Photo by Patrick Navares
As two local butchers, my friend and I ended up doing our everyday job on our hunt, but this time it wasn’t with beef.
After a long day at the shop, my co-worker Patrick Navares and I were deciding where to go hunting the next morning. We loaded the ATVs and got the gear ready for an early morning third-season rifle hunt in unit 81.
There was a good amount of snow in the area, which helped because nobody had been driving around in trucks and probably didn't want to freeze on an ATV. We stopped on top of a hill and glassed the hillside where I spotted this bull. He was about 900 yards out. The wind was in our favor and so we started our 500-yard stalk.
I didn’t want the bull to spook, so I took a 400 yard shot. After the shot, I watched it through the scope, waiting to see what would happen. Nothing. Patrick said I missed and to shoot again. No sooner did he say that than the bull starts rolling downhill. Success!
We tagged it and dragged it with the ATV all the way back to the truck. As you all know, that’s the point where the real work begins. Luckily, we do it for a living.
The bull’s official score was 323.