Western Hunter Magazine July/August 2019 #70 - Page 47

Two Minutes After a little conversation with myself about why I was there and how cool it would be to kill a bull on September 11, I charged up the moun- tain. I pulled the climb in short order and was right in their bedding area, doing my best to sound like a charged-up bull. I was almost ready to give up calling when a bull bugled 200 yards away. Immediately, I ran to the bugle, throwing sticks and making bull noises along the way. It only took two minutes and I had an arrow in the air! That was the quickest call-in I’ve ever had; I couldn’t believe it. After a short blood trail and a little rodeo, I was standing over my best elk to date. To do it on 9/11 made it that much more special. Lurking in the Shadows I feel like I wouldn’t do this story justice if I didn’t talk about the recovery of my bull; it was wild! After the dust had settled and his cows left the bedding area, I started hearing a weird bark; not like an alert elk bark, but a sharp, deep- pitched bark much like a scared dog! At first, I thought that maybe it was just a couple coyotes, but I’d never heard a bark like this. Soon, there were two – one above me and one below me. At this point, I decided to split and wait in a clearing for help to arrive. I backed out with bear spray in one hand and a knife in the other. I’m now certain it was a couple of wolves. That would explain why the elk were acting so weird that morning, and of course, I already knew there were wolves in the area. I’ve looked up YouTube videos of wolves doing that bark when they are surprised or scared. I’m not sure if they came to the sound of that bull and I bu- gling and got my scent or if they were already on the hunt. Either way, it was a wild experience. Tyler’s Critical Gear: Bow: Hoyt RX1 Broadhead: Kudu Contour Binoculars: Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Pack: Exo 3500 Boots: Salomon Quest 4D GTX Clothing: First Lite info@westernhunter.net WESTERN HUNTER 47