i was given a private land cow elk tag by a fellow oil field landowner/worker friend.
my hunt dates were 12/06 thru 12/10, but i only needed 10 minuted on the first day.
we left from the outfitters house, drove down the road about 3 miles, went thru the locked gate onto doyles land, and went about 1/2 mile and there were 2 cow elk in the field on the right.
gary the outfitter friend of doyle, who took me out, turned his truck onto a road going to a gas well, went about 500 yards and stopped the truck. the 2 cows took off in typical head up elk trot, so i stepped out the truck using the door as a rest and when they stopped a little over 250 yards out, i let the lead cow have a 140 grain tipped barnes triple shock thru the chest.
i had a 280 ai built this year and it really like these ttsx's over 56.0 grains of imr 4350.
gary heard the hit and saw steam blow out her off side, it was 9 outside saturday morning. she started running off and gary told me to hit her again, but as i was lining up for a 2nd shot, i watched her running and steam was coming out both sides of her chest.
i didn't need to shoot again as i watched her stagger, then fall in the scope.
she weighed about 600 lbs, and was a dry ole cow.
great people, great hunt and will do it again if i can.
here's a few pics.
not real good ones, but pics anyways...
the cow and i ... i'm 6' and 240 lbs....
my best friend helping with the skinning chores, as the twins outfitters, take a break.
the exit hole inside
the lungs, nice hole right thru....
and another of i, with a stupid smirk on my face, holding my 280 ai.