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#3349681 - 09/06/13 04:16 PM Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

Just got back from opening week in Colorado high country.... still on cloud nine! Got my first bull, and my 3rd elk ever (in 7 trips). All unguided, do-it-yourself, public land hunts.

Missed opening day due to excess work in real life, but hunted Sunday. due to the rain and warm temps, I hunted some low meadows at around 10,500 ft. Old elk sign, nothing fresh, no bugles. Gave up pretty early and went fishing instead \:\)

Second morning, my friend and I went WAY up high to spots we had found elk in years prior. Sure enough, there was a herd of 10-15 animals at the top of the mountain, around 12,700 ft elevation. As we were glassing them, all appearing to be cows/calves, I spotted a bull about 250 yards away down lower. He fed his way toward us, may have spotted us because he locked up at 66 yards. My buddy was to shoot, he was standing behind me, and I was ranging without an arrow even nocked. The bull barked at us, I cow called and he tried to work his way downwind of our position without coming directly in. He worked his way through an opening 47 yards away that was clear to me only without stopping, but wouldn't stop in the opening further down for my friend to shoot. He worked back and forth between the openings 2 or 3 times without offering a shot to my friend, so I asked him if he minded if I nocked and arrow and shot him if he came back into the opening I had. Of course, he didn't mind, so I stood up when the bull was behind cover, nocked an arrow and got ready. The bull came back into the opening for the 4th time and looked right at me for 10 seconds or so.... when he turned his head, I came to full draw, rapidly settled the pin and sent the arrow. It was still too early to see the arrow hit, but flight looked perfect right off the bow. The hit sounded good, my buddy confirmed a good sounding hit, and the bull crashed off in a death run. We heard him fall and gasp a couple times and knew it was over. I found the back 12" of the arrow covered in muscle blood, but no blood trail. We went another 30 yards or so and found him piled up. The arrow had hit perfectly right behind the nearside shoulder and the broadhead lodged just under the hide through the offside scapula. He travelled about 80 yards from where I had shot.

We took pics, and then the work started \:\) Killed him at around 6:15 am or so at about 11,700 feet elevation. Those bulls are heavy!!!! I'd estimate he's 600-650lbs, 3-4 yrs old based on tooth wear. Not the biggest bull in Colorado, but for a complete DIY, unguided, bow hunt, he's still a trophy of a lifetime for me! And in a unit that averages 9-10% success either sex with a bow, I feel pretty good to have taken my 3rd elk in 7 trips!

The rest of the trip was a blast, my buddy got to within 17 yards of a small 6x and a small 4x, but couldn't get the right angle for the shot. He also got to within 75 yards of the herd bull (a 280"er or so), but never released an arrow. He still had a blast helping me pack my elk out \:\)

#3349715 - 09/06/13 04:45 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

Wow!! Congrats!!
Team Run 'N Gunners

#3349819 - 09/06/13 06:25 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

thanks for sharing
prayers sent for our friends in need every day

#3349821 - 09/06/13 06:26 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: timberjack86]
Mud Dauber
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Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

Good work!
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

#3349824 - 09/06/13 06:29 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Poser]

Registered: 11/06/07
Posts: 30563
Loc: Chester County

Work to live, Live to hunt

#3349825 - 09/06/13 06:32 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: easy45]
16 Point

Registered: 09/29/04
Posts: 10828
Loc: Middle Tennessee

Awesome, congrats
There is only 1 Absolute.

#3349879 - 09/06/13 07:22 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: trealtree]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

Very cool. Congrats!
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3350047 - 09/06/13 10:39 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Gravey]
6 Point

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 974
Loc: Middle TN

Gotta be a great feeling. Congrats
#3351949 - 09/08/13 07:08 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: David]
12 Point

Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 5070
Loc: medon,Tn.

good job. leaving the 17th for the last of the season. cant wait
The hardest thing about Bowhunting Turkeys is leaving the gun at home!

#3352025 - 09/08/13 08:00 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: tickweed]
4 Point

Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 453
Loc: Chattanooga, TN

Congrats!!!! Lot's of good eatin there! Man I can't wait...headed out there in a few days. Dad has a MZ tag and I'm going OTC archery.

Much bugling or rutting activity?

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