Most guys around here are happy to fill there tags, we do have only 15 bulls for every 100 cows. Guess what, if i see a spike opening day next year, 2 minutes into daylight, I am gonna drop the hammer, far more tender than the little raghorn i shot this year. When hunter success statewide is 13%, i will feel fortunate to have punched my tag.. especially with a 4 day 1st season. you can go ahead and post pics of all the big mature roosevelt elk you have taken in western oregon.Maybe if you waited just a little longer you would be bragging about how big the bull was instead of how fast you shot it!
I saw several bulls in the back of pickups about noon on the 19th of November as I drove from Hillsboro to Tillamook on the Wilson river Hwy. That was the opening of the second session of coastal elk hunting in Oregon. I know a lot of guys can only hunt weekends but really! There are better bulls in those mountains than what I see in the trucks at noon.
After you shot it from 20 yards did you hear the bigger bulls running away or were your ears ringing from the cannon?
Hey, i thought it was one of my better photos, in my defense, i truley could not position him better, he was twisted so weird, and was too heavy too roll over by myself the way he was sitting. I do think one of the next things on my list is a good camera though, i will modify if needed so i can use tripod for the binos on the camera too.For someone whose tag line says to "think a good thought", you sure didn't think your reply through very well! He said it was his first bull elk...are you really so condescending that you'll criticize him for shooting a spike, on public land? What did your first deer or elk look like? I'm sure it was a monster, trophy animal that you submitted to Boone and Crockett...
BarkBuster, that bull is something to be proud of, and I'm sure you are. It's way bigger than any elk I've ever shot, (cuz I never shot one!) though I hope to change that, someday. About the only negative comment I could make is on the quality of picture...but we've been 'round that topic before.