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Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge
Craig Starr, OBH Vice
President of Bowhunting & Legislation was grateful for drawing this coveted
tag and made the best of it when he scored on this nice antelope early
Monday morning on August 5th. Craig was joined on the hunt by his
son-in-law, OBH Central Oregon Director Allan Sanford, who captured
the successful shot on video.
2012 Season Memories
This year was tag soup for me. I had
game camera pictures of a huge buck but he never came out in the
daylight. Brenna was a little more fortunate and shot two bucks. One in
the general season and the other in youth season. I was able to be with
her on the general season deer. She shot it on the last day on December
2nd. A nice 3 point scoring 110.
In the youth
season I had no vacation left and her Uncle Dave had shoulder surgery
and was not able to accompany her, so she went out on her own. Dropped
off at 5:30 in the morning she rode the quad 5 miles to our property and
hunted by herself for a week. On December 31st she connected with a big
3x2. She did it on the ground by herself. She shot it, tracked it, found
it and gutted it. A friend came and helped her drag it out.
proud moment for any Dad. Only sad thing is that she doesn't need dad to
be there to shoot a deer. Bitter sweet. But I could not be prouder! This
is her 6th record book blacktail, one elk and one record book bear. So
to every parent out there take your child hunting, the rewards of
success are immeasurable and the time in the outdoors are irreplaceable.
Thank you Brenna! Alan Blankenship, Dad.
Ron Miller of Prineville shot
this nice 5x6 bull on Sept 12th in the South Fossil Unit. He
used a Woodswise Hyperhot call to bring this bull and two others
to about 25 yards when he shot it with his Bowtech Destroyer 350
using a 100gr Montec Broadhead. He made a clean heart shot and the
bull went about 30 yards and Expired!
Our OBH VP was grateful to find
this nice buck chasing a few does in Yamhill County on November
24th, the second Friday of the late season.
November 18, 2012
The second day of season was good
to me this year once again punching my deer tag in the White River
Unit. I arrowed this buck at 21 yards using the same Wac'em
tipped Easton Axis that has put down my deer each of the last two
August 27, 2012 - Starkey Unit
Don Smith - First Bull Elk - 2012
It was the evening of the first day of the season,
August 25th and I was hunting the Starkey Unit. There were lots of
fresh sign but no elk, nothing but squirrels. I had almost given
up when I heard something walking behind me. Glancing behind
myself, I saw a flash of brown. I drew and turned toward the bull,
saw his horns and quickly looked away to find my aiming spot. I
released with the bull broadside at 12 yards! The elk took 10 to
12 steps, I cow called a few times and he stopped, looked back at
me and dropped to the ground with a bellow. He then got up and I
cow called 3 or 4 more times. He took maybe 10 more steps and
dropped and expired around 20 or 25 yards from where I had shot
him. The arrow made a complete pass-through, double lung and
liver. My first bull elk!