Six hunters were on the hillside looking at a big bull the night before the season opened, making an already challenging hunt even more so. Highly competitive hunting situations are like Easter egg hunts for kids at a public park; everyone is after the same prize and there is nothing left shortly after the start. Get it or it will be gone! The elk usually hightail it out of these situations, unscathed with fresh hunter’s scent in their noses by sunrise of opening morning.
I then settled in on the ram he was talking about at 20 yards. He was standing broadside staring at me wondering what I was and where I came from. With confirmation as to which ram was the one, I released the arrow.