I'm posting up some pics of elk taken this year so far by my friends.
The first is my good bud John from work. John has wanted to get into hunting for a few years now but has had bad luck on the few rifle hunts he's done. Something always came up that threw a wrench in his hunt. He decided to get a bow this last Spring practiced hard over the spring and summer and went with another friend from work hunting I believe in unit 55. They found elk and eventually John, only using a Hootchie Mama hand call brought his bull in to thirty yards and connected on his first big game animal ever, with a bow no less. The arrow looks like it hit a little far back but John said he took a step upon his release of the arrow. He still went less then a hundred yards for a quick recovery. He also ended up taking a buck, how's that for your first year of bow hunting? Congrats John!
The next hunter is my good friend Steve (AKA Powerbait) Steve connected on a real trophy bull bigger then his last big bull he took a few years ago which went over 330. He got him the third week of September with his 300 win mag on an Eastern Plains tag. Called him into 200 yards and laid him out with one shot, a 340 inch bruiser. Congrats Steve!
The next hunter is Steve's good friend Arnie, from Minneosota. Much like my friend Dave, who I bow hunted with, Arnie and Steve met hunting met, I think ten years ago, while hunting the wapiti on the mountain. They became good friends and Steve helps guide him when he pulls tags and comes out here. This year he pulled a first rifle bull tag and they scored last Monday with Arnie using his 7 mag to lay down his bull. Congrats Arnie!
Finally my good buddy, Rick, who is just getting to elk camp tonight for his second season hunt. I hope he gets one in the morning! His story is another one of a rookie getting it done with his help. His bro in law who has never hunted decided to take it up and pulled another first elk rifle bull tag. Rick took him and opening morning bugled in his beautiful 6x5 bull from 400 yards to 200 yards where his bro in law, Matt put him down with a great shot! How's that for being calm and collected with a beauty of a first bull? Congrats Matt!
Pictures below are in order of hunters: