The wapiti are hitting the ground! This bull could not have been harvested by a more deserving individual. Keith Anspach has been hitting the hills harder than most and absolutely earned every ounce of this bull. Nice work Keith!
"Day 16. What a roller coaster. But I get to say my two favorite words in the world. BROWN DOWN! After pouring my heart into archery elk hunting the last few years, the stars all aligned and I was able to take a beautiful bull elk. I had an interesting morning. After a bike approach, I climbed up a ridge line in the pouring rain. It looking like Ireland, and I was trapped in the clouds. I kept pushing up the ridge, with not much hope. There was not one sound from anywhere. The elk were very tight lipped. But as I approached the top, I found really fresh elk sign. The rain had just stopped, and I found a dry elk bed! I crept up the hill to a little saddle, and let out a quiet cow call. The silence was shattered by a bugle, and really close! I set up, grabbed a branch, and started rubbing a tree to mimic another bull raking his antlers. This set him off! He ran down the hill, just as I was setting up. I quickly ranged a couple trees in front of me and nocked an arrow. He materialized from the mist 80 yards in front of me and closing. In seconds, he was behind a tree at 40 yards. He stopped and I was sure he winded me. But no, he turned around and I drew. He must have seen the movement because he froze and starred at me. I had my 65lb Hoyt at full draw for about two minutes before he took another step and I released a perfect 40 yard shot. He was down in seconds. The Toxic broadhead found it's mark and delivered the lethal blow. There, on that hillside, by myself in the rain and clouds, I found perfection. I have taken two days off of hunting since August 30th. I have climbed days by myself in the dark. I have been so close so many times and just not quite made it happen. It was a beautiful moment for me, and I am truly grateful for a quick humane death. This elk gave his life for me, my friends, and my family. I can already hear the ooo's in my dining room as I bring in the roast. Unreal. #idahome #Idaho #elk#elkhunting #browndown #bbd #bull #archery #hoyt #firstlite#firstlitemoment #toxicbroadheads #6point #fog #mountains #grateful#archery #bowhunting #vortexoptics"