Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Elk Hunting

Elk Hunting Techniques For Elk Hunting


Reply

Oregon Bull not LR

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-09-2013, 03:18 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Mill Creek, WA
Posts: 25
Oregon Bull not LR

Here are a couple pictures of my Oregon Roosevelt bull. I had hiked in about 5 miles from our camp to the top of one of the mountains where i could glass around and actually see a little ways in this thick country. After spending a couple hours up top a not seeing a darn thing, but hearing three other bulls getting taken out not to far from me down in the thick timber, (I assume at least from the amount of shooting going on.) I started the long, steep down hill trek back to camp. About a mile down the mountain i hit a little bit of a clearing and i heard crashes in front of me. I thought it was a couple friends from my hunting party since my garmin rhino said they were only .3 miles a head of me the last time i had checked it. I stopped anyways just in case. Then I saw black legs, but only 2, so i really thought it was my buddies and started walking towards them. A couple steps later I saw a cow and immediately froze. I watched were she had just walked by and saw cow, cow, bull!! They were moving at a pretty good pace and it was so thick that i didn't get a good view of him, much less a shot, but i saw the direction they were heading. I turned to where I thought they were going to come into view and maybe get a shot and I put my savage .308 to my shoulder and watched through my scope as I saw cow, cow, cow, bull, BOOM!! It felt like a good shot. I stood up and took a step to the right where I could hopefully see which way he was going. What I saw at that point scared me just a little bit. A very large bull Roosevelt elk running straight at me. At about 10 yards from me he turned and took off down hill toward my left (which was also the direction of camp as well ), and i could see blood on his chest on the opposite side from where my 165gr barnes tsx hit him. After relaxing for a couple minutes i started walking the direction he ran. I never saw a drop of blood on the ground, but he had kicked the dirt up enough as he was running that it was easy to track him. Around 100 yards from where I shot him he was laying there dead. I was very excited to see him up close. He is the biggest Roosevelt I have ever harvested both rack and body size.

Then the fun started, four miles to camp and losing daylight. At least I have some good friends and family that i was hunting with and they all came over to help me pack it out. By the next afternoon I had the entire animal except for the gut pile back at camp. The pack in the picture weighed about 130lbs and was loaded with the half of the ribcage that still had the spine attached and the hide. I had to carry the neck out by hand since I was out of room on my pack and I didn't want to make another trip. I was was dead tired after that one, but I am big into using as much of the animal as possible, so it was worth it.

I will never forget that hunt. It is the annual family hunt and my grandfather does not have too many left in him. The rifle is a factory savage 10fcpk in .308 Winchester shooting factory federal premium ammunition loaded with 165gr barnes tsx. There is a long story for why I didn't use hand loads, but that will have to wait since this post is long enough. The shot was just under 50 yards. I hope you enjoyed my story and pictures since it is the first one I have shared with you fine folks.
Attached Thumbnails - Click to View Larger
Oregon Bull not LR-dscn7822.jpg   Oregon Bull not LR-dscn7802.jpg  

Oregon Bull not LR-elk-2012-001.jpg   Oregon Bull not LR-dscn7825.jpg  

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-09-2013, 03:45 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 213
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

Very nicely done, it looks like some thick stuff around there. Congrats!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-10-2013, 04:12 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: GA
Posts: 176
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

Great Roosevelt Bull. Congrats. Sounded like a fun hunt.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-17-2013, 05:57 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 315
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

Great bull. Judging from all the surveyers tape on the horns I take it your hunting high pressure area.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-17-2013, 10:21 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 67
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

I live in oregon . Id say there's verry littl e low pressure elk hunting areas.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-17-2013, 11:50 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 12
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

Congratulations on a very nice Bull.
I live in Oregon as well. I know what you mean about hunting pressure.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-18-2013, 06:55 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 560
Re: Oregon Bull not LR

Awesome bull. Congrats. Looks like your .308 worked great.

And feel free to share your story about why you didn't use hand loads !!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Current Poll
Do You Shoot Rifle Competition?
YES - 33.67%
764 Votes
NO - 66.33%
1,505 Vote
Total Votes: 2,269
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC