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Adam Anderson and JT Burton headed to the Wyoming wilderness for the beginning of the archery deer season.

Although they never got a shot at a deer, they did spot a big bull elk. Watching the big bull through the spotting scope, it was obvious that this was his home range. Adam made sure to mark his location on the map knowing soon he would be back with an elk tag in hand.

They headed west again a few days before the archery elk season opened. After hiking in and setting up a spike camp, they spent a couple of days scouting and were ready to fling an arrow when the season opened. Hunting hard for 10 days they saw some good bulls but were never offered a shot.

Since Adam had drawn a general tag, they headed west again for the elk rifle season. With his sights set on the big bull, they loaded their packs and hiked in to set up a spike camp. On opening day they were on the move before the sun rose in the east. 

While glassing, they spotted the bull they were after. After a few cow calls the bull began to make his way to them in order to investigate. Adam and JT kept a close watch on the bull as he made his way closer. Then the crack of a rifle rang out. 

They watched the bull take off running the opposite direction. Another hunter had unknowingly made his way between them and the bull. While the other hunter never saw the big bull that Adam had his sights on, he was successful in taking a nice satellite bull. 

The next morning they packed their bags for an all-day sit. Unsure how spooked the big bull was, they thought the best place to start would be the same knob where they originally spotted the bull. They patiently waited and glassed the whole day. With less than two hours left of daylight, the big bull stepped out with a cow nearly 400 yards away. 

Adam laid his rifle across his pack to steady himself. The cow brought the bull a little closer and Adam squeezed the trigger. 366 yards away, the big bull fell in his tracks. After a brief celebration, they headed towards the bull where the real work began. Being well over 4 miles from the nearest trail or road, they spent the next two days packing out the 353-inch bull. More than being Adam’s biggest bull, he was able to bring home over 200 pounds of top quality meat to feed his family. 

-Dr. Brooks Tiller