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My Dad's Watershed Bull
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:12:08 PM »
My dad finally drew his first special permit this year. "Selected" for the mill creek watershed. He, and my whole family were so excited! This will be the first time any of us have stepped foot inside the shed, so my brother and I started pouring over the internet trying to get as much info as possible for what to expect. This site was by far our best resource. I was able to get ahold of a few Huntwa members that had past experience with this hunt, and their willingness to share was amazing (you guys know who you are, and my dad and family are so very grateful). Even with all the helpful info, and uncountable hours spent tearing through google earth, topo maps, etc... Nothing beats seeing it in person.

We were able to make 4 trips up their before the season opened. We drove around the whole shed, hiked what we could of the intake trail, but mainly spent many hours behind the glasses. And talk about encouragement, we saw great bulls everytime we went. Our anticipation was killing us. After our preseason scouting my dad felt confidant in holding out for a good mature bull. But the family would be happy with anything he decided to pull the trigger on!

The friday before the hunt the weather came in and the snow restricted access up top. We were hoping to camp up there, so our plans changed from the get go. This is how God works... Have your perfect day one plans ruined, then realize that God has it in control and, in faith, go forward enjoying every step, every moment. And we did. We got to cover a very large portion of the shed in 3 days. From top to bottom to top each day. Coming in on a different finger and coming out on a different finger. What a beautiful place! We saw elk everyday, but did not get in range of a shooter bull for the first two days. We saw a couple shooter bulls on distant ridges, but that BIG country takes a long time to actually get to them. At the end of day two my dad and brother were able to locate and bugle back and forth with a few bulls. It was getting late, so they decided to let them be until morning.

Day 3. Accessed the area where they had located the bulls from the day before. Saw a few cows in that drainage, but even with the howling wind, we heard what sounded like a bugle from the other side of the ridge. We continued down the ridge line and the further we went the louder the bugles. We were able to pin their location... Down in the bottom, of course. Dad and i looked at each other and it was clear... Here we go. Down the steep hillside we went... and went... and went. Bugles getting louder and louder. Wind was blowing hard uphill right in our face. Just as we neared the bottom the bugle sounded like it was now going away from us, around another finger. We spoke briefly trying to plan our next move, then it all happened fast. Movement started flooding in down below. Accompanied by a loud screaming bugle, now directly toward us and coming our way. There were multiple bulls, but one was obviously the herd bull orchestrating the show. He was flashing in and out of big timber pockets. My dad got set up on a rock about 215 yards from a big snag that we thought the bull was behind. Then out he stepped. In triumphant fashion. Bugling while trotting left to right. He stops. Dad says, "I'm gonna take him." I said, "DO IT". Boom, he drops in his tracks. Shoots again for good measure. My dad just shot his first big bull. The moment was unforgettable and will go down as one of my favorite hunting expiriences ever. My dad is a great man and a very hard worker. He has paid his dues and some.  I was so grateful to be the one to share that moment with him. We boned out and caped him. Hung 3 quarters and packed out. Met my mom and brother one step outside the shed boundary. It was an incredible family moment, giving all glory to God. My mom and brother were as much a part of the hunt as my dad and I. It was getting dark, we packed out. Went in the next day and the whole family got to enter and exit the shed. What a great day. All in all, we felt incredibly blessed to have expirienced the moments that we did. An all around great elk hunt.

Met some good people in the process of this hunt. It was very nice meeting and speaking to you guys. What you read about the watershed is true. Be in shape. Great shape. Even then, its a difficult hunt. Big beautiful country. God's country.

Thanks for reading my long winded post. Happy hunting all!

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 08:14:40 PM »
Nice Bull and heck of a task! My quads are quivering just looking at those pics! :tup:
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 08:23:50 PM »
Congrats on great memories and a nice bull.
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 08:27:14 PM »
What an awesome hunt and a solid set of unforgettable memories.
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2017, 08:30:27 PM »
Great story, great family. Congrats to all of you!!

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2017, 08:49:40 PM »
Congratulations! :tup:
Thanks for sharing such a great hunt!
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 09:15:25 PM »
Well done!
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2017, 09:36:44 PM »
Awesome, very happy for your father and your family.

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2017, 09:48:23 PM »
Great bull :tup:
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2017, 09:53:57 PM »
Great bull, great story and great memories, congrats!

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »
Awesome! :tup:
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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2017, 10:04:26 PM »
Awesome Bull & having the family share in the hunt was priceless!! Thank you for sharing!!  :tup: :tup:

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2017, 11:28:19 PM »
I don't know of anyone that hunts harder than this family, A well deserved trophy and look forward to see it hanging on the wall!

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2017, 11:59:49 PM »
Great story. Congrats.

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Re: My Dad's Watershed Bull
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2017, 05:30:20 AM »
Wow! sounds like you had a great hunt and great write up! Congrats to your dad!
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