Bow Hunting Elk: The Big Herd Bull in a Last Chance New Mexico Elk Hunt(#411)
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Bow Hunting Elk: The Big Herd Bull in a Last Chance New Mexico Elk Hunt(#411)

August 13, 2019

GRANT: (Whispering) 50 yards and coming; 50
yards and coming. GRANT: Last week I shared that Daniel and
I had traveled to New Mexico for an elk hunt. GRANT: We only had a few days to hunt but
I was more than pleased with the outfitters Hosted Hunts had introduced us to. GRANT: We had lots of bulls responding to
the guides’ calls and to the Montana Decoys. GRANT: As I shared last week, I had never
tagged an elk before and I could tell this hunt was off to be one of those hunts of a
lifetime. GRANT: We’d had several encounters throughout
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G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: Early during the hunt I had the opportunity
to draw on several younger bulls, but for some reason or another, those opportunities
never worked out. GRANT: (Whispering) No. I’m not gonna take it. GRANT: As I’d shared last week, I had never
tagged an elk before this hunt. So, this summer, I really focused on form
and I used the blind bale technique to perfect my form. GRANT: In an effort to replicate the pressure
of shooting at an elk, I started shooting one arrow at a time at a Morrell Target. And missing the target and losing an arrow
isn’t near the pressure of wounding an animal but I wanted to make sure I was putting some
type of pressure to make each shot count. GRANT: I knew I was going to be hunting with
the DeadMeat broadhead. And fortunately, G5 makes a B.M.P., a ballistically
matched point, to go with DeadMeat broadhead. So I could practice at 60 yards and my arrow
would fly exactly the same with my practice point as it would with the actual broadhead. GRANT: All through the summer, I knew my elk
hunt would come down to that magic moment of one shot. I wanted to make sure I was ready. GRANT: (Whispering) I think we gotta use topography
and see if we can – I don’t know if there’s any chance we could hit ‘em or not. GRANT: The afternoon before, we had seen several
elk pour out of a canyon. GRANT: (Whispering) Maybe two of them. Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) Look at that. GRANT: Our strategy for the last afternoon was to stalk up close to this canyon and cut those elk off before they entered a large field where
we’d glassed them the evening before. GRANT: When we arrived at the property, we
could tell elk were already on their feet and bugling. Apparently, the cooler temperatures and rain
that had passed through the area had turned on the switch. And the elk rut was in full swing. GRANT: With this in mind, we headed to the
flat above the canyon where we planned to hunt. GRANT: (Whispering) There’s more than one. Yeah. GRANT: We snuck up to the rim and could hear
several cows and bulls calling in the canyon. GRANT: (Whispering) I’m just asking. Do you think we could get right here in the
shade somewhere, work our decoy hard? Will it booger them if we call? FRANK: (Whispering) No. I, I think if we call it’d be better than
us going in there. GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah, yeah, yeah. Let’s get back up so they gotta come through
right here. They’re just gonna peek over… GRANT: We set up about 100 yards from the
rim and started calling with the goal of bringing one of the bulls out of the canyon. GRANT: We kept hearing bugle after bugle and
one of our guides, Leo, would offer challenge bugles and they would bugle back but we never
saw an elk. GRANT: It seemed the bulls had no desire to
leave the canyon. But we could hear cows down in there. Obviously, those cows were more attractive
than anything on the rim. GRANT: I knew we were running out of time
and I looked in front of us and saw a rabbit. And I thought, “Gosh, I’m gonna have to
shoot this rabbit to take any meat home from New Mexico.” GRANT: Frank, our lead guide, decided it was
time to risk everything and enter the canyon. GRANT: There was less than an hour of shooting
light left when we started our descent across the rim. This type of stalking is extremely exciting. All my senses were on full alert as we were
trying to move toward the bugling bulls without alerting elk that might be silent in the area. GRANT: Just as we entered the canyon, we spotted
movement about 50 yards ahead through the junipers. GRANT: It was a group of mule deer. And we didn’t want to bust ‘em, so we
let them move out of the way and then continued our descent into the canyon. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) …yet. LEO: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Let’s make
that way. I just saw the cows (Inaudible) this way. They’re walking. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s not on the other
side of the canyon. He’s right here. GRANT: Suddenly, there was another elk right
below us and Leo spotted cows on the opposite side. GRANT: We decided to sneak lower into the
canyon. GRANT: We could hear what seemed like an entire
herd of elk below us. Bulls and cows calling. GRANT: (Whispering) Isn’t that one straight
across right there? GRANT: I wanted to run right in there but
I spotted a cow looking right at us. GRANT: Fortunately, that cow turned and walked
away as she was being pushed by a bull. GRANT: We were in the middle of a full rutting
herd. GRANT: Like whitetails during the peak of
the rut, it seemed we could get away with a lot that we normally wouldn’t be able
to because the herd was all focused on rutting activity. And with that in mind, my excitement grew
and we pushed ahead. GRANT: When we reached the bottom, it sounded
like the majority of the elk were on the other side in the junipers and pinyons. There was a small meadow that was open but
I felt we could jog across there without being detected. GRANT: Just as we reached cover on the other
side of the canyon, I heard a clash of antlers. It sounded like trees were falling and I believe
we happened to time it just right when two herds got together and two herd bulls were
sorting out the dominance. GRANT: We knew these bulls would be distracted
and we could slide in there, probably without being detected. GRANT: My ears were literally ringing because
bulls were bugling in every direction and most of them seemed within 100 yards. GRANT: When those bulls started crashing antlers
again and I could hear ‘em shoving in the trees and rocks moving, I felt extremely alive. I was jumping rocks and weaving in and out
of brush. Heck, I even told the guide to move away – I
was going ahead. I was just extremely alive and engaged. It felt wonderful. GRANT: (Whispering) How far? GRANT: As I’m moving, I spotted the body
of a large elk through the trees – just up the hill a bit. LEO: (Whispering) 35. GRANT: That bull disappeared; got shoved out
of the way or something. And we stood there waiting to see what our
next move would be. GRANT: We were just a few yards above the
meadow and we noticed a large bull out in the meadow. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) …out there. GRANT: We started sneaking closer, focused
on that bull. GRANT: This bull was 70 plus yards in front
of us. And as we were trying to sneak a bit closer,
we heard another bull even closer but in the trees to our left. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Right here,
right here. Big bull. GRANT: When that bull entered the meadow,
I knew he was a herd bull and the one I wanted. GRANT: (Whispering) Let’s see what happens
here. GRANT: (Whispering) How far is that? How far is that? LEO: (Whispering) 64. GRANT: (Whispering) How far? LEO: (Whispering) 64. GRANT: (Whispering) I can hit it if you can
put it – there. LEO: (Whispering) 64. 63. GRANT: (Whispering) Take the quartering away
shot? (Inaudible) GRANT: It was a beautiful site watching my
glowing nock arch over and land in the bull. GRANT: I’ll share with you my emotions went
from extremely high to guttural in seconds. What my mind captured was the shot was very
low. FRANK: (Whispering) I think you got him. GRANT: (Whispering) You think? FRANK: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: While my emotions were in my gut, Frank
was feeling okay. I could tell he was more positive than I was. GRANT: (Whispering) It wasn’t too far back,
was it? FRANK: (Whispering) No, no, no. GRANT: (Whispering) Just a few inches (Inaudible)? UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: (Whispering) That’s, that’s a bull. FRANK: (Whispering) Yeah, that’s a big bull. GRANT: (Whispering) I’m not even seeing
fresh tracks. We’re not on it right here. GRANT: We found blood but I was skeptical
because the first drops we found were about the size of my fingernail. And I’m thinking, “Oh, this isn’t good.” GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah, here we go. GRANT: Once on the trail, I knew the DeadMeat
broadhead had done its job. It had cut through that long hair and thick
hide of an elk, penetrated all but about six inches of my arrow, and left us a trail we
could work with. GUIDE: (Whispering) Right there, right there. GUIDE: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) Gosh, think how tall that
is compared to a whitetail. GRANT: After about 300 yards, we found what
I was hoping for. A big pool of blood. Not a spot. A pool of blood that, literally, was about
an inch and a half deep. GRANT: (Whispering) We’ve been on steady
blood, but this is the first big – like where he stood still. And folks, it’s that deep. It’s an inch deep. So, bigger than a basketball and an inch deep. I’m saying there’s a – maybe a pint
or a quart there. I’m feeling a little better, but I’m not
there yet. I’m still so nervous. I, whew, I’ve been praying the whole way. I am so nervous. GRANT: (Whispering) That’s a lot of blood. That looks good. Really good. Heavy blood. I think it’s liver. Yeah. Yeah. Right here, right here, right here. We’re on steady blood but we – we’re
almost 100% positive it’s a liver shot. Seems like it’s coming out both sides now. The arrow has finally stuck through. So, Frank believes – and I agree with Frank
– that we probably ought to back out now… FRANK: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) …come back tomorrow
morning. FRANK: (Whispering) Tomorrow’s another day. Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah. FRANK: (Whispering) It’s, it’s a big bull. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s a big bull. We don’t want to push him. He could, he could run miles or he could lay
down up here and die. FRANK: (Whispering) Correct. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s gonna die. He’s all the way through the liver. FRANK: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: We huddled as a team and discussed
this option. There was plenty of blood sign to keep trailing. But I felt strongly our best option was to
back out and take it again the next morning. GRANT: Alright. Back it up and do it frame by frame. Have you copied this yet? DANIEL: Yes. GRANT: Okay. DANIEL: This is off the hard drive. GRANT: Man, that’s a bull right there, boys. Ohh. Yeah. GRANT: Look at that hump on his shoulder. (Inaudible) …swag belly. You know he’s mature. UNKNOWN: Ooo. GRANT: Look at that beautiful arrow flight. DANIEL: See? Right, right there is where it hits. UNKNOWN: That’s where it hits. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: See? And then when it hits, you see the nock drop
a little bit. See right here? DANIEL: Yeah, you’re even higher than I thought
you were. GRANT: Hmm. Hmm. UNKNOWN: That’s liver. He’s dead. UNKNOWN: Yeah, he’s dead. GRANT: I’ll be honest. I didn’t sleep much that night and I was
eager to get up the next morning and take up the trail. GRANT: Well, it was a long night last night. I didn’t sleep much. But we’re back at where we stopped trailing. We’ve got blood and we’re gonna take off. Hopefully, recover this elk soon. GRANT: Yup. Right there. Right here. GRANT: The blood had dried a bit overnight
but there was still ample sign for us to take up the trail. GRANT: Yeah. GRANT: Right here. Right here. (Inaudible) Right there. (Inaudible) Good spot. Yeah. GRANT: We started hurrying up the trail and
went about 100 yards when Frank said those magic words, “I see him!” LEO: Grant. Congratulations. GRANT: Oh. LEO: Oh, I am, too. GRANT: Oh, my gosh. FRANK: Thank, God. GRANT: Oh, thank you, Jesus. UNKNOWN: Yeah, baby. GRANT: Right there. Look at that. Oh, my gosh. I’ve never. GRANT: I can’t explain how happy I was to
put my hands on my first elk. GRANT: That baby’s all there. I really can’t express my personal feelings. This is the experience of it – not, not
just the animal. But the experience of hearing ‘em and seeing
‘em all week long – or all three days long. And seeing all the different bulls we’ve
seen. GRANT: Hey, this is a workout right here,
man. I don’t know what this head weighs but that
baby’s a toad right there. Whew! GRANT: What a huge blessing it was. Not only to have such a thrilling hunt, but
to end it with a great bull. GRANT: It worked out just perfect. Perfect. GRANT: We took numerous pictures; told the
story again and again; and I texted Tracy and the girls that I’d finally tagged an
elk. These moments are even better when you have
the support of your family. This hunt continued to get better. GRANT: We were all so excited and looking
at the elk and telling the story – that after about ten minutes, one of us looked
up and noticed the pickup was only about 100 yards away. GRANT: Alright, men. GRANT: We got him back to the shop and I started
processing the meat. GRANT: And then this is the eye of the round
or the hidden tenderloin. And this is zero connective tissue in here. This is what you cook for breakfast, except
it’s a little big for breakfast on an elk. Look at that. Zero connective tissue in there. Zero. That’s the best piece of meat. The best piece of meat. GRANT: And I go into meat just a little bit. But you don’t want to go to deep right along
the bone here or you get into that eye of the round or that hidden loin. GRANT: I was very excited to have fresh elk
meat to take back to the family. GRANT: See that eye right there? Whew! Love that. See this big tube right here? That’s the lymphatic system I’m telling
you about. Only way to get that out of there, without
eating it, is do this. GRANT: I checked my phone app and we were
walking about seven miles every day during the hunt. And I enjoyed every step of the way. Our guides worked very hard to keep us in
elk and share some advanced techniques with us. GRANT: My hunting partners, Terry and Terry,
both harvested mature elk and Rob had some great encounters. What more can you ask for out of a western
elk hunt? GRANT: If you’re interested in a similar hunting
experience, go to Hosted Hunts website; enter the promo code GrowingDeer; and one of their
staff will reach out to you, learn what you’re looking for, and help you find the hunt of
a lifetime. GRANT: Just because we put a bunch of elk
meat in the freezer doesn’t mean we’re done hunting for the season. Daniel and I returned to The Proving Grounds
and within the next day or two, we were in a tree and we’ve already had some exciting
hunts. GRANT: With so much going on, we’re sharing
a lot of information on our social media and hosting a lot of live events. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. GRANT: Whether you’re blessed enough to go
tromp around out west or you’re hunting close to home, every day take time to enjoy Creation
and, most importantly, slow down, be quiet and listen to what the Creator is saying to
you. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer. GRANT: Whew, New Mexico! I’ve chased elk a lot of places but this
has been the best elk hunt, obviously, that I’ve ever had. Thanks guys! GUIDES: Yes, sir. Thank you very much. (Laughter)

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  1. So happy for you. Well done. I've been considering trying for PA Tags every year and doing an un-guided hunt if I ever draw one. (.4% chance to draw) Probably the only way ill ever afford one. What is your bow #? 60+ yrds is awesome.

  2. What an unbelievable hunt and absolutely awesome bull! Congratulations, Grant! You have been truly blessed my friend, PTL! A great job on the camera as well! Thanks for sharing, I almost felt like I was there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I lost it when I saw Grant Woods behind the elk I'm glad you could enjoy a awesome week to remember congrats ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  4. There's something about success after days of busting your hump that makes it just a bit sweeter. Congrats Grant. That's an awesome bull!

  5. Hey grant amazing hunt !! I am 15 and I have been able to do countless management projects on my deer hunting property because of your show and I hunted all year last year with no buck I have never shot a deer and I hope for my first to be a buck with the bow and I hope I can experience the high that u felt on this hunt sometime this season!!

  6. I can't wait til I get to order the messenger it seems so much better than other grunt calls I can't believe you can blow it as loud as you want and still get the same sound that's what sold me and the support for Growing Deer TV

  7. i went hunting first day of October(morning hunt) first saw 3 does then i hear a grunt and here comes a 2-3 year old 8 point chasing them. it felt like the rut watching him grunting and chasing those does definitely best hunt this season

  8. Awesome bull Grant, I'd love to hunt elk one day, with the Tennessee population growing I may be able too. God bless

  9. Very happy for your success. I'm hoping to fill my last deer tag tomorrow, and then turn to elk and upland game until waterfowl season starts. I filled two antlerless whitetail tags so far. Archery only is closing this weekend.

  10. Congrats Grant Smile More God Bless stay safe Growing deer tv crew and I have been duck hunting More then deer but I hope to More after harvest gets done ๐Ÿ‘

  11. Awesome hunt! Grant, you deserve that elk more then anyone I can think of! great hunt, and the shot looked great to me atleast! He's a stud bull, Let us know what he scores whenever you get him scored? Congrats Grant!!

  12. Sweet!!! He was a giant. Elk is on my bucket list too. I took my biggest whitetail by far on the 3rd day of the season on public land. 10 pointer, 3.5 or 4.5 yrs old. Not the best shot in the world but I got the job done. Doing a shoulder mount myself too. Every time I walk by the antlers I have to touch them. Lol. Good times!

  13. Whew! Watching that stalk down in the canyon with all that bulging and antler clashing……my heart was pounding about as much as I'm sure your's was. Congrats!

  14. my oldest boy got a doe last weekend we are gna hunt this weekend and next weekend fall turkey starts for shotgun we may do a little deer hunting and switch it up to gobblers should be a great time either way how are things at the proving grounds? any more deer harvested yet?

  15. I'm 14 and I've been a subscriber since last year and I have loved every minute of watching. really want to hunt, and want to experience what you all experience. But we have very little land. I even have my own bow, but I have no manly figure in my life to teach me how to properly shoot it. Watching your videos gives me hope that some day.. I will tag my own big and mature buck. Keep making videos, I love them.

  16. Great Hunt!!! What was the distance? Is butchering the Elk the same as deer( only much bigger ๐Ÿ˜‰ congrats great video as always

  17. haven't heard back from you Daniel I'm assuming that you are out hunting or filming Grant or one of the girls we hope you all are having a great bow season so far

  18. Nice elk I have a question though did you actually practice with your broad heads you said they make matched field points but that too me is like hearing every machanical flies like a field point

  19. Dr Grant congratulations that was a great bull! Love to here the ups and down's of the hunt as you stayed with it. My son was drawn for a Ky Gun Bull this year. It was a great experience and successful hunt. The bugling/carrying on during the hunt, the fellowship, and being with family meant the world to me! I have a bunch more family members just hoping for their opportunity at next years drawing or a trip out West.

  20. So big they are intimidating and kinda scary to a point, although I know they are just like other animals, more scared of you

  21. Excellent shot Grant, your hard work paid off huge.
    Best part of video, "thank you Jesus", way to witness Brother!
    I was blessed with a nice cow elk, 4 days after my birthday, God is good!

  22. Nice bull Grant Woods! Justin Mills here, I guided some of you guys back in 2015. Hope to see you guys aging sometime down the road

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