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4 PPs - Pass or Shoot?
I reached out to Bill asking for one of his great elk photos. But one of a busted up bull to share in a Bowsite scenario.
You used 4 PPs to draw a unit and this bull walks out at 30yds
Will you Pass or Shoot?
Depends on which day of the hunt it is....
Is the question would you shoot or would you shoot at that angle. Yes shoot, pass on angle.
30 yards? I hope not but then...........................................!
Too far. Bad angle. Heck, looks like it’s early in the morning so might still get a chance at the big boy that beat him up:-)
Wow a 4 point unit back when BB took that photo would be a 28 point unit these days, certainly wait for the 350 plus bulls to come charging in to BB buglin! >>>>>~~~~~~>
Broadside or quartered away I’d be eating him
A 4pp unit in CO isnt really much of a step up from an OTC unit in general. I would likely shoot. Not that angle at 30 yards.
Wait for better angle shoot
What unit? what state? what day of hunt? How many elk have you shot? How far from road? Elk everywhere or elk sparse? Elk going nuts or elk quiet? Newbee...fire, experienced....no let it go...unless you are towards the end of your hunt and want meat. Lots of unanswered questions here.
Pass you will never kill a big one if you shoot a bull that size. unless you have never shot one then let it fly
I’d put my cage rage right on his shoulder and let him spin into 4” of slicing steel... na not really, but I agree with most, too many factors to consider.
But if that dude was 10ft head on blowing snot on me 15min into the hunt he’s gonna get tattooed. My current mindset is the experience trumps inches, got too many horns collecting dust.
Day 1 or last Day?
Would it be a guys first ever branch antlered bow bull ?
Angle is off, for me anyways--------->
Good luck, Robb
Me? No. If you've never shot a bull,,,,,,shoot asap.
Fifteen years ago, I would shoot. Today, that bull gets a pass.
Not at that angle but, yeah, probably. He looks delicious.
Especially if I still had hunting partners with tags so I could continue hunting with them.
I want to know what Native Okie would do! ;-)
There are many times we dont get the the 'perfect' rack or the perfect shot 'angle'.
As an elk comes in, a hunter needs to make a decision, quickly to Pass or Shoot, based on his own factors - size of antlers/state/day of hunt/distance/ yada yada...
The scenario did not require to shoot or not at this time, just Pass on the bull or Shoot....
It depends on what the other bulls look like.
You are describing me this year. I wait for a better shot then shoot. Then I will have a big smile on my face packing meat.
Most likely pass unless the experience as a whole warrants shoot. I agree with Ohiohunter in experience trumps inches at this point for me.
“I want to know what Native Okie would do”
Did you hear my arrow just zip through his chest? LOL
Not a fan of the angle for sure but yeah, dead bull given a good shot on my 4 pts!
I’d shoot if angle was right but in this case it isn’t
I have never shot an elk
If I hunted hard all week and my heart was pounding when he came in yes, if I stumbled onto him opening day by chance, no.
Been elk hunting since '93, I have yet to take a bull - always, always something. So YES, I am absolutely shooting this elk.
I'm eating those back straps tonight
He's getting the heat. I love to shoot stuff and I love to eat elk, he meets both of those requirements! I can already taste those bacon wrapped loins....mmmmmmm!!!
I won't pass any branch antlered bull.
If he turns broadside, I'm letting the air out of him!
Let's hit the blood trail! Love to eat elk!!
If first day, wait for better angle.
If I've got the shot he's going down!
No, not passing up a better angled shot. I have already missed out on way too much elk hunting by moving back east. I have enough unbroken antlers anyway. 100's of them actually. I want that bull!
I’m curious, for those of you that wouldn’t wait for a better angle. Where’s your point of impact? I don’t see more than 1 lung going in front of the shoulder or behind...
I'd most likely pass. If I'm hunting with a buddy hopefully he gets an opportunity for a shot if he wants him...
Burning 8 pts on a 2 pt unit this year. Will shoot the first legal elk that I get a chance at! And be happy!
Im passing. As much as as he is busted up, the bulls in the area are probably aggressive and I'll be looking for the bull that beat him up
I'm passing. A bit far for my traditional bow and I do not care for the shot angle. The size of the animal and/or number of preference points used does not supercede what I personally feel is a bad shot.
Not saying I would take that particular shot. Just saying if that bull stepped out at 30 yards I would shoot this bull.
The number of preference points is only four. He's got some character...…..I would shoot him after the first or second day of the season. But then again, I'm known for shooting cows if they'll give me a broadside.
Never shot a elk, so I would shoot him, I would wait for a better angle tho as he looks to be in the open.
That angle I pass even if it's the new world record. Broadside I shoot that bull every time. Inches obsession=ego maniac
I’d shoot him if he gave me a broadside or quartering away shot at 40 or less.
Let him get broadside and drain him !! He will be yummy to eat ;)
I would not pass on this bull. I'm an equal opportunist ;)
I'm a hardcore trophy hunter...until I have an opportunity at any legal animal.
Not a chance i shoot that bull.
Elk hunting for me is about getting to hunt elk with the opportunity to take a mature bull. It was tag soup for me last year in New Mexico but I turned down several bulls better than this one.
30yds at that angle? I’m holding at full draw for him to open up his “goodies”.
I’m a firm believer that size of the animal, day of the hunt, or # of points used, should not determine whether one takes a shot or not. A calf deserves the same discretion as a 400 bull.
Ok, that’s my sermon of the day, but based on a few responses, I couldn’t help myself.