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2020 was a LONG season!
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Contributors to this thread:
gil_wy 15-Nov-20
ElkNut1 15-Nov-20
Jaquomo 15-Nov-20
deerslayer 15-Nov-20
NorCalVineyards 15-Nov-20
standswittaknife 15-Nov-20
stringgunner 15-Nov-20
Ketari 16-Nov-20
Cazador 16-Nov-20
Norseman 16-Nov-20
Bowboy 16-Nov-20
Treeline 16-Nov-20
Bowbender 16-Nov-20
Grey Ghost 16-Nov-20
Brun 16-Nov-20
cnelk 16-Nov-20
sticksender 16-Nov-20
Mt. man 17-Nov-20
maxracx 17-Nov-20
Brotsky 17-Nov-20
Jaquomo 17-Nov-20
HiMtnHnter 17-Nov-20
Scoot 17-Nov-20
T Mac 17-Nov-20
BigOk 17-Nov-20
Z Barebow 18-Nov-20
Mule Power 18-Nov-20
Royboy 19-Nov-20
gil_wy 20-Nov-20
BULELK1 21-Nov-20
gil_wy 21-Nov-20
easeup 22-Nov-20
From: gil_wy
15-Nov-20

gil_wy's embedded Photo
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Well, drew (what used to be) a great tag. Super excited... well 20 days of archery hunting and 12 days rifle hunting resulted in this bull. Had some opportunities in archery season but got a little greedy. Just couldn’t get away from other hunters! I’ve never seen anything like it and hope to not do it again!

Oh, and the most 2020 thing ever, I had to wait two weeks to get out of quarantine to go hunt this weekend!

So my count now is 15 archery bulls and 2 rifle bulls.

* sorry if anyone is offended by my rifle bull in this post. Figured some of my old friends would like an update.

From: ElkNut1
15-Nov-20
Way to go Cory, beautiful bull sir! I wouldn't be too concerned with anyone butt hurt about weapon of use. Thank you for sharing sir!

ElkNut

From: Jaquomo
15-Nov-20
Great bull, Cory! Tough hunting in many parts of WY this year, plus the China virus complications. Glad you scored!

From: deerslayer
15-Nov-20
We are hunters, first and foremost. Sometimes archery season can be a total bust and a guy is happy to take one with a rifle. Some of my hardest hunted seasons, where I put the most time and effort in, have been the worst, and I was elated to be able to fill my tag with a rifle. No shame in it at all. Great bull and great effort!

15-Nov-20
when I flew out to nm for my archery elk hunt this season there was a big sign in the airport ' STOP, by order of the Gov. of NM, you are ordered to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival" - yea right! great bull and thank you for sharing. I've got 8 elk points in Wyoming and I'll likely use them in the next 2 years.

15-Nov-20
Cazador will be here soon to admonish you... but I’m here to congratulate you sir.. that’s a lot of hunting and can weigh on ya.. great job!

From: stringgunner
15-Nov-20
Congrats. Based on past threads, I might be able to piece together the unit. If I’m right, I was there last year and being a former Wyoming resident where I was able to hunt it many seasons, it has in fact changed a ton. To put a bull down like that is a major feat now days. Congrats.

From: Ketari
16-Nov-20
Good bull.

Season has still got two months left.

Shoulder hunts til March.

Ketari

From: Cazador
16-Nov-20
"Cazador will be here soon to admonish you... but I’m here to congratulate you sir.. that’s a lot of hunting and can weigh on ya.. great job!"

On the contrary, Gil has been around forever. Glad to see him posting and that he's alive and well. I always thought you were pretty stand up as well, guess everyone has bad days.

From: Norseman
16-Nov-20
Congrats! Awesome bull! Thanks for sharing

From: Bowboy
16-Nov-20
Congrats Gil! I agree 2020 was a long season. I've hunted my elk area for 26yrs and this the amount of nonresidents was unbelievable. I felt I wasn't hunting in WY at times.

From: Treeline
16-Nov-20
Congratulations Gil! Great bull! Sounds like you had a lot of time in the elk woods this fall and, for that I am envious!

From: Bowbender
16-Nov-20
Congrats on a nice bull!! The only thing I'm envious of, is the fact you got in 32 days of elk hunting!

From: Grey Ghost
16-Nov-20
Congrats, Cory!

You put 4 more days into it than I did. I know how mentally and physically grinding it can be. Way to hang tough and get the job done.

Matt

From: Brun
16-Nov-20
Congrats and great bull. I'm curious about the crowding comments though. Did they issue a lot more tags in Wyoming this year? Did people spend more time in the woods? I'm curious because all non resident tags are limited in Wyoming and I don't see how there could be that many more hunters unless they increased tags. I must be missing something here.

From: cnelk
16-Nov-20
^^^ They werent necessarily 'hunters' - probably forest users. I noticed a huge amount of WY Residents glamping in the Bighorns this September. Thanks to Covid

From: sticksender
16-Nov-20
Beautiful bull and you earned him.....congrats.

From: Mt. man
17-Nov-20
NICE

From: maxracx
17-Nov-20
Great Bull!!! Congrats

From: Brotsky
17-Nov-20
Congrats Gil, we also had to resort to the boom stick to fill our WY bull tag this year after getting hammered with snow during archery season. It is nice having the option.

From: Jaquomo
17-Nov-20
Brun, where I hunted in WY the NF supervisor stopped by my camp and said he had never seen so many other people in southern WY where I was. He attributed part of it to the fire in the Snowies that displaced a LOT of hunters, part of it to a fairly new, young biologist who was sending people to that area when they called to ask for advice, and part to just an explosion of people in the woods this summer. He wasn't very happy because it was his bowhunting area too, and it was overrun. I encountered several "groups" of midwestern bowhunters where a couple had tags, but the whole bunch came along and combed the woods for them, bugling and Hoochie Mamaing their heads off.

From: HiMtnHnter
17-Nov-20
Way to stick with it. It's a fine bull. I have see similar things this year with the hunting. Trouble is lots of folks see Wyoming as this last great frontier. Anybody remember when they said that about Colorado?....

From: Scoot
17-Nov-20
Congrats Cory!

From: T Mac
17-Nov-20
Wow Great bull congrats!

From: BigOk
17-Nov-20
Congrats

From: Z Barebow
18-Nov-20
Nice to hear from you Gil! A great bull.

From: Mule Power
18-Nov-20
Beautiful bull congratulations! Let’s see a side view of that!

From: Royboy
19-Nov-20
Good bull congratulations! I had a tough time in Wyoming also but didn’t get back for the rifle season

From: gil_wy
20-Nov-20
Thanks guys. I was really fortunate to get the days to hint I did. As far as the pressure, I can’t really explain it. The areas I hunted, I have literally never seen another hunter in for 15+ years. This year it was multiple hunters each day being called in. That said, I passed on two bulls during archery about the same size as this bull and a bunch of smaller bulls so obviously it wasn’t a bad hunt. Just a way different than I’ve ever experienced. I guess, if nothing else, it’s an excuse to explore other areas and see some new country next year!

From: BULELK1
21-Nov-20
Congrats man

You certainly know the secret spots in that unit

Robb

From: gil_wy
21-Nov-20
Robb, I thought I did... I killed this bull on a mountain that I’d never hunted, ironically, because I always thought there was too much pressure. Never saw another hunter that day... gotta love the irony of 2020.

From: easeup
22-Nov-20
I was not offended by reading your post..........:)

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