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#6166417 - 02/02/16 01:35 PM My First Elk- West Texas
mulie_mike Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 6572
Loc: El Paso Texas
I never thought I would be able to take an Elk in west Texas or have the time to do it but it all worked
out recently. I saw this old bull last season with a slightly bigger frame but with our hunts usually being
trophy hunts only no one was interested in him. I kept an eye out for him late last year but only saw him once
and really thought he had moved out of the area and gone.

A couple of my aoudad hunters tagged out on day 1 so with a few days left we went out looking for Javelina the next day on that ranch.
Well that afternoon Tyler (good friend and guide) says check out all those Elk (about a group of 40) as we were riding around and that old bull
was in the herd about 600 yards off.

Now it was decision time and nerve wrecking. It felt like forever but probably only seconds and one of the aoudad hunters said go Kill
him Mike! Well that was that, we were off on a stalk to get closer and we closed the distance to just over 350 yards and waited
for a clear shot on him and I touched it off. He went down almost immediately and I couldn't believe what just happened.

This old bull was going down hill with nearly no teeth left. For me I would rather have that any day and remember it for the rest of my
life. Now I can scratch a free range west Texas Elk off of my list.

Now to make room in the freezer, and I still haven't told my wife I shot it bolt
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#6166432 - 02/02/16 01:47 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
centxhunter Offline

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 447
Loc: China Spring, Tx
Congrats on a nice bull...looking forward to getting one in 2017!!

#6166446 - 02/02/16 01:56 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
kdkane1971 Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1975
Loc: Mesopotamia
up texas

#6166473 - 02/02/16 02:20 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
BOLT GUY Offline
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Registered: 02/17/11
Posts: 1169
Loc: North of Wylie
Great job Mike! Gonna have to book a hunt with you sometime soon. Kuddos for being one of the good guy's!

#6166519 - 02/02/16 02:52 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
billyhunt Offline
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Registered: 09/25/11
Posts: 2434
Loc: granger,tx
If you don't have enough room in your freezer Mike, I will only be to happy to help. food CONGRATS!!!!

#6166528 - 02/02/16 02:58 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
heredeer Offline
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Registered: 01/08/16
Posts: 406
I also have freezer space !!!

#6166703 - 02/02/16 05:26 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 15763
Loc: Denton/Argyle
Great job and great trophy bud! Enjoy those elk steaks!! up

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

#6166706 - 02/02/16 05:31 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
Chief Joe Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 6100
Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio
Dang Mike! Great job! cheers

"It is the same boiling water that softens the rice, which hardens the egg." It's not always about the circumstances, but what you are made of....

#6166785 - 02/02/16 06:24 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
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Loc: Mesquite, Tx

#6166790 - 02/02/16 06:27 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
cheers But the real question much did you tip your guide? bolt

#6166872 - 02/02/16 07:13 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
Bear Charge Offline
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Registered: 05/20/11
Posts: 2572
Loc: TX
"Democracy is a sheep and two lions voting. Liberty is a well armed sheep contesting the vote."
Ben Franklin

#6166918 - 02/02/16 07:34 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
BigPig Offline
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Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 10213
Loc: Forney, Tx
Congrats up
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Ever spit it out rather than swallow it?

Originally Posted By: pegasaurus
Enjoy it while you can. One day you might be complaining about NOT getting random pop-ups in the morning. grin

#6167215 - 02/02/16 10:25 PM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
raiderJ Offline
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 395
Loc: Tx
That's awesome

#6167288 - 02/03/16 01:58 AM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: mulie_mike]
kry226 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4961
Loc: Germany

#6167295 - 02/03/16 03:24 AM Re: My First Elk- West Texas [Re: kry226]
dawaba Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 4200
Loc: Big Eddy Road, Noonday
Congrats Mike! Did you take it off your ranch south of Van Horn? It's nice to be the hunter instead of the guide now and then.....
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple.....and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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