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Bulls of 2009….Michael Kessinger’s Idaho Archery Elk

Bulls of 2009….Michael Kessinger’s Idaho Archery Elk

Here’s a report from long-time friend, Michael Kessinger, on his 2009 Idaho archery, public land, DIY bull.

“Well I hunted pretty hard for elk this year. I had a number of close calls and passed on a few spikes and forked horns in the first couple days. By Saturday, September 26, I was pretty sure I had made a big mistake passing on the small bulls early in the season. When I woke up on Saturday at 4am I had given up. I told my wife, Jennica, I was going back to bed. She said I better go hunting, that way I couldn’t complain about not going out for the next 11 months. I got out early and had a number of bulls bugling. Problem was they were down in a big hole. Against my better judgment I jumped off the hill and went down, down, down. After dropping about 1000 vertical feet I was in the elk. I had heard a number of distinct bugles and finally got where I thought I needed to be. I blew an estrus call and the brush around me came to life. I saw three different bulls in the course of about 2 minutes and heard some others not too far away. I was standing in the wide open when a 6×6 came charging into the opening and began walking right at me. I was pretty uncomfortable by the time he was only 8 yards from me, looking right at me, and still walking my way – I was getting a little nervous. He veered a little bit to my right and despite the fact that he was quartering hard at me, I let the arrow fly and snuck it in behind his right shoulder. He bolted, I let out a cow call, and he stopped about 40 yards from me. I sat down to let him expire. After about 20 minutes I walked over to where I had last seen him. To my surprise, he was still standing right where I’d last seen him. I watched him for what seemed like an eternity, just waiting for him to fall. When he didn’t fall I finally I stepped around the bush between him and me and let another arrow fly. The arrow buried to the fletching in his shoulder and he didn’t even flinch. I grabbed my last arrow with a broadhead on it and let it fly. It was a perfect low lung shot. He took about 5 steps and fell over. As it turns out, however, shooting him was the easy part. I called Jennica and a friend Bill. When Jennica called my sister Melanie to ask if she could watch the kids, Melanie offered up my brother-in-law, Lonnie’s, services. It was a good thing. The elk was 2 ¼ miles from the truck and the trip out was very steep. We finished the pack out about 20 minutes after dark.”

Congrats Kess!

Michael Kessinger's Idaho Bull

Michael Kessinger's Idaho Bull

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