And so it was......and there was great rejoicing.......and swimming!
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That is one happy little devil. Thanks.
Bulls beginning to show on the cameras, from my buddy's.....
Looks like someone will be getting a chance soon.
hope it goes well, great to see the rain return to the north county and for us down here in the valley It's been a brutal August
great pictures!!! gonna start a new thread with my trail cam pictures
your are very lucky to get a bobcat on trailcam id love to get one...
Well there's just water everywhere now, hopefully the rain will lighten up soon. Opening day is this Friday, I hope I get a chance at this nice bull.
good luck Phil
that looks like a fantastic buul elk there phil
as some one that is about to go and have a crack at this elk hunting is that a great bull or is it an outstanding bull
and if you were to guess its score what would you reckon it will go ?
i hope to post some elk pix real soon
one other question why are called wapiti as well ?
thats what heaps of mates call em over here
hope you bag that big bloke phil
This is a pretty nice bull by most standards. But at the risk of sounding like I'm bragging on Arizona elk, this bull is really fairly average in comparison to what is out there. I'm not that great at guessing elk scores, but I'd estimate he's around a 320 score. His tines have decent length, but they're not super heavy.
I think this bull could be pretty special in another year. I think he's still not quite done growing. The rut has started and the bulls will quit eating during the rut, but it's still early yet. If you look at the pic again, the bulls belly is that of a younger animal and isn't pot bellied like an older bull. I also don't think he's made it to herd bull status. He was not with any cows and again if you look at this pic, you can tell he's bugling. Old enough to be looking for love, but not quite old enough to be finding it.
Now having said that, if he makes the mistake of crossing my path this year, I'll take him if I can. A 6x6 bull elk with archery gear is a hard earned trophy.
Why wapiti? Wapiti is an American Indian word that translates to "white rump."
thanks for that phil i really appreciate it i only hope that i can come accross one like that in bc next week
i will be trying for an archery kill but if that fails i will the 300 rum as back up
you say the rut has now started thats great news as our hunt was booked for the peak .
do they rut at the same time all over america ?
thaks again phil
and good luck with that awesome animal
Opening day today......worked a couple of bulls this morning but couldn't get close. Bugled a decent 6x6 to 50 yards this evening but he hung up there in some brush. Overall the rut seems to not be going full on, very little bugling.
Setup an intercept tonite on a saggy bellied grandpa bull. Unfortunately the bull moved faster than we thought and I was about 5 seconds late to a spot that would have given a 30 yard shot. A bit bummed but it sure was fun.
Sounds like you are having a great time.
One of my big dreams is to hunt bugling Elk with my bow.
Good luck with the rest of the hunt and I hope you get a nice one.
Looking forward to the report and photos :)