We scouted Deer on ranch and saw a few we liked. We ended up in a blind the next morning waiting to see what actually came out. Didn’t see “the one “so we scouted some more and went to different blind that evening. Finally saw the one I wanted and got the shot!
Three years ago I started my quest for an archery bull elk or even a mature cow in Colorado with an OTC tag. I had several encounters over the years but didn’t have a shot to take. I learned a lot about elk hunting from 2 really good buddies while out in the mountains. I also learned many valuable lessons from mistakes I made during our hunt. This year I got the opportunity to hunt the Floyd Lee Ranch in New Mexico.
After 6 days of hiking and 73 miles later with multiple stalks, and a variety of rain, snow, sleet, and wind in our face, it was down to the last afternoon hunt.
I let arrow fly hitting him a little far back, but still a good shot. The whole herd took off running through the woods, but we heard a crash and hoped it was him. We walked to the spot he was standing and there was great blood. We tracked him less than 150 yards and found him piled up as I had double lunged him. It was truly an amazing experience on the last day the last few hours of the hunt, we made it happen!
I had been hunting all week for a buck, saw several really big ones that never gave me a shot or were too far away. Finally, on the morning of the last day of season this old buck popped up in this field and I was able to get a shot on him! This buck is so unique how his main beam swoops up at the end and he also has a point in between his two main antlers.
I had been watching this buck for about a week. After going to hunt him three different times, he finally showed up, but he stayed out at around 93 yards. Just when I was getting ready to pack up and leave he started running in after a doe and stopped at 22 yards. Giving me the perfect broadside shot, so I took the shot and he dropped.