Originally Posted by rooster740
I did not stop in camp, I was however, in the area chasing wolves. No secrets here. I worked for Honest Eddy for many years untill 2006. My dad hunted and had exclusive trapping rights to that ranch for its present and past owners, the Forbes family. When the fur market crashed in 88 my father stopped trapping for income. I grew up running around that ranch and it used to be probably four times that big!
My favorite place to hunt on that whole ranch was the A-zone!
Now a days I run my seasonal business and hunt damn near every day during the season! I take a lot of friends hunting and it really is more fun hunting when it is not a job. We do not kill those big big park bulls, which is the one part I truely do miss!
Now back on topic congrats on the shot and kill! Those swirling winds of the A-zone can be tricky to dial for! There used to be a ex marine sniper that would come out with a 338 wm and his closest kill was 500ish one time he shot across the creek well over 1100 yards! Two shots! Everyone in camp even some hunters helped pack that elk out just to see it and truely believe it!
There was mention of a marine, but I missed exactly what the story was.. I happened to be on the other end of the lodge and only "over-heard" Edwin & a couple other hunters' conversation about that-- it came up after "camp" had heard how far mine was killed that day.. so I would imagine what I caught bits n pieces of probably-was the story you are referring to*
That area is definitely nice area. I'd consider giving it all another whirl down the road sometime... would REALLY like seeing it during the rut, it's gotta be a total riot when the big bulls start screamin' down that valley! ...would also really like returning for the late-hunt if a guy could. Try for a real monster workin' his way in from the park-side!!
...the only bull (til last week anyway) that was bigger than our two, supposedly went 376" & change (for those who are interested)
And that-one did come outta the A-zone as well. He actually was taken a matter of "yards" from where I shot-from. Back-side of that knob. I couldn't imagine what the extra 35" would look like on that size bull (compared to mine) I figured mine looked like a tank..! A 376" or bigger, man o man... I can't even imagine one on the hoof !