Youth elk success

FlatlanderAZ

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After a whirlwind Wyoming antelope hunt with my youngest son Nash, we returned home just in time to sleep in our beds for a night before heading out on his older brother Hunter’s youth cow elk hunt.

It was a dream come true for me as my Dad joined my sons for a hunt for the first time ever. We were fortunate enough to locate a group the night before the opener in some country we hunted last year. Knowing the lay of the land was helpful as we put together our plan for the morning.

As the sky turned gray a bull was bugling near the tank they had been at the night before. In the dark we started to ease our way into the junipers. The herd bull and a satellite kept up their chorus as we got within 100 yds. We could hear the bull rake the trees between us after each bugle. Right at this time a group of cattle fed around the tree we were using as cover. It didn’t take long and they were trotting off in the direction of the elk 🤦‍♂️ The sound of hooves gained volume and it looked like this show might be over. I gave a few cow calls and forged forward for a better view. I rounded a basketball shaped juniper to see 8 cows staring back at me. Just as Hunter got on the sticks they started to trot. One more cow call and the lead cow stopped broadside and looked our way. The 139 gn SST from his 7mm-08 did its job and soon all 4 of us surrounded the giant cow in a group hug. Truly a day never to be forgotten.

I want to thank OE4A who provided Hunter with this opportunity via a donated tag. Hunter has a degenerative nerve condition called CMT. The opportunity for him to go on hunts like this has helped him learn that although his challenges are different than others, he is still capable of doing difficult and amazing things. Each time he fills a tag I remind him that he can do anything. It’s always emotional. God bless everyone who makes these experiences possible.
 

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Wallydeuce

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The photo shows it all. Congratulations to your son. Great job dad and thanks to the person who donated the tag. Well done!
 

Wily Wapiti

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After a whirlwind Wyoming antelope hunt with my youngest son Nash, we returned home just in time to sleep in our beds for a night before heading out on his older brother Hunter’s youth cow elk hunt.

It was a dream come true for me as my Dad joined my sons for a hunt for the first time ever. We were fortunate enough to locate a group the night before the opener in some country we hunted last year. Knowing the lay of the land was helpful as we put together our plan for the morning.

As the sky turned gray a bull was bugling near the tank they had been at the night before. In the dark we started to ease our way into the junipers. The herd bull and a satellite kept up their chorus as we got within 100 yds. We could hear the bull rake the trees between us after each bugle. Right at this time a group of cattle fed around the tree we were using as cover. It didn’t take long and they were trotting off in the direction of the elk 🤦‍♂️ The sound of hooves gained volume and it looked like this show might be over. I gave a few cow calls and forged forward for a better view. I rounded a basketball shaped juniper to see 8 cows staring back at me. Just as Hunter got on the sticks they started to trot. One more cow call and the lead cow stopped broadside and looked our way. The 139 gn SST from his 7mm-08 did its job and soon all 4 of us surrounded the giant cow in a group hug. Truly a day never to be forgotten.

I want to thank OE4A who provided Hunter with this opportunity via a donated tag. Hunter has a degenerative nerve condition called CMT. The opportunity for him to go on hunts like this has helped him learn that although his challenges are different than others, he is still capable of doing difficult and amazing things. Each time he fills a tag I remind him that he can do anything. It’s always emotional. God bless everyone who makes these experiences possible.
Memory of a lifetime. Congrats!
 

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