Would you believe this is the hunter's first-ever elk taken by bow?
John Rickard was hunting near Chadron, Nebraska, when the stars aligned and he was able to get a shot at the elk of a lifetime. After everything was over, it took six full-grown men and two hours to get the elk out of the woods. Currently, the rack's green score firmly puts this elk at number two all-time in the state for a bull taken with a bow. However, after the drying period, it very well could take the top spot.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission posted this video to break it all down.
Below are a few pictures that Rickard posted to his Facebook page. As you can see, this is one heck of a bull. What makes Rickard's shot even more impressive is how close he had to be to take this thing with a bow.
As you can see, that isn't a forced perspective picture either.
Okay, so maybe that one is a little forced. Come on, though, who cares? It's a huge elk! Either way, Rickard deserves all the praise coming his way for controlling his nerves enough to take a shot on a bull elk that size.
Stay tuned, as we'll know for a sure if this is in fact a new record here in the next few months. No matter what, it's a big elk and an incredible accomplishment. Whatever this elk scores is secondary to that.
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