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CrazyElkHunter, that is a

CrazyElkHunter, that is a great looking bull and congrats on doinf it with a bow.  What state?

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Very nice bull, congrats on

Very nice bull, congrats on your sucess. I was talking to a buddy who hunts the coastal areas in oregon, he had a similar report to mine, not very much going on as far as rutting activity. the weather on the coast was pretty normal, low to mid 60's cloudy and drizzle.

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I must have got a little

I must have got a little lucky. Before I got to CO I heard from a few poeple that it was very dry and way to warm. I got to CO on sept. 19 in the a.m. and by the time I got camp set up and tried to rest for a couple hours I had about 3 hours left in the day for a hunt. I was still tired from the drive out so I walked 20 min. from camp and sat next to a small pond. I sat for about one hour and a 4x4 came in, I watched him for quite a while and finally decided to shoot him. With reports from guys, when I was setting up camp, that they have not seen or heard a elk in a week, I decided I better shot the first legal bull that I saw. I put a horible shot on him,but again got a little lucky, he went 50 yards and stopped to look back at the pond and just tipped over. I had a face mask on and when I released my kisser button caught the mask and ripped quite a hole in it. I was pretty happy when he went down, I was sick when I saw where the arrow hit. I only got to hunt for a couple of hours this year, but I was pretty happy for my first bull with a bow.

 

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Congrats on the nice bull, I would have been happy just to draw my bow back on an elk. I think your one of the lucky few who got an elk this year. what part of CO were you? I would love to make a trip back there to hunt one of these years.

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congrats

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I must have got a little lucky. Before I got to CO I heard from a few poeple that it was very dry and way to warm. I got to CO on sept. 19 in the a.m. and by the time I got camp set up and tried to rest for a couple hours I had about 3 hours left in the day for a hunt. I was still tired from the drive out so I walked 20 min. from camp and sat next to a small pond. I sat for about one hour and a 4x4 came in, I watched him for quite a while and finally decided to shoot him. With reports from guys, when I was setting up camp, that they have not seen or heard a elk in a week, I decided I better shot the first legal bull that I saw. I put a horible shot on him,but again got a little lucky, he went 50 yards and stopped to look back at the pond and just tipped over. I had a face mask on and when I released my kisser button caught the mask and ripped quite a hole in it. I was pretty happy when he went down, I was sick when I saw where the arrow hit. I only got to hunt for a couple of hours this year, but I was pretty happy for my first bull with a bow.

 

Congratulations on your first bull with a bow. As far as the shot goes, that is just going to happen to you from time to time. Atleast he didn't go far. I'm hoping you were able to keep most of the nasties off the meat. Good job on beating the odds this year. You were smart to take the first bull you saw because I know a lot of guys that got beat by the hot weather this archery season. Once again, congratulations on the bull.

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Congrats on a good archery

Congrats on a good archery bull! It's good to do like you did and shoot the first legal bull. Thumbs up

Last year, I made the mistake of passing up a legal bull early in the hunt hoping for something bigger. I won't do that again as I came home empty handed but I had plenty of memories to reflect upon.

Any time you hit that artery, you'll be fine and the bull shouldn't go far. It's when you hit them in the gut that makes for a long nite. Congrats again! 

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i was hunting in unit 7 of

i was hunting in unit 7 of idaho from the 18th to the 26th. we actually only hunted 4 1/2 days. the first day we packed into an area that had elk everywhere. well we got there and it was kinda raining when we set up camp. once camp was finished we went out to find where the elk are and we found not one single track but there was wolf poop and tracks all over the place. so that night we heard some howling and that helped us decide to move out. So the next day we packed back out and headed to the area we hunted last year and had decent success. the only access to this area is by gated road. the next day we went up into there and found that they are now logging there and the elk had been pushed out. well that's four days down the pipe. so we went to an area a couple miles away and hunted that. the first morning there we had one 5 point at 14 yds, another at 62 yds and a raghorn at 40 yds but just couldn't get a shot. the next day we had a big herd bull that we spooked and spent the rest of the week hunting but came home empty handed except for a couple of grouse. The weather was cold. only got to about 50 degrees at 4000-6000 ft.

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24th archery elk

I hunted in Colorado near the Utah border. My plan was to hunt the entire archery season as I usually do. Nice being retired. The elk were not in the area until about Labor Day week end. I started seeing a little sighn around the 5th and took this bull on the 7th. No elk were talking as of yet, but caught this bull tearing up a aspen near my blind. I would have had before and after pictures if my trail camera would have been working. The bulls legs were wet and a little muddy from the pond just 20 yds. away where I had originally put the trail camera . I was going to help my best friend get his bull and bear, but our trip was cut short due to the death of his brother in camp on the 9th. The weather was still warm, but we had extremely hi wind gusts up to 50 mph during the night of the 8th, and several trees fell in and around our camp. The next morning is when my friend died of a heart attack while trying to clear trees in camp. We left for home that day after the coroner picked up my friend from camp. This was a hunt I will never forget. The bull was my 24th elk with a bow, never hunted them with anything else. Weather did not help, since it was warm, but going the xtra mile did. Took 2 days to get all the meat out. Not getting any younger. At 59 and bad knees, packing meat out on pack frames is getting harder. I have been very lucky getting my elk most years, but I also hunt very hard and try to go places most hunters avoid. Thats how I ended up with the nick name "Crazy Elk Hunter"over 25 years ago. Going off cliffs and steep ridges to get to elk and then spending 2 or 3 days getting them out. Never had a guide, hunted on private ranches, or had anyone call a bull in for me. All fair chase on public land. I have called in several bulls for old and new friends and helped several get their first. Thats the part I enjoy the most. Every once and awhile one comes easy, but most takes a lot of footwork for days sometimes weeks.Thumbs up

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