Early bird catches the bou........
Was up on the Taylor highway, quite a way past Chicken, hunting alone without an ATV. Scouted for two days and saw lots of nice bulls. The area filled up with hunters over the weekend and made me feel at a definite disadvantage. Got up early all days. Up at 0230 Monday, and in the field to my vantage point at 0400, about a 1/2 mile in. Didn't hear anyone up and moving around about the area. Saw two bou at 0415. Heard a shot off in the distance about then. Then at 0530, had two moving along about 200yds below my perch. Shot the last one in line once and he just stood there, shot again and he walked away. Hmmmmm. I started to lose sight of him so went down the hill with pack and rifle. Found him standing next to a tree, swaying. Shot him in the neck. Neighbors told me no hunters were moving around until 0515, when someone saw eight bou walk through MY CAMP. They obviously made the 1/2 mile mosey to my perch. Didn't see any others shot in the area until I left at 1300. Two neighbors with four wheelers offered to help me bring the rest of the meat and head out after they saw me packing on my own. Very decent of them. Since I'm not so young any longer, I certainly couldn't turn down the help. Thanks to them............Hope they were successful and safe.
Met a lot of very nice people.