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ELK TO REMEMBER

THIS FATHER-AND-SON TEAM EXPLORES THE WILDS OF COLORADO FOR BUGLING BULLS. THE OUTCOME WAS TRULY UNFORGETTABLE.

My 16-year-old son and I stared wide-eyed at each other as the scream of the raging bull split the still air, warning us he was charging through the dark timber like a firetruck racing toward an inferno. We had seconds to react. As Adam dove for cover behind the nearest tree, I belly-crawled through the branches of a downed pine to an opening on the steep slope. After nocking an arrow, I knelt as if praying to the hunting gods.

The heavy-massed 6x6 thundered into view and halted only 22 yards away, grunting and blowing. I readied myself, pulling the nock back to the corner of my mouth. Years of struggle on this mountain in pursuit of my first elk by bow had come to this. Nature held its breath, and with the tiny click that tripped the release, my world exploded.

HIKING IN

Two nights earlier Adam and I had climbed three hours to camp beneath an enormous moon. Though we were laden with heavy packs, our exhaustion was momentarily forgotten as the distinct bugle of a bull we named Growler echoed off the great shoulders of granite peaks. This was the rut in the wilderness of Colorado. This was why we hunt here.

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