Last night I was out trying to fill my control antler less tag and decided to drive to a waterhole up high when I saw a cow off the road. I got out and fumbled for a primer and took aim and fired and she trotted off into the aspens. I spent the next two hours combing the area looking for blood or hair or anything. Nothing. I mustve shot over her back. I still decided to go through the area and keep looking. Eventually I heard some crashing up the hill and moved in to get a look. Then I heard snorting and I was hoping I had hit her afterall and her lungs were filling up. I sat and waited awhile. I caught some movement in the aspens. It was a bull. He was rubbing his antlers and snorting. Then I saw a small cow feeding towards me. I waited till she was 50 yrds out n took careful aim and shot. Several other cows I hadn't seen all took off running up hill. I went to where she had been standing and started looking for blood. No blood. I was in disbelief. Again! after a few minutes of searching I found the elk stone dead. It wasn't a cow but a button bull. I really didn't want to kill a little bull. I dressed and quartered him n got him back In two trips he was so little. The fact that he left no blood trail and didn't have an exit wound made me worry I might have hit that other cow after all. I went back and spent several hours searching the area again. I hiked uphill where she was headed and down the back side to see if she headed back down. I circled the aspens she went into several times. Crisscrosses through them following all the trails going through it. Nothing. I may head back out and look around some more. I'm happy to have filled one of my control elk tags but feel bad it was a button bull. I also feel terrible not knowing 100% if there's a dead or wounded cow out there. Even though I don't have any evidence I did hit her, the lack of blood on the one I did kill has me second guessing.