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Jared's elk

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Unread 04-21-2009, 09:20 PM
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Jared's elk

First let me point out that this was a high fence hunt. My family really enjoys elk meat but I can't justify an extra trip west each year. This year I took my 9 year old on a high fence hunt for a cow for "groceries." He was really excited about the chance to take an elk under any circumstances. It was a great experience for him. He was shooting my old Marlin 30-30 with 150 grain Barnes 30-30 bullets at 2300fps.

The good news is Jared made 4 excellent shots on from 125 to 175 yards. I was not at all impressed with the performance of the Barnes bullets. The first three hits were dead nuts in the chest, broadside. The bullets zipped right through with little or no expansion. The final shot was heavily quartered away.
It entered at the last rib and ended up under the off side shoulder. That bullet expanded slightly.

I was very proud of Jared for keeping his composure and sinking shots right where they belonged. He was shooting standing off a Stoney Point tripod. It was his first game with a rifle.

Those who want to complain about high fence hunts are welcome, but this was a great hunt for my boy and the "groceries" are darn tasty!
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Unread 04-21-2009, 10:04 PM
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Re: Jared's elk

Hey that's great, the smile says it all!

Sure makes for good groceries.
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Unread 04-22-2009, 05:58 AM
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Re: Jared's elk

Congratulations to your son. There's no better way to introduce a youngster to the game. Sort of takes the edge off. He'll be in the field chasing them in no time.
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Unread 04-22-2009, 06:13 AM
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Re: Jared's elk

I am sure he had a good time and its a good time of the year to just get out of the house and go do something.
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Unread 04-22-2009, 11:01 PM
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Re: Jared's elk

One should never forget there first elk and that one will be an awsome memory and savory eating.
Good start on a life of hunting, is nice to see. I can't wait to share it with my daughter.
My bro shoots a marlin 30-30 and he switched to the Hornady flex tips and they were awsome, they opened up without coming apart.
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Unread 04-23-2009, 10:20 PM
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Congrats to both of you.
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Unread 04-23-2009, 10:30 PM
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Re: Jared's elk

Who cares about the fence. Good job.
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