Elk on Horseback
Harvest with Recurve
The second requirement to my bucket list was to harvest a bull with my traditional bow and arrow. This meant I needed to get within 30 yards of the animal to assure a good kill. I would use a 50lb recurve built by one of our local bowers Kevin Termat, a two blade Magnus broad head with small cutters, carbon arrows, and a fast flight high-performance string.
The preparation started months in advance. Power walks of two miles up and down the hills behind my home, followed by 200 steps on my stepper, broke up into 50 step increments and ten arrows each leg at a target in the woods. This was to get my heart rate up and simulate the excitement and adrenaline rush of the actual hunt. The first ten arrows and fifty steps saw the arrow dead in the bullseye, by the 200th step and 40th arrow the group got larger. Coincidentally the shot that harvested my bull elk was at 15 yards. My caller and guide Gene Moses coaxed the bad boy right past me, right after he did a number on the tree shown above. The adrenalin rush was exciting as the majestic animal with huge sabers walked by me, but the shot with the help of a quick prayer was what I practiced hundreds of times.
Doubted My Physical Strength