BENTON (AGFC) – Ben Brasuell did his homework. One result is several teachers
at Benton Junior High School will enjoy some tasty elk summer sausage.
Brasuell, 14 and an eighth-grader, scouted the elk country of the
Buffalo River "six or seven times" after winning a permit to hunt for an
antlerless elk at the Buffalo River Elk Festival in June.
He was successful, and that gift of summer sausage was his thanks for
the teachers who excused him from their classes for the December hunt.
Brasuell was one of several young hunters who took elk in December. But
Brasuell won a regular elk permit, not one designated for youngsters.
Twenty-four permits were issued for the December hunt, and 21 persons
participated. One canceled because of his wife's illness, and two didn't
Brasuell applied for a permit at the urging of his father, Toney
Brasuell, who also applied. Ben Brasuell's name was drawn, and father
and son immediately made plans for advance scouting. Ben's permit was
for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Compartment 4, the eastern
end of the public land elk hunting territory. It is in Searcy County. They learned the rugged territory, and they made some friends. One of
these was a major help when Ben got his cow elk on the third day of the
The Brasuells didn't find elk in the Richland Creek valley, where many
other hunters worked, and they moved a little to the east. Above Rye
Bottoms and near the Margaret Arnold field, they heard dogs then saw 14
deer run past them. A large group of elk were behind the Brasuells.
"We followed the elk for 200 or 300 yards," Ben said. "I couldn't get a
shot because of all the trees. There were two (cow) elk behind the
others eating acorns." Ben had his .270 rifle on a shooting stick but
was facing away from the two cow elk. His dad whispered, "Shoot, Ben,
Ben shot, hitting the elk in a vital spot. He shot three more times to
finish. "I was excited, and the first thing I did was to give Dad a big
hug," he said.
The downed elk was inaccessible by vehicle, so the Brasuells called on
one of those new friends, Charles McAdams of Snowball. McAdams handled
the field dressing and the quartering of the elk so Ben and Toney could
carry it a quarter mile or so to their vehicle. It took four trips each
to handle this task.
Ben, a football and baseball player at Benton Junior High, said, "I
want to do it again. I would like to go elk hunting in Colorado, too."