Abe Penner 2011 Elk


Zack, my son and I got drawn for a good area for elk. There were only a few tags available. We had decided we needed 2 weeks and planned for that. It was hot all the first week (85-90). We heard and got into elk right from the start.


On the fourth morning we heard a group of four bulls sounding off with a few that sounded like real good ones. We tried to canoe to what we thought was the herd bull but the slough was so thick it we just couldn't make head way. Now we had to walk around and see if we could catch up with them. As we were going around this slough we heard a bull real close but we thought he was down wind so never paid much attention to him. The wind was very calm which may have played a factor in the outcome.

When we got to the tip of the slough things looked good for a set up. I sent Zach up ahead and Tina and myself stayed back to call. I cow called and got a response from the bull we past and he was only about a 100 yards away. The volume of those 45 gallon drum lungs we just can't duplicate. I responded with my                                    Abe, Tina & Zack Penner
own bugle along with some cow calls directed up wind and away from me. I could hear him move toward me and then stand and listen. I cow called again in the same direction. I moved to a small dried out grassy slough or wet spot which we refer to as salad bowls. It was about 20 yards wide and about 50 yards long. I was close to the middle and on the opposite side than the bull. I had settled into just a small shadowed area when I heard the bull advancing. He came to the bowl right across from me, but 6 feet inside the heavy bush. I could see the antlers and he was looking for the cows off to my left. His head was behind a big poplar so he couldn't see me. I stayed silent as he looked for the cows. When no cows appeared I think he decided to check the wind for the cows. He turned right and came into the salad bowl but straight on; but as soon as he got to the bottom he turned right and was broadside, walking to my right and down wind. He was in the open and never saw me draw and only reacted when the arrow hit. He lurched forward and went about 40 yards as I was bugling as hard as I could along with some cow calls. He stopped and turned to see if the bull was following him. When no bull appeared he slowly walked another 25 yards to my left and away. I could mostly just see the tops of antlers as he went and now he was just out of sight when we all heard a loud crash. We waited 15-20 minutes and slowly advanced. When I finally seen him he looked much bigger then when I saw him standing with his head behind the poplar. It was probably a good thing I didn't know how big he really was.

The bow I used was a SLynx 54#@28 inch. www.cari-bow.com
The arrow were Beamen 400's with brass inserts. www.beman.com
The broadhead was the Tuffhead 225 grains .www.tuffhead.com
Total arrow weight is 685 grains.
Distance of shot was 18 yards.
Total distance traveled after hit 65-70yds.
Total length of arrow from behind the broadhead to nock grove is 29".
Balance point is 7 3/8" or 7.375”
% FOC = 24.57  ( TuffHead FOC Calculator  )

Comments: I have said this before and here is a case in point. When one does everything right most any broadhead will do the job. It's only when things go wrong and not everything goes as planned that one needs a broadhead to add in penetration. I hit farther forward then planned and hit bone but still managed to get to the far side with the broadhead just under the skin on the off side.
I believe this made a difference in a short recovery, or a tedious tracking job.

Thanks!! Joe

Abe Penner

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