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2003 Colorado Elk Hunt Yields Pope and Young Class Bull Image
Location: ColoradoAlbum: Elk, Caribou, Moose & BearAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Elk

2003 Colorado Elk Hunt Yields Pope and Young Class Bull

September 11, 2003 by Dean Dardis

While hunting elk with my father and brother during the Colorado 2003 archery season, I was fortunate enough to come face-to-face with this magnificent 300-class Pope and Young bull elk. After hunting for days, my father and I were walking along a bluff in the Colorado Mountains. Dad gave a squeeze on his cow call and for the first time I heard an elk bugle. Tripping and scurrying down the hill towards the elk, we suddenly realized the wind direction was wrong and made a dash across an opening to the edge of a bluff. The huge 6-point was 50 yards down the hill. Concerned that the elk would go up through the timber towards the area we last called from, I attempted to provide hand signals to my dad, trying to inform him that I’ve spotted the elk and to call again. Apparently I was excited, because he had no clue why I was moving my hands around like a mad man. Dad called again…. When I looked back at the elk, it was gone. Frantically I looked across the ledge, down the hill and through the thin timber. All of a sudden, not 20 yards away a huge rack began swaying back and forth as the elk came up the hill. I drew the bow before we made eye contact and held it for longer than I ever thought I would. After staring at each other for an eternity, the Mathews Q2 quietly went off and I heard the arrow sink deep into his chest. This was my first successful hunt with a bow and something I’ll never forget. Dad gets a lot of the credit… he found the spot, and called the elk in.

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