Benchmark Outdoors - Two In Ten
After a few weeks of grinding it out in the western Oregon jungles chasing Roosevelts, Jay, Austin and I (Michael) decided to make a late night drive over to the eastern part of the state to try for some rocky mountain bulls. We loaded up our gear in truck and trailer and headed out late in the afternoon, with a long night of driving ahead of us. Upon arrival in the early morning darkness, we planned to sleep a few hours in the truck until shooting light, only to be awakened by rain showers. We scrambled out of the truck to tarp our gear and realized that we were far too amped up about the chance to chase elk to get any sleep. We rushed to set up camp and headed out to get our hunt in, with a nice afternoon nap in mind. We reached a ridgeline overlooking a basin, Jay packing his bow and Austin and I packing cameras. Our plan of getting a quick morning hunt in quickly turned into bulls bugling below us, and a rush down into the basin to close the distance. Before we could even realize it, we found ourselves surrounded on all side by screaming bulls. With Austin and I on calling duty it looked like our morning hunt may actually pay off. With so many elk talking all around us, we had no idea, which direction elk may come from. Soon Jay spotted a blonde body coming straight towards us from below. At thirty-five yards the bull stopped and Jay's arrow hit the mark, sending the bull crashing back in the direction he came and falling over within our sight. I turned to jay in time to see Austin run up and after some hurried high fives; we realized we still had elk all around, two more tags in our pockets. Jay and Austin shoot the same bow and same draw length so the transition was made quickly. Jay ran back up the hill with Austin's calls in tow while Austin threw Jay's release on and we had more elk in sight before he could nock an arrow on Jay's bow. Jay proceeded to call and with Austin at the ready, we had cows within 30 yards and another branch bull coming down the trail. When the bull stepped into an opening at thirty yards Austin let an arrow fly and it hit the mark as well. The bull crashed away and died within sixty yards of Jay's bull. The action continued as the bow was handed to me and at fifty yards through the brush, I just could not get a shot on a third bull, but with two bulls down in less than ten minutes with one bow, we could not have been happier. We boned both bulls out and two trips later, we had a truck full of meat and a story to tell that none of us would ever forget.
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2 in 10fun to watch and hard to not want to be right there with you guys! Awesome!
Two in TenGreat people, even better hunt!
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