I was able to get an early start this year with a Tule hunt in CA.
This was a very unique elk hunt, it got as hot as 105°, but the elk were full blown rut, chasing, bulging, fighting, breeding, the whole deal.
I shot this bull at 41 yards , broadside with an exodus, he was on a very steep bank above a water hole pushing his cows, I shot him very tight to the shoulder with the arrow hanging out the opposite side by the fletching. He took one step then locked up and immediately got wobbly, he then took a 40 yard dive back down the bank to the edge of the water hole.
Thank you all, yes I was shaking like a leaf, and she was calm and collected. This was her first elk. She's killed a bear, and a couple deer with her bow. She practiced all summer and when she got her chance she made it count!
Congratulation Gene! And also Mrs. Fitzgerald! I’m jealous, I decide to take a year off Elk hunting not knowing if I’d have any work this year. So I’m getting my fix vicariously through Bowsite! Thanks for sharing your hunt!
Way to go! Just started today. Dry and crunchy. No action yet. Theres about 300,000 acres closed to any recreation or hunting between me and this fire. Thats where I would go if I were an elk. Especially since it appears all of us tag holders and all the Labor Day campers are using the little chunk of public that is still accessible. :^)
Smitty has ice in his veins! Had a great weekend with one of my boys. He had this bull scream in his face at ten yards then calmly ran a perfect arrow through both lungs and piled him 40 yards away. 13 years old, first elk, backpack wilderness hunt. Couldn't be more happy for him. Proud Dad.
Thankyou all for your kind words and pm's. I shared them with Smith this evening and he was beaming. Pretty cool to have this place to celebrate everyones success and be an encouragement to others. Thanks again. Matt
I didn't draw much for tags this year so decided to get an OTC Roosevelt elk tag in Oregon that was only 1 hour from my house.. I hunted area last year for 25 days & saw 1 elk. Over the last 50 years hunting deer there it was only the 2nd elk I ever saw. This year I saw my 3rd elk ever across a canyon at 1500 yards & then killed this bull at 18 yards on the 8th day of hunting by myself. I had no cell service but used my Inreach to let my wife know I needed help. My Son n Law, 13 & 18 year old Grandsons & Step-Son headed my way. They got lost & we finally got together around 11 PM. We packed all night & finished by 10 the next morning. Best Rosie I ever shot & even all broke up he gross scores over 320! God, Wife & my family were good to me!
Sept 2nd, heard one bugle, tracked it a 1/2 mile away, he finally answered my Son, we caught him in his bedding area & called him in 90 seconds later to 25 yards! Double lung with a Viper Trick, one helluva 120 yard blood trail.
My buddy had just shot a 6 point that we were giving some time before we tracked, and this little guy walked in. I passed a few shots inside 40 and the ranged a tree that would put him directly broadside at 30. I told myself that if he made it to that tree I’d shoot him. He walked right to it and stopped perfectly. Clean pass through and he was dead in 3 seconds.
Jason, since we knew he was at his destination as he'd bugled us several times from the same spot, all we did was a simple tight setup, I was 45 yards up front, the caller (my son) matched the bulls emotion, not his sounds, my Son then cut him off once & the bull did likewise, as the shooter I knew this bull was going to come fast & he did not disappoint. No cow calling was needed as this bull was defending his small piece of real estate not allowing any intruders!
It's hard to imagine I would be impatient on only the second day of this elk hunt but I was. With a bad heal injury a few weeks before, a depressing 24 mile mule deer hunt that already beat me down, and several blown tires on the way to the promised land I was feeling anxious. I almost passed this bull at 16 yards after seeing so many good bulls, but decided to shoot and I'm glad I did. He is definitely a deceiving old bull. Over the course of just two days I saw over 1000 elk, wolves, and some real giants. Impatient maybe, but it was a true adventure and thanks to this guy there will be meat through the winter. Can't believe I almost left without him!
I have a buddy that goes with me every year. We filled both of our tags. First elk was my buddies that I called in, 2nd was mine. Big thanks to ElkNut for all the advice. Last 2 years in OTC have been a much better experience!
They kind of look a like, but look how the facial hair grows above the chin. First pic guy is sold hair between chin and bottom lip. Second pic the guy has a “soul patch” with no hair grown around it. Unless you got some evidence not in this thread. I think you side tracked a great thread for nothing.
Montana. Second day of season. Spotted him bedded. Snuck in to 55 yards over the next 40 min closed the distance to 44 yards. He stood took a step right. I placed a 100gr kudu right where it needed to be. Went 60 feet and tipped over dead. Was awesome to watch him expire. Largest to date 6x7.
Congrats to all that have been successful this year!
I was able to draw a once in a lifetime tag in my home state of Kansas and I pulled it off with my first bull! I had a ton of guidance from some of the guys on the Kansas forum and truly appreciate their help. I hope you all enjoy the video!
2020 has been a year of great celebration...and a year to forget. Very challenging! I was able to fill a cow tag in MT before my hunt was cut short with a family emergency. Feel “SO BLESSED” to bring her home for the freezer. Life is short guys. Hug the ones you love and then hunt like there’s no tomorrow! Because someday there will be no more tomorrow’s!
Literally my last hour of hunt after a rollercoaster of a hunt that I wouldn't change a bit.Had a couple cow and couple calves come to me.Was going to take a cow so I drew and called to get the calf in position for shot.She turned her head to me but not her body.As I was cursing in my head this bull came in and practically walked in front of me at 18 yds.Arrow double lunged him.He went 70yds and fell over.
The Degner boys, father and son duo, have had quite an amazing year. Brendon shot a cool bull on the Tuesday, Sept 8, the next Saturday, I was fortunate enough to harvest a Pope and Young bull on the Saturday. We even got it on film!
Brendon's girlfriend is a brand new archer/bowhunter, she was sitting in a tree with Brendon, when they heard bugles coming from a nearby meadow...Brendon climbed down and intercepted this up and comer...She was super excited to be part of this experience.
The following Friday we headed into the hills for an overnight trip. Late Saturday afternoon we packed up camp and hunted our way out...This was the reward. I will post a video link that's kind of fun and funny!
I have to give credit to this young duster, Levi. He is also a new bowhunter. He loves to call, and got this old boy fired right up, and brought up a meadow into my lap. Levi has called many elk in for people, but never been in on a kill! At the start of the trip, I felt he called too much, by the end, We couldn't have him call enough. :) This was a hunting hilight for him. It also helps that both he and Brendon are young and fit...they each loaded a hind and front in their packs for the 2.5 km walk out.
How come small elk aren't passed up til next year when they become a shooter? Lol Also, I wish you guys who are successful would post a pic or two after all the hauling is done, instead of the glamour shots lol. I am Envious of all you being able to hunt these awesome animals. Can't imagine how the heart would be pumping with one screaming 10 yards away, don't know if I could keep it together.
09/16 WY General Area bull. 05:40 pm bugled him to 28 yards. 4 mi solo pack one way, 5 loads, exhausting. Hardest pack of my life. Would have never guessed my best scoring bull would come from a heavily hunted general area not known for big bulls. Just goes to show you never know. Good luck to those still after them.
Waited 21 years for Oregons premier archery elk tag. Had a great hunt with some great friends. Passed some bulls along the way over 14 days of hunting, but couldn’t pass this one. Found 4-5 bugling bulls the evening before. In the dark of the morning it was quiet, but one bugle set them all off. They dispersed to their respective ridges to bugle and try to attrack cows. We went after this one because of the growlyness of his bugle. About 700 yards up his ridge we came to a standoff at 50 yards with a cluster of trees between us. My buddy finally stomped a couple times and broke a stick, to simulate some cows. Bull couldnt take it and walked out on the downwind side at about 27yards. I got drawn as he was filtering through the trees and tracked him as he walked clear. Arrow burried about 8in behind the crease just above his centerline. 600yards of tracking, towards the truck, and he was ours.
I've never been more pumped than this elk experience.
I've never been more pumped than this elk experience.
My best Manitoba Bull to date.
Sometimes you do everything right, and still it doesn't work. Then you wake up the very next morning and do everything wrong and end up 22 yards from a 6x7 that's facing away and you give him one. Never quit!
Sams picture is beautiful but I think a little deceiving. The fronts look “short”. Not knocking it at all, a 311” bull is a trophy of a lifetime! But I don’t disagree with his score. Beautiful. Great job!
Keith ready to start taking out the last load of meat.
Keith ready to start taking out the last load of meat.
This bull didn't make a sound coming to the bugle. Late in the afternoon, after putting on many miles through steep and rugged mountain country, my hunting partner, Keith, and I called from a tall ridge. The sound of timber breaking reached us from across a drainage, followed by more cracking a few minutes later. With no bugle response, we hoped it might be a bull and scrambled to set up on a relatively open ridge, just in case it was. In short order, we saw antlers pop up over a small rise - the breaking brush was a bull and he was coming in! Good thing we got set up quickly after hearing the timber break. He trotted up the open hillside, stopping once to dig his antlers into the ground and kicking his hooves up as he continued toward our position. Most of my experience has been calling bulls in timber, so watching him trot up the open hillside, carrying on like a bucking bronco at the rodeo, was quite the show! Keith was set up in front of where I had called from, but when he drew (hoping the bull would take a few more steps) the bull caught the movement and froze. Keith was caught in an awkward position, with a steep downhill angle to the bull. He still felt good about the shot, but the arrow flew high, over the bull's back. He spooked but, with a little more calling, came closer again, circling around to where I had a good opportunity. My arrow hit a little higher than I wanted, but he made it only 80 yards before going down. First pack load out, in the dark, was a brutal 4 hour trek down steep slopes and through deadfall laden timber. The next day we had recovered enough, from the physical torture of the previous night, to make the steep and long hike back to the kill site and get the rest of the meat. Much easier pack the second day in the daylight! Young bull, but every Elk taken is a trophy and an awesome experience! Darren
1st elk by bow. Walked up on a sleeping bull at 33 yards we didn’t know he was there, he didn’t know we were there. Double lung shot. 40 yard recovery. Medicine bow National Forest Wyoming. Had my 75 year old father standing next to me when it all went down. Happy happy.
I was blessed to just have drawn this Wyoming tag but extremely blessed to have taken this wide, heavy beamed 6X6. My best bull yet...Best of luck to those still in the elk wood or are heading out soon. Most of all everyone please stay safe!!!
The boy called this one in last weekend. Not the big bull I was after but a solid 6 with a messed up passenger side. I love freaks and this will look good in the boys room. Not bad for a 10 year old!!!