Eugene - Bull Elk Hunt
Most out of state public land DIY hunters were under a 5% kill rating for a bull. So Utah seemed to be the cheapest by far, with similar success rates. After 6 months we finally landed on Utah. The real work began now as picking a unit, a date, and making sure our leave was granted. Shooting in 3D tournaments, weekly, and hunting still in California our shooting was looking great. February April 2015 came with a deal I couldn't pass up. I had bought a new Strothers vital bow, and with only 4 months to set it up and sight it in the stress level was building. The pressure was surreal as I drew the lucky number to shoot first!
Saturday August 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm truck loaded down and we hit the road. My excitement of our first out of state hunt, and the first time elk hunting was so intense I drove the whole 17 hour drive. Pulling over on a dirt road at 2 am for a quick power nap. As our alarms went off we all quickly jumped out to change into our kuiu gear and headed down the road.
Another hour of driving and we pull over at an opening to glasses some clear cuts. Not 3 minutes went by before my brother whistles and says look! I see 3 bulls running along the bottom side of a clear cut followed by one cow. My heart started pounding! A couple hours later we found our way to our camp for the next 8 days. Driving around mid and that evening only to find camper after camper, quad after quad. The next morning we woke up and headed out to a road that would lead us to the top of those clear cuts. Not seeing anything we headed back up to the road to follow it down. About a mile back a small meadow appeared our attention is focused to the side. At 25 yards I happened to look straight in front of us 2 feet off the road to see a fawn calf. We all freeze knowing the heard could be anywhere. In this unit our tag enabled us to shoot a bull, spike or cow. Hoping that the mother of this calf had some friends along to pick him up. After a long 3 hours of waiting nothing! As the hunger sat in and the was starting to set we had a good trek back to truck.
I draw my bow right as he stops. At 58 yards broadside my heart is ripping out of chest. The bull turns his head looking straight at us. At full draw I am shaking a bit in hopes he turns again. Within seconds the bull starts walking straight at us. Holding my bow back for what seemed like a lifetime the bull finally broke at 26 yards. Turning broadside once again holding my pin in the only small opening I had between the two small trees, as the bull steps into the clearing "smack" my arrow hits the!
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