Sunday, March 27, 2011
About a week before the archery elk season started I was able to glass this bull from a very long way. He was so far away I couldn't tell exactly how big he was, but I knew I should get a better look. The following morning I slipped into the area I had glassed him and found him courtin' a couple dozen cows. As the hunt wore on, he was managing to keep up with over 60 women! We hunted this bull hard for most of the hunt. Due to the open terrain, we found ourselves stalking on our hands knees daily, just trying to get a shot at the big bull!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
While scouting in mid June I found this bull with a few younger bulls. His unique eyeguards really made him stick out, but his royals were just starting to take shape. I never saw this bull again until the last couple days before the archery hunt ended. After several minutes of debate and with only one day of hunting remaining, my hunter decided to pass at 41 yards! Mid day while reviewing the footage, he had second thoughts. So, we went back to hunt the droopy horned bull that evening. We finally spotted him just before dark and moved into position to call. He responded quickly to the calls, but hung up at 60 yards. With the fading light and longer than comfortable range, my hunter decided to pass once again. Maybe we'll find him again this year!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
My friend Delverne Merrill took his cousin out for his first archery bull hunt. After several days of chasing a giant bull, his cousin got caught up in the moment and let an arrow fly. Although it wasn't the bull they were after, the hit made for some awesome footage!