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Old 09-14-2020, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got lucky and drew a LE Archery Bull tag this year with minimal points. I'm fairly new to the hunting scene, been hunting the OTC Any Bull Archery units for the past 3 years with no success. Up until this season, had yet to draw my bow in the wild. I was really looking forward to some bugling action, and many elk encounters, that is exactly what I got.

I heard more bugles this season than I can count. Ended up calling in 6 bulls to under 50 yards (first one on August 28 on a hot day...), full draw 4 times. I made one bad shot on a bull midseason that shook me up and got in my head. I got over it and kept hunting.

My brother and I packed into a remote, steep, nasty canyon on Wednesday for the last few days of the hunt. I went back and forth on whether it was worth it, as I was pretty confident the elk were in there, but if they weren't, it was a waste of the precious last few days of the season. The risk paid off. As soon as we got on the ridge of the drainage we were planning on camping and hunting in, we heard multiple bugles. We immediately called in a big 6-point to 15 yards, but I didn't have a great window to draw and he saw me and hung up without giving me a shot. We continued to chase bugles until dark and then set up camp.

The next morning was more of the same. We had 4-5 bulls bugling all around our tent at first light. We would chase one, then another would sound closer so we'd chase him, etc. We ended up going after a bull with cows that kept pushing away from us up a ridge. About 11 am, we gave up on him, and that's when pure chaos erupted on the opposite face of the canyon.

An elk stampede, and a cloud of dust rising from the pines. At first we thought another hunter had bumped them, then we heard 2 unmistakable bull bugles going back and forth at each other from that hillside. They continued screaming while we headed their direction. We slipped in from above to keep the wind on our face and saw a bull with a bunch of cows in the pines, still screaming, chasing his cows around. The other bull had moved down the ridge a bit, never saw him. As we bugled at this bull, he responded, but didn't want to leave his cows. I slipped in as close as I dared and waited. a couple cows headed my direction and bedded down 15 yards down hill from me. 15 minutes later, the bull came to check on these cows and gave me a shot. I hit him a little far back, but was able to follow up with a second shot on the money. I watched him bed down 50 yards from the initial shot and expire 20 minutes later.

What an experience! Too bad I'll likely have to wait another 15 years to have another opportunity like this in UT.
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats, and thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-14-2020, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sweet bull, Congrats!
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like a great hunt. Congrats on your success!

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Old 09-14-2020, 05:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Way to get it done! I'm not hearing of much success this year.
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Woohoo. Congrats! He’s a beaut! I was wondering how you did!
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Old 09-14-2020, 06:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Great bull. Awesome job! Thanks for giving us the play by play. I love hunting but I also love hunting stories!
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice bull!!
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very nice.
Sounds like a lot of fun.
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Old 09-14-2020, 08:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Huge congrats - great looking bull!
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