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in the fields they hunted. Still-hunting
also failed to drum up any business. In
its entirety, Thursday was another big fat
goose egg, made even more aggravating
by periodic rain.
Friday morning, Heather and Mike sat
at a new meadow, on a tip from John, who
had found fresh beds in the field. But their
only visitor was a coyote. By 8 a.m., they
decided to go look for elk.
Off Hicks Run Road, they walked 3
miles up the slope to the summit - an
elevation over 2,000 feet - on State Game
Lands 14. They were hoping to sneak in
the backdoor on elk they expected to be
bedding.
Heather had stayed away from bedding
areas through the week, because it might
force a "running shot," a situation she
preferred to avoid. But with the season
closing the next day, it was time to go
deeper, to try and get closer.
"As we circled the point, we jumped
two big bulls about 150 yards out; no cows
were with them," Mike said. "But it was
exciting to see elk again!"
The couple stopped for about 30
minutes, choosing to let the woods settle
some. They figured any cows with the
bulls left with them. Then they started
working their way toward where the bulls
had been bedded.
They didn't walk far before spotting
two bedded cows. One cow was behind
cover. But Heather set up her shooting
sticks and steadied on the other, about 175
yards in front of her.
Mike hit the call, but the elk ignored it.
After waiting awhile, he tried again.
Nothing.
Heather considered the shot, but
decided to wait for something better.
After about 30 minutes, the couple
gambled for position. Side by side, they
slowly inched their way forward through
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mountain laurel and oaks, settling near
a fallen tree about 75 yards from the
bedded elk.
"We didn't want to press our luck
trying to get closer," Heather said.
After Heather set up and settled in
again, Mike blew the cow call. Nothing.
Then suddenly, the cow in cover rose
and began to move.
Heather trained the crosshairs on the
walking cow. But it stopped broadside
with a tree covering its vitals.
Eventually, the cow moved out. Hoping
to stop it and give Heather a better shot,
Mike laid on the call. But the cow stopped
behind another tree.
As the cow lingered behind the tree,
a calf got up. But Heather passed on the
shot.
"I wasn't going to take a calf," she
emphasized.
The calf walked up to the standing
cow and they started off, offering no shot.
Heather switched back to the bedded cow.
"When the others walked off, she
stood up," Heather said. "My heart was
racing and I had to get calmed down after
I found her in the scope. Then I squeezed
the trigger."
Mike watched through binoculars
as Heather's .270 delivered a 150-grain
Nosler Trophy Grade AccuBond Long
Range bullet into the elk's chest.
The cow flinched, then tensed up and
walked off.
The couple planned to wait 20 minutes
before following the elk, but after five,
excitement got the best of them.
"As we walked in on the elk just after
3 p.m., we found it about 30 yards from
where it was bedded," Heather said. "Our
marathon was over."
Heather and Mike field-dressed the
elk. Then they walked out to where they
had cellphone service to call family and
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