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Offline Bullnuck

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Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« on: September 25, 2019, 05:19:52 PM »
Well, we are on our 30 hour drive home from our Colorado public land DYI elk hunt. Still riding the high of a truly awesome elk hunt. We hunted our first week sharing the woods with the muzzleloader hunters. I will have to say it was the most hunters that we have ever seen on our great public lands. Which is a good thing but it tends to make the elk hunting tough. The elk were not very vocal in the areas that we hunted that first week. On the evening of day 8 we came back to an area that we had placed cameras on several wallows and discovered that the activity had picked up. The next morning, after a short blind calling session, my brothers arrow found its mark on his first archery bull. The 6x6 came in silent to him and his partners cow calls. The four of us were on top of the world. We had beat the odds as our team was now at a 25% success rate. But as we drifted into some much needed sleep that night, we had no idea how unbelievable Gods blessing would be. The next morning my partner and I finally had a bull respond to our locator bugle. But with a terrible wind and the rough terrain there was no way to make a play that morning. So we backed out and waited until the thermals changed around midday. We moved in slowly not knowing the bulls location. We decided to get in the area and let the bull make the first move. We finally heard a grunt from the bull around 4:00. He was across the canyon and was getting more vocal as we made our approach. The afternoon thermals allowed us to drop in tight on the bull. My partner was set up as shooter slightly above me thinking the bull would approach using the wind to his advantage. We started with a few cow calls followed by some light raking. Then picking up the pace, I gave a short moan and the bull responded. He was now below us. So I now quickly became the shooter and my partner the caller. Within minutes I saw the beast at around 85 yards. He slowly moved up the ridge ripping bugles as my partner continued to challenge him. He stopped at about 70 yards and thrashed a tree. I was trying to hold it together. He then continued up the ridge and as he passed some trees I drew only to have my arrow fall off the string. (So much for keeping it together) Luckily his view was still obstructed by the trees so I let off and re-nocked my arrow. He is now frontal at 50 yards. Just too risky of a shot. He ripped a couple bugles as his cows started calling behind him. But then finally turned broadside allowing me to draw and settle my 50 yard pin. I watched my arrow fly true. The bull ran a short distance and crashed within 10 seconds. I then collapsed with emotion. What a hunt! As we approached the bull, he kept growing. He was by far the biggest bull that I have ever killed and the largest body that I have ever seen on an elk. We were in shock as we snapped a few photos. Then,out of nowhere, another bull bugled below us. We looked at each other....We had to try! My partner took his position a few yards below my dead bull and I backed up to call. As I started with few cow calls, the bull responded, and I immediately challenged him with a bugle. After a few more calls I was looking at the bull at 45 yards, literally through the antler tips of my dead bull.My partner drew and held the bow for over a minute but had no shot as the bull became uneasy and eased off over the ridge. I decided to try, for the first time, the bark-scream. The bull turned and came right back in giving us his own bark scream. I challenged back with another bark-scream and he closed the distance even more offering my partner the shot. The bull ran off and we thought we heard him crash. We both collapsed to the ground in disbelief. What had we done? We have shot two bulls within 30 minutes and we later found his bull 250ft from mine. Words cant describe the emotion......unbelievable.... God is good!!![
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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2019, 06:48:20 PM »
Amen brother! Congrats that is truly awesome. Im heading back to VA from Co right now. Took a 5x4 Saturday. God is good indeed!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2019, 05:07:24 AM »
Well done!  :clap: Congrats on a great hunt.......
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - but the size of the fight in the dog. "

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2019, 06:34:55 AM »
Awesome!!!!!!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2019, 10:53:53 AM »
What a story.  Well done.  Congrats.

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2019, 08:13:38 AM »
Congrats on an awesome hunt!!!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2019, 11:27:56 AM »
 :upthumb: :upthumb: :upthumb: :thewave: :upthumb: :upthumb: :upthumb:

Great tale and super hunt...
See ya and God Bless;
Phil "Ol' Arky" Weaver

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2019, 11:43:27 AM »
Wow, great story and congrats on filling your tags.  I can bet the adrenaline was high during that last set up.

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2019, 12:50:41 PM »
now that is FANTASTIC! 


attaboy men!


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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2019, 01:13:21 PM »
Congrats!!!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2019, 09:28:31 PM »
Wow, what an awesome story and some great bulls. Beautiful fronts on that one. Hope you were able to get them back to VA. I'm in MD so I know it can take a while to get antlers back home again.

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2019, 05:33:24 AM »
Totally cool!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2019, 11:16:24 AM »
Really awesome.  Well done guys!!

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Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2019, 07:32:50 AM »
That's a hunt of a lifetime there!

 

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