I just come back from 1 VERY HARD week hunting.
My self and 3 friends headed on Elk country here in Alberta (Rockyes Mnt) for 5 days trip.
So… after 4 very long years of waiting to get draw on cow elk, finally this year I got the winning ticket.
So long preparation all year round for shooting long range up to 1400yrds with my 338 EDGE driven by 300SMK at 2814fps.
I was able to hit the vital zones from first shot at 1200 yrs and i was confident for a perfect shot is the opportunities shows up.
This fall i got some WT deers at 480, 620, 280yrds not so far for LRH but it was the start.
So we packed everything from slipping bags, food, water, ammo, PDA, wind meter, electronic bar pressure units, and we headed high country.
So the first day we just glassing high and we seen loots of tracks, but all were from one night before.
Second day everything looks good, lots of snow on the ground (easy for tracking), no wind, so we were on position at 7:00 am waiting for the sun to show up.
at the first light just few mulley and few dows, but no elk.
After scouting 5 hours, we decided to change the tactics, moving to higher elevation on the next valley.
So we headed to our trucks, for a quick lunch, and in the middle of our lunch very high we spotted one herd of 6 cows and 2 spikers.
Quick we decided to move out and tried our luck.
We range them at 1100 yards but the wind it was terrible, more then 35mph.
No way to take the shoot because it was gusting blowing from all direction.
We decided to go after them in bedding area.
We were walking more then 2 hr on the aspen patch woods but we find nothing.
They were on the run, and no stopping at this time.
So next day we headed to the next area and start glassing.
We were using Cow elk calling allot, but nothing. So We headed higher on elevation, to a saddle ridge what was looking very good for elks.
After arriving we start glassing and using 6 times our cow calling we decided to move on, when something catches our eyes. From our left side, on DEAD RUN, came from the safety of the aspen woods, ONE ALONE COW ELK. We could not believe our eyes., so we laid down, and prepare for the shot.
Ranged her at 380 yrd, and she was coming straight to us. We bowed another 2 times on cow elk, and we prepare for the shoot. She stopped at 168 yrd, and I just wait for her to turn broadside.
2 second later I pressed the trigger aiming for front shoulder. I was shooting from up hill at 0.97 cosine, but no correction needed.
She flinched very hard, took one step back and start running 5 yards, and then she hit the DIRT.
I quick load another round, but no needed follow-up shoots.
I was very happy, I filled my elk cow tag, no looking for the big cow, but a decent one, and very tender meat on frizzer.
We filled 4 big coolers with meat (70lb each), and I could not be more happy.
Here is the photo of the cow elk and my self with the 338EDGE rifle.
We needed more then 2 hrs with ATV to drag her up to a main path and from there we loaded her on the truck.
My hunting partners were helping me all the time and without a team work it was no way to get this cow elk down the mountain.
When we dressed her I found fragments of the 3338 SMK jackets on the hart.
The bullet smashed the front shoulder, pass and cut the hart in half, jelling the lungs, and on the exit took with him 1 rib from the other side. Exit hole not bigger then 2 loonies (2inches diameter).
I know this is not a LR Shoot but sometings the God is changing our plans.