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My 2018 Bull Elk Hunt

I still can't believe I actually drew a tag, let alone filled the tag. Things didn't exactly get off to a great start, as several of the bulls we had located in Zone 8 had moved into private property where we didn't have access. One bull that had been on property we did have access to disappeared the weekend before the hunt. So opening morning we ended up with the other zone 8 bull hunter and a zone 8 cow hunter (we all had the same outfitter). They had found a group of bulls at dents run, near where the PGC operates the elk cam. There was one big bull in there and another decent bull.

I want thrilled about the idea, but I could only hunt through Wednesday, so I was willing to go along and try to fill my tag on my first elk hunt. We got to the gate at 5am, and sat in the truck for over an hour in the rain. Finally close to 620, we got out and started to head in. We worked along the road passed the elk cam, up towards the back field. We got to the edge of the field just in time to watch 5 bulls come off the hillside into the field. We sorted out who was taking which one, and set up about 10 feet apart in the edge of the woods.

Things got real confusing though, as the bulls were tightly grouped, and began sparring out in the field. As they started to separate the guide called out the distance at 275 yards. As we lined up they started sparring again. So we waited. As they separated again, I finally settled my rifle and lined up on the bull at 285 yards. At 0650, I fired the first shot. The other hunter fired shortly after, and all ---- broke loose. At one point 3 bulls were on the ground.

It took me several seconds to realize that my bull had dropped where it stood, and one other had played down next to it. As I was trying to line up a follow up, I realized the bull in my scope was not the one I shot, and I finally heard my father calling out that my bull was down.

The other hunter fired a few follow ups, and his bull was down as well. We got a little excitement as we approached. His bill stood back up and briefly charged at us before it was finally put down.

When we got to my bull, it was a big heavy 6x6, with one partially broken tine, but the spread on the bull was over 50 inches. Field dressing revealed my shot had ripped apart both lungs. The 178gr Hornady Precision Hunter bullet did its job.

I couldn't be happier and can't wait to have my mount back. Going to be the first mount I have in my house, and I am having the remainder of the hide tanned as well.

I realized that I had seen this bull on the elk cam right after it was turned on, so I went back and found some screen grabs of it.
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Wow! Congrats! I assume that's your pop with you in the pics? Cool that you could share the hunt together.


So... the third bull was not hit? It just laid down?
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Congrats again BigCountry! Heck of a nice bull right there!
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One picture is my guide, the other one is my dad (he has the woodland orange vest). The third bull had just laid down, was not hit. Caused a lot of confusion. It ran off shortly after.

We actually had another bull come in while we were field dressing. He walked right between ourbills, realized what was going on and high tailed out of there.

We also had the PA game commissioner and a game warden come in and talk to us while we were waiting for the carts to get the elk out. Seemed like a nice enough guy.
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...the other one is my dad (he has the woodland orange vest).

Heck, he sure put his mark on you, you guy's look like twin brothers!
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I think the person most relieved I filled my tag was my wife. She told my grandmother the other day that the only time in her life she has felt more relieved than when she got the "elk down" text from my dad was when the doctors told her our son was healthy and ok (he was a little on the small side when he was born).

She's also heard enough about elk at this point she could probably guide in PA next year, lol.
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Lol yea, he can't deny me in any way.
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Congratulations, sounds like a great hunt! I'm glad to hear that the 178 gr. Hornady Precision Hunter worked so well. I just sighted my 30-06 in with that ammo for bear season this afternoon, and I was hoping it was a good choice.
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Congrats! I bet it's a thrill hunting for bull elk in Pa and getting to do it with your Dad would be extra special. Enjoyed the pics and story. Thanks for sharing!

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