Well I finally made it back from my Delta 799 cow hunt. I hunted part of the day on Sat. where a friend told me to try and only saw a cow w/calf tracks. So in the afternoon I struck out on my own and found a gravel pit with a ton of tracks around it. I was able to climb the dirt piles, set up a little seat and see for 200 yards all around and into the brush much better. The day ended with the sighting of a cow w/calf and that was it.
On Sunday I returned to the same area. As I got almost to the gravel pit I noticed two moose in the access road so I pulled over, grabbed the bow and tried to act like a bull and approach them. They obviously knew the trick and wandered into the woods. I followed and was a little startled. I walked into a 24” bull, a spike fork, and a cow w/calf, and a 2-year old cow. I got within 10 yards of the bulls and 20 yards of the biggest cow that was with calf. Then they busted out. As I made it back out to the access road there was a 50” bull now in the road chasing after the cow w/calf. So I grabbed my coat and tried to cut them off in a clearing I knew of. I made it within 56 yards of the 2 year old but she did not offer a shot and everyone busted out again. Returning to the truck I ran into another cow and tried the bow over the head trick. Busted again.
I decided to move 2 roads over where at the end of the roads there was some clear-cut brush I knew of and there was a trail. On the way there I saw another cow cross the road. As I parked the truck, 70 yards away was another cow standing on another access road to the gravel pit. I approached to within 30 yards but some brush prevented an ethical shot. The wind was picking up so I moved back to the trail near the truck. All the cows were moaning and I could hear them off about 70 yards away in the woods. I waited and finally the big cow w/calf stepped out at 26 yards. Perfect shot but she kept looking back so I waited, 1, 2, 3 minutes… finally a calf stepped out. Then a spike fork stepped out at 74 yards, the 2-year old and then the 50” bull came out. The spike crossed the clear-cut into woods. Then the calf appeared doing the same. The 50” bull was at 26 yards offering a perfect shot. The biggest cow was at 27 yards offering a perfect opportunity. She started feeding my way and made it to within 7-10 yards from me. The calf then returned into the clear-cut at about 32 yards. I was getting a little nervous because the cow had charged me before on the first attempt. Then, at the exact spot that the cow was at 27 yards, the two year old stepped out, and turned sideways.
The bow came up, the pin settled in and I never remember releasing the arrow. But I kept my arm up long enough to notice the white fletching burying perfectly into the lungs, the foam squirting out and the cow reacting. At this point the remaining four moose near me busted out taking the cow with them. I returned to the truck and called the girl friend in excitement.
I knew that my 72-pound BowTech, Carbon Express Rebel Hunter tipped with a Magnus Snuffer SS was going to do the job where I had placed the arrow. And yes, 15 minutes latter, there was the cow, only 30 feet from where I had shot her. I latter found the arrow, 20 feet on the opposite side of her buried halfway up the shaft in the forest floor in perfect condition. A complete pass-through, double lung harvested moose.