Posted by Kings on 9/26/2016
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This year, I had the opportunity to bow hunt elk in Colorado on a unit I have been waiting years to hunt. I spent several days scouting and put a lot of time and effort into finding accessible public land to hunt. I hunted hard for 14 days, passed on around 15 bulls, and finally tagged out on a dream bull.
I hunted every day by myself, except opening day when my 8-year-old son came with me. The day I got my bull, I decided to focus on an area that traditionally held a lot of elk. I heard bugles first thing in the morning, but the wind was not in my favor, so I had to make a big circle and come in downwind. I got in on the elk and found three bulls and a bunch of cows. Two of the bulls were fighting and the smallest of the three bulls stole the cows while the two big ones were going at it.
"The memories I made will last a lifetime."
I slowly made my way toward where the fighting was. The bulls quit fighting and went looking for the cows. I made my way to the top of the ridge when a bull bugled just over the top. He came over the top and started walking right towards me. I could tell he was big enough for what I was after, but couldn't tell just how big. He started rubbing a quakie - I ranged him and he was 35 yards.
I had about a two-foot window that I could see his vitals, so I took a deep breath, drew my bow, and shot. I could tell I hit him, but thought it was a little high. I gave him over an hour before looking for blood. 100 yards later there he was! I couldn't believe how big he was. He has a 14-inch extra point on one side. He ended up gross scoring 370 inches. I couldn't be happier with this bull - especially taken with my bow. The memories I made will last a lifetime.
I wore the King's Hunter Series pants
, as well as the safari shirt
in Desert Shadow
every day of my hunt. The pants are the best pair of pants for the money that I have found (under $50). They are durable and dry quickly. I hunted in many different settings and feel that the Desert Shadow camo worked well in all these environments. I hunted quakies, pines, pinon/juniper, oak brush, and sage brush, and it worked well in all of them. Thanks King's for producing a great product.
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