View Full Version : My First Bow Kill

MT Muley
09-22-2011, 01:48 AM
I was finally able to escape school, and other family obligations that have been keeping me from hunting so far this fall. This is my first year bow hunting, and after 3 years of calling elk and only trying to photograph them, I was excited to have a bow in my hand. An hour before first light, I was getting myself set up between two different bugling bulls. One bull, sounded especially old, with each bugle, it sounded like his vocal cords were sore and he was starting to sound like a moo cow. Anyways, first light came and I had a nice compact, but long main beam and long tine length 6x6 bugling his head off at 100 yards. Unfortunately, he decided I wasn't a cow worth rounding up, and him and his cows moved off. The "growler" bull was still bugling at least once a minute, and I sat there contemplating what the best move on him would be. Just then I heard brush breaking out in front of me. A raghorn bull had somehow recruited a group of 4 cows, and he was desperately trying to keep them together. I made a couple of light cow calls, and they started coming towards me. Unfortunately they came on the complete opposite side of the tree that I thought they would, so I had to draw and turn all at the same time with no cover. Somehow it worked, and the bull was right there at 12 yards, and the rest is history. He went about 80 yards and piled up. I watched him crash and literally crashed myself onto my back, in shock at what just happened. I never thought I was going to arrow a branch bull on my second day of archery elk hunting on public land by myself. It is for sure beginners luck, but I know my scouting helped a bunch. I just wish my digital camera wasn't dead and I had more than cell phone pics. Luckily I got a text out to my friend, and he helped me get the last couple loads of meat out. I could not ask for a more memorable morning! The elk are going crazy, get out there and have some fun..

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/mitch-callas/340401_10150295377780869_640945868_8113422_4871802 39_o.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/mitch-callas/300197_10150295534515869_640945868_8114327_1086374 236_n.jpg

MT Muley

09-22-2011, 07:13 AM
Very awesome!! I love the pictures and the story!! Congrats!! :)

Bitterroot Bulls
09-22-2011, 07:15 AM
Doesn't sound like beginner's luck to me!

Great job and great story.

09-22-2011, 07:24 AM

09-22-2011, 09:29 AM
Congrats MT Muley! I am jealous, this is my 3rd year bowhunting and the closest I have come to getting an arrow in a bull is a 30 yard miss at a spike earlier this season.

MT backcountry hunter
09-22-2011, 06:05 PM
Nice Man. Congrats. Scouting sure does pay off in the long run. Out after them this weekend!

09-22-2011, 08:30 PM
good job man, I hope I can have some luck like that this weekend.

Jon Boy
09-22-2011, 11:52 PM
congrats on your first elk! Not to thread jack but do you guys think the elk will still be buglin this week with the heat? its suppose to be in the upper 80s low 90s

09-23-2011, 05:50 AM
Thats cool! congrats

09-23-2011, 07:36 AM
Congrats! You are hooked for life now.

09-23-2011, 12:14 PM
Congrat, nothing like a harvest with a bow.

Joe Hulburt
09-23-2011, 09:56 PM
Good deal!

09-24-2011, 12:08 PM
Congrats on a fine bull. It was the hard work you put in before the hunt that made your hunt.

09-26-2011, 02:39 PM
Congrats on your first bow kill and having it work like it did! That will be something to remember for a LONG time!

12-29-2011, 01:11 PM
Excellent! Nice Bull

12-29-2011, 02:01 PM
Great job! Very nice bull something to be very proud of.

12-29-2011, 05:45 PM
Dandy bull! Congrats!

12-29-2011, 06:39 PM
Nice job man..that is a great first!