I've been an avid reader of BGH for years. I've never posted...just read in envy of all the success stories. I finally have one of my own I've been hunting since I was 12 with a rifle. I decided four years ago to become a bow hunter. I've hunted elk in OTC units for the past three years and saving up points. I was a customer of Exbio before he shut down his Western Hunting site. I was into elk every year. However, I never had and shots. This year, was very different. I drew out my archery elk tag this year and became the owner of my first 5x5 bull and first animal with my bow. I was blessed to find the elk the second day of season this year due to many miles of scouting preseason and pure determination. I was on foot, five miles into a remote area. I shot this beautiful bull at five minutes to sun down. I packed out the head after gutting and hanging all the meat in a tree. A long five mile walk back to the truck and an hour drive back to camp put me in bed at 3:45 in the morning. After two hours of sleep, I got up and rented a horse to pack out my meat. Hunting is what drives me. It reaches deep within and keeps me yearning for more. It's not just about getting an elk, it's the whole experience I'm proud to be posting my first bull elk taken with a bow. Best of luck to those still hunting hard!