Deadliest Elk Shot Ever Caught On Camera

Every so often, bowhunters will encounter the skeptic that feels archery equipment is not a deadly means of killing wild game. “It’s a slow, cruel death,” they’ll say as they try to make their case.

So with archery elk season just a month away, we offer the following video to stoke the fire for big bulls in your face…and to once again put to rest the fact that a bow is as deadly a weapon as any you’ll ever hit the woods with.

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Will a bow and arrow kill a big bull elk quickly and humanely? You be the judge!

Just watch as 13-year-old, Clayton Coyle, unplugs a big Wyoming bull that walks right up in his lap. It’s been a few years now, but Clayton’s elk kill continues to be one of the deadliest elk kills ever captured on camera.

Let’s hear from you? What are you thoughts on this video? The shot? And how quickly this bull bled out? Comment below and let us know what you think.


  1. Roger Bradley says:

    That’s a very low percentage shot that should not be taken. If he had not hit the artery, which is around the size of a pencil, the outcome would have been much different. I doubt you’d show a video of an elk that he couldn’t recover. How many elk will be hit and lost before he gets that lucky again?
    If you people feel that is an ethical shot to take, please remove me from your mailing list.

    • Nicholas Balice says:

      Roger Bradley, I thought the exact same thing when I saw the shot. Very fortunate but I his taking such a shot. Seemed like if he would have been a little more patient he would have had a broadside shot at close range.

    • Dave faber says:

      Low percentage my-ss! Make the shot and its a dead animal with a short recovery. Miss the shot and it’s an animal that will recover from a flesh wound. Obviously like any shot the archer needs to know his or her effective range which includes the position of the animal.

  2. Caleb kelly says:

    Hes a kid. We have all been there. He was nervous/ exited his adrenalin was pumping. He might habe even been scared it would charge him like a moose. He did what he felt he should do. We werent there. We dont know what was going through his head. Hes a bow hunter just like all of us and he made a wonderfull shot. Lucky or not the elk went down faster than most deer do with a perfect heart/ lung shot. All he can do is look back and learn from what he did “wrong” and keep getting better. so on that note congrats kid. Keep on keeping on. Bowhunt or die !


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