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Lost bull Gila 16D
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Contributors to this thread:
Jadamg21 20-Sep-22
fuzzy 21-Sep-22
Buglmin 21-Sep-22
SteveB 21-Sep-22
azelkhntr 21-Sep-22
Oryx35 21-Sep-22
bigeasygator 21-Sep-22
Tilzbow 21-Sep-22
azelkhntr 21-Sep-22
DonVathome 21-Sep-22
Treeline 21-Sep-22
Jadamg21 21-Sep-22
SBH 21-Sep-22
HDE 21-Sep-22
bigeasygator 21-Sep-22
Matt 21-Sep-22
Jasper 22-Sep-22
Grey Ghost 22-Sep-22
Inshart 23-Sep-22
TGbow 23-Sep-22
Missouribreaks 23-Sep-22
Jordan 23-Sep-22
smarba 23-Sep-22
From: Jadamg21
20-Sep-22

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Certainly a post I hate to make: I shot a bull on 9/14 in 16D. It looked like a solid hit. He took a step as I shot.. hit a little high and back. I found the arrow broken off. If anyone finds the bull I’d be glad to pay to get it back. An outfitter I ran into had a pic of the bull.

From: fuzzy
21-Sep-22
Man that sucks. I hope you get your rack.

From: Buglmin
21-Sep-22
Guys have been finding several dead bulls in Arizona and New Mexico and posting stuff on facebook. Might be watching there as well.

Took a step and hit him high... Ummmm.

From: SteveB
21-Sep-22
I know the feeling and it's not a good one. Sorry and hope someone with integrity finds him!

From: azelkhntr
21-Sep-22
Lost eh.

From: Oryx35
21-Sep-22
Check out the New Mexico Professional Big Game Hunting Facebook page. They have a picture of one of their clients with a bull that looks pretty similar.

From: bigeasygator
21-Sep-22
Sucks. For anyone that has been bowhunting long enough, very likely you've been there. I know I have. Good luck, and I'll be on the lookout for any "found bull" posts on the internet.

From: Tilzbow
21-Sep-22
That extra point behind the right dagger makes this bull really unique so if there’s a picture of him out there being held by another hunter he should be easy to identify.

From: azelkhntr
21-Sep-22
Whoa now. Adam shot that bull and failed to recover it. In fact, the shot "may have" been a clean nonvital pass through and it still lives. Until you recover it and hang your tag on it it ain't yours to claim.

From: DonVathome
21-Sep-22
I hope you find it. I was hunting NM unit 15 and found a dead bull from archery season in a thick area. I noticed the fletching. There was no chance of seeing it from any further then 5 yards away. The bowhunter would have had to follow the trail right to it. I never thought a bull elk could "disappear" like that.

From: Treeline
21-Sep-22
I’ve killed several elk with broadheads stuck in them… Back, shoulder, even one in a cyst in a lung. Mostly still acting normal.

Could be someone else killed him and had no idea he had been shot. Tough critters.

From: Jadamg21
21-Sep-22
Yeah awful feeling. I am not sure what Tom Donohue thought I was asking other than if someone found the very identifiable bull dead in the unit I would like to have him back. Hopefully the bull Is alive. The shot appeared to be a lethal hit. I understand how tough these animals are and have killed multiple Elk with a bow. Should someone find him dead in the unit I would like to be able to get him back.

From: SBH
21-Sep-22
I've been there with that hit and recovered but it took some time. I sure hope you can find him. Sorry man, good luck out there.

From: HDE
21-Sep-22
"Took a step and hit him high... Ummmm."

He said high AND back...

From: bigeasygator
21-Sep-22
I am not sure what Tom Donohue thought I was asking

I'm sure most everyone on this forum got what you were asking. Most of us here just ignore what azelkhntr says - I suggest you do the same.

From: Matt
21-Sep-22
"I'm sure most everyone on this forum got what you were asking. Most of us here just ignore what azelkhntr says - I suggest you do the same."

Ignore, or do the opposite.

From: Jasper
22-Sep-22
Disregard any negativity here, the vast majority of us know what you’re going through and asking. I’ll be praying that you’ll be able to put your hands on him one day if he’s dead. God bless!

From: Grey Ghost
22-Sep-22
OP, my first hope is the bull survived. If not, I hope someone finds him, and is willing to give the antlers to you.

I once found a large dead 6x6 bull that appeared to have been gut shot by a muzzleloader. I smelled him from my camp, which was about 400 yards away, so I followed the stench until I found him. He reeked so bad, I really didn't want to touch him, and I also didn't want any scrutiny from a game warden for having a fresh set of un-tagged antlers in camp, so I just left it alone. I asked a few muzzleloader camps nearby if any of them had failed to recover a wounded bull, but they all said "no", so I chalked it up to unfortunate crap that happens.

Good luck,

Matt

From: Inshart
23-Sep-22

From: TGbow
23-Sep-22
I know you hate it but unfortunately it happens with bowhunting. Good luck

23-Sep-22
Good luck and I hope you salvage the bull if he indeed died. I have been stickbow and arrow hunting close to 60 years, these kind of things happen. I have been there, on more than one occasion.

From: Jordan
23-Sep-22
No update from OP....not looking good. Sux

From: smarba
23-Sep-22
The reality is that if it was fatal the odds of anyone finding it are slim. Then the odds that the finder is a Bowsiter that reads this thread are really, really slim...

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