“I am the best… He is going to die…”
These are often some of the thoughts, which run through my head when I am guiding or hunting. It may sound arrogant. It may sound cocky, but it’s the truth. Honestly, I think you should have these same thoughts going through your head when you are on a hunt.
I get my ass kicked all of the time on hunts and I think it’s important to share. I think it’s important to admit when I am wrong and when I fail on my hunts. I am human and I make mistakes all of the time, so I want to talk about them.
So, here we go… Mr. Heavy, how he really got away?
I should have killed this bull.
You don’t get multiple chances at a bull like this, especially as a non-resident unguided hunter.
The first day I hunted, I should have kept my butt on the mountain. I came off of the hill and went back to camp because I thought he was laid up for the day. He & his cows beat me to the spot that afternoon by 20 minutes.
Point blank, I got LAZY.
Mr. Heavy & his cows were bedded on the North slope of a clear cut. The wind was blowing to them from my position, but I used a small draw to the East of the herd to approach. This took my scent/wind offline from the elk.
I made it to within 55 yards of him. I could just see his antlers, but I thought the cows had moved off of the hill and toward the bottom. I got in a hurry and stood up. What I didn’t notice were a couple of cows bedded just 40 yards from me. The cows busted me and he escaped without a shot.
He was dead. If an animal gets with in my effective range, I feel they are dead and if they get away, I screwed up. #NoExcuses
God gave me a gift. I got impatient.
I like sharing these stories and thoughts, because I want you to get to the next level, hell I want to get to the next level. I get so sick of watching the same stuff or hearing the HEROIC stories in hunting and seeing them on social media. I want to feel something real and I want to learn something.
Anyways, thanks for reading and watching; it matters.