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Lightning Strikes Twice

Lightning Strikes Twice - Howard HooperMarch/April 2013 EBJ (Issue 76) - As the massive 6x7 bull walked over the ridge I silently sat down to give him time. This provided a couple of hours to reflect in the cool, New Mexico morning air as the sun worked its way up the eastern ridges. Had my years of faithfully applying for elk hunts in the Western states, the thousands of hours of exercising to challenge their mountain domain, the hundreds of shooting sessions to perfect my form, finally culminated in the bull of a lifetime? I was hopeful, but not certain.

How well did I hit him? How much time should I give him before I begin the tracking process – an hour? Two hours? I can hear the bulls from the split herd continue their morning chorus of bugles, trying to reassemble the herd - Satellite One, Satellite Two, and numerous others calling to each other.

Then I hear the monarch, just over the ridge. My anxiety level rises. He has lung capacity! Oh, NO! Did I really just botch this opportunity? Do I dare go look for my arrow yet, or do I just sit and enjoy the mountain melodies of these beautiful creatures? I must have patience…