Listen in as David joins The Revolution, via phone, from his whitetail hunt in Wyoming. While Wyoming isn’t at the top of the list of typical trophy whitetail states, there is a lot of potential there. With an estimated population of 60,000, Wyoming’s whitetails can be found throughout the state but are concentrated the heaviest in the Black Hills, Bighorn Basin and Riverton areas. David says that for the last 24 years he has hunted with Seven J Outfitters and notes the changes in Wyoming whitetail hunting over the last couple of decades. He says that in the mid 90’s the quality of the whitetails may have been a little better as there wasn’t the pressure from hunters that there is today. However, David says he keeps going back year after year because it’s fun. While many hunters are focused strictly on the trophy potential of their hunt, David says that this particular hunt is one where he and fellow hunters are able to have a lot of fun, fellowship and laugh. In that vein, David says that this atmosphere is what is lacking right now and what we need to see more of on television – a focus on the love of the hunt, the comradery and having fun, not just hunting trophies.
When it comes to close encounters with elk, David is a seasoned pro and he will highlight a few of his most memorable elk hunting moments. David says that hunting the peak of the rut can be challenging from a calling perspective because many herd bulls have all of their cows with them and it’s difficult to call them away. On an archery elk hunt in the Big Horn Mountains during the rut he says he encountered this challenge and decided he had to be more aggressive if he wanted to get within bow range of a big herd bull. As the hunt progressed, David says he found himself positioned between two herds where the herd bulls began to compete for cows. Cashing in on the frenzy, David says he used the distraction to slip within bow range to arrow one of the herd bulls. He’ll also talk about an elk hunt in New Mexico with an unexpected twist. After covering a lot of ground throughout the day and coming back to camp, David says a big bull began to bugle right outside the camp. You can cover a lot of ground and be in the best places, David says, but when the bulls are rutting, there is just no telling where a hot cow might lead them. Hunting big bull elk with a bow during the rut is exciting and a challenge both physically and emotionally, David admits. Based on years of experience, David says it is crucial to come to full draw before you see the eyes of a bull that is coming in. Waiting until you see his eyes to draw your bow is waiting too long, and your time and shot opportunity maybe be gone by then. So, being prepared, ready to draw early, and able to hold your bow at full draw for a few minutes could mean the difference between wrapping your tag around a bull and watching it walk away. David will also talk about the importance of understanding your shooting setup, becoming familiar with how your arrow shoots out of your bow at the set poundage you use and the kind of arc you have on your arrow at different distances. All of these factors will be used in the field to determine whether or not you should take a shot and the ultimate outcome of the shots you take.
Tune in as David Blanton, Executive Producer and host of Realtree Outdoors and Realtree Road Trips on Outdoor Channel and Realtree’s Monster Bucks TV on Sportsman Channel, joins us to talk whitetails and elk. Realtree Outdoors airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, again on Outdoor Channel.
Happy Hunting Friends,