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    After Dreams of Hunting Trophy Bulls

    As Sept 13 draws near, I'm beginning to become far more excited. After 20+ years of bonus points, I'll finally hunt an authentic trophy elk unit. I knew it was real when I held the tag in my hand. I know that for me, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. It takes too many bonus points to hope for another chance in the unit I'll hunt.

    If this makes sense, though the excitement of the reality of my upcoming hunt lies a mist of melancholy. If I am lucky to cross paths with a trophy, dreams and anticipation will be over. Assuming I am lucky, I will reflect in the silence following congratulations and high-fives that all my years of dreams of such a hunt will give way to dreams of the hunt. I know I'll never be able to do it again.

    After this year, I'll again start acquiring elk bonus points. I'm hoping that 10 will get me a bull tag in the area I hunt mule deer. While the area does hold monster bulls (I've seen a few), dreams and anticipation of such a hunt that might not occur will be muted compared to the 20+ years I've dreamed of holding a tag for a bull in an authentic trophy unit.

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    Very nicely stated.

    Good luck on your dream!!!!!
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    You should have a chance at 20+ bulls any sane guy would be crazy to pass on almost any other unit.
    Grand Slam #1005 + 2: Dall (1986 Yukon), Fannin/Stone (1987 Yukon), Bighorn (1988 Colorado Unit S-26), Stone (1995 British Columbia), Desert (2001 Nevada Unit 161), Bighorn (2009 Wyoming Unit 5)

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    I too am saving up elk points (13 so far) and hope to draw a tag like yours some day. Good luck on your hunt, you should see lot's of great bulls!!

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    Might be a little naive since I am relatively new to the forum, but what unit did you draw for?

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    I'm curious as well. I have my dream tag in my pocket but it's for mule deer.
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    I don't think he has said what unit. I may be wrong but he said it was a great unit in Utah. I would guess Southwest Desert early rifle, Fillmore Pahvant early rifle, Monroe early rifle or the holy grail: San Juan early rifle. If it's San Juan or Monroe you better hunt the whole season and take tons of pics so we can live vicariously through you!
    Last edited by Alabama; 08-09-2014 at 07:11 PM.

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    San Juan early season.

    I appreciate all of your wishes.

    I've reflected upon the reality that I'm finally going. I was thinking about what my thoughts will be during my long drive home.

    I do have 100% confidence in my guide.

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    Umpqua Hunter,

    Thanks again for your very helpful recommendation. I've talked with him a few times. I have 100% confidence in him.

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    I sincerely hope that all of you guys get at least one shot at your top priorities trophy elk hunting units.

    If I had it to do over, I wouldn't have put all my efforts in one state. While I think Utah has some of the biggest bulls in the west, I should of acquired points in AZ & NV as well. I know that other states have huge bulls.

    The huge Wyoming bull on the cover of the most recent edition of "Eastmans'" could get me to look there as well. There are excellent photos of that monster in the article.
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