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John in MO / KY 07-Oct-23
Alexis Desjardins 07-Oct-23
Bowboy 07-Oct-23
Ken 07-Oct-23
RK 07-Oct-23
Mint 07-Oct-23
Sam 07-Oct-23
lamb 07-Oct-23
Bowfinatic 07-Oct-23
t-roy 07-Oct-23
Rgiesey 07-Oct-23
q d m 07-Oct-23
Stoneman 07-Oct-23
Goelk 07-Oct-23
Willieboat 07-Oct-23
kakiatkids 08-Oct-23
Inshart 08-Oct-23
GFL 08-Oct-23
John in MO / KY 10-Oct-23
HUNT MAN 10-Oct-23
Supernaut 10-Oct-23
Smtn10PT 10-Oct-23
TGbow 10-Oct-23
bohuntr 10-Oct-23
TMac 10-Oct-23
beemann 10-Oct-23
Beav 11-Oct-23
WV Mountaineer 11-Oct-23
elkmtngear 11-Oct-23
Treeline 11-Oct-23
SteveB 11-Oct-23
ahawkeye 11-Oct-23
Jeff Holchin 11-Oct-23
Paul@thefort 11-Oct-23
JBunn 11-Oct-23
deerhunter72 13-Oct-23
bowhunter24 13-Oct-23
Boomer 13-Oct-23
ND String Puller 13-Oct-23
Zbone 13-Oct-23
BULELK1 14-Oct-23
pav 14-Oct-23
ki-ke 15-Oct-23
07-Oct-23

John in MO / KY's embedded Photo
John in MO / KY's embedded Photo

John in MO / KY's Link
I just returned from a great hunt with Ryk Visscher in Alberta.

My guide Bryan had scouted an area with a fresh rut pit and had a few pictures of good bulls. He suggested we spend the first few days sitting tight in that area. Day one found us at the trailhead at 6:18 a.m. and after about a 40 minute walk we were settled into a brush blind about 30 yards from the rut pit. The morning passed with no action, but as the wind shifted Bryan thought he smelled another rut pit in the opposite direction. The wind began to gust a bit around lunch time, and we used the opportunity to find the other pit which was indeed about 80 yards in the opposite direction of the first. It looked fresh and smelled strong. We hung a trail camera on it and found the likely entrance and exit trails then headed back to the blind and trimmed several shooting lanes in that direction.

The afternoon was uneventful, and Bryan began to do some light cow calling around 5 p.m. with no immediate responses. At 6:45 we heard the brief but unmistakable sound of bulls fighting and we guessed them to be about 200 yards away. Just before 7:00 I could hear something big coming and a good bull appeared about 80 yards to our south, heading towards the second rut pit. The pit was shielded from our view by a clump of spruce trees, but it seemed clear that the bull had stopped at the pit. I thought my heart might beat right out of my chest, but I was able to use the few minutes the bull was at the pit to get myself reasonably calmed down. Suddenly, the bull was headed our way. I caught sight of him about 50 yards out, and he was heading down the trail and would be in my shooting lane in seconds. As he closed the distance, I began to draw my recurve. I was at 3/4 draw just as he entered the lane and Bryan stopped him with a grunt. I quickly hit full draw and watched in amazement as my arrow disappeared in the bull's ribs. The bull took a hard left and ran about 60 yards. He stopped and I could hear him cough and then he tipped over! Bryan and I were both in disbelief. A first day bull!

The shot was 19 steps, and I used a 50 lb Sky Hawk recurve, Easton Axis arrows, and Magnus Stinger Killer Bee 2 blade heads. I got a complete pass through, going between ribs on the entrance side and just nicking a rib on the exit.

The video is from the trail camera we hung at lunch and shows the bull turning to leave the rut pit just a few seconds before I shot him.

I can't say enough good things about Ryk Visscher's operation and my guide Bryan Down was really great. I also want to thank my buddy Darren Haverstick for asking me if I wanted to join him on this hunt!

07-Oct-23
Good one congrats.

From: Bowboy
07-Oct-23
Congrats

From: Ken
07-Oct-23
Congratulations on a great bull!

From: RK
07-Oct-23
Very nice Bull. Congratulations

07-Oct-23
Congrats. Great bull

From: Mint
07-Oct-23
Congrats!

From: Sam
07-Oct-23
Phenomenal!!!

From: lamb
07-Oct-23
great job nice equipment !!

07-Oct-23
Great bull!

From: t-roy
07-Oct-23
Congrats on a great bull and an exciting hunt, John!

From: Rgiesey
07-Oct-23
Great bull! Exciting hunt.

From: q d m
07-Oct-23
Ryk is the best!

From: Stoneman
07-Oct-23
Awesome, well done! Congrats

From: Goelk
07-Oct-23
Congrats a great Bull and story

From: Willieboat
07-Oct-23
Congrats and thanks for sharing

From: kakiatkids
08-Oct-23
Thanks for sharing...great bull.

From: Inshart
08-Oct-23
Nice bull John, is that your first moose?

From: GFL
08-Oct-23
Super cool hunt!!

10-Oct-23
Thanks Everyone!

From: HUNT MAN
10-Oct-23
Congrats on a great hunt!!!

From: Supernaut
10-Oct-23
Outstanding, congrats on a great moose!

From: Smtn10PT
10-Oct-23
Congrats on a nice moose!

From: TGbow
10-Oct-23
Congratulations John. That's an awsome account

From: bohuntr
10-Oct-23
Congratulations on a great bull! Very cool to have the before trail cam video!

From: TMac
10-Oct-23
Great bull with a recurve. Well done and congrats John.

From: beemann
10-Oct-23
Nicely done....Congrats..

From: Beav
11-Oct-23
Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Awesome bull!

11-Oct-23
I love it!!

From: elkmtngear
11-Oct-23
Nice bull, great job with the recurve!

From: Treeline
11-Oct-23
Congratulations! Awesome hunt and results! Gave you a lot of time to do other fun stuff!

From: SteveB
11-Oct-23
That is so awesome!!! Congratulations!!

From: ahawkeye
11-Oct-23
Nice!

From: Jeff Holchin
11-Oct-23
Nice bull!

From: Paul@thefort
11-Oct-23
First day, last day, all good. Nicely done with the stick. My best, Paul

From: JBunn
11-Oct-23
Fantastic.

From: deerhunter72
13-Oct-23
Awesome that you did it with a recurve! Congratulations

From: bowhunter24
13-Oct-23
Well done sir, thanks for sharing!

From: Boomer
13-Oct-23
Beautiful bull. I'm happy for you

13-Oct-23
That’s awesome congratulations!

From: Zbone
13-Oct-23
Nice, CONGRATS!

From: BULELK1
14-Oct-23
Ya done dang good---->

Congrats man,

Robb

From: pav
14-Oct-23
Very nice bull! Congrats!

From: ki-ke
15-Oct-23
Way to execute! Congrats on a great bull!

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