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10-25-2012, 09:32 AM
Hey folks, I had some luck last Monday in Wyoming. I guess I need a smiling lesson for the pics-

Enjoy, I'm still on cloud 9. Let it snow!!!

10-25-2012, 09:33 AM
Congrats, that is a great looking bull with some mass to him!

10-25-2012, 09:36 AM
PS pardon the gut pile too, I didn't even realize it at the time....

10-25-2012, 09:38 AM
Sweet bull...details please.

10-25-2012, 12:35 PM
They say there's good bulls in that unit.. He looks like he was one of them. Nice bull, congrats.

In God We Trust
10-25-2012, 12:56 PM
That is a great bull! Good job and glad you had a good season.

10-25-2012, 03:42 PM
Congrats great bull!! Is that guts or another elk behind him?

10-25-2012, 05:20 PM
geez snowstorm! the boy has some mass to it, nice work. and i love the gut pile, shows your a do it your selfer, well respected.

10-25-2012, 05:34 PM
That's a really nice bull, great job. Story please...

Kevin Root
10-25-2012, 05:38 PM
Nice Bull snowstorm. I like the mass of his antlers. Congratulations. well done.

10-25-2012, 07:52 PM
Great Bull! That mass is sick!

10-25-2012, 07:59 PM
PS pardon the gut pile too, I didn't even realize it at the time....

Seems like every time I take a photo of an animal Iíve killed I do the same thing, that being said your bull is so awesome you hardly notice the gut pile. Iím jealous, congratulations!

dying to kill
10-25-2012, 08:15 PM
awsome job ss great elk

10-25-2012, 09:13 PM
Great bull need to hear the story congrats

10-26-2012, 03:03 PM
I tell you what, that moment when I first got him in the binocs with those heavy, curved fronts and thick main beams, is etched on my brain forever. Translate: Drop the binocs immediately, and figure out how to get to shooting position ASAP.

To make a long story short, this is a sage/prairie/breaks region, with cedars in the draws. It is tightly limited, but don't let that fool you, these elk are skiddish esp. after the deer hunters look around for a few days. Finding a good elk requires LOTs of glassing from looking into the cedars 100 yds away to looking in the crannies and cedars at 2 miles.

The first day we saw a couple of mature bulls but it just didn't work out, both had cows with them and the older cows had seen this game before and led the way out of there before we could make a move. Then, we didn't even see an elk that afternoon. No bugling either.

First light 2nd day, this bull was laying low in the cedars and probably had been for a while. The site of him surprised us at about 225 yds. He was with a smaller bull and luckily (no cows) they just tried to hide and sneak up and out instead of bailing quickly. It took a couple of minutes but I finally got the broadside shot. Shots, that is. After he laid down out of site the smaller bull got curious and walked right up to him and nearly got poked with an antler when he got close. That's how we knew the big one was still laying down.

Well, he got up about a minute later and we had about an 18" window where his mane met the shoulder. I waited until the pulse got down to maybe 120, squeezed, and that's all she wrote.

10-26-2012, 03:22 PM
great bull ss!! congrats

10-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Awesome bull snowstorm. I never even noticed the gut pile until I read your second post. Can't wait til I can go again someday.

10-27-2012, 08:44 PM
That's a true trophy right there, congrats!