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jjenness
11-29-2012, 11:11 AM
Well to say its been a long season would probably be an understatement. After drawing a special bull elk permit, I spent a lot of time in the field this year looking for that special bull. I saw a lot of great bulls throughout the season, and came close to punching my tag several times on great bulls but could never seem to put two and two together. Then on Nov. 20th my father passed away, so I was unable to get out into the field during the last couple of weeks of the season due to spending time with him in his last few days. I finally made myself hunt on the last day of the season, even though my enthusiasm was nearly gone, and filled my tag on this bull. Granted he is not a monster bull, but he will forever be the bull that I can remember as my fathers "memorial" bull. My father was such a great outdoorsman, and taught me so much during our several time's out in the field, either hunting, hiking, camping or fishing. My hunts from now on just won't quite be the same knowing that my dad is not here anymore to share the joys of success, and frustrations of coming close, but not close enough. From now on it will be my turn to pass on the knowledge to my children, just as my father did with me, and if I can do half the job he did then I think that would be a good start. This season has truly made me re-focus on what is important in my life, and I can never fully thank my father enough for the valuable life lessons he taught me during his lifetime. I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and don't forget to take time out of your schedule to visit the ones you love.

CoHiCntry
11-29-2012, 11:19 AM
Sorry for your loss. Nice bull!

ivorytip
11-29-2012, 11:28 AM
well stated. nice bull

Bitterroot Bulls
11-29-2012, 11:31 AM
jjenness,

I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. He sounds like a great teacher and hunter. I am glad you got your tag filled on a special bull, no matter the size. I sincerely appreciate you sharing something so personal with us.

Take care and God bless.

jenbickel
11-29-2012, 11:35 AM
Jjenness- I'm sorry for the passing of your dad. It is a great "memorial" bull! It would definitely be my favorite bull! :)

Fink
11-29-2012, 11:43 AM
jjenness- So sorry for the passing of your dad. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to get back out in the field after losing your dad. Pass on his hunting legacy through your kids.

Timberstalker
11-29-2012, 12:49 PM
Thats a tough one jjenness, sorry for the loss of your dad. I'm sure you will be as big, if not more, of an influance to your kids. Keep the lagacy strong. Congrats on the Memorial bull.

AKaviator
11-29-2012, 01:39 PM
jjenness,
Your dad sounds like a fine man and we're so sorry for your loss. I am certain that he would be proud that you went out and found a nice memorial bull in his honor.

Pass on the wonderful traits and love of the outdoors to your kids too, it's how we honor the ones who taught us those things.

Blessings to you and your family.

sjsmallfield
11-29-2012, 01:56 PM
I'm truely sorry to hear about your loss jjenness. Congrats on a fine bull. Stand strong my friend!

hvfd21walker
11-29-2012, 05:09 PM
jjenness,
Sorry for your loss. What a great way to remember your father and what you have learned from him. Stay strong Brother

6mm Remington
11-29-2012, 06:04 PM
Sorry for your loss and good for you for getting back out there hunting. Your father would want you to go forward and continue doing this wonderful thing that he shared with you called hunting and the great outdoors. I had my youngest son die 6 years ago, he was only 19 months old. For a couple years it was hard to get out there and to really have fun. I was doing something that I love to do, and just like you something my father introduced me to yet I was empty inside. Not sure about you jjenness, but guys do and have these weird things they like to do. Even though my son Jeremiah had not been hunting with me yet, he still had his own Ruana knife that I had hunted shed antlers for and traded for the knife at the shop in Bonner Montana instead of paying cash. I had his name engraved on it, and he doesn't know it, but it was his Christmas gift his first year. The first year after I lost my son I took his knife with me and my other boy Jeff over deer and antelope hunting. We used Jeremiah's knife to dress Jeff's animals with. When we got home I cleaned up the knife and gave it to my son Jeff and told him it now belonged to him and that he could pass it along to one of his children someday when he got married. I do know it made it special to me.

I'm sorry to go off track a bit jjenness, and I truly know how you feel. Just like my son Jeremiah, your father would want you to continue, and for you to enjoy what you are doing. I imagine he was looking over your shoulder and was watching the whole time. God bless you and prayers for you and your family. That is a special bull for you that you will cherish forever.
David

potsie
11-29-2012, 06:29 PM
So sorry for your loss i think your dad would be so proud of you to go out and take what you have learned from him and take a great bull.

Eberle
11-29-2012, 06:51 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your Father. Just remember one thing. He will live forever through you & the things he taught you as you pass on the legacy to your children. I know how tough it is to loose a loved one. I lost a child & my brother, but they are not really lost. I know exactly were they are & we will be re-united soon. The Bible says life is a vapor. When life gets tough, just call upon the King of Heaven & ask him to step in! Here is one of my favorite scriptures.

Psalm 18:2- The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in who I will trust; my buckler and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Congrats on the bull & thanks for sharing.

God Bless you & your family!
Bryan,

BKC
11-29-2012, 07:02 PM
The only thing better than finding time to hunt is finding time to hunt with your kids. I never got a chance to hunt with my Dad very much but I remember when he saw my sheep. He just stared at the ram and no words could have said what he was thinking. I feel for your loss. Keep your dads memories close to the heart !

jay
11-29-2012, 07:34 PM
Sorry about the loss of your father and congrats on the bull man, i give you alot of credit getting out there considering your circumstances. Touching story...makes a person appreciate his own loved ones just reading it. Thanks!

marcusvdk
11-29-2012, 09:27 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss JJenness, what a great way to remember your father and celebrate his life and the things he taught you. GOD BLESS!

Kevin Root
11-29-2012, 10:20 PM
I'm so sorry to hear of loss of your father jjenness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It must have been a hard time hunting that last day of the season having just lost your father. I'm sure this past hunt will be memorable for you. May you be successful to pass on the valuable life lessons to your children that your father has taught you. May you now carry that torch well, helping to guide your children's path and teach them those valuable life lessons.

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:3-6

Ikeepitcold
11-30-2012, 06:10 AM
Great bull and what a perfect way to remember your father and celebrate his life by taking a Bull! So sorry for your loss

jjenness
11-30-2012, 09:19 AM
I just want to say thank you to all of you out there who so willingly extend so many kind thoughts. It's people like you who, most of whom I have never met, that help a fellow outdoorsman through tough times. God Bless to all of you.

In God We Trust
11-30-2012, 08:01 PM
I think the score of an animal sometimes makes us forget what makes hunting so special to all of us. At the end of the day it should be about spending time with family and friends. Congrats on the bull and sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your dad.

tttoadman
11-30-2012, 11:41 PM
I agree totally. There is nothing better than running myself in the ground with with my brother and my niece in the pursuit. Success or not, it is always a great time. I was unsuccessful this year, but got to pack my brothers elk out on my birthday for 20 hrs straight. I loved it. I work in an office 30ft away from my brother. Hunting and fishing trips offer us a real chance to have fun and "not" talk about work. Everybody needs to find that time!!


I think the score of an animal sometimes makes us forget what makes hunting so special to all of us. At the end of the day it should be about spending time with family and friends. Congrats on the bull and sorry for your loss. What a great way to honor your dad.

N.Y.ArcheryMadMan
12-01-2012, 09:21 AM
Sorry For Your Loss... But,it sounds like there was alot of great memories that will last for ever.... Great Bull ......

Maxhunter
12-02-2012, 06:38 PM
Sorry for your loss! He's smiling were ever he is!