First Elk ,, Last Day
After five days of hunting and several possible opportunities, time was running out. This was the last morning hunt. I wanted to make the best of it. In the dark, I heard the first bugle. It was loud and seemed close. My adrenalin started to pump. Only problem was no light. Patience was the key. The wind was in my face and he was ahead of me. After 40 minutes of patient stalking, the bull stuck his massive antlered head out of the pines . I ranged him at 60 yards. I had practiced on a daily basis at 50 yards so I had to compensate for the extra 10 yards.He moved out, I drew my Mathews Q2XL, took aim and released.It seemed like slow motion. I watched the Carbon Impact arrow tipped with a 125 Steelforce broadhead strike the kill zone.He went 30 yards and dropped. I harvested my first Elk. He scored 302 5/8 P&Y and was my first harvest with the Q2XL.