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RidgeRebel
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Sep-06-16, 
09:30 AM (MST)
"Utah OTC Archery bull"

LAST EDITED ON Sep-06-16 AT 11:58 AM (MST)

LAST EDITED ON Sep-06-16 AT 09:37AM (MST)

I accomplished a goal that I have had for many years yesterday morning. I killed a bull elk with a bow on a Utah any bull unit. I hit the trail just before 7:00 am and just kept going until I cut a fresh track. About 1.5 miles from the road is were I finally started finding elk sign. The elk on the unit rarely bugle, but I began cow calling really soft about every 100 yards or so, then I would just listen for while. The third time I stopped to cow call, I could hear crashing above me. I knocked an arrow and within seconds the bull was about 30 yards from me running to the call. The bull stopped head on at less than 10 yards. I was frozen and could not draw my bow. The bull started to get nervous and began circling to get my wind. When he went behind a tangle of brush, I was able to draw. I hit the call as he stepped out and let the arrow go. He jumped at the shot and I could see a hole right behind the shoulder. The bull ran past me going down hill and he disappeared. I could hear him crashing below me for a few more seconds, then silence. I stood in disbelief of what had just happened. After calming down and trying to memorize where I watched the bull run, walked over to where I shot. I found my arrow sitting on top of a branch where the bull had stood covered in blood. I could see the bulls deep cut tracks in the dirt and slowly started to follow them. I did not find blood for about 20 yards, but once I did the trail was easy to follow. I found the bull approximately 50 yards from where I shot him in a steep drainage. The bull is a rag horn 4x5 but at that moment he was as good as a 400 inch bull to me. I had killed a bigger bull on an LE unit years prior but this bull is more of a trophy to me. The work then began. The bull ended up being 2.25 miles from the road and I had to make three trips in there coming out heavy each time. Getting out of bed this morning was quit the adventure as well.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Utah OTC A...  pinoche      Sep-06-16   1 
  RE: Utah OTC A...  desertpoint...      Sep-06-16   2 
   RE: Utah OTC A...  Gator      Sep-06-16   3 
 RE: Utah OTC A...  DoeNob      Sep-06-16   4 
 RE: Utah OTC A...  Zilla34      Sep-06-16   5 
  RE: Utah OTC A...  Snoopdogg      Sep-06-16   6 
   RE: Utah OTC A...  Tikka      Sep-06-16   7 
    RE: Utah OTC A...  tracker12      Sep-06-16   8 
 RE: Utah OTC A...  Soj51hopefu...      Sep-06-16   9 
  RE: Utah OTC A...  EROCK1313      Sep-06-16   10 
 RE: Utah OTC A...  gumtree      Sep-12-16   11 

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pinoche
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Sep-06-16, 
09:51 AM (MST)
1. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Thanks for sharing your exciting adventure. A great read to start off the week.

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desertpointbrian
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Sep-06-16, 
10:08 AM (MST)
2. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Very nice trophy

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Sep-06-16, 
10:22 AM (MST)
3. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Ad is covering up the story and the bull.

"I have found if you go the extra mile it's Never crowded".
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DoeNob
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Sep-06-16, 
10:32 AM (MST)
4. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Congrats! Looks like a tasty bull!

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Sep-06-16, 
10:58 AM (MST)
5. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Awesome story Congrats! This is why we do it! Such a rush. Then the works begins. But what an accomplishment. He will be a good eating bull. Your story is what I always dream about. I've harvested a few like that muzzle loader, and hoping to do the same this year. Each story is just as good as the last.

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Snoopdogg
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Sep-06-16, 
11:24 AM (MST)
6. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Congrats on your bull.

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Tikka
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Sep-06-16, 
02:31 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Great job!!!

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Sep-06-16, 
05:18 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Trophy for sure.

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Soj51hopefull
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Sep-06-16, 
05:45 PM (MST)
9. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

good job!

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Sep-06-16, 
10:03 PM (MST)
10. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Hell YEAH - Great Job and story!! Any Bull with a Bow on Public Land is a Trophy!

-ERock->

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Sep-12-16, 
10:27 PM (MST)
11. "RE: Utah OTC Archery bull"

Great story! Great to make it happen on an open unit too!

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