I am way overdue on this one, sorry guys.
THis was the first buck the Allen boys took down this fall. The horns were not the best this season, very dry and not much for prongs on most of the bucks. This buck has a very tight curl. Looks smaller then what he really is at around 14" tall. Not much for prongs but like I said, that was common this year.
My brother used his Sako 7.82 Warbird shooting the new 208 gr A-Max at just shy of 3300 fps. The range was 510 yards.
I was second up to bat. Finally had a calm morning to set up over a big hay field. This buck was laying with back to us, quartering away, you can see the impact on the right hip and exit results from the other side. This is my second largest buck I have taken. In 2005, I took a hog that scored 84 2/8" B&C making the all time B&C record book. This buck unfortantly is just as big as that one but I did not realize he had broken off both his cutters....... Still, he scored 72". Had he had his cutters, he would have been another +80" buck even with average cutters.
The shot was with my 338 Allen Magnum lightweight at a 1300 yards. My personal best to date for long range hits big game hunting. Iwas using the new 265 gr AT RBBT prototype bullets from Wildcat Bullets. Thanks Richard for letting me test them on my elk and pronghorn this year. I suspect by next season more will be in the air!!!
If I look like total hell, its because we just got done packing the buck roughly 3000 yards round trip!!! It was not hot but I sweat thinking about work!!!
Last year, my dad shot the biggest buck between the three of us the first morning of pronghorn season. Well, this year, he was the last to get his buck, BUT, he still shot the biggest buck of the year again. The old man showed us kids how it was done.
I will say however, that it took a bit of arm twisting to get him to put a stock on this buck as it was nearly 2 miles out to where they were bedded down and the bowl they were in would be tricky to get close enough for him to shoot with his 25-284. Still those that read the original story know it all worked out perfectly.
THis is a really great buck in this area, especially this year. The only thing he was lacking was a bit of mass and a bit of length and he would have been a real toad of a buck. Still, he was by far the best buck we saw in 10 days of hard hunting. Dad made a great shot at around 420 yards with his 25-284 making a perfect behind the shoulder hit and the buck fell within 50 yards.
This buck scored right at 80" just making the Montana record books. A great buck and again, the old man shows us kids how to do it!!!
Remember I said this was a 2 mile stock out to the buck, well, we did not expect to kill the buck where he was bedded. So we did not take the game cart. Once we killed the buck, we realized we had a hell of a hike on our hands. 2 miles out, kill the buck, 2 miles back to get the game cart, 2 miles back out to the buck, take some pictures, clean the buck and 2 miles back to the truck. Lets see, 8 miles in one afternoon, more then worth it and would do it every year if dad wants to go after some bucks.
Anyway, sorry for the late pics but there they are.
Onto next year and hope we can get some more permits!!!