Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Ft Rich Success

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Fricking Texas - temporary
    Posts
    336

    Smile Ft Rich Success

    Went out in the evening on the 25th to my spot and saw a cranker bull cross in front of me about 200 yards. I couldn't close the distance so I called. I must be a sucky caller because he listened for about 10 minutes then I heard him bolting through the alders away from me. It got dark so I went home and hit it again in the am about 1000. Within 20 minutes I had a respectable bull step out (not the cranker I spotted the evening before), I ranged him and lead him because he had finding a cow on his mind and was not about to stop. I didn't lead him quite far enough and hit him a bit back. My arrow passed through a hind quarter (crappy shot, I know). He was bleeding pretty good, and to my amazement started grazing and slowly walking. I couldn't get closer to him for a follow up shot because there was nothing but open ground between us. I backed out got in my honky-truck and circled around to start my stalk again. I estimated where he may have gone, headed into the woods, and within 50 yards I saw him sleeping in a meadow in the sunshine not more than 20 yards from me. His head was up and I had a perfect neck shot. Not having ever shot an animal in the neck with a bow, I was hesitant and thought about getting him up for a boiler room shot. I decided to let one fly through his neck, did, and he stood up and trotted off 10 yards then stopped. Blood was pumping out his neck with each beat of his heart, but because he was still on the hoof I followed up with a pass through in the lungs. He jumped, turned toward me with his head lowered, and charged at 12-20 yards. I ran like a little school girl ducking behind some trees. He stopped, gave me another attempt to put my last arrow in his lungs, so I did. He fell over. I was able to get my truck to within 100 yards of the kill site (easiest pack I've ever done). After the conservation officer came out to assess the harvest I finished up the field butchering with the head in my truck at 1800 hrs. By midnight I had all the meat cleaned off and my supplies put away. The meat weighed at 658 lbs. The hide was estimated at 130 lbs, which I dropped off at the tannery. The hunt was great. I like doing it solo. The sense of accomplishment after a feat like that is indescribable. The good Lord blessed me with a strong back and meat in the freezer. Good luck to you all!
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Member ACNDHO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    wasilla
    Posts
    408

    Default congrats

    Good looking bull and meat in the freeezer! Congrats
    Even a jackass won't stumble on the same stone twice.

  3. #3
    Member akrstabout's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    2,291

    Default Good story

    Glad to see you kept your head on straight and followed through. Nice bull. Gotta love the Ft. Rich hunts. I gotta wait until december for mine to start. Would be nice to tag a bull. So far only cows have fallen. Congrats you school girl!

  4. #4
    New member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wasilla
    Posts
    12

    Default

    Congrats, nice bull! What tannery are you using?

  5. #5
    Member B-radford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    653

    Default nice

    Congrats, I drew the winter Ft. Rich hunt and I am getting more excited.

  6. #6
    Member Jakaldoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Eagle River Alaska
    Posts
    24

    Default Sweet Bull

    Man that thing went down like a Jack Russel

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Fricking Texas - temporary
    Posts
    336

    Default What Tannery?

    Sharp4101, I'm using Alfa Fur Dressers (recommended by one of my taxidermists). I hope it turns out pretty cool. The da-gone thing was heavy as heck to pack out and to boot, I took my sweet time skinning the thing out.

  8. #8
    Moderator hunt_ak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wasilla--Cantwell Transplant
    Posts
    4,600

    Default

    Great bull, C&B! I would've peed myself to get a bull that nice with my bow. What did he tape at? Mounting the antlers?

    Congrats!

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Fricking Texas - temporary
    Posts
    336

    Thumbs up Nearly!

    I nearly peed myself three times on this one, 1. when I actually saw him come out where I guessed he would within 20 minutes of hunting, 2. when I walked upon him 20 yards away and knew he was mine, and 3. when he turned horn down and chased my sissy butt across the meadow. Conservation officer measured him at just over 55". I would have been happy to shoot a spike/fork.

  10. #10
    Moderator hunt_ak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wasilla--Cantwell Transplant
    Posts
    4,600

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cast&Blast View Post
    I would have been happy to shoot a spike/fork.
    I hear ya on that one! I was 35 yds from a fork and horn this year w/ an arrow nocked. Didn't work out with the bow but we got the moose though!

  11. #11

    Default

    Congrats C&B, **** nice bull!! I sent you a pm.

  12. #12
    Member Marc Taylor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    1,279

    Default

    Dude, that is one beautiful bull! Congratulations!

    They've got alot of life in them, don't they? Great follow-up on your first shot.

    Taylor

  13. #13
    Member Ebbtide's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    273

    Default

    Congratulations!!! Nice bull and soooo close to home. What's for dinner?
    "Ebbtide" 27 X 9 GlacierCraft
    MMSI#
    338157869

  14. #14
    New member AKDSLDOG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska/Las Vegas, Nevada
    Posts
    1,234

    Default

    Great job C&B! Beauty bull!

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Missoula, MT
    Posts
    448

    Default

    Congratulations. Great bull and great story. J.

  16. #16
    Member aknewbie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Ft. Richardson
    Posts
    175

    Default Good Job!!!!

    Congratulations! That is a beautiful bull and a really cool looking set of antlers to boot!!!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •