First Bow Kill – A 336″ Bull Elk
Finally after 18 years in Colorado, I have been able to take my first 6×6 bull elk, actually 6×7. I have been hunting in Colorado since I moved here in 1994 and have taken 15 elk, and this was my 4th bull, but this was the first with a bow and by far the biggest. I have shot a bow for a number of years, but never really got into the archery hunting, but decided I was going to try it and I upgraded before last season to a Mathews Z7. I was amazed how the technology has changed and how accuracy of the bow. After 3 weeks of shooting I hit my first Robin Hood. Although, I was not able to connect with any animals my first year, my first hunt of 2012 was a huge success. After not being successful in 2011, I worked harder preparing for the 2012 season, lots of practice at the range, scouting, studying trail camera pictures and anything else I could do to prepare for the upcoming season. After sitting and watching a wallow for 15 hours on Saturday, 15 hours on Sunday and only seeing a mule deer doe, I was almost ready to give up on the wallow, but the trail camera showed the elk would visit the water hole every 3-4 days. I had Monday off of work and decided to sit for one more day and was rewarded when this huge 6×7 elk walked in. He stopped and gave me a perfect broadside shot at 42 yards. The arrow went through a rib on the entry side, through one lung and the heart, and poked through a rib on the exit side. The elk went about 150 yards before stopping to expire. I have the Z7 cranked up at high as it goes and shooting just over 70 lb draw weight. The butcher estimated this elk to be well over 900 and probably close to 1,000 pounds live weight and the taxidermist scored it at 336. This was my first 6×6 and my first big game animal with a bow, and I owe it all to the Mathews Z7, what an unbelievable piece of equipment. I will never change from a Mathews!!!!