2010 Oregon Coast Elk~Almost
Didn't get an opportunity at the big 330 Roosevelt bull I had seen last year in this area, but on the last evening of the elk hunt at 4:15pm a very nice 5 point that I had seen the day before the hunt began to emerge in a heavy, thick reprod area across the canyon. As soon as I saw where he was, I knew that it was going to be tuff to kill him down in that hole. I ranged it, 915 yards, I got my rifle set up and gave a slight elevation adjustment to my Shepherd scope, no wind, conditions were great other than low light. I watched him through the scope for at least a half hour as he moved behind brush and limbs, frequently wiping the increasing moisture off my back lense. Finally 2/3 of his body emerged in the failing light, but as I looked through the spotting scope, he still had a large limb covering his vital area and more brush farther back covering his body, can I snake a 210VLD in between the brush? I had slight pressure on the trigger but knew that I had to have a better shot. Based on where I would have to go in the dark to find him, he needed to be dead for sure, tracking a wounded or missed elk in that brush would have been a nightmare scenario. I waited on the shot as he only needed to move 30 feet or so to the right in order for me to have a full, unobstructed view of his body. He moved to the opening but down low, all I could see was the back of his guts and hind quarter, obviously no shot. He fed back into the reprod as the light faded away and I packed up my equipment for the year, bummer, so close. I know I made a wise decision not to shoot, but I can't help but wonder if I could have snaked the bullet in behind that limb and taken a very nice animal.