Mike Ackerman, son of locals Dale and Suzette, recently bagged a giant bull elk in the wilderness of the North Malheur area.
Dale estimated the weight of the elk at around 1,000 lbs., with a point score of 320 inches total for the rack, though it was still green.
For an unusual coincidence, Mike shot the elk on the day of his birthday – Friday, Oct. 25 – with this as his very first bull elk kill.
Dale said Mike was bugling with his cow call when the elk came right in, Mike shooting it at about 15 yards away.
“You could hear him almost five miles away,” said Dale of Mike’s excitement after the kill.
Afterward, the hunting group dragged the carcass as far as they could with a 4-wheeler, before the terrain became too steep.
Dale then brought in his truck as far as he could, and used a winch to pull the carcass out of the hole it was in.
“It was the biggest bull I’ve seen,” said Dale. “The hanging pole we’ve always used started cracking.”
According to him, both he and his son have always put in for North Malheur tags, with Mike hunting every year he’s gotten a tag.
The group of hunters didn’t see any bulls until the third day of the hunting season, when Mike shot his.
Mike now lives up in Gresham, and plans to have the head of the animal mounted by a taxidermist in John Day as a trophy of the hunt.