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EPIC: is the only word
« on: January 09, 2018, 12:05:48 PM »
This is a long long story and season (9 elk harvested)

Hey Guys
Been a while since I've posted anything. Thought I'd share an amazing season with you guys and gals. The 2017 Montana summer was record breaking dry. Made for a tough summer. We had 3 major fires burning in our county. As a LEO that meant a ton of overtime and no scouting. We had hundreds of homes evacuated and unfortunately a few homes were lost to fires. With just a couple weeks before archery season we had to be evacuated from our home as well. It was a stressful situation for out family. I have to thank an amazing group of friends and church family that made it so much easier. The wife and kids lived in our RV for a couple weeks while I pretty much worked around the clock. Hunting was the last thing on my mind for sure. The fire was less than 3/4 of a mile from our home. I can't say thank you enough to all the fire fighters. Met some amazing men and women from all over the US.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 12:11:05 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 12:14:00 PM »
Sounds like your family and home made it out safely. Glad to hear it.  :tup:
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 12:23:47 PM »
Glad to hear all is well John.  I suspect there is more coming on this story

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 12:32:07 PM »
We made it back in our home first week of Sept. Needless to say I was ready for a day off and some backcountry therapy. Sept 13th I headed out for my first day in the hills. Wasn't expecting much action. I was excited to be in the mountains. Shortly after daylight I was 3 miles in and 2500' up. I heard my first bugle of 17' and told myself that made my day if I heard nothing else I was happy.
By noon I was on top of my familiar ridge. I heard another bugle that sounded too small to trop 1000' to go after. A short time later I heard a raspy bugle on the ridge across from me. I know better than to trop in this drainage, and have done it multiple times before and have ALWAYS regretted it and swear to never di it again. Well all you elk hunters know what I did!! I dropped in. :}
I started working the bull and he got really fired up. He dropped in as well and was working his way down to the bottom across from me. We were on a crash course at the creek bottom. He came to the creek and I could hear him walking back and forth destroying whatever was in his way. I never did get eyes on him, I'm guessing he was at 60 yds. The NW MT brush isn't too different than Western WA. He lost interest and bugled his way back up the ridge where he had come from. I was thankful for such an encounter for the first day out. By now its 2pm and hot. I am ready for a mountain nap for sure. I climbed up the the same hill the bull was on and circled 500 yds or so down wind. I found a flat spot and passed out.
       About an hours later I heard his familiar bugle on the ridge above me about 500 yds away. He was bugling on his own and seemed to be working down the ridge. I gained a couple hundred vert feet and let out some soft cow calls. I could tell right away he was coming and coming fast. I set up as best I could in the jungle I was in. He was screaming and breaking brush all the way. I came to full draw and he stepped out at 15 yds. He was quarter to me and had some brush in the way. After 30 seconds or so he got nervous and walked off away from me. He never did spook and just walked up the ridge away from me.
I couldn't believe it. I had called in the same bull twice in 2 hours mid day in the heat on my first day. He was a dark horned 6x6 I was guessing he was 310-320" not that I care :}
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 12:51:57 PM »
Sounds like a busy start to the year

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 01:00:55 PM »
I sat in awe for a few minutes and contemplated my next move. I had my gear on my back to spend the night, but wasn't sure if I was going to or not. I had cell service and had been giving my hunting buddies the play by play when I could. I had to work a night shift at 5pm the next day and knew if I killed one this late in the day I was going to need the day off. My hunting partner happens to write my schedule :}, so I got the day off from him by txt if I needed it.
I worked my way up the ridge in the dark timber and got into a ton of sign in some old spotty burns. I was hoping to run into one of the other bulls I had heard from earlier in the day.
I was about 3 hours from the truck with a hour of light left. I could walk out easy enough or spend the night?
Just then I heard a familiar bugle from the ridge above me. I sounded like the same bull from the previous 2 encounters. I decided to go for broke and get stupid aggressive with him. My thought was I will probably screw this up and get out of here. I have never got this aggressive with a bull. I am a get close and cow call them in kind of a guy.
The next time he bugled on his own I cut him off with a loud high pitched bugle. By the way I am using Phelps AMP reeds. They rock !!!!! If your not using them your missing out.
He answered immediately and started getting worked up. He was still 300 yds out so I nocked an arrow and went right at him. Every time he bugled I'd cut him off. I cut the distance in a hurry and was getting close. I could tell he was less than 100yds and I needed to slow down so I would blow him out. I could hear him raking a tree about 80 yds. I crept closer and used his noise to cover my steps.
I had 20 min of light left and needed it to happen. The next time he bugled I cut him off as loud and raspy as I could. I heard him break loose and started coming in. I spotted him at 60 yds. He was coming in above me and was going to have to come a long way to get to a broad side shooting lane. I found a lane and got my feet right and waited. He never broke stride all the way. As his nose came into my shooting late I got ready to stop him, but he stopped on his own right in my lane. I guessed him at 40 yds and later ranged it at 39. I saw my arrow fly through his side and he jumped forward. I cow called softly as he went out of sight after only going 10 yds over a little ridge. I immediately heard a crash followed by a couple loud moans. I crumpled to the ground in a heap, shaking uncontrollably. Most of you are very familiar with the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that I was experiencing , so I won't waste words trying to describe the indescribable.

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 01:02:21 PM »
I sat for a while Thanking the Lord for the opportunity.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 01:13:43 PM »
Great story. What a hunt. :tup:
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 01:17:48 PM »
I found my arrow buried in a dead fall 10 yds past the bull
It was almost dark when I got to him
The Bull had only gone 30 yds
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 01:18:42 PM »
Great bull and story :tup:
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2018, 01:31:37 PM »
Can some rotate ?

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2018, 01:33:11 PM »
 :tup:
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2018, 01:35:19 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2018, 01:36:46 PM »
I sent out a few txt to my wife and buddies and got to work. I had the Bull worked up and hanging by 1030 pm and made it to the truck by 1 am.
My besty had volunteered to take the day off and help me with the horses and the pack out.
I woke up to the sound of my wife and friend talking in my kitchen. I had over slept after getting home at 4 am. :}
Good hunting partners are hard to find and I have hit the jack pot on a few.
We loaded up the horses and were able to walk them right to the bull. Horses are not for everyone, but they are for me !!!!
We were back home before dark with the meat in the cooler !!!

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2018, 01:55:27 PM »
:}
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2018, 01:58:07 PM »
Sweet arrow picture! 
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2018, 02:14:46 PM »
It was the perfect beginning to a season. My friend Jason was going to be here in a week to hunt and I got to leave my bow at home and be a full time caller!!!
Jason made the drive from West WA for 10 days of hunting. As luck would have it the day he drove over my buddies killed two 6x6 bulls in a Nasty spot and needed my help. I was committed to helping pack them out. One of them was the guy who writes my schedule :}} I told him to go hunting and I would meet up with him the next day. Jason said no way and chose to help us pack all day and skip a day of hunting  :tup:
Unfortunately we couldn't get the horses to these bulls, but 6 of us managed to get them out that day.

Jason and I hit the ground running the next day well before day light. Just after day light we got hit with a nasty rain storm. It pounded us all day. We were both soaked. It made for a long night in the woods. We had heard one bugle on the way in, but couldn't make it happen.
The next morning we woke up to a wet blanket of slushy snow. We started working the ridge and trying to locate a bull. We got a bull to bugle and started working him. He shut up and we couldn't locate him again, so we decided to drop in the bottom to get some water.
After getting some water we began the climb out of the drainage. It snowing hard wet snow and we were both soaked to the underwear from the huck brush and mountain alder jungle. We heard a bull bugle and decided to get aggressive and not give him the chance to shut up. I cut him off every time he bugled and we kept working toward him. He was getting close and we were in a timbered mountain under mess. If there was going to be a shot it was going to be close. Jason was out in from of me 30 yds or so, and I saw the bull down through the timber headed his way. I lost sight of the bull for a few seconds and heard a bow go off. I heard the bull jump and I immediately bugled. I could see Jason was trying to get another shot at the bull at it was standing 30 yds away. A few seconds later I heard a loud crash and saw Jason pump his arms with excitement the bull was down.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2018, 02:20:36 PM »
Amazing day

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2018, 02:29:32 PM »
It was a mature 5x5. I don't think I've ever got in on an archery kill in a snow storm, but me pulled it off. Nothing better than hunting with a great friend and hunting partner.
We got the bull worked up and hung and headed up the ridge to camp. We were both wiped out and didn't have the energy for the 5+ miles to the trailhead. It was cold and no bear sign around so we decided to spend the night and hike out in the am. Our spike Camp was above 6000' feet, and we woke up to a foot of fresh snow and winds blowing 25. It was Sept 20th and felt like Nov 20th. We giggled and laughed all the way to the truck and made it home that afternoon. We got a good nights sleep and dried out and headed in with the horses the next am. It was a great ride in the snow. We got the horses to within a 1/4 mile of the bull and made quick work of the short pack. Did I mention I LOVE MY HORSES ?!!!! :chuckle:
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2018, 02:30:12 PM »
meat pole pic

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2018, 02:31:42 PM »
Cowgirl up!!! :tup:

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2018, 02:32:59 PM »
quad you'll have to Baby sit me through this thing
I'm a tech tard

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2018, 02:34:13 PM »
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