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Video: Young Hunter Gets Emotional after Bagging His First Elk

Taking an elk on opening day is always an emotional event, but bagging your first elk ever? That’s a special moment and this young hunter knew it.

“He was bound and determined to get an elk and, he really set a goal on getting one opening day,” wrote the boy’s father on Facebook. “It’s all he’s been talking about for a long time. We’ve taken many trips to the shooting range, countless trips up north and it all came together on Friday morning. We hiked our butts off to a mountain that was 9300 ft. elevation. We tracked a herd and everything lined up.”

The hunt took place near Arizona’s White Mountains. For a first-time elk hunter, the shot he made was pretty impressive—but it was the raw emotion afterwards that really made this video worth watching.

“It’s a memory neither of us will ever forget. I’m so proud of his accomplishment and so proud of the young man he’s growing in to,” his father wrote.

Eli's First Elk

Just got back from one of the greatest weekends ever! Eli was drawn for the Jr. Elk Hunt in Unit 1 (East of Sunrise). He was bound and determined to get an elk and, he really set a goal on getting one opening day. It's all he's been talking about for a long time. We've taken many trips to the shooting range, countless trips up north and it all came together on Friday morning. We hiked our butts off to a mountain that was 9300 ft. elevation. We tracked a herd and everything lined up. Eli made a perfect shot. The emotion he showed was incredible. It's a memory neither of us will ever forget. I'm so proud of his accomplishment and so proud of the young man he's growing in to.

Posted by Darin Damme on Sunday, October 11, 2015

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