He grossed just over 354 but he is missing almost 20 inches of antler. My brother and I found this bull during archery season and he was still all together. He broke off over 5 inches on his right browe tine and he had a split 5th on the left side. My brother had the bull at 19 yards and could not get a clear shot, we stayed on him for 6 hours that day and could not make it happen. I went down during first rifle season and found him the second evening and was lucky enough to take him. The bull has 21 inch thirds and 20 inch fourths, my best bull yet. It was awsome.
Very nice bull. I always felt that the elk quality in 61 was suppressed by the blasting going on in 62, but maybe it's the other way around. Maybe 62 benefits greatly from the management in 61. Either way, great bull.
My family has hunted unit 62 since before I was born (1970). We have been lucky enough to take many elk, deer, and bears. We were never trophy hunters, always just filled the freezer. But in the past four years we have taken seven bulls grossing between 296 up to 363. You just have to put on lots of miles on your boots and know the area better than anyone else, which we can walk out of any hole up there without flashlight, we know it so well. It is harder than it sounds.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...