Dickweed's NM bull

paulc

Moderator
Alright, this was such a memorable hunt and a cool story that I think I will post some pics of it going backward. I will try to tell the story of the hunt briefly as possible, but, of course from the beginning. I picked this tag up at a fraction of what they go for only because it was 2 days before the hunt and after those 2 days it would be worthless. Someone could not do the hunt and had to sell the tag at the last minute. Anyhow, I had already drawn out so I could not use it, and checked with Zach and he has a rare light week at school. Only having classes on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Our good friend Jaime was coming from CA for the same hunt, so we promised him first shot on any bull we found. Jaime after a crazy first day killed a nice bull and we got it packed out Saturday and Sunday. Here are a couple of pics of us dealing with rain, processing the bull, and getting it ready to be packed out.


So, after hunting and scouting just about every elk season this year, we are just not seeing the quality of bulls we have seen in the past. Tuesday morning, we split up . I hike into a high spot about 6 miles from where Zach hikes up to a glassing mountain.
About 8 am Zach radios me and tells me he just glassed up a good bull a few miles away and is gonna try to close the distance. I kinda get an idea where it is and also start heading that way. Then things started to go wrong. Zach lost sight of bull. Then he lost sight of his radio, and we spent time having me calling it hoping he could find it.

Finally we gave up on the radio. We lost cell coverage. I start to get close to where I think he is, and heading up a ridge I glass off in the direction I think he is and I see a bull. I set up my optics and it has to be the bull we had not been able to find for the last couple hours. Some people would say that kinda makes me the MVP of the day.
Still no cell service and I can't reach Zach. I leave my gear where I have the bull bedded at 450 yards and head up the mountain to find cell service.
Half mile up I get some bars. Meanwhile the clouds and fog are moving in. After about another 20 minutes I get Zach on the phone and we figure out where each other are. It takes him about 45 minutes to get to me and now it is raining.
We rush down the mountain hoping we still can see the bull. We get there and the mountain he is on is fogged in. It clears slightly and we can see elk, but, not the big bull. Finally it clears a little more and I see the bull on top of the mountain. My range finder has a hard time in the fog, but, my best guess with a couple readings is 600 yards.
Zach gets prone and sends a bullet. I am watching the bull and he takes a few steps , but, no indication of a hit. Then the fog rolls in for good. We are almost 100% sure it was a miss.
We are soaked so we start a fire to warm up and dry off. After an hour or 2 we decide to head up to where we think the bull was last not expecting to see anything. 600 yards and nothing to indicate a hit. We get there and the bull died right where we saw him last. Cant describe the





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Packing out zach’s bull . I am convinced after several light rain coats not getting the job done that a hefty bag is the most versatile item in your pack. I now wear XXXL contractor size bag. At least part of me was dry on our 3 mile pack out in the rain.View attachment 72655
 

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paulc

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GUNDOGLOVER said:
Great story and hunt. Congratulations guys. Do you eat anything except Elk?
I eat fresh and salt water fish, just butchered 3 lambs (my favorite meat), we do buy chicken, but, Venison is eaten a lot at the house. We had part of the tenderloins cooking on that fire that night,
 

snoopdogg

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Are you looking to adopt a slightly older, but effective hunter into your family?

Way to go Team C. Another notch on the butt of the gun and another big bull leaves the mountain in small, but packable pieces. And yet still, there is a new rack to mount or hang in the rafters.

Paul, HUSH will come calling again.
 

BOWUNTR

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Outfrikenstanding... Congratulations. You can't really say it was a tough hunt... the perception is that there is a big buck/bull behind every tree... in your backyard Ed F
 

snoopdogg

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Paul, looking at that picture of your awesome rain gear again and I realized you have morphed and maintained that lean, mean hunting machine look. Congrats on that too.

So, was DW's bull bigger than his girlies' or vice-versa?
 

paulc

Moderator
snoopdogg said:
Paul, looking at that picture of your awesome rain gear again and I realized you have morphed and maintained that lean, mean hunting machine look. Congrats on that too.

So, was DW's bull bigger than his girlies' or vice-versa?
Actually I think the trash bag is a good look for me. Several people commented on how it slims me down. Reality, I am the same fat slob as before. The thing is hanging to my knees, so resulting in a leaner version. I cant just wear black trash bags, so may try to find some gray or blue ones. Honestly, those are the most effective rain coats I have found for the pack. Some of that expensive stuff leaks and is bulky.
 

7DUX

Active Member
paulc said:
Paul, looking at that picture of your awesome rain gear again and I realized you have morphed and maintained that lean, mean hunting machine look. Congrats on that too.

So, was DW's bull bigger than his girlies' or vice-versa?
Actually I think the trash bag is a good look for me. Several people commented on how it slims me down. Reality, I am the same fat slob as before. The thing is hanging to my knees, so resulting in a leaner version. I cant just wear black trash bags, so may try to find some gray or blue ones. Honestly, those are the most effective rain coats I have found for the pack. Some of that expensive stuff leaks and is bulky.
Hefty bags in Verde 2.0 coming soon.
 
Great hunt, great bull - as usual. Paul you are a shadow of your former self. Looks like you got room for a big bowl of ice cream.
 

paulc

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DKScott said:
Great hunt, great bull - as usual. Paul you are a shadow of your former self. Looks like you got room for a big bowl of ice cream.
It's just the trash bag effect.
 
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