After a 17-year wait, I gave up on trying to draw a rifle tag for Unit 201 and put in for a muzzleloader tag and drew. My friends Jerry Swaro and Buddy Grinstead came along to help.
The first morning we were bugling in a bull that hung up. That evening, while sitting on a waterhole, we watched two 6-points come in and stand around for assessment at 75 yards. I couldn't believe I was going to let these bulls walk, but they were short on their thirds.
The next morning, we watched as seven bulls fed along an open hillside. Buddy bugled and three different bulls sounded off behind and below us. We started pressuring the bulls and had one come stomping in looking for the upstart that dared to challenge him. As he passed through an opening, I looked at his dagger and started counting, five-six-seven-EIGHT! I admit, I got excited and attempted to shoot at him moving back through that opening, only to watch him move out of my sight picture as the gun went off.
There were too many big bulls around to mope after a miss. On the fourth morning, Buddy started a calling sequence and called in two big bulls from what looked to be a mile away. He stopped a 6X6 in front of me at 50 yards and I ended my 17 year quest.
The question I'm asked most is, "Was it worth the wait?" Most definitely!!!
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