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Old 09-21-2019, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default First Elk Hunt was a big success, public land giant!

Well, I have been kicking the tires for the last five years on booking my first western big game hunt and I finally decided to pull the trigger before I was too old to be able to meet the physical demands of a hunt like this. My expectations going into this New Mexico public land hunt were a combination of the unknown that comes along with hunting a different part of the county and the excitement of what could possibly happen if one of these majestic creatures happened to cross my path in archery range.

I can tell you that this was by far the most enjoyable and most demanding hunting experience I have ever had in my over 35 years in this sport. This guy screamed in my face at 15 steps and after a 2 minute stand off he presented me with a 12 yard shot. I always wanted the experience of hunting archery elk during the rut and also the experience of packing out an animal of this magnitude to test my physical capabilities. Well I certainly got what I asked for as this guy came to rest 2.5 miles from the truck. We started the cleaning and packing process at 7:30am and finished the last pack out at 9pm with over 15 miles logged. I was physically exhausted and emotionally spent at the end of this hunt, but it is safe to say Iím completely hooked on chasing these giants. Taking this bull on public land makes it all that more special! Sorry for the long read and hope you enjoy the pics!



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Old 09-21-2019, 08:35 AM   #2
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No pics!
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:36 AM   #3
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Congrats and looking forward to the pics. What outfitter did you use?
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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Beast! Nice work and congrats on the experience.

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Old 09-21-2019, 08:58 AM   #5
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Fantastic, congratulations!!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:58 AM   #6
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Congrats and wow!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:05 AM   #7
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Wow! Congrats
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:09 AM   #8
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That's awesome.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:20 AM   #9
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Heck of a bull!Congrats
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:20 AM   #10
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Jesus!! Unreal!! Congrats man!! Thatís a beast fosho!!


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Old 09-21-2019, 09:24 AM   #11
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Nice & Congrats!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:26 AM   #12
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Awesome bull! congrats!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:26 AM   #13
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That is awesome. My dream as well. Congrats
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:33 AM   #14
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Unbelievable bull. Congrats!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:45 AM   #15
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Great read. Pics are great. Me too before I get too old. Been twice to Colorado on public land. Next year, it's going to be a guided hunt.
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:46 AM   #16
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That's an amazing trophy! Congratulations
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:48 AM   #17
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My goodness, what a bull! That’s on my bucket list!
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Old 09-21-2019, 09:52 AM   #18
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Wow! Great bull right out of my dreams! Congrats!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:01 AM   #19
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Congrats. That is a well earned trophy!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:03 AM   #20
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Wow congrats that is an amazing bull!!

New mex has some of the best public land hunting of anywhere
I know where some giants live but I cant seem to draw a tag there and most unit wide tags are too expensive to make it worth it for me personally
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:06 AM   #21
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Amazing bull! Congrats!


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Old 09-21-2019, 10:06 AM   #22
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incredible story..congrats on the bull!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:09 AM   #23
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Thanks for sharing that. That’s a great bull. Looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:09 AM   #24
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Awesome, Congrats
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:10 AM   #25
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That's a giant, alright! Congrats on the hunt -- 12 yards!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:10 AM   #26
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Congrats again buddy! Incredible animal and story. Iím tagging along next go round
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:17 AM   #27
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Wow, congrats!!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:17 AM   #28
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Very nice bull, congrats on your success!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:25 AM   #29
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Unreal. Congrats

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Old 09-21-2019, 10:35 AM   #30
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Beautiful animal and pics! Thanks for sharing! Bucket list!
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:41 AM   #31
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Nice bull, Congrats.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:59 AM   #32
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Awesome!

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Old 09-21-2019, 11:07 AM   #33
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Beast! Congrats
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:37 AM   #34
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Beautiful bull, congratulations on the successful hunt.
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:05 PM   #35
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Great bull
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:17 PM   #36
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Beast mode!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:23 PM   #37
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Congrats! I'd still like to do that, but realistically, I have no place for such a big trophy.

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Old 09-21-2019, 12:37 PM   #38
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Great story and great pics!!

How many years did you apply before getting drawn in NM?? How many days had you hunted before you found that great looking bull all rutted up?
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:08 PM   #39
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Great story and great pics!!

How many years did you apply before getting drawn in NM?? How many days had you hunted before you found that great looking bull all rutted up?
Thanks! I purchased a unit wide tag since I didnít draw a tag. My hunt started on Sunday and I shot him on Wednesday afternoon.
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:08 PM   #40
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Congrats again buddy! Incredible animal and story. Iím tagging along next go round
Thanks buddy, letís do it in 2020!
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:13 PM   #41
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7x7 wow
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:16 PM   #42
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Well done Shelton! Awesome critter!
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:16 PM   #43
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Dang. that's incredible man.. great harvest
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:26 PM   #44
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Thats Awesome!!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:50 PM   #45
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That may be the bull of a lifetime.....congrats on everything.
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:40 PM   #46
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Well congrats, that’s a nice one. Dang good on your plate too !
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Old 09-21-2019, 02:59 PM   #47
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Wow! Congrats!
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:02 PM   #48
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Big congrats!!
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:02 PM   #49
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Awesome..great job! You realize how big they are when you grab hold of a leg and try to move him!
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:21 PM   #50
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Awesomeness! Congrats.
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