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I tried to find the original thread but failed, but figured I better give the group an update. I was lucky enough to win the raffle for the commissioner tag at the Bowhunters of Wyoming banquet this spring. I had the pleasure of picking a species to hunt between deer, antelope and elk....of course I am going to pick elk living in Kansas where I hunt the other two every year. Then I had to designate an unit. Let me tell you this is an unbelievable opportunity yet stressful decision to make:) Just about everyone I talked to mentioned a different unit which bodes well for how great of an elk hunting state WY is.
Ultimately due to an opportunity that sounded too good to be true involving some private access I selected unit 7. I heard stories of hundreds of elk moving onto this property and the land locked BLM surrounding it. The elk would spend time in the open terrain and then frequent the ranchers meadows.
I am sure most years this is the norm and later in the fall will be the norm for sure, but my 'too good to be true' statement rang true for the hunt. Due to abnormally high rainfall there was grass everywhere and the elk had not moved into the ranch like they typically do the first part of September. I saw a few elk but not in the numbers as expected. The rancher said this is the first time in 20 years they aren't on his meadows already.
Thankfully the wind died enough on the 6th day that we heard some bugling adjacent to the ranch on a public state owned wildlife area. Once we found the elk, the hunt I had dreamed about after hearing about the area I was hunting finally developed.
The rut action in there was insane and experienced bulls fighting, hundreds of bugles and was able to watch all of the action unfold in the open terrain. It was awesome! I saw several huge bulls by my standards and almost pulled off killing one of them, but the shot never materialized. When this 6x6 walked by I couldn't pass up the opportunity as he would be my biggest bull and I was nearing the end of my hunt.
I want to thank the Bowhunters of Wyoming for the opportunity again! It was a hunt I will remember forever. Maybe in the future I will be a little more picky, but probably not, because we LOVE to eat elk in our house:)
Congrats Matt. Sounds like a great experience. Beauty of a bull too!
Congrats Matt! Sounds like an awesome hunt! Thanks for your support of BOW as well!
Congrats, Matt! Beautiful pic!
Good for you! Congrats! C
Congrats Matt! That is awesome! I knew you would get it done.
Congrats! Beautiful bull!
Helluva bull!!! Worthy of the tag for sure. Congrats
Congrats on your success, Matt!
Congrats on your best yet!
A smart man, took the opportunity given to him, and as stated the meat is what counts. Congrats on your hunt, no tag soup for you.
Sounds like a great time! Congrats Matt!
Great job and a beautiful picture!!
Congrats and thanks for sharing the story.
Great to see the tag go to “one of us” and thanks for putting the results out there. I’ll be in line for 2020 as always.
Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Something about an elk hunt in the mountains for us flatlanders living in Kansas that words can’t describe. Congrats!!
Congrats!...even though I have raffle envy.
Congratulations Matt, great hunt...
Great bull! Congrats.
I've been wondering the same thing this year with the feed. The elk seem to be in different spots right now. Good point you make on that.
That’s elk hunting but you got it done. Congratulations.
Sounds like some great action late in the hunt. Congrats on the bull!
Congrats, love WY elk hunting!
Congrats again! Great bull!!
Congrats again Matt! Good stuff!
Good for you Matt & for BOW
Great bull, congrats on pulling off what turned out to be a "hat trick"...elk are where you find them ;^)
Congrats again, bud. Good bull!
Congrats again buddy. Love the bull and the fact that you did the hunt yourself and your way. Lots to be proud of there!
Way to make lemonade out of what seemed to be a lemon! Congratulations!
Great job Matt! Congratulations!
Great bull, Matt! Congratulations!
Congrats on a great bull!!!
The hunt always trumps the size of bull.. congrats