Mike grew up hunting with his uncles and his cousin Walt. However, it has been several years since the 2 of them had connected for a hunt. While still in high school, Mike had made a trip with Walt’s father to Colorado to scout some public land for elk. 15 years later, the 2 of them decided it was time to make the trip happen. A lot of online scouting leading up to the hunt had them confident they could get on some elk during what would be Mike’s first time ever elk hunting, and Walt’s first time elk hunting in the state of Colorado. It didn’t take long to realize that there were several other hunters in the area, and that hunting pressure would make this trip difficult. The plan became simple, in order to be successful, they knew it would take putting in more effort than “the next guy” was willing to do. And with that, the hiking began. On day 3 of the hunt, the boys started up the mountain well before daylight. After climbing about 1,500 feet in elevation, they were greeted with the first bugle of the trip. The bugle was still well above their location so the hike continued. After gaining nearly 2,500 feet by 10:30 a.m. they felt like they were at the elevation where they had heard the bugling. With the wind in their favor, they decided to rest until the afternoon in hopes that the bull would begin bugling again. A couple hours passed and they were excited to hear the bull sound off midday. Mike dropped back to call and the 2 of them began to work the fired up bull. After moving locations a few times, they were able to pull the bull onto a narrow ridge just 15 yards from Walt. It was fast action and Walt made a great shot which put the bull down fast only 125 yards away. What an awesome experience on the mountain!