On the fateful day of September 21st, the stage was set for Crum’s unforgettable encounter. Sitting patiently in a ground blind, he heard the distinct bugle of the bull from over 100 yards away. A moment of suspense followed, and then he spotted a cow, the leader of a group of about 12 elk. And there he was, the prize bull that had haunted Crum’s dreams.
Crum drew his bow, waiting for the bull to present the ideal shot opportunity. At 41 yards, he released the arrow. The shot was solid, and the bull sprinted away before bedding down about 80 yards from the blind. The surrounding cows remained undisturbed.
Crum’s emotions ran high as he waited for the moment of triumph. With friends and family by his side, they approached the magnificent bull.
Loading the massive 800-pound bull into their truck was no easy feat. It took all four men to accomplish the task. Back at the ranch, they meticulously handled the trophy, preparing it for a potential spot in the record books.
Crum estimates the bull’s rack at an astonishing 436 1/8 inches, a score that could potentially secure its place as the New Mexico state record elk. However, this is an unofficial green score that will be confirmed after a mandatory 60-day drying period.
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