Seth Holbrook's son Noah, 9, poses with his dad's archery bull. Noah videotaped his father's hunt near Rifle.
The 2011 archery elk season may have been the best for years to come. My son, Noah Hunter Holbrook, and I were hunting Unit 32, known as the “Bookcliffs” that overlook Rifle.
On Aug. 27 we headed into my favorite draw. We set up to make our first stand and nothing responded to my calls, so I decided to move to the head of the draw, another half a mile ahead. Once there, we sat up next to a wallow and I told my son to start the video camera. I started calling and within a couple of minutes we had three spikes run in on us. The spikes started calling and I was calling along with them, when two small (but legal) bulls came in at a dead run, crashing through the aspens.
While videotaping, my son got so excited that he would forget he had the camera on and would start filming the ground. As I took the shot, Noah was not on the bull. The bull jumped, the string hitting him high and forward. He ran, I called as I knocked another arrow, then he stopped at 50 yards. I took the second shot and hit him perfect. He went 60 yards and expired.
I have harvested some very nice bulls but this is, by far, the most memorable hunt and most exciting because it was with my 9-year-old son and, in my eyes, this is my biggest bull yet!