August/September 2012 EHJ (Issue 132) - Like so many of us, I had been putting in for a coveted Nevada bull elk tag for many years. After nearly two decades, I finally drew that tag in 2011. Fate was possibly involved in the long wait because this allowed me to spend those years helping others get their elk and do some elk hunting of my own in other states. This situation also allowed me lots and lots of practice! Little did I know at the time how important all that practice would be for this hunt.
I had become complacent about actually drawing a tag so I saved up some money and went on safari in South Africa with my family. At the end of a very successful day, we were all sitting around the fire having a drink when the professional hunter, Erik, mentioned he had received an email on his Blackberry. He said the message was from John Bowlen, my nephew stationed in Germany at the time, saying something about an elk tag. I immediately jumped to my feet and rushed to see the email. It was true! My nephew had checked the draw results from Germany and emailed Eric the results while we had been hunting in the Kalahari Desert! I was elated although Erik really couldn’t understand why.