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this is my story that i have relived everyday since my hunt last week. it is very accurate except for the part about the brilliant, intelligent , good looking son
the elk was ranged at 45 yds but was totally behind a berm with a six foot clearing ahead . time to get ready . all i did was take my hat off remove my range finder from around my neck so it didn't get in the way of my shot. binoculars were still around my neck . i put my hat back on and all this couldn't have taken more than 8 seconds. when i came up he had entered the clearing and all i saw was elk body . the head was totally blocked off by trees and bushes. i said it can't get any better than this and i double check yardage then drew back, anchored, split the 40 / 50 yd pins to the vitals and that is when i saw the two pine branches
i had to let down since i never practiced that kind of a shot and i didn't know the exact trajectory of the arrow. i tried standing up to see if i had a better shot but he either winded me or saw me and he bolted out. if i took the time to practice with my binoculars and range finder both around my neck i probably would have had an earlier shot as he entered the clearing. i have always gaged the vitals from the front leg but since it was not in the picture it compounded the problem. after seeing the picture of the elk vitals i am convinced that i did the right thing by letting up. the only thing wrong in the picture is there was not a second clearing to wait for . it was take the shot or try stalking in for a different angle.
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