I Shoot Mathews

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Location: Packwood, WA Album: Elk, Caribou, Moose & BearAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Elk

First Bull with a Bow

September 8, 2005 by Jon Gabrio

It was opening day in Washington state this year; September 8th, 2005. I had set out that morning to a spot that my dad and I had scouted last year and during the summer, and we both agreed that there were quite a few elk in the area. There was lots of wallows, rubs, scrapes, and other evidence that led us to believe that. So, i got up on opening morning a couple of hours before daylight and got all of my gear ready to go and made the last few inspections on my new Switchback! I learned to do all my own work on my bows by working at The Archery House in Chehalis, WA. So after inspecting my bow and gear i took off for my spot. I arrived there in the morning to a clear and crisp sky and waited to hear my first bugle. But after hiking into my spot and giving a few cow calls and one lone bugle nothing answered me. So, I went up to one of the big wallows we had found that was being used, and decided to sit down and start cow calling and waiting. A few hours went by and nothing had showed so I figured that I should leave the area and come back the next day in hopes of not spooking anything on opening morning by hunting around in there. So I left my spot and started down the hill back camp for the afternoon. I ate lunch and decided that it was time for and evening hunt. I merely pulled out of camp and looked up the road and here stood a 5 pt. bull in the middle of the road only 300 yards from camp. I flew up the road and stopped, got out of my truck and took off through the woods after the bull. I hadnt gone far and heard a few branches breaking right ahead of me. I started cow calling and all of a sudden I had a bull staring at me looking for some cows. I had no shot because of the thick ever greens that inhabit washington state that every hunter out here complains about. I knew the only way I was going to get a shot was to make it happen myself. So i kept on cow calling and walked around the bull at 15 yards and down into a creek and climbed upon a windfall that had fell across the creek. I picked up my bow, knocked and arrow, drew back my new Switchback and cow called. Just as all that happened the bull stepped out on the other side of the log at 5 yards and I released the arrow and hit him right through the heart. He ran about 70 yards and fell over! Needless to say I was about the happiest person on the mountain and owe it all to Mathews! Thank you for making it possible to take my first bull with a bow at 17 years old! I cant wait to see what you come out with this year! Thank you Jon Gabrio

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