My hunting buddy, Jody Smith, let out an urgent “Psssst!” and pointed with his eyes to our left. My release was already on the bowstring, as I’d heard the quickened pace of elk footsteps approaching through the forest.
Seconds later I could see the top of a Roosevelt elk’s rack, twisting and turning through the dense brush of the Oregon Coast Range. When the bull slipped behind a fat Douglas fir, I raised to my knees and drew. When the bull emerged, I gave a quick cow chirp with a diaphragm call. The bull stopped instantly and the 12-yard shot was simple.
While on that day we lured in the bull with cow and calf calls, Smith...
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