My first archery elk solo hunt on public land

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  1. Knuckleballz

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    Well it turns out all the analysis of chamberings, calibers, bullets, and powders wasn't a factor for me this year. I drew a special draw montana river breaks archery elk tag. During a 2 week solo hunt on public land, I finally got a 6x6 herd bull with a 7th kicker on one side. I crossed paths with bears, mountain lions, and rattle snakes, and lots of bold coyotes. The constant rain this year was a challenge mentally and physically. I dropped him 2.5 miles from the closest ATV access. Hiking out loads in the mud and rain was a challenge.
     
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    Hell of a nice bull! Congrats man
     
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    I took a picture of him with my phone walking towards a cow that was closest to me, picked up my bow and made a 65 yard broadside shot. There was over 20 elk bedded down around him. I had to wait him out for over 5 hours til he got up and moved close enough for a clean shot
     
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    Very nice! Got my first archery bull there too. A very different experience than most locations.
     
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    That is something to be proud of for sure. DIY, public land, no better feeling, congrats.
     
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    Nice job! That's a great bull!
     
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    Definitely no ground shrinkage there. He looks better up close than in the trees!
     
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    Congrats! Awesome bull and excellent work man. Be proud because that is an accomplishment.
     
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    Congratulations, as others have already said. Very nice bull. Now you are hooked forever.
     
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    I found this shed 7 miles from where I shot this bull. The taxidermist believes it is this bulls shed. He measured my bull and scored him at 350 20180925_105225.jpg