By the time of our predawn arrival at the parking lot at the end of Dewey Road a number of vehicles were already there. Soon more guide and clients arrived and headed out into the game lands adjoining the elk viewing areas. Willard and I headed up towards the saddle stopping where the road makes the sharp left-hand turn just after passing the gate. As the scene before us began to brighten we could see orange vested people and elk spread out across the hillside facing the viewing areas.
This bull was bugling from his bed
At 7:38 I was looking at the camera when a shot rang out. Seeing that the bull was now up I could see him shaking his head, undoubtly hit.
As subsequent shots roared the bulls body convulsed with each impact
Stagering, he attempted to stay on his feet
But to no avail
He crashed to the ground eighteen seconds from when the first round hit him
Within two minutes the party had assembled around the fallen animal
Once a majestic animal, now a trophy
The parking lot at the end of Dewey Road is visible in the upper right-hand corner of this photograph
Not overly alarmed, most of the herd moved only a short distance before retuning to grazing.
The elk on and around Winslow Hill, being exposed to thousands upon thousand of viewers each year have little to no fear of humans. In this area there is no elk hunt; to say it nicely it is a harvest.
Stopping by the Elk Check Station this evening I learned that five bulls and a number of cows had been checked by 4:45pm. It was also reported that the bull named "Hook" or "Hook Ear" photographed by many on Winslow Hill during the rut was among the animals taken.