the Opener

My skills put to the test

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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When evening fell, my Spirits soared

A Symphony ensued

3 screaming bulls were riffing hard

I was one happy Dude !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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With bow in hand, on opening Day

I set out in the dark

To find the elk already high

And way above the Park

I set my jaw, and I attacked

The daunting oakbrush face

Upon the crest, the wind told me

I may have lost the race

From: Inshart
04-Dec-16
Private message sent.

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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I stillhunted with senses high

And suddenly, ahead

A lone spike bull fed unaware

Proceeding to his bed

I shadowed him for quite a while

And tried to match his pace

But, never had a decent shot

So, he survived, by Grace

The bulls were singing distantly

Now, wind was swirling ‘round

Tomorrow’s plan began to flow

A snack, and I laid down

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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The evening trek back found me pinned

Across a giant park

A 5x5, with cows of 6

Emerged from Timber Dark

To intercept, my wind was good

But, time was not my friend

I hustled, unsuccessfully

To watch the Opener end.

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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At camp, I greeted Kenny

Who had pushed the pedal down

We made plans for the Morning

We just knew we’d win this round

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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In darkness, we began the hike

Behind the bulls' domain

At daylight, they began to scream

And we began to gain

The King was sounding big and bad

With challengers surrounded

Our wind was good, we got within

Now 80 yards it sounded

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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I popped the giant decoy butt

And Kenny moved ahead

A curious cow heard our approach

And quickly pinned us dead

Appearing now, the monster bull

Defied imagination

And calmly came to watch his cow

Assess the situation

With trusty decoy now in sight

The cow seemed satisfied

She fed on in, and now the bull

Strode 40 yards broadside

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Kenny was now fully drawn

For what seemed like forever

I raked the ground, the bull advanced

It’s surely now or never

Kenny’s cow call stopped the King

Through trees a tight lane stood

And, from the sound, and pumping fist

I knew the hit was good !

We both cow called excitedly

In hopes he’d slow his run

A crash, and then a gurgling growl

The mighty bull was done!

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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We waited still for one half hour

To take up his blood trail

No need, for 40 yards ahead

We saw a great whale tail

We both just stood in disbelief

The King before us lay

We celebrated, thanking God

For this amazing Day!

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04-Dec-16
Kenny Trophy Pic

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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We broke down, boned, and caped the bull

The work was fast and clean

Two heavy loads apiece to bring

The miles to seventeen

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Our bodies truly beaten down

But still we hit the Dawn

My turn to be the shooter now

We had our “A- Game” on

On Dan’s intel, we headed to

An area unseen

When suddenly, up on a bench

A growler, rough and mean

He had a little, irritating

Satellite behind

Which kept him screaming, making him

An easy bull to find

We got into his “comfort zone”

And Kenny popped the butt

I moved toward an ambush spot

Across an open cut

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Halfway there, and in mid-stride

The 6x6 appears

And I go into “statue mode”

For what seems like years

Finally, he’s had enough

And turns to break the spell

I turn to Kenny, giving signs

“Unleash the fires of Hell” !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Kenny’s bugle turns him

Like a magnet on a nail

Behind an oakbrush wall he came

I waited on its' tail

I saw a tine above the brush

And quickly drew my bow

Just two more steps and he’ll be mine

But, something told him “No”

He stopped short, and I held my draw

Till I began to shake

When Kenny’s calling moved him out

I made my big mistake

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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A poor release, I watched the shot

Fly low, and miss him clean

My heart sunk as he said “So Long”

And dove down the ravine

Dejectedly, we tucked our tails

And sauntered to the rig

Two Days, two opportunities

And I had blown it big !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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The “Weekend Warriors” came that Day

The bugling action quit

With silent elk, I had no choice

But waterholes to sit

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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I had my share of visitors

But elk among them few

By morning of Day 6 we knew

Just what we had to do

We headed toward the drainage

Where the King was once supreme

And, with the light of Dawn we were

Rewarded with a scream !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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We tried to stage a challenge

But, the big bull wouldn’t play

And opted to relocate cows

A quarter mile away

From one ridge to another

We shadowed him all morning

A two mile circle to a bench

He gave his final warning

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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We moved ahead, with Ninja stealth

Beneath his bench on high

And I whispered back at Kenny

“I know how we’ll kill this guy”

"I’ll move ahead, and to one side

While you set up the Deke

When I get settled in there’ll be

No reason for “elk speak”

Just thrash the brush, and roll some rocks

And shake the decoy ‘round

My guess is that the bull

Will sneak on in without a sound"

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Well, several minutes passed amidst

My Buddy’s great performance

When I finally saw an antler shine

The Bastard was enormous !

He snuck on in, like on a string

But, my position sucked

He came directly at me

Man, of all the rotten luck !

A frontal shot, my only hope

To 15 yards he closed

But, vitals were obscured by brush

And I was full exposed

Unsure of the scenario

The bull then whipped, and arced

I saw one little opening

He hit it, and I "barked" !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16
Jeff Shot

Instinctively, for 45

I execute the shot

I heard the hit, but arrow flight

Showed me I missed the spot

Kenny cow called post-release

And bugled quick as well

I told him I hit too far back

For hours, we’d be in Hell !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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We gave him 90 minutes

And crept up slow to find

The arrow streaked in bright red blood

Completely blew my mind !

Then, Kenny grabs my shoulder

And points 30 yards ahead

My eyes bugged out at what I saw

The bull was lying dead!

From: drycreek
04-Dec-16
Whaaattt ? Don't leave us hanging !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16
Jeff Hero Shot

I grabbed my Buddy, thanked the Lord

Exchanged a loud high-five

We posed for pictures, grinning wide

It’s good to be alive !

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04-Dec-16
Jeff Antlers

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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Tagged and caped and bagged

The easy packout quickly done

We drove to camp, victorious

The game we’d finally won !

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16

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backstraps

We won’t forget New Mexico

And hope to be back soon

We feasted one last time beneath

Her peaceful, waning Moon !

From: WapitiBob
04-Dec-16
I sent you a pm

From: bigeasygator
04-Dec-16
Awesome!! All around!! Your poem kept me riveted!! Great job and what a way to honor a memory!

From: ki-ke
04-Dec-16
Great story! I enjoyed the writing style......

Thanks for sharing

From: HUNT MAN
04-Dec-16
Congrats again Jeff! That was fun to read! Thanks for posting! Hunt

From: Bowboy
04-Dec-16
Congrats on a 100% success trip on two great bulls.

From: drycreek
04-Dec-16
Great story and style ! The bulls aren't too shabby either !

From: trublucolo
04-Dec-16
Congrats to both of you, great hunt.

From: Paul@thefort
04-Dec-16
Not sure what to say but, a BIG Congratulations to both.

my best, Paul

From: Jaquomo
04-Dec-16
Great job and very creative! Really enjoyed it. Congratulations to you both!

From: Mark Watkins
04-Dec-16
A YUGE congrats!!!! Great Bulls, storytelling and hunt!

Mark

04-Dec-16
Grats to both of you Jeff! Nice bulls!

From: cnelk
04-Dec-16
Congrats again Jeff & Kenny! Great job!

From: elkmtngear
04-Dec-16
Thanks for the comments Gentlemen...elk hunting can be very inspiring lol.

From: BULELK1
05-Dec-16
That was pretty interesting reading/viewing.

Thanks for taking us along

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: GotBowAz
05-Dec-16
Great adventure Jeff, thanks for taking us along. Big congrats to you and Kenny for getting it done! It was a cool read, your a poet and I didn't know it. ha ha ha LOL

05-Dec-16
Congratulations! Nice bulls and memories.

From: Deertick
05-Dec-16
Wow, Jeff ... thanks for taking the time to tell the story, and all the great photos.

From: KY EyeBow
05-Dec-16
Sounds like a hunt of a lifetime! Congrats

From: T Mac
05-Dec-16
Excellent all the way around congrats to both of you!

From: otcWill
05-Dec-16
Well done! Thanks for posting

From: JSW
05-Dec-16
Great story, thanks for sharing. For 2 non residents to show up and each get great bulls, is quite an accomplishment. You guys should be proud.

From: elkmtngear
05-Dec-16
Thanks Jim, if we had gone in completely blind, that would have been amazing. The intel we got from Dan changed the game for us, gotta give credit where credit is due ;)

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Florida Mike
05-Dec-16
Your story it was bright and true, the adventure is one we all want to do, the pictures however told the story well, but it was the smiles on your faces they did tell, of the joy and fun that makes elk hunting so swell!

Congrats! Mike

From: elkmtngear
05-Dec-16
Well said, Mike :^D

From: Destroyer350
05-Dec-16
Congrats! Great story!

From: Z Barebow
05-Dec-16
Thanks for sharing Jeff! You have more talent than I. My only rhyming experiences usually begin with "There once a man from Nantucket" LOL!

From: KHNC
05-Dec-16
Well dang Jeffy! You out did yourself on writing this one buddy! It was a great trip, glad to have been a part of it!! Also felt good to redeem myself for the miss last year in the Gila. Hoping to luck up and draw again next year as well. Would be too good to be true for it to happen again, but you never know! Thanks for the write up buddy!

From: elkmtngear
05-Dec-16
Kenny...redemption for a miss...I wouldn't know anything about that LOL !

Keep that lucky streak going...I'm on board!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: SDHNTR(home)
05-Dec-16
That was really cool and fun to read! Bravo!

From: willliamtell
05-Dec-16
Well written and photo'd - congratulations.

From: Shiras
05-Dec-16
Enjoyed very much! Thanks

From: Duke
05-Dec-16
Great job with the photos and verbiage to accommodate! Fine hunt, gents!

From: easeup
05-Dec-16
I liked it too. a fun read on a fantastic hunt in the land of enchantment !!

05-Dec-16
Beautiful bulls, congratulations! Fun read too.

10-Dec-16
Jeff: When are you going to put it to music? This could top Nugent's (Fred Bear).

From: mennste
10-Dec-16
Great thread.....enjoyed the journey! Felt like I was along for the trip....which I wish I actually was. Great hunt, story, and pictures!

From: elkmtngear
10-Dec-16
"Jeff: When are you going to put it to music? This could top Nugent's (Fred Bear)".

Hmmm...you got the wheels turning here Bill ! Problem is...I only seem to get inspired when I'm elk hunting :^(

From: mrelite
10-Dec-16
Awesome layout, one of the most unique I have ever read! Thanks a bunch. I am glad NM was good to you, congrats!

From: cmbbulldog
10-Dec-16
Great story, thanks for sharing.

From: Brun
11-Dec-16
Wow! Great writing and great bulls. Thanks so much for this story....Only one question, is it September yet?

From: ilandhunter
12-Dec-16
Congratulations, that was great

From: GregE
26-Dec-16
Great read

Glad I found this :) G

From: SBH
26-Dec-16
Two dudes, out of state, two bulls down! Good job!!

From: weekender21
26-Dec-16
Great bulls, well done!

From: elkmtngear
26-Dec-16
Resurrected...Thanks Greg !

Hope everyone had a great Christmas !

Best of Luck, Jeff

26-Dec-16
Jeppers creppers how did I miss this? Thanks for bringing it back up! I did see the pics on the elk kill thread but neat to get the story! Enjoy!

"It's good to be alive"!

Yes sir!!!!!!!!!

From: elkmtngear
06-Dec-17

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Kenny's bull
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Kenny's bull
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and mine!
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and mine!
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Where he belongs
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Where he belongs
Follow-up 14 months later. We finally both have our bulls back from our respective Taxidermists. Kenny got his in September, and I got mine back on Monday. Best Christmas present, ever!

From: Paul@thefort
06-Dec-17
Jeffery, that was more fun reading it the second time. nice bull mount. Paul

From: longspeak74
06-Dec-17
Great story and great bull! Congrats!

From: drycreek
06-Dec-17
One of the side benefits of being 70 years old and having a piss-poor memory is, this is just as good the second time as it was the first ! More congrats !

From: sdkhunter
06-Dec-17
Great pics and story! Looks like a fantastic hunt!

06-Dec-17
Enjoy it every day!

From: yooper89
06-Dec-17
First time I read this thread. Great story and the bulls turned out beautifully! Congrats

From: Bowriter
07-Dec-17
Congrats but don't let the sound of your own wheels, drive you crazy.

07-Dec-17
Excellent story and follow up..congrats

From: elkmtngear
07-Dec-17
"Congrats but don't let the sound of your own wheels, drive you crazy".

Thanks John, I'm just runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load...

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