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First Elk Bow Hunt Image
Location: Upper Missouri Breaks, MontanaAlbum: Elk, Caribou, Moose & BearAnimal Harvested or Shoot Type: Elk

First Elk Bow Hunt

October 10, 2005 by Chris Steward

Having never hunted with a bow, I purchased a Mathews LX two years ago and practiced, practiced, practiced. On September 28, 2005, I took my first elk with the LX. This was my first bow hunt ever. I waited three hours at a wallow just south of the Missouri Breaks in Montana and had sat down on the ground under a juniper tree. I laid the bow in my lap and was hungry so started eating a power bar. After a few minutes I heard the elk crashing toward the water hole about 100 yards away, although I couldnt see him. He played in the water a few minutes then started in my direction. While he was out of sight I slowly picked up the bow and sat quietly. I could see his antlers over the hill as he started up a trail towards me. He then stopped at 44 yards and turned broadside to me, looking to my right. While completely seated on my rear end, I went to full draw and released just as he turned his head toward me. The LX performed perfectly and placed the arrow through both lungs. The elk turned and bolted downhill about 75 yards downhill before falling. What an excellent bow to perform so well from the fully seated position!

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