View Full Version : First Archery Bull (Montana)

09-07-2012, 09:22 PM
Well I was lucky enough to get my first archery bull on the ground on the second morning of our hunt! I was very fortunate that my father made the trip over from Idaho to join me. It was a experience we will never forget!
After passing a small rag horn and having a 6pt bull at 10 yards and seeing a total of 16 bulls on opeing morning we were thinking how could the next day even be half as good as today! After several scouting trips in the area we knew that we still had another drainage to check that should be very productive. So we made our game plan for the second morning and went for it! After reaching the bottom of the drainage we heard a loud branch snap and I looked in that direction and seen a small bull raking his antlers so we set up quickly, my dad crept back 75 yards and started cow calling. With no reactions from the bull i heard 2 bulls fighting farther up the hillside so i stayed patient and after about 45 minutes there were 8 bulls that filtered out and 2 bulls have bedded within 70 yards of me. After watching these bulls having no reactions to the calling i was wondering if it was going to happen. Out of nowhere one of the bulls on the hillside bugled my dad screamed right back at him and that was enough to fire him up and busting down the hill he came! After getting a couple quick ranges i picked my opening and as he went behind a group of trees i drew my bow and stopped him with a quick cow call with my mouth, I settled my 40 yard pin, squeezed the trigger and watched my arrow fly true! I couldnt stop shaking as i ran to my dad telling him "we did it!!!!". After following the blood trail for about 100 yards there lied our bull! All our hard work paid off and what a rewarding feeling it was!! The emotions running through me were undescribable! I want to give a huge thanks to my dad I could of done it without him!!!!

09-07-2012, 09:40 PM
That's awesome!! Nice bull!! I leave for my first Archery (or ever) Elk hunt in the back country next friday.

09-07-2012, 10:13 PM
Thanks It was a blast!! Good luck on your hunt keep us posted!!! Where about you headed?

09-07-2012, 10:25 PM
Great job! Sweet Bull!

09-07-2012, 10:32 PM
looks like he was fun to pack out!!!

09-07-2012, 10:32 PM
by the way, congrats, great bull!!

09-07-2012, 10:53 PM
South Central/West Colorado

09-07-2012, 11:10 PM
nice work. i love stories like this

09-08-2012, 08:59 AM
Nice work.. Congrats. Great story too :)

09-08-2012, 11:56 AM
Great bull congrats makes it even better that your dad was with you

09-08-2012, 12:10 PM
Very Nice Pic.s Congradulations..... (Very Nice Bull)

09-08-2012, 02:02 PM
Thanks a lot guys!!! Best of luck to everyone this year also!!

09-08-2012, 06:54 PM
Congrats on a great bull. Love the story. Sounds like you guys had a great time.

09-08-2012, 09:27 PM
Very cool bull. And for your first dang fine!!!! Your gonna have fun trying to top that one for awhile! Cool your dad was there with you too.

09-08-2012, 11:23 PM
Way to get er done Hardcore, i really envy you sharing that experience with your dad as my father gave up hunting all together about 20 years ago.

09-09-2012, 10:53 AM
nice work hardcor09!! looks like you found a great place to hunt! Great bull

09-16-2012, 08:45 AM
Congrats on a great bull. Very nice !!!

09-16-2012, 08:51 AM
Congrat I a fine 1st bull!

09-17-2012, 08:19 PM
Just plain all around awesome. The first of many I hope.

09-17-2012, 09:15 PM
Beautiful!! Nice photos too!

Muleys 24/7
09-17-2012, 11:02 PM
Very nice bull, congrats

09-27-2012, 09:03 AM
great bull good story awesome memories. great job

dying to kill
09-27-2012, 09:37 AM
awsome man sounds like a dream hunt, wut a bull!!

09-29-2012, 06:54 PM
Awesome great job!

09-29-2012, 07:56 PM
congrats on bull

09-30-2012, 04:13 PM
been a great year for guys putting their first archery bull on the ground. great elk

09-30-2012, 04:14 PM
That's awesome......congratulations on a fine bull elk!

Midwest to Outwest
10-03-2012, 03:23 PM
Well Done! Only thing better than getting your first bull down is building memories with friends and family. Here's to many more!

10-22-2012, 10:16 AM
Great bull, great story. Heck of a place for him to go down in those rocks, little aggravating getting him flipped for butchering?