CRYSTAL — Jerry Foley, 78, was one of 30 lucky hunters in the entire state to get an elk hunting license this year and he made good on it, bagging a 900-pound, 12-point bull in September near Onaway.
Foley hunted with his son, Mike Foley, and a guide, who helped him call in the bull on the third day of Foley’s hunting trip.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” Foley said. “Talk about a thrill.”
Elk licenses in Michigan are awarded to hunters using a random weighted drawing system that began in 2003.
Hunters earn one additional “chance” for future drawings each year they apply for an elk license and are not selected.
Foley was a successful elk hunter in Colorado, where he lived for 14 years, and said he was happy to finally get the chance to hunt elk in his home state.
“I have about 600 pounds of meat. Me and my friends are going to enjoy a lot of elk dinners,” Foley said with a chuckle.