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Oregon Coast Roosevelt 2021

Joe Hulburt

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My two oldest son's drew really good Rocky Mt Elk tags in NE Oregon this year so I didn't really expect to get much hunting in this year myself. Luckily they both killed nice bulls the first weekend and I survived helping pack out of the steepest country I have ever had to pack meat out of.

There was a lot of pressure in my normal haunts around home so I decided to find a way into a remote bench that I knew would be open enough to hunt but it would take a journey up through the salmonberry jungle to get to it. I was finally able to pick my way up there one morning and right when I got there I heard a bugle. My first thought was "damn, someone else is here too". I gave a few cow calls and got no response which king of made me wonder....normally hunters are pretty easy to get a response out of. I was trying to decide which way to head when I saw an elk slipping through the timber about a 100 yards away in the direction of the bugle. I called a few more times and got set up. He was coming in slow and searching for me but wasn't really worked up and I didn't expect to get him into range. Finally at about 40 yards he turned straight at me and I was hiding behind the only spruce tree around peaking on both sides trying to figure out how it was going to go down and stay invisible behind a tree. At about 12 yards I figured he was coming around the left side of the tree and went to draw. I was in an awkward position and couldn't come to full draw on my first attempt which really rattled me. I jerked the bow back the second time but with too much movement and just as I settled the pins on him at 10 yards he wheeled. I marked "Choke" on my GPS and decided to back out before I did any more damage.

It was a long day reliving my mistake but I knew he wasn't too spooked so I made a plan to come in from a different angle to where he ran in the morning. I got in there and got as close to the salmonberry patch I figured they were bedded in an made a few cow calls. Nothing. I sat against a tree for a while and was just about to head out to a different spot when I saw a cow stick here head up into a huckleberry at about 75 yards. Finally she and two others came into the little open draw below me and were feeding to my right. A while later I saw a huckleberry swaying back behind them and finally caught view of his crown on the right side. They were crossing out of my range so I crawled forward about 15 yards so if he followed his cows he could be broadside at 50. Right when he was about to step into position a cow stepped out at 25 and caught me fiddling with my sight and burned holes thru me for a while. She finally put her head down and stepped out of the way right when he came clear into the open. I was able to make a perfect hit and he only ran about 50 yards and I heard a crash. Bull down!

My wife and two older boys were all around and made it up to me right at dark for some pictures and help. Very thankful for the help!

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.270Rem

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Your plan was solid and you converted on a fine bull. From one Joe to another, congratulations and I hope this pack out was on a friendlier slope.

I got to see some of that Roosevelt country six years ago and need to chase them there at least once.
 

ThunderNocked

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North Pole, Alaska
My two oldest son's drew really good Rocky Mt Elk tags in NE Oregon this year so I didn't really expect to get much hunting in this year myself. Luckily they both killed nice bulls the first weekend and I survived helping pack out of the steepest country I have ever had to pack meat out of.

There was a lot of pressure in my normal haunts around home so I decided to find a way into a remote bench that I knew would be open enough to hunt but it would take a journey up through the salmonberry jungle to get to it. I was finally able to pick my way up there one morning and right when I got there I heard a bugle. My first thought was "damn, someone else is here too". I gave a few cow calls and got no response which king of made me wonder....normally hunters are pretty easy to get a response out of. I was trying to decide which way to head when I saw an elk slipping through the timber about a 100 yards away in the direction of the bugle. I called a few more times and got set up. He was coming in slow and searching for me but wasn't really worked up and I didn't expect to get him into range. Finally at about 40 yards he turned straight at me and I was hiding behind the only spruce tree around peaking on both sides trying to figure out how it was going to go down and stay invisible behind a tree. At about 12 yards I figured he was coming around the left side of the tree and went to draw. I was in an awkward position and couldn't come to full draw on my first attempt which really rattled me. I jerked the bow back the second time but with too much movement and just as I settled the pins on him at 10 yards he wheeled. I marked "Choke" on my GPS and decided to back out before I did any more damage.

It was a long day reliving my mistake but I knew he wasn't too spooked so I made a plan to come in from a different angle to where he ran in the morning. I got in there and got as close to the salmonberry patch I figured they were bedded in an made a few cow calls. Nothing. I sat against a tree for a while and was just about to head out to a different spot when I saw a cow stick here head up into a huckleberry at about 75 yards. Finally she and two others came into the little open draw below me and were feeding to my right. A while later I saw a huckleberry swaying back behind them and finally caught view of his crown on the right side. They were crossing out of my range so I crawled forward about 15 yards so if he followed his cows he could be broadside at 50. Right when he was about to step into position a cow stepped out at 25 and caught me fiddling with my sight and burned holes thru me for a while. She finally put her head down and stepped out of the way right when he came clear into the open. I was able to make a perfect hit and he only ran about 50 yards and I heard a crash. Bull down!

My wife and two older boys were all around and made it up to me right at dark for some pictures and help. Very thankful for the help!

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I want to come back to Oregon and get a Roosevelt really bad. Nice bull, good choices and a great hunt!!! Good job!
 

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