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!