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Contributors to this thread:
Heat 22-Sep-17
midwest 22-Sep-17
GF 22-Sep-17
Medicinemann 22-Sep-17
TD 22-Sep-17
Inshart 22-Sep-17
Inshart 22-Sep-17
Heat 22-Sep-17
SBH 23-Sep-17
StickFlicker 23-Sep-17
Lv2hnt 23-Sep-17
Heat 23-Sep-17
Destroyer350 23-Sep-17
hunting dad 23-Sep-17
StickFlicker 24-Sep-17
sticksender 24-Sep-17
Coyote 65 24-Sep-17
BULELK1 25-Sep-17
Scoot 25-Sep-17
loesshillsarcher 25-Sep-17
AZ~Rich 25-Sep-17
Scar Finga 25-Sep-17
Treeline 25-Sep-17
From: Heat
22-Sep-17

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Thanks be to God, I was blessed to kill my second archery bull elk at 10:00 AM on Wednesday September 20, 2017. 30 yard shot, double lung penetrating both sides. Watched him die within sight. He only made it maybe 75 yards tops. What a thrill and an incredible blessing! He is a perfect 6 point on one side and a freak on the other with a sword and a club dropper. He won't score very well but he is very unique and I didn't hesitate for a second to shoot him!

I left Yuma on Friday morning, knowing I was going to miss the morning hunt. I was committed for the full season so one morning was not going to make or break my hunt but the anxiety of missing opening morning was brutal! Met up with my cousin in Surprise and continued on our journey to 7 West. Had camp set up and we were ready to head out for the evening hunt. Not much action at all but did see a black bear hauling butt up the hill. Jumped him at 30 yards. Started hearing bugles from camp Friday night so we were really excited for the morning hunt.

Saturday morning is what elk hunting dreams are made of! We heard bugles from all around camp so we decided which one to chase while drinking our morning coffee and having some breakfast. We got into them right away calling in a satellite 5x5. He came in under a hundred yards but just not close enough. Calling brought him in but he didn't see what he was looking for so he got impatient and left. Kept following the better bugle up the canyon until we spotted him up on the opposite ridge with his herd. Nice 6x6. Made a plan and got across the canyon. Got in close to a few cows, probably about 55 or 60 yards. Knew the bull might come collect these cows so prepared for a shot. Sure enough the last cow started making her way towards the others. Soon enough he came screaming after them towards me. Heard him glunking so figured I was close enough. Wrong, I misjudged the yardage and ended up getting TWO shots at him but missed bad low. He was at least 15 yards further than I thought. Nice Start! The next few days were much like the first but no shots. Got close to the elk almost every outing, just not picking the right ridgeline or getting winded when we were in close, typical elk stuff when you are hunting with a bow.

The one part of the story I don't want to leave out is who I was hunting with when I killed my bull. Tim and Jeff from Wicked Horn Outfitters were guiding a Wounded Vet who received a donated tag in my unit. Fellow Bowsiter LV2HNT (Tom Wagner) who organizes these Hunts for Heros through Arizona Elk Society told me to call them before the season just to talk elk since I had never hunted the unit. Nice chat but didn't think much of it. On Monday afternoon Tim invited me to come hunt with them Tuesday PM, since they tagged out but had more hunters coming in the second week and didn't want to go home or sit in camp. I am not too proud to accept free assistance from a pro, so I took full advantage!

Went out with them on Tuesday afternoon and knocked up a number of times and even drew back at a nice 300 class 6x6 that was quartering to at 49 yards. Just not a good shot. Had a FUN evening in the woods again and was eagerly anticipating the next day. Wednesday morning started quite slow but Tim was confident the herd was in the area and would start bugling when they headed for bed. We did a decoy set up on a herd bull trying to entice him over with calls. Out of nowhere we hear a bugle behind us and turn to see a satellite bull that snuck in. He kept coming in, about stepping on Jeff holding the decoy. Slightly spooking back about 50 yards, they kept up the calling and he stopped. Now he started coming in towards us but now from the other side. I had to readjust my position while in sight and basically had my back to him as he was approaching. He eventually got to about 15 feet where I drew my bow. Again he caught movement and split but again they were able to keep his attention with calls. Stops again in the only lane so I swung around just as Tim whispers "30", I got him in my sight and let it fly! Whack! I told Tim "I think I got him!" He said "you got him, he just crashed" Wow what a thrill!

When it was all said and done I bought them dinner that night and agreed to let them use my pics on their website but that's it. I am so grateful for their generosity to help me! These guys are hardcore elk hunters and they have their craft down! I highly recommend them to anybody looking for help in Arizona.

From: midwest
22-Sep-17
Awesome story and bull, Heat!

From: GF
22-Sep-17
15 feet! That's the way to do it, brother!

Did you notice any damage/scarring on the left side during skinning, etc? Usually, a misshapen or underdeveloped antler on one side is the result of a serious injury to the other.

Or sometimes, it's just that one side is goofy. JMO, you got yourself a nice, well-developed 6-point. Mike drop!

From: Medicinemann
22-Sep-17
Nice bull Nick!!

From: TD
22-Sep-17
Great job Nick! What a rush! That's nice bull, very unique!

Should be easy to figure out which way to turn him if you mount him!

From: Inshart
22-Sep-17
Have a couple "close up" pics of the antlers?

From: Inshart
22-Sep-17
Oh, nice story and great looking bull.

From: Heat
22-Sep-17

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From: SBH
23-Sep-17
Awesome story and a once in a lifetime bull. Love that type of bull. Congrats sir!

From: StickFlicker
23-Sep-17
Fantastic Nick! I'm very happy for you. The pedicle on the deformed side has definitely been severely damaged at some point earlier in his life. It is entirely in the wrong location. Perhaps he was hit by a car or something, but it appears that the pedicle detached from the skull, moved 4-5 inches, then reattached and went on to grow an antler. Great job! Marvin

From: Lv2hnt
23-Sep-17
Sweet bull, Heater Man --- way to stay focused!

From: Heat
23-Sep-17
Marvin,

Chris Favour from Mount N View Taxidermy mentioned they see the exact antler deformity on the same side a lot from those Flag area units. Another hunter also mentioned that he has seen that a lot from that unit. If I am not mistaken if injured deformity usually shows on the opposite side. No big deal either way, he is still pretty cool in my book. Thanks Guys!

From: Destroyer350
23-Sep-17
Congrats on an amazing bull!

From: hunting dad
23-Sep-17
And I thought I was the only one that shot weird bulls. Last year I shot a 7x1 in 6B. Cool looking bull Nick. Congrats!!

From: StickFlicker
24-Sep-17
Nick, I agree that if an animal has an injury to their BODY the deformity will often show in the antler on the opposite side. But how is an injury to one side going to move the pedicle base of the antler on the other side 6 inches to a different place on the skull? I suppose it could be an inherited defect, but I wouldn't think so.

From: sticksender
24-Sep-17
Cool bull, congratulations to you!

From: Coyote 65
24-Sep-17
In Unit 23N in one of the inholdings we had a bull hanging out that got pretty tame. One side was normal the right side grew down along side his face. First time I spotted him he was a spike. The next year he spent the whole summer hanging around the cabins. The third summer he was a 5 X club. Was able to walk up to him and feed him an apple while he was still in the velvet. Not only was the pedicle in the wrong place, but his whole head was misshapen. He never made it thru the 3rd winter.

Terry

From: BULELK1
25-Sep-17
Good for you Nick!

I am leaving tomorrow for my 29th opener in Az. for my bull with a few days scouting before hand.

Good luck, Robb

From: Scoot
25-Sep-17
Congrats on a really cool trophy, Heat!

25-Sep-17
Congrats Heat! Cool bull!!

From: AZ~Rich
25-Sep-17
Good job Heat and congrats!

From: Scar Finga
25-Sep-17
That's a cool bull man, Congratulations!

From: Treeline
25-Sep-17
Awesome hunt, bull, and story! Congratulations Heat!

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