My second year hunting this ranch and my second bull down on opening morning before 9:00. Man, what a great place!! I started working my way down so I could start the climb up to the bull. It was steep, getting this boy out was going to be a task. I made it to the creek, stopped for a breather and started up, I was soon winded and stopped and took this pic you can see his antlers from here. Anticipation was setting in. Was he as big as I remembered? Was it really the bull I thought it was?? All these things ran through my head as I continued up.
As I got closer the doubts left. Remember the long G-4s with the white tips. It was white fang. This was an awesome memory, nothing like approaching a down trophy. I took these pics to save the moments.
My buddy Dave (the ranch owner) went to get the willys with the winch and see how close he could get. I gutted him out (man there is a ton of stuff in there) and drug him down about 300 yards to the creek. I put him in some shade to cool out. Even down steep grade Elk are heavy to drag but I had adenaline on my side..
My friends Mike and Bill came to help me. Mike made the US team to wrestle at the Olymics this year. They are both great hunters and awesome help. Here are the hero pics. I will admit he had a bit of ground shrinkage, I had him at 350 prior to this, but he is going to score about 315 or 320. A great bull for this area and I am very pleased with the hunt and the results..
Getting him out was a bit of a task, but not bad with the geat help I had. I started taking pics bout 1/2 way up. We used the winch on the willys and about 4 or 500 feet of rope and cable. I decided to bring him up in one peice to keep the meet as clean as possible.
Here is a pic of the shot placement and one of the recovered 300 gr Sierra Match King. Call them target bullets if you want, but this one traveled 526 yards, penetrated the back of the shoulder blade of a mature bull elk pulverised both lungs and damaged the heart then stopped in the oposite side shoulder and still is pretty much in tact. The 300 SMK has earned its place as a hunting bullet for me.