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October 09, 2008 3:20 am

Tyler Stingley bags his bull

Written by Tribune Staff

Imagine elk hunting on a foggy morning.

In the distance, a bull elk is bugling, daring anyone to mess with his harem while wispy clouds cloak the ground and trees.

Tyler Stingley, 17, Powell, bugles too. For different reasons. He wants to entice a big bull within range of his bow and arrow.

More elk bugling enhances the eeriness and excitement of the murky morning as Tyler waits and bugles.

Tyler's patience is rewarded. A nice, six-point bull answers his summons.

Eager to confront a rival and thrashing brush in his way, the bull charges to Tyler's location.

“He was throwing stuff in the air,” Tyler said, “it was pretty cool.”

By a bow hunter's timer, hunkered down, waiting for his quarry, it was short and sweet. A 20-minute wait put the bull within 18 yards of Tyler's position.

He aims and releases the arrow ...

The keepsake photo reveals a large bull, and the rack has nice symmetry.

“I was pretty happy with him,” Tyler said.

For a young hunter, Tyler's track record is admirable. He has killed four bulls in four years — two with a rifle.

Tyler is an avid hunter, and he probably picked that up from his old man, Kent Stingley.

“We go out every year,” Tyler said of the hunting partnership with his father.

“He (Kent) is pretty much my role model.”

Kent works in Thermopolis during the week, but during the weekends the two Stingleys can hang together in the hills.

Tyler's older brother, Scott, hunts too. Tyler's mom, Julie, hunts and occasionally accompanies the Stingley boys on their horseback mountain outings.

Conditions are likely similar in the hills as they are in the Stingley kitchen. When Julie goes to the hunting camps, the fellows eat. When mom doesn't go, the guys have to rough it, food wise.

As for hunting season preparations, Tyler practices a lot.

“I've been shooting a bow since I could walk,” Tyler added.

Prior to the start of the season, Tyler was practicing two hours a day. He says it helps him clear his head.

Tyler also said he prefers bow hunting, describing it as up close and personal.

Now a senior at Powell High School, in middle school Tyler was a 4-H shooter and they always took state, he said.

Tyler also said he currently is a member of the National Honor Society, plays soccer and was in the Art Guild last year.

Although an accomplished hunter, Tyler is not just in it to stalk elk and deer. He savors his surroundings.

“It's a blast to be up in the mountains,” he said.