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Tue., Oct. 8, 2013, 1:14 p.m.

Feel free to hunt land yields trophy bull elk

Jim Eggart of Walla Walla poses next to 8-by-8 point bull elk he shot on Sept. 26 in the Blue Creek Unit east of Wall a Walla. He had the only rifle bull elk hunting permit for the area and shot the elk on a farm signed up in Washington's Feel Free to Hunt Program. (Mike Mahan)
Jim Eggart of Walla Walla poses next to 8-by-8 point bull elk he shot on Sept. 26 in the Blue Creek Unit east of Wall a Walla. He had the only rifle bull elk hunting permit for the area and shot the elk on a farm signed up in Washington's Feel Free to Hunt Program. (Mike Mahan)
HUNTING -- A Walla Walla hunter has a fresh respect for Washington's Feel Free to Hunt land access program.
 
So do I after seeing the trophy bull elk he bagged on Sept. 26 on Blue Mountains foothills farm open for any licensed hunter to walk in and hunt.
 
Scott Rasley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife conflict specialist for the Blue Mountains area says the 8-by-8 point bull was killed on a farm posted Feel Free To Hunt in the Blue Creek Unit.
 
"We issue only one rifle tag for this hunt and thanks to the farm being signed up in one our hunter access programs, the hunter was able to harvest a bull of a lifetime," he said.
 
After 17 years of plying the state for permits and the Blues for bulls, and 27 straight days devoted to scouting and following this bull, Jim Eggart scored the trophy with a green gross score of 392 points, reports the Walla Walla Untion Bulletin.
 
“It took eight guys to load him into the back of the truck,” Eggart said.
 
Next dilemma:  Is there a wall in the house big enough for the rack?



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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