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Curious Young Elk Hasn't Quite Figured Out What a Hunter's Bow Does


This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments these hunters won't soon forget!

A close encounter while bowhunting is, well, precisely what you're looking for. Getting an animal within bow range isn't an easy task, but the right preparation, camo, and scent control can align the stars.

But sometimes you get a little more than you bargained for.

This video was shared on Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources Facebook page, in which the following description was provided: "This video was recorded on the San Juan (Utah) unit during this year's archery hunt."


Curious Elk in Utah

"As bowhunters, getting close to wildlife is what it is all about. But, getting that close was an experience so incredible that it is hard to describe it in words. The bull bugling in the background got our hearts pumping as we had no idea how big he was going to turn out to be. Chad says that feeling the breath from the calf on his hands as the calf licked his bow was something that he never thought he would experience. Throughout the encounter, I was crossing my fingers that the elk wouldn't trample my bow that was laying on the ground next to us. We are thankful to have had this opportunity and hope that others can find moments such as this in pursuit of their passions." ? Lindsay ChristensenThis video was recorded on the San Juan (Utah) unit during this year's archery hunt. Many thanks to Chad Bassett and Lindsay Christensen for sharing.

Posted by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The clip, filmed by Chad Bassett and Lindsay Christensen, shows just how crazy things can get in the elk woods! The pair have said they are "thankful" to be able to experience that sort of thing, and want to continue to pursue their passion for hunting.

Even though it was a group of smaller elk that they interacted with, the bugles in the background prove that these hunters were in the thick of it.

Early archery elk hunting seasons have kicked off in many states, but the number of hunters who get to see something like this is probably pretty limited.