Well by the time I finally killed my first bull, I had a few deer and a couple cows under my belt. I had faith in my lil -06 and I was invincible.........
We had helprd recover 2 cows from our buddy's Land Owner tags that he shot the week before. So we knew where the elk were crossing from public to private ground. (we were hunting public ground). It was High Desert country, with sagebrush, crumbeling buttes, and shale rock with a blade or two of grass here and there. We had both sides of a main canyon covered wich was the only way in and out of the private ground. The elk never came thru..... we were so confused that we decided to re group at the bottom and discuss our options. We walked down out of the mouth of the canyon to find 3 raghorn bulls just standing there. I muttered something along the lines of Take em boys! And all heck broke loose. I pumped 4 rounds into mine with my -06 before he went down, and my buddy had a gun jamb with his 308, so I reloaded and swapped with him. Meanwhile my cousin was pummeling his with a 338 win mag. When all the smoke cleared all 3 of us had our first bulls! I got a 5x5 my buddy got a 3x4, and my cousin got a 4x5. We were young and not too bright, and flung way too much lead, but we got em
I never did drop an elk with any less than 2 shots with my ol -06 and it has taken as many as 6 rounds. Never more than 200 yds, and most all were well placed shots. Tough critters. So I now have a bit bigger hammer for the task at hand, but I killed my first everything with my ol' -06, and used it from the age of 13 to 30, so it has a place of honor in the gun cabnet and rests semi retired untill my oldest son gets older. Lots of firsts yet to come...........
"Its not Rocket Surgery.....'
GOD,GUNS,&GUTTS MADE AMERICA, LETS KEEP ALL 3!winmag
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