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My First Bull!

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My First Bull!

Postby Dbllung » 09 19, 2022 •  [Post 1]

I finally killed my first bull elk! My hunting partner and I started our hunt in Idaho during a ridiculous heatwave. Our first afternoon the temp reached 105°! We were still able to get within 80 yards of a nice 5X5 but no shot. That first week we had a couple close calls but no shot. My buddy had to leave on Saturday, leaving me to hunt solo. I hiked some new territory the next couple of days without any sightings or hearing any bugles. On Wednesday, the second to last day of my hunt, I hiked 3.5 miles to a ridge top, were I found some bull tracks. As I slowly followed them, I occasionally caught the scent of elk as the thermals were now going up. About 400 yards into my still hunt, I noticed the tracks began to go down a steep north facing slope. I let out a couple soft cow calls and heard a stick break about 60 yards down slope. I nocked an arrow and let out a couple more mews. He was on his way. First, I saw antler tips, then his head and then he was standing in front of me! I was already at full draw, so I released. I watched as my arrow hit a small branch and it flew over his back into the deep drainage. He whirled and disappeared downhill, but he didn’t go very far. I immediately called and he made his way back up to my right. As he came into a CLEAR shooting lane, I called to stop him. He stopped perfectly, quartering away, looking at me. My 25-yard shot hit perfectly and zipped right through him. Only seconds later I heard him tumble down the mountain! After a long 30-minute wait, I took up his trail. I found him approx. 70 yards from the shot. The pack out was long and hard, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am truly blessed to spend time in the mountains chasing such an amazing animal!
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby Swede » 09 19, 2022 •  [Post 2]

Congratulations Dbllung on a fine-looking bull. That critter is a great place to start.
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby Indian Summer » 09 19, 2022 •  [Post 3]

Awesome story! You never know what they’ll do. I made ssed a bull once and killed it 30 minutes later. Pretty cool. Congratulations!
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby js80138 » 09 19, 2022 •  [Post 4]

Congratulations. Enjoyed reading your story.
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby Thegreatwapiti » 09 20, 2022 •  [Post 5]

Congratulations! It was truly his time to die. Impressive!
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby >>>---WW----> » 09 20, 2022 •  [Post 6]

Congratulations Dubllung ! And by the way, wELKome to the forum.
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby Billy Goat » 09 21, 2022 •  [Post 7]

man, congrats! funny how you can have "no luck" at all and then one comes in and offers two shot opportunities. congrats again!
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby Lefty » 09 22, 2022 •  [Post 8]

Congratulations.
One down more to go.
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Re: My First Bull!

Postby maxracx » 09 28, 2022 •  [Post 9]

Great job!!!
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