We called Almgren to get the full story. Turns out he is working toward his North American 29 with a muzzleloader and had been applying for preference points (but not the actual tag) for an Oregon Roosevelt bull for a number of years. "When I saw Dunn's report on Hofsess I immediately called. But he was already booked up for 2012 and looking toward 2013 or 2014. A short while later, though, he called back with a cancellation opening. There was still time to apply for a draw tag, and I had enough points. So I pulled the trigger," Almgren says.
Hofsess invited Almgren to come out before the actual season and take part in the final scouting. "I flew out on Wednesday, and Ron put me up in a lodge/house he rents in town. I was the only hunter, and I believe he only takes one hunter at a time. I ate my dinners with him and his family. The hunting area was about a half-hour drive away.
"On Thursday, I saw over 100 elk from just one glassing point overlooking a clearcut, but they were mostly cows, calves and small bulls, though we did see one 5x6. We spotted the bull I eventually took on Thursday night, about five minutes before dark. We then watched and patterned him on Friday, glassing morning and evening, going back to town mid-day. On Saturday morning, which was opening day, we spooked his herd in heavy fog and didn't find them again until Sunday in another clearcut. We saw him on Sunday morning,........(continued)