Sounds like you had a good hunt, now we have to have the details.
Was it in the area that you had been scouting? Did you see him during your scouting trips?
How many bulls total did you see?
A friend of mine had a tag for the 2nd archery hunt and we were never able to call them in. They were still somewhat quiet and not bugling too much. We didn't get a chance to harvest an animal but it was still a fun hunt. I have a muzzleloader tag for mid-Oct and I'm hoping they are well into the rut by then.
It was a double lung shot, at 42 yards he only went 20 yards and died in front of me! 338 4/8 SCI. found him the day before the hunt and had him at 67 yards opening morning, but he was walking and I passed the shot. Got near him the next morning but just bugled and walked the other way. I patterned him and found the water he was using in the afternoon. Shot him at 5:30pm he bugled about 1/4 mile away a few times out of his bed and then came in to water quiet. I never made a call that afternoon because I knew he was shying away.
I called in a thin 6x6 opening morning and then another small bull later on the first day. It was frustrating knowing that the big bulls werent breeding but they were vocal enough to track down.
It was fun hunt! for a day and a half.
My scouting trips were in different areas just trying to learn the land and find cows. This area I found by accident the day before the hunt because I was looking for another way in to my spot due to the changing winds.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...