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Southern Ohio Hunting Preserve - Elk

Darkness crept in with the silence of Death. Vibrations, the adrenaline pumping, pursing my veins, waking the night, sounds of animal hooves rustling the undergrowth, this is what I love about hunting.

Each breath echoes as it bounces off the sides of the blind, sending new waves of shock into an already tensed situation. The shadows of monsters dance on the surrounding brush as their razor sharp horns pierce the fading light. As quickly as I blink the trophy bull appears in my line of sight. Trying to maintain what was left of my composure I tell myself to wait and let the shot present itself. I stealthily draw the bow not even noticing the resistance being exerted by the string. Hold. Hold. Each moment seems to last a lifetime, I am aware of each hair that is in the sight. Hold. Hold.

The bull taunts me as he quarters away behind a nearby tree. My arm quivers as now the string tension becomes quite noticeable. Hold. Hold. My breathing becomes more rapid and I feel my heart pushing closer to my throat. The approaching darkness is sapping the brilliance of the fiber optic cables in my sight. Locked in, two more steps turn and the arrow vanishes. I hear the broadhead hit the target and immediately see it escape the other side of the animal. This is the scenario I had played continuously in my thoughts, and now in real time I knew the outcome.

My adrenaline was now injected by the arrow into the bull. He sprang from his position and catapulted himself through the thick undergrowth. Had I been mislead by the sights and sounds I had just experienced, doubts immediately led to second guessing. Was I too high? Too low? Was the dull thud a nearby sapling? It was nearly impossible to contain all these emotions within the ever shrinking confines of the blind. I took a deep breath and tried to wipe these ghosts out of my mind. After 15 minutes I shakily rose from the blind. The adrenaline transfer having weakened my legs.

I looked around a bit and discovered a bit of dark-red blood, so I knew the bull was hit.

My eyes slowly adjusted to the darkness, and then I entered the present moment, seeing as night creatures see. The trees stand as black, many-armed, wise, though not sentient presences in the blackened forest.

Feeling knackered, I take the photos in my memory and pursue stealthily through the bush. Death has slipped this way before and my premonition on the arrow placement holds true. 100 yards from the blind lay the majestic 6 x 6 bull elk.

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Dorothy wrote:
I think you hit a bullsyee there fellas!

Wed, December 21, 2011 @ 2:22 AM

2. Stafon wrote:
Until I found this I thought I'd have to spend the day isndie.

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4. Jonatan wrote:
Could it be the Governor's tag? Congratulations to team Mossback! Doyle is an outstanding guy. He neatricly does his homework. I have called him during the late summer months and when he answers his cell phone he tells me that he is on the mountain filming some good bulls. This past year I guided two of three clients to record book bulls by following advice given to me by Doyle. I think the guy is part elk. He is a very successful guide. He puts in a lot of hard work and consistently puts his clients on enormous bulls. Again, congratulations!!

Sat, April 21, 2012 @ 4:40 AM

5. Barlanta wrote:
I agree, it is sad to see such majestic aimlans suffer like that. At least the game warden was able to end their suffering. Does anyone know what they did with them? It would be good to donate the meat to a organization like Hunters for the Hungry. My Dad and I donate a couple deer and antelope each year to help feed those who need it. Oh, and Matthew # 6, it is not just the boys that hunt and respect the wildlife.

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