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Old 10-15-2020, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since I got into big game hunting, one animal that has eluded me is a bull elk. I’ve been on plenty successful elk hunts with others, but when it came time for me to punch a tag on a bull, it just hasn’t worked out. So, when an opportunity came along to hunt some private land, I jumped at the chance.



STOP READING HERE IF HUNTING PRIVATE LAND MAKES YOU THROW UP A LITTLE IN YOUR MOUTH!



This private land isn’t what most would consider “elk country.” It’s not the alpine slopes or the high mountain parks, it’s a mixture of sage brush, river bottoms, and agriculture fields. Due to some work commitments and scheduling, I would really only have one day to hunt – the last day of the 2020 Utah General Season Any Bull Elk Hunt. A plan was made to sneak in before light and hope to intercept the elk moving from one place to another on the property. We got into the predetermined spot about an hour before light and were greeted to the sound of multiple different bulls bugling. The wind was perfect – a slight breeze quartering from the elk to us. As the time slowly passed, the elk became more and more vocal. At this point, my seven year old son whispered, “Dad, they sure are noisy!”

As the blanket of darkness gave way to the slow illumination of the day’s arrival, the elk were headed in a direction that would take them well out of range of our setup. For no rhyme or reason, the entire herd suddenly stopped, milled around for a minute or so, and then made a 90 degree turn and headed right for us. With the breeze coming very gently from the elk to us, the elk continued to slowly close the distance. With the herd well within shooting range, I sat in awe at all the sounds a large herd of elk make. The many different variations of bugles, cow calls, and calf calls were truly magical. The line the elk were on would take them within 100 yards of our setup. Slowly, but surely, the elk continued on their path and were now broadside at less than 100 yards. As I painstakingly waited for a shot, the elk seemingly had no cares in the world and were not in any hurry to go anywhere. All I needed was for one cow to take a few steps and give me a clear shot at the best bull of the bunch, within a few seconds she took those needed steps. As the cow cleared the bull, I settled the crosshairs right behind the front shoulder and slowly squeezed the trigger, waiting for the rifle to surprise me. KABOOM!! The 140 grain Accubond smashed into the bull and I had my first bull elk. Twisting to the side to give my son a high-five he was noticeably shaking. I asked him why he was shaking, and I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said, “Dad, I have no idea why I am shaking!! All I know is my heart is beating so fast and so hard, I think it’s going to beat right out of my chest!”

As we approached the downed bull, gratitude filled my heart for these wonderful animals we all love to pursue.
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Old 10-16-2020, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is frickin awesome! Congrats!
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Great job Jeff! Even if the trigger wasn't pulled, the excitement and adrenalin that your son had rushing through his vanes was worth more than a Bull on the ground IMO.


I think your son is hooked on hunting for sure! "High Fives all around"
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good stuff Jeff! Congrats man
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Memories to last a lifetime. Congrats and great job.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Congratulations on your bull, but more importantly congrats on getting your son involved and hooked on hunting
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Congratulations brother, that’s a beautiful bull
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Well done!
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I love that! Couldn't have happened to a better guy!
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Congrats on your first bull. And way to involve the kids.
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