A persistent hunter bagged an enormous bull elk recently in the Blue Creek area of the Blue Mountains east of Walla Walla.
Jim Eggart of Walla Walla stalked the animal for 27 straight days, he said in this Union-Bulletin article, before shooting it in the fog on Sept. 26.
The elk’s massive rack will undoubtedly earn it a top spot in the Washington records books. The bull fell onto ground accessible by a pickup truck, and it took eight men to load it into the bed.
Outdoor scribes wrote earlier this season of how Eastern Washington hunters lament the days gone by, when most elk were felled east of the Cascades. Now the spotlight has shifted from the Blue Mountains, Yakima’s foothills, and Colockum Ridge north of Ellensburg to Cowlitz County, where hunters find greater success near Mount St. Helens and the Willapa Hills.
But for awhile, at least, Eggart’s elk should draw attention to “The Blues,” charred this summer by fires that burned more than 100,000 acres.