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Back in August I received a phone call from a lady who was looking for my wife. Turns out it was Utah's DWR letting my wife know that someone had turned in their late season tag and she was next in line. We knew the unit well and it could have very well been another 10 years to draw the tag, so it really was a no brainer in accepting this gift lol.

The bad thing about the late tag is having to sit back and watch nice bulls get harvested ahead of your turn. At the same time I knew there would be some nice bulls left. The three months went by quicker than I would have thought and soon we were off for the mountain.

We had no intentions of trying to kill the biggest bull on the mountain, just a decent 6 point was the hope. Saturday and Sunday I had some friends who said they would be around to help spot and pack out if needed. We were really hoping to get it done one of those days for that reason, but nothing decent presented itself.

By the third day my wife was getting somewhat discouraged. Not because we weren't having a good time, but I think mentally she had prepared herself for two days of hunting and was hoping to get back to the kiddos. That night we found a very tag worthy bull and the hunt was on.

The next morning we were back in the same area and glassed up a decent 6 point. It was now decision time. Shoot this bull as he was about what our hopes and goals were or pass knowing that there was a significantly bigger bull in the area. We elected to take this opportunity and be happy with the outcome.

Kelli got into position and touched off two 180 grain NAB hitting the bull both times at 475 yards. Even though we were a little worried with where he was hit, the bull did not go 10 yards before he expired.

The rest of the day was fun packing the head and wet cape through the thick baby aspen, but we finally made it back to the truck just before dark. Battery problems coupled with a bunch of snow we had received forced me to return 2 days later with a friend to gather up the meat. Luckily, no animals had bothered the hanging meat and the weather had kept it nice and cold.

Here's some pics and video (including the harvest shot!)






 

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Awesome video Gledeasy. Congrats to you and your wife! Loved seeing the excitement on your wife's face when you guys found him. I am looking forward to the day that my wife will want to dump her points on an LE elk adventure. Next couple years and I think we'll be there!
 

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Fantastic video!

Boy, I'd run the other way if I seen that big SOB!

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She probably warmed up a lot when she saw that bull laying on the ground, the smile is worth 50 degrees in itself.

Congratulations, but you may of spoiled her with this guy as a first elk.
 

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I got the first thumbs up on the youtube channel... I like the growth on his right side too. That bull looks pretty dang big to me....
 

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Congrats and thanks for sharing. My wife had a hunt like this a few years ago. Now when people walk into the living room they always say nice elk. They are generally surprised when I tell them it's hers and not mine. It always brings back the great memories we made together on that hunt.
 

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Oh how I'm hoping that when my wife shoots her bull or sheep that she'll want to stick it on the wall in our living room. We have this living room with a vaulted ceiling and wonderful bare wall that is just begging for animals to adorn it. So far, I've got the "you can have them anywhere else in the house...just not in the living room. What if people don't like them or are offended?" comment.

To which I reply, "if they don't like it or are offended, they don't have to come in". :sorry:
 

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My wife was kind of the same, that is until I shot my bull two years ago. She had a change of heart and actually really likes it.

That being said she is still apprehensive with letting me fully "decorate" the main room.

I would really love to have both our bulls in the same room. Heck they were shot on the same unit and canyon only 1 mile apart. But we simply don't have the room, so one will go in the basement I suppose.
 

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Cool bull. Looks like a great hunt.
 

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Oh how I'm hoping that when my wife shoots her bull or sheep that she'll want to stick it on the wall in our living room. We have this living room with a vaulted ceiling and wonderful bare wall that is just begging for animals to adorn it.
Might not want to let that genie out of the bottle. As I look around my living room we have a Caribou, life size Mountain Goat, an Antelope and a deer. The deer is mine... o_O

So far, I've got the "you can have them anywhere else in the house...just not in the living room. What if people don't like them or are offended?" comment.
Neighbors around us love the mounts, even people fairly anti-hunting make some pretty nice comments.... probably because they like my wife more than me. I still tell people the "elk" (caribou) came from American Fork canyon (if someone is so dumb to not know the difference between caribou and elk, might as well confuse it further lol).

-DallanC
 

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My wife always said I could not have any mounts in the front room as well. (vaulted ceiling) Well when I got my first good 6 point she wanted me to mount it....
I said had no where to put it..........so she let me put it there.
I did a full mount lion. It went in there. When I got my second full mount lion it went in there as well.
Got a bigger 6x6, and put the first one in a buddies cabin, and the new one in the front room.
She was soooo excited when i got the cabin done to "get rid" of the mounts in the house. As I started to move them up, she had a change of heart. Now she won't let me take the either cat, or the elk to the cabin. They would not have all come close to fitting in the cabin anyway, with all the other deer, speed goats, etc I have, Worked out pretty well. :mrgreen:

So you never know.
 

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I still tell people the "elk" (caribou) came from American Fork canyon (if someone is so dumb to not know the difference between caribou and elk, might as well confuse it further lol).

-DallanC
I know a gentleman in the Delta, Utah area with a set of caribou antlers on his barn. He tells everyone he shot it up Oak City Canyon - not sure if anyone in Delta believes him, but he has fooled a few visitors over the years.
 
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