This was a solo hunt that I did in my hometown in Washington State. I had watched this bull in velvet in July and knew he was the one I wanted for the year. He hung around until his velvet came off, then he disappeared. When September arrived and the rut kicked off, he resurfaced with a small group of cows.
From a blind, I was able to get the perfect 26 yard double lung shot. He only made it about 50 yards before quickly expiring. After my shot, I called my dad to come help me track blood and find the bull. The blood trail was really good so we found him in a short 10 minutes. I handed my dad my phone to start recording, when I knew we were getting close, so he could capture my true reaction.
I did this hunt 100% on my own while my husband was on a deployment to Afghanistan. I feel very blessed to have gotten this bull and provide meat for my family all while keeping up the household and raising our two kids on my own.
Being a military family is hard, but hunting is what keeps me going and makes my husband's long deployments a little easier.
It also shows my kids that hard work and perseverance pays off, and even while "the man of the house" is gone, mom can still get stuff done.
Watch my true reaction when I find my bull for the first time!