Dan Miller from Nehawka, Nebraska was ready for the hunt of a lifetime. However, we're not quite sure he "really" knew what he was in for. Dan, Eastmans' 2012 EBJ Elk Hunt Winner, found himself just 8 yards away from a bull when Guy Eastman whispered, "Get Ready. You're going to hear something you've never before heard, he's about to..." The bull bellowed a gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, ear-busting bugle. What an adrenaline rush, especially for this first-time bull elk hunter.
Prior to the hunt, the guys knew that it was going to be tough, as the drought this year had made water scarce. Knowing this, water became a focus for the hunt and the guys quickly changed up the game plan. Several good bulls were spotted early, however, Guy wanted to ensure that Dan got a chance at a truly special bull.
Over the next several days, Dan took in all there was to experience. "I had never seen a bull's habits play out-what they do in certain situations, how they communicate. I saw all of their activities: bugling, sparring, breeding," said Dan. "The most valuable lesson learned-be patient and don't rush. The elk will calm down. Enhance your hunt chances by being patient." he explained. Dan's patience paid off. On his third day in southern Colorado, his opportunity presented itself-a 353-inch bull, a one shot kill and the memory of a lifetime.
Eastmans' has been drawing a lucky hunter's name out of its subscriber base every year since 1994 for the Eastmans' Hunting Journal Hunt Winner program; the EBJ Hunt Winner program now represents an additional chance for subscribers to win. Drawn completely at random, these hunts give lucky subscribers two annual chances to win the hunt of a lifetime with the Eastmans' staff. Dan increased his odds of winning a hunt by giving Eastmans' subscriptions to his family and friends.
"Eastmans' advertisers and sponsors enhance each hunt winner's experience by donating their best products for the prize package," stated Ike Eastman. This fall, Dan's elk hunt package included the following:
BOG-POD shooting sticks
LATHROP & SONS boots gift certificate
MOSSY OAK clothing package
PRIMOS hunting package
SAVAGE ARMS rifle
WILDLIFE RECAPTURE TAXIDERMY mount
Eastmans' Publishing Inc. is the producer of the two leading western trophy big game hunting magazines, Eastmans' Hunting and Eastmans' Bowhunting Journals. These publications give hunters the inside secrets to hunting in the West, as well as represent a commitment to promoting ethical, fair-chase hunting. Eastmans' has also published several popular books by best-selling authors within the industry, asserting them as the western big game authority. Their television show, Eastmans' Hunting TV, currently airs on the Outdoor Channel and is in its fourteenth season.