Plans were for a cow elk hunt yesterday. Happened across this wounded bull on the ranch. We have limited elk hunting access but wounded bulls get our attention and the option to put them down.
We think hunting on the neighbors place wounded him. No way to know for sure but 2 bullet wounds in 1 front leg lead us to believe long shots were taken.
We rode right up on him at 50yds and knew something wasn't right. When he got up the flailing front leg gave us the go ahead and take him.
75 yd shot and he piled up right away.
Best part he was right by the atv trail we use to access the property, 5 miles in though.
No infection yet in the wounds so hoping the meat is fine. His teeth have good wear so we'll get him aged by WG&F.
Spouse thinks he'll score 325 " or so. My bets bull to date.
Spouse's pic with the rack shows the Mullen Fire smoke we have been dealing with, the ranch is about 2 hrs from the fire.
Say what you will about Polaris but our 570 hauled the elk and both of us out 5 miles or so without issue over 6 creeks crossings. It was a little hairy but we made it fine back to the truck.