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10-17-2011, 02:14 PM
This was my first elk hunt, and after listening to a symphony of bugling the night before, I had high hopes of seeing several bulls once my hunt began the next morning. We were supposedly right in the middle of the elk rut, too. Well, the weather turned nasty the next day, with rain, wind, sleet and snow making that first day a pretty miserable one, in addition to pretty much shutting down the bugling, and seemingly the rut.

We hunted most of the day, seeing only an occasional bull and a few cows several drainages and a long, long distance away. Just when we were thinking we might call it a day, we spotted a bull working his way around the hill we were glassing from, about 300 yards away. We watched the bull approach us, and were delighted to see that he had company – he was with 5 other bulls – all but one over 320 inches.

We watched them approach below us feeding nonchalantly. We watched them for over ½ hour as they fed into and out of the surrounding trees. When I decided which one I wanted to take, I got set up on a large rock, and the bull disappeared behind a tree. I waited for several minutes, and decided to move to see if I could get a clear shot. Just as soon as I got set up the second time, the bull moved again, and my shot was once again blocked by some trees.

I decided to move again, and this time had a clear shot at 174 yards, downhill. When I dropped the hammer on my Ruger .300 Win Mag, the bull went down immediately – one shot, one kill. That Barnes VOR-TX ammo delivered as advertised. Incredible!! I was prepared to deliver another shot just in case, but it was totally unnecessary. It was an immediate kill. The bullet entered just behind his right shoulder, severing his aorta, and exited breaking his left shoulder. When I walked down and saw him up close, I was amazed at the mass this bull’s antlers had – he was a “monster” in my book. He's a 9 x 7, and scored 362 6/8” SCI.

In a way, I hated for the hunt to be over so soon. This was such beautiful country, and I could have spent many more days up there. But with the weather closing in, I decided that a bull in the hand was worth two in the bush – especially a bull like this.

10-07-2012, 09:47 PM
Great Bull Congrat's

10-07-2012, 09:53 PM
Beautiful bull, he has great mass. Will make a great addition to your wall decor. Congrats!!!

10-07-2012, 10:58 PM
Awesome bull congrats!!!

Muleys 24/7
10-08-2012, 04:37 PM
What a great mature bull! Congrats on a trophy!

6mm Remington
10-08-2012, 05:12 PM
That is a toad! Glad you decided not to pass on him, how could you??


10-08-2012, 07:39 PM
Great bull! Thanks for sharing. I agree, how could anyone pass this one up??

10-09-2012, 08:44 AM
Sounds like a great hunt and one heck of a bull.

10-09-2012, 11:41 AM
Great bull and sounds like a fun hunt.
I noticed the "SCI score" and wondered if this was a high fenced hunt or a limited entry tag?

11-02-2012, 02:50 PM
Nice bull, you would probably have kicked yourself if you would have passed him up.

11-02-2012, 02:52 PM
Waidmannsheil on your liebenbull!

Hunters congratulations on your lifetime bull.

11-02-2012, 04:12 PM
well played! those northern utah bulls have some great mass to them. nice job

11-02-2012, 04:37 PM
Gregb Who did you use as an guide or outfitter and what unit was this bull taken in. looks like a great trophy.

11-02-2012, 05:55 PM
Wow, that's a great bull, congratulations!

11-03-2012, 02:11 PM
Great bull and for that to be your first he will be a hard one to beat. Congrats!

Musket Man
11-03-2012, 02:38 PM
Thats a great and unique bull!! I am curious why he is scored SCI instead of B&C.

11-03-2012, 02:46 PM
He may have just wanted to score him as SCI. I know a lot of guys that score their animals as SCI instead of B&C.

11-04-2012, 10:34 PM
WOO WOO! That's a monster in my book as well, congrats!

11-04-2012, 11:53 PM
great bull Greg. I see your my neighboring town! We need more Nevadans on here.

Musket Man
11-05-2012, 08:29 AM
He may have just wanted to score him as SCI. I know a lot of guys that score their animals as SCI instead of B&C.

Could be. I just dont understand why anyone would not score a fair chase animal B&C? I have nothing against SCI at all and I believe they are a good organization but the way they support high fence hunts really turns me away from them. I even tried to join SCI but I couldnt bring my self to renew the next year due to all the high fence hunt articles in their magazine and I didnt enjoy reading it. I have nothing against high fence hunts either but they are not for me.

11-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Holy monster Gregb -- your first elk hunt? maybe your last bull if you are committed to beating this one? :)

Congrats. This looks mazazine-cover-ish to me.

11-12-2012, 04:13 PM
Awesome bull, congrats!!!!!!!!!!

12-02-2012, 09:30 PM
congrats on the great bull!!

01-13-2013, 01:49 AM
Nice Bull!!!!

01-13-2013, 06:53 PM
That bull is awesome!!!

dying to kill
01-13-2013, 08:07 PM
im thinkin i would have passed, passed out that is . what a stud

01-14-2013, 02:20 PM
The lack of response and answers leads one to believe this was a high fence hunt. Unfortunately there are plenty of them in Utah. Wonderful bull, but a farm raised elk means nothing compared to a public land bull.