Friday, September 22, 2006 3:26 AM
Two days ago I returned from B.C. and I had no success
with the Billy - trophywise. We saw some old Billys, but we couldn`t get close enough for a shot.
The hunt was very tough, physically as well as mentally. Rainy weather in
the first 10 days and very cold winds from the glaciers as well as night frost sometimes gave us hard times, but my
guide Darren and me had nevertheless a fine time hunting.
The closest Billy I saw, was about ten meters, but it was a 4-year-young Billy and I decided not to shoot
him. Darren succeeded in taking a very nice picture of that special "meeting".
On the 12th day, when we transferred our tent to another good looking place and were crossing
a plateau high up near the glaciers, my guide Darren spotted a magnificent Caribou-Bull in the far distance. Because I had
a Caribou-License, too, we didn`t hesitate and followed the bull immediately.
We found him again, bedded down
and succeeded in closing in to 15 meters. Proceeding further was impossible, without spooking the animal. The only thing
I could do was to wait, since the Caribou was still bedded down and all that I could see of the animal
were the antlers.
One very long hour later,
me standing barefoot in the icecold muddy water, the bull finally stood up and I could get a shot. I hit the bull to high
and the broadhead hit the spine. The animal immediately crashed down, working frantically with the front legs, the
hind legs were paralyzed.
Quickly I closed the gap to the Caribou and finished it off- to my own surprise the
swampy ground seemed not be as cold as it had been before!
The Abowyer-170 grs. broadheads - the tip I had changed to
an "Ashby-Tanto-Tip" - performed perfect. We could hardly remove the first broadhead from
the spine, the broadhead is nearly undamaged, only one edge is a bit "serrated" now, but it would be no problem
to resharpen it easily.
I got my moose!
Bow: Custom-made Longbow by "Bavarian Longbow", Teublitz, Bavaria, Germany 66#
Arrow: Selfmade wooden larch-arrow, total weight with a 190 grs Abowyer-Broadhead
: 800 grs.
Shooting-distance: 16 meters
Area: Guided hunt with "Moonlake Outfitters",
Harro Obst, Atlin, B.C.
During our hunt we saw several good bulls, and had prior to our success a very good chance
at a similar-seized bull. Excellent area, very good equipped outfit.
Guide: Darren Keizer, a bowhunter,
too. Highly recommended. First rate guide, hunted with him before and will hunt with him next year
Broadhead cut a rib, went trough both lungs, passed
between two ribs on the opposite side and stopped in the shoulder blade. Immediately after the shot, blood was coming
out of the entrance
wound in very large quantities.
The Bull went 10 meters and went down. A second
bull, that was coming in, made the bull get up again and walk another 80 meters. Then he collapsed and died.
On his way to his "final destination" the bull was bleeding profusely and created a real blood-trail!
The recovered broadhead is still sharp and in very good shape. It will be no problem to get it razor sharp
again for further use.
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|The cold was worth it!
|Facing off with a Billy.
Bow: Take-Down-Longbow from "Bavarian Longbow" - 71# at 30"
Arrows: Grizzlystiks Alaskan, total arrowweight 700 grs.
Broadhead: 170 grs. Abowyer of course!
Outfitter: Moonlake Outfitters, Atlin, B.C.