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4 PPs - Pass or Shoot?
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 17-Apr-19
COHOYTHUNTER 17-Apr-19
Scoot 17-Apr-19
Ucsdryder 17-Apr-19
Paul@thefort 17-Apr-19
Treeline 17-Apr-19
Bowboy 17-Apr-19
'Ike' (Phone) 17-Apr-19
Huntcell 17-Apr-19
Franklin 17-Apr-19
fubar racin 17-Apr-19
Glunt@work 17-Apr-19
goelk 17-Apr-19
Corn bore 18-Apr-19
Bigdan 18-Apr-19
Bigdan 18-Apr-19
ohiohunter 18-Apr-19
BULELK1 18-Apr-19
Quinn @work 18-Apr-19
Bou'bound 18-Apr-19
Lee 18-Apr-19
pav 18-Apr-19
Trial153 18-Apr-19
midwest 18-Apr-19
cnelk 18-Apr-19
elkstabber 18-Apr-19
ESP 18-Apr-19
Billyvanness 18-Apr-19
Native Okie 18-Apr-19
Pyrannah 18-Apr-19
Smtn10PT 18-Apr-19
Inshart 18-Apr-19
Dave B 18-Apr-19
Brotsky 18-Apr-19
Bowfreak 18-Apr-19
elkmtngear 18-Apr-19
Beav 18-Apr-19
Z Barebow 18-Apr-19
Surfbow 18-Apr-19
adogg437 18-Apr-19
Boreal 18-Apr-19
TrapperKayak 18-Apr-19
Ucsdryder 18-Apr-19
Cheesehead Mike 18-Apr-19
GLP 18-Apr-19
cnelk 18-Apr-19
Ollie 18-Apr-19
Beav 18-Apr-19
sdkhunter 18-Apr-19
bad karma 18-Apr-19
Marty 18-Apr-19
ELKMAN 18-Apr-19
PoudreCanyon 18-Apr-19
Willieboat 18-Apr-19
trophyhill 18-Apr-19
Glunt@work 18-Apr-19
Carnage2011 19-Apr-19
Rocky D 19-Apr-19
welka 19-Apr-19
wyobullshooter 19-Apr-19
badguybuster 20-Apr-19
From: cnelk
17-Apr-19

cnelk's embedded Photo
cnelk's embedded Photo
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?

From: COHOYTHUNTER
17-Apr-19
Done deal... shoot

From: Scoot
17-Apr-19
Depends on which day of the hunt it is....

From: Ucsdryder
17-Apr-19
Is the question would you shoot or would you shoot at that angle. Yes shoot, pass on angle.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Apr-19
30 yards? I hope not but then...........................................!

From: Treeline
17-Apr-19
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:-)

From: Bowboy
17-Apr-19
Probably pass.

17-Apr-19
Nope...

From: Huntcell
17-Apr-19
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! >>>>>~~~~~~>

From: Franklin
17-Apr-19
Pass.....on a OTC tag.

From: fubar racin
17-Apr-19
Broadside or quartered away I’d be eating him

From: Glunt@work
17-Apr-19
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.

From: goelk
17-Apr-19
Wait for better angle shoot

From: Corn bore
18-Apr-19
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.

From: Bigdan
18-Apr-19
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

From: Bigdan
18-Apr-19

From: ohiohunter
18-Apr-19
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.

From: BULELK1
18-Apr-19
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

From: Quinn @work
18-Apr-19
Me? No. If you've never shot a bull,,,,,,shoot asap.

From: Bou'bound
18-Apr-19
Shoot

From: Lee
18-Apr-19
Nope

From: pav
18-Apr-19
Fifteen years ago, I would shoot. Today, that bull gets a pass.

From: Trial153
18-Apr-19
pass

From: midwest
18-Apr-19
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! ;-)

From: cnelk
18-Apr-19
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....

From: elkstabber
18-Apr-19
It depends on what the other bulls look like.

From: ESP
18-Apr-19
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.

18-Apr-19
Most likely pass unless the experience as a whole warrants shoot. I agree with Ohiohunter in experience trumps inches at this point for me.

From: Native Okie
18-Apr-19
“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!

From: Pyrannah
18-Apr-19
I’d shoot if angle was right but in this case it isn’t

I have never shot an elk

From: Smtn10PT
18-Apr-19
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.

From: Inshart
18-Apr-19
Been elk hunting since '93, I have yet to take a bull - always, always something. So YES, I am absolutely shooting this elk.

From: Dave B
18-Apr-19
I'm eating those back straps tonight

From: Brotsky
18-Apr-19
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!!!

From: Bowfreak
18-Apr-19
I won't pass any branch antlered bull.

From: elkmtngear
18-Apr-19
If he turns broadside, I'm letting the air out of him!

From: Beav
18-Apr-19
Let's hit the blood trail! Love to eat elk!!

From: Z Barebow
18-Apr-19
Pasadena in LE Unit.

From: Surfbow
18-Apr-19
Looks tasty to me!

From: adogg437
18-Apr-19
If first day, wait for better angle.

From: Boreal
18-Apr-19
If I've got the shot he's going down!

From: TrapperKayak
18-Apr-19
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!

From: Ucsdryder
18-Apr-19
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...

18-Apr-19
I'd most likely pass. If I'm hunting with a buddy hopefully he gets an opportunity for a shot if he wants him...

From: GLP
18-Apr-19
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!

From: cnelk
18-Apr-19
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

From: Ollie
18-Apr-19
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.

From: Beav
18-Apr-19
Not saying I would take that particular shot. Just saying if that bull stepped out at 30 yards I would shoot this bull.

From: sdkhunter
18-Apr-19
Pass from me...

From: bad karma
18-Apr-19
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.

From: Marty
18-Apr-19
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.

From: ELKMAN
18-Apr-19
That angle I pass even if it's the new world record. Broadside I shoot that bull every time. Inches obsession=ego maniac

From: PoudreCanyon
18-Apr-19
I’d shoot him if he gave me a broadside or quartering away shot at 40 or less.

From: Willieboat
18-Apr-19
Let him get broadside and drain him !! He will be yummy to eat ;)

From: trophyhill
18-Apr-19
I would not pass on this bull. I'm an equal opportunist ;)

From: Glunt@work
18-Apr-19
I'm a hardcore trophy hunter...until I have an opportunity at any legal animal.

From: Carnage2011
19-Apr-19
Not a chance i shoot that bull.

From: Rocky D
19-Apr-19
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.

From: welka
19-Apr-19
Nope

19-Apr-19
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.

From: badguybuster
20-Apr-19
Twang, smack, and flop.

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