Last year I met a guy on a social media app for hunters called Racksite. I was asking him about hunting in Idaho. After several conversation he told me about a limited draw antelope hunt. I was immediately interested as a P&Y class antelope was on my dream list. I put if for the tag and was lucky enough to draw one of the 5 non resident tags. After doing some research on hunting regs I found out that I couldn’t use my Dead Ringer Truama broadheads because they were mechanical. After reading about several fixed blade heads I settled on the Cabela’s STK-3 100gr heads. After tuning my my bow I was all set.
Our strategy since it was so dry this summer out west was to sit water holes. Two days before season we got the camp and blind all setup and ourselves settled in. Opening morning we got to the blind right before daylight and setup for a long hot day in the blind. As soon as daylight broke we saw to nice mule deer bucks coming our way and about 50 cows. The cows cane to the water and pushed the deer away. The morning and day was slow we saw three does about 1000yrds away but besides the cows that was it. We were constantly glassine and looking for movement. The cows would come back every few hours but that was it. About 2pm we had two bulls come in and decide to bed right by the water hole. This has me concerned since my previous antelope hunts the goats would t come to water with cows there. As Mike and I were eating a snack Mike saw something on the hill. He grabbed my binos and said there’s a goat and it’s a nice buck. The goat was over a half mile away in the hill side. As he feed along he just turned and made a beeline right toward the water. He was closing fast so Mike and I scrambled to close the windows we didn’t need and get all the cameras rolling. I was still nervous with the Bulls bedded by the water that he wouldn’t come to drink. I peaked out the side window and watch as he continued to head to the water on a rope. 150, 100, and now 75 yards from the water hole. I prepared for the shot as Mike started filming. The goat never once looked at the blind as he closed in. He stared down the Bulls as he approached the water. I came to full draw and settled my pin on his heart and waited for him to fully commit to drinking. Once his head was down in the water hole I slowly squeezed the trigger on my release. Suddenly the bow went of and the goat was running away. I wasn’t sure of my shot as I couldn’t see my arrow hit him. He ran about 35yrds stopped and and then started to spin around as he fell over. What an awesome hunt and time with good friends. Mike and I went to recover him and we had no ground shrinkage we had something rare we had ground growth. My dream had come true I shot a 78″ goat on the first day of my hunt. I can’t think Cody Drapper enough for helping me out or Racksite for hooking to hunters up and making this possible.
Bow: Obsession Fusion 6
Rest: Vaportrail Micro Elite
Sight: Spot Hogg Fast Eddie
Broadhead: Cabela’s STK-3
Arrow: Victory RIP Elite 350’s
Stabilizers: Dead Center Archery
Strings & Cables: Vaportrail
Optics: Vortex Razor HD 12X50 binos and Ranger 1000 rangefinder
Camo: Drake Nontypical Gear
Camping Supplies: Cabela’s Outfitter
POV Camera: Tactacam
Boots: Lacrosse Quickshot 8″
As always I use Dead Down Wind scent elimination products simply because they work and I trust them.
Story by Adam Bush OSTV Pro Staff
The 2014 deer season started out slow for me. I really didn’t have a targetbuck at the beginning of the season, wasn’t getting any picture of a shooter. We decided concentrate on the new lease, and on rusty’s deer. Mid October i finally started getting some pictures of the deer we called the big 8. The only thing was all the pictures were at night. Muzzleloader came and went with no luck.We decided to stay out of the area until the rut. Check the Covert camera right before gun season, still no daytime pictures, but he was there right before daylight. So November 9th we decided to try it, this was the second day of rifle season. It was a cold morning we saw some deer chasing right before good daylight just couldn’t tell what it was. Finally got good daylight and rusty sees the big 8 coming our way. He comes to woods but just wont come in. He goes up and down the fence row for about 5 minutes, then he comes in the woods but he walks away without giving me a good shot. Then as luck has it two does walk under us and gets his attention and he turns and comes on in. He comes to about 75 yards and the CVA let him have it. I cant thank Rusty enough for his time and hard work. We waited for
the right wind, this was the third time to hunt this woods. We relied on our trail cameras and it paid off. More scouting less hunting..
Weapon: CVA Apex 270 Barrel
Sight: Vortex Viper 4-12×40
Optics: Vortex 10×50 Binos
Clothing: Rutwear Endurance Series Realtree
Boots: Lacrosse Arrow
Field Spray: Dead Down Wind 3D
Trail Camera: Covert MP8 Blacks
TJ Attack the Rack mineral
Bryan Clark of High Voltage Outfitters invited me out for second rifle elk season in Colorado. I was a little nervous about the hunt because with my new job I was very limited on vacation time so it was gonna have to be a weekend hunt. I had zero doubt that we would be on elk with Bryan. I killed my first elk ever with him in 2012. We hunted less then an hour before I let an arrow fly and watched him drop in sight.
Hunter picked me up in Denver the night before season and it was gonna be a short night. We got into town around midnight and had to get the gear ready. 5:00am came way to early but I was excited to hang out and hunt with Bryan again. The weather was perfect calm and about 20°. We set up on a high spot were we could watch the alfalfa fields come to life as the sun started to rise. In the distant as the light came through we could make out a couple elk then 20 elk then 100 elk!!!! I had never seen so many elk in my life. There were elk everywhere strung out across the fields. We spotted a group of cows with a couple good Bulls in the herd. We circled around and got on them and slipped to 150yrds as they fed through. The smaller Bulls and cows were in the front and were putting on a show fighting and bugling but the big boys stayed back just over the rise out of sight. Suddenly out of nowhere the elk bolted and went over the rise away from us. What happened did they see us? Why did they run? All the questions running trough our heads then as we Looked around we saw the neighbor checking his cows in the next pasture. Bryan had a plan and we quickly went through a draw popped out on the other side and was back on them again but this time they were in a big group all together. I laid my CVA Apex on my pack and settled the cross hairs of my scope on the biggest bull in the herd, a beautiful 6X6 with whale tails that swept up. For ten minutes I followed the bull and never got a shot because there was always another elk in front or behind him and I never had a clean ethical shot. That evening we went back to the same fields hoping to catch the herd coming back out to feed but no luck as they came out on the neighbor and never made it to us. Bryan had been watching this herd for a couple weeks and said they would be on him in the morning. The second morning we went back to the same vantage point and exactly what Bryan said happened the elk were back on him but today they were moving to bed faster so we had to make a move quick. Once we got to the herd the bulk of them had already went into the timber. We quickly got set up on a nice bull but by the time the cameraman got set up and on him it was to late I didn’t have a shot. I was sick to my stomach thinking we blew our only chance since I had to fly out that night and couldn’t hunt the evening. Bryan looked at me and said its not over they cross a sage flat on their way to bed we just have to beat them there. We quickly made a loop to the flat and sure enough the herd was coming out of a draw they stopped to drink in. A nice 5X6 cleared the herd and I settled the cross hairs on him and squeezed the trigger. The shot took me by surprise. I missed judged the yardage and shot right under him. The elk had no clue with the wind where the shot came from so they bunched up again. Bryan never flenched and kept scanning the herd. All I remember hearing is big bull pushing through the back. Once Bryan and I was clear on the bull he was talking about I once again settled the cross hairs on him. He went about 80yrds and stopped clear of the herd. I slowly squeezed the trigger and BOOM the gun went off and I watched him crumble to the ground. I couldn’t believe it. I never focused on the size of the rack at all. I fully trust Bryan when he tells me to shoot something. As we walked up to the bull he just kept getting bigger and bigger. I had always wanted a 300″ bull and now I had one. He scored 311″ with a broken eye guard and is a dream come true for this Midwestern boy. I can’t think Bryan enough. He constantly proves to me why he is just an amazing outfitter. He knows his animals and his land and watched them year round. Not to mention is a great guy and a blast to be around. Once I got home and watched the footage from the hunt I realized I shot the bull I was on for ten minutes the day before with the sweeping whale tails. It never dawned on me until then cause we were so focused on getting the job done and so happy after wards. God has truly blessed me again as he as done my whole life. MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THIS EPISODE IN FALL 2015 on the pursuit channel
Outfitter: Bryan Clark High Voltage Outfitters 1 (970) 987-2220
Rifle: CVA Apex in .300
Scope: Vortex Viper 6-24X50mm
Binos: Vortex Razor HD 12X50
Pack: Badlands Diablo
Boots: Lacroose Quickshot 8″
Camo: RealTree Max-1
Scent elimination: Dead Down Wind cause it work. Boot and Storage powder is a must when spot and stalking.