After 24 Year Wait Hunter Takes a Michigan Bull

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Good things really do come to those that wait. has the story of Bob Beute posted that details his 24 year quest to hunt a bull elk in Michigan.

Annually applying for a Michigan elk permit had become a joke to Bob Beute, of Hudsonville. Until June, that is, when a manila envelope from the DNRE was delivered to his Hudsonville home, ending his 24-year wait. He’d just about given up on elk hunting. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Beute, 66, retired director of ministries for Hillcrest Christian Church in Hudsonville. “Not only did I get a permit, but I got a bull license and in one of the premier areas.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Very nice story.  Glad to see

Very nice story.  Glad to see he finally got his chance.  Too bad he says he's giving up hunting though.  But, If there is an animal to have a "swan song" on, I guess that's a good one.

I liked this reply to the tree hugger in the comment section:

"Because 800 elk is greater than the carrying capacity of the habitat. I fear we long ago reached the carrying capacity of liberal bleeding heart tree huggers. "

Gotta love the tree huggers for entertainment. lol

hawkeye270's picture

Good for this guy. It sounds

Good for this guy. It sounds like he spent a third of a lifetime applying for the tag. I know how he felt. I'm still waiting for my chance to hunt sheep. And who knows if that chance is going to come anytime soon. I do not like to hear that he is saying quits to hunting after taking his bull. He says that he can not imagine hunting deer after taking an elk? Come on... his passion in hunting should have just been renewed. I understand that he is getting up there in age and that probably has something to do with it. The way that they got the elk is a little funny. It sounds like the elk found a patch of timber surrounded on all sides to make their last stand. I understand that they were just trying to get the old guy a shot at a bull but lining up on all sides of the timber patch does not sound like the safest way to go about that task. The article says clearly that they put guys with vehicles on all sides of the one square mile patch of timber. I'm glad that no one got hit with a stray bullet.

groovy mike's picture


That is fantastic!  After waiting that long her REALLY deserved to bag a bull.

Talk about patience.

I know the feeling in some small part too!  It took me 10 years to bag my bull moose.

It is a reminder to all of us to never give up trying to get anything that you really want!

Well done bagging that bull Mr. Beute!

But even more so - well done to be diligent and keep trying!


GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is a great read and

That is a great read and congrats to the lucky hunter.  I do not think I could wait that long..that is some serious patience.

jim boyd's picture

Wow - what a great story for

Wow - what a great story for Mr. Beute!

After a 24 year wait, I would say he deserved a permit.

This makes you wonder how many folks are actually applying for the hunts - the numbers must be astronomical if it takes that long to get drawn.

Talk about gathering up some preference points - gee whiz!

Reading about the size of the elk and his age, it does not look like they are handicapped by living in Michigan, as opposed to out west...

There is a lot of interesting information contained within this article.

First - the numbers:

800 elk in the state

110 permits issued

86 elk taken.

That is a phenomenal success rate, it I am reading the story correctly. This means that 10% of the elk were taken and very few folks went home empty handed.

Also, with only 800 of the beasts in the state, I am very surprised the numbers of permits that are issued is so high... but it sounds like they have had some experience with these matters and know what they are doing.

Generating revenue - and likely a good stream of it - from animal that were likely imported into the state.... and also providing some home grown BIG GAME HUNTing (pun intended) just seems like an incredible no brainer to me.

Way to go, Michigan!

Using locals for guides sounds like it has become a little cottage industry for the folks that know what they are doing - great little short time business for these folks.

I guess the work is good if you can get it - but it is over pretty fast!

This seems like a road map for some other states to follow - not just with elk but with other species as well.

I know it is all risk and reward - and requires a system of checks and balances - but it looks like a huge success for this state - and finally, for Mr. Beute.

If this is his swan song, he went out with a bang!

How do you top that????