It’d be impossible to appropriately describe what the hunt for this bull means to me and what this photo represents. But I’ll give it a shot...
Firstly, without @13pacificwaves I’d never had realized the dream of hunting San Carlos. The “Tight Bull” would never have been a part of my life.
Kip has believed in me unequivocally for many years now, much like Roy Roth did before he died. I never wondered if either Roy or Kip had my best in mind. And, for me with them, when they succeed, I succeed. And, when they failed or were in pain I too hurt. Not blood, but brothers all the same.
For context, me, Kip and Roy hunted the backcountry of Wyoming together in 2009 and Kip and I were hunting Colorado together on the day Roy fell in 2015. Kip has seen me at my lowest and cried when I cried about losing Roy.
On the flip side Kip has always celebrated my position in the hunting industry and as an original founder of UA, is probably the biggest reason I’ve been with Under Armour so long.
When I hit the Tight Bull high in the shoulder I was sick, devastated at the thought I’d blown a once-in-lifetime opportunity at something I’m supposed to be good at. I seemingly felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.
My #1 goal is to kill mercifully, quickly putting the animal down with one perfect arrow. A high shoulder shot on a big bull is about the worst shot a bowhunter can make. Thick muscle, shoulder blade and ribs almost create armour protecting the animal’s lungs.
While after the wayward shot my confidence waned, however Kip believed. He said, this is just part of the process. You make the shot, react appropriately and finish the job, which is what I did.
My arrow hammered high thru his right shoulder, and two ribs, bouncing off the opposite shoulder blade before backing out and breaking. That first shot wasn’t perfect but it slowed this magnificent beast down enough for me to get on his trail and put a perfect follow up arrow in him, which anchored him in seconds.
Kip, thank you for all you’ve done for me, which includes creating the opportunity to hunt the biggest bulls in the world, but mostly thank you for the love & support.
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