Back from Colorado

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by grit, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    I'm home from Colorado. Been lookin' forward to posting my story and pics.

    Tryin' to decide where to start. I think I'll start near the end.

    It was friday, the last day of the hunt. I'd had trouble finding the ambition to crawl out of my oh so comfy sleeping bag. The two hour ride seemed colder this morning. Rusty, my little sorrell saddlebred, had seemed reluctant too, shivering under the frozen saddle blanket.

    The ground was frozen again, every aspen leaf and blade of grass crunching loudly as I crept along in the pre dawn grey. Now, I'd hiked a half an hour. I was crouched on the edge of a brushy opening in the aspens. I had heard a shot from the direction my partner had gone. We were miles from a trail or road, and I was sure it was him. I also recognised the sound of his 300 ultra.

    He shot again, and I fished my radio from my pants. I covered the speaker and turned it on. Turning the volume down all the way, I set the radio on the log next to me. It had been a frustrating hunt, and I was happy he'd gotten to shoot.

    Finishing the task at hand, I started to stand, pulling my pants up. A snort from behind me startled me badly. I dropped my pants and grabbed for my gun. Or rather my rifle. The rifle came up as I spun, crosshairs tracking the fleeing deer. An impression of "medium". The buck stopped behind some trees. His head, shoulders, and vitals hidden.

    My crosshairs settled above his flank groove. It'll put him down, I thought. The rifle humped, then settled. The deer was gone. I didn't remember giving the order to shoot. I didn't remember chambering another round. But, the actions were done.

    I tried to take a step to the left and realized my pants had fallen back down. I buttoned my pants. Then, reshouldered the rifle as some does bounded away. No buck.

    I shouldered my pack and slowly walked toward where the deer had been. Had my instinctive offhand shot hit home 150 yards off? A bit of movement caught my eye. The deer had dropped at the shot. A shot from my fourty finished the buck.
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    The rifle is a Rem Sendero in 300 win. It wears a Joel Russo stock which I customized to my taste, and a defensive edge brake. Leupold did the glass.
    I fished my radio out again. Did you hit it, I asked? Don't know, came the reply. I killed the the three point, I said. Good.

    After dressing my deer and hiking back for my horse, the radio crackled again. My second shot was good, it said. Half an hour later I arrived with the horses.
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    This rifle is a Rem in 300 ultra wearing a boyds thumbhole, defensive edge brake, and Zeis conquest. The rifle was purchased from "philinny" and shipment recieved by "goodgrouper". Thanks guys! Russ loves the gun!

    It was a long six miles back to camp. My feelings were mixed. The deer we killed were deer we'd passed earlier. The hunt had been tough. Long rides and tough hikes into the high country had produces painfully little animal movement. While the low country (private) held incredible amounts of deer and elk to wish for.

    Our third hunter had killed his first buck the morning before. He made a fantastic shot, hitting the buck in the back of the neck from a seated position at two hundred and fifty yards.
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    I had killed a coyote that morning. I stopped to water Rusty at a creek in a long, open draw. I spotted the coyote moving down the draw about six hundred yards up. Crawling up on a little ridge, I lay down and waited. The coyote stopped on a ridge at four hundred yards, watching my horse. I ranged him, dialed, and stuck my range finder under the butt for a rear rest.

    The rifle humped. I heard the hit before recovering my sight picture.
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    I was surprised to find no exit wound. The rifle is a 270win. The bullet is an Hornady 140 grain sst. I will certainly not be using this bullet for deer. The rifle wears a Boyds thumbhole and a Nikon Monarch.

    I don't know if it's legal to shoot porcupine or muskrat. But there may have been a pretty cool 1169 yard shot made on a porcupine big enough to eat a bear. There may also have been some chuckles at some exploding muskrats...

    So, the hunt was tough. We tagged out on " last day deer". We saw damn few deer in the high country and hundreds of deer on private land. We also saw an enormous elk heard. Perhaps 2000 animals! The scenery was fantastic as usual, and the weather surprisingly clear. Nice to be home to my bed and a hot shower!
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    Just for icing on the cake, I called in and shot another coyote yesterday. No easy task around here.
     
  2. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations to you both! Good writing!
    Did your ears hurt from shooting your rifle without ear protection? :)
     

  3. elkstalker300

    elkstalker300 Well-Known Member

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    Nice bucks, where at in colorado was you hunting? And you were right hunting was very hard this year HOT DRY even this late season still no snow
     
  4. Buffalobob

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    Very interesting deer hunting technique. Would loved to have seen a 1169 yard porcupine shot if it was legal and someone did it.
     
  5. philny1

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    Hate to tell ya this--our NY season starts Sat--snowing here this morning!!
    Forecast looks good for the opener.
    Great post.
    Congrats on you hard earned deer and yotes. To date, haven't been caught with my pants down.
    Good looking horses. I love a horseback hunt.
    Here at home I'm kinda spoild, just have to go out the door and I'm hunting. Just glanced out the window and have some deer in the food plot as I'm writing this.
    Glad that RUM worked out for your buddy.
    Maybe I'll post some pics of our season, if I get luckey.
    Phil
     
  6. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Great story, thanks a lot..
     
  7. Joel Russo

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    Sounds like you guys really had to work for the game. It makes the hunt so much more rewarding. Add the Coyote and you've got a combo hunt. LOL.

    Great story, love that stock. :)
     
  8. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Eaglet,
    I didn't notice the noise shooting at the deer. Nor did I feel / notice it later. Just one shot though. I can sure recognise my partners braked 300 ultra.

    Elk,
    We were hunting in Routt national forest about thirty miles northwest of Steamboat. And yes, while everything froze hard at night, it was warm during the day. I can't remember the last time I spent a week there without getting some weather. Snow, a little at least, was what we needed.

    BB,
    I'd always heard stories about that particular technique. I was skeptical at first, but now I'm a believer. I must warn others though, it can be a messy way to hunt. Remember your feet!
    As for shooting 1169 yards, there's nothing like an accurate rifle and accurate drop data for spreading grins around!

    Phil,
    Good luck to you! It seems I can't get home from a hunt without starting to look for another. Thanks for roundin' up that rifle. My huntin' partner is tickled with it. Sure sounds like you've got a nice place to live!

    Len,
    You're welcome! Thanks for the site!!!!!!! I sure hope it produces rewards for you. I love it! Glad to contribute my little bit.

    Joel,
    We wouldn't want it to come easy. We like to pack in high and deep. The tough part of this hunt was, it seemed the futher / higher we went the fewer animals we saw. One more lesson learned. Just working hard doesn't get it done. We had to back up and change strategies. We had to pull out of the high country we wanted to hunt, scour our maps for hard to reach low areas, and burn a lot of time and energy checking them out. Coupling the tough conditions with fantastic amounts of game within range we couldn't shoot made things frustrating.

    I like your stock a lot myself. You probably can't tell from the photo I modified the forend. I found the rifle muzzle heavy, and the sandbag type forend too bulky. So, I trimmed the forend to a more traditional size and shape. I also removed a bit of wood in the grip, so my thumb could wrap as well as ride on top. I like the balance and feel much better now. I also shed about a pound. Anyhow, it's a great stock!
     
  9. 7mmRHB

    7mmRHB Well-Known Member

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    Good story Lorenzo !!

    Enjoyed your Co. adventure !! I know you were hoping for something bigger but your trip was a success and you probably learned some things that will help you in the future !!!-- Such as the ( Law of Convenience. ) When you take a B.M. while hunting, the size of the Deer, Elk or other Big Game that walk up to you while taking said B.M., Is in direct proportion to how far away your gun is from you while indisposed !!! Next year put that gun about 20 ft away and that 180 Buck you're hoping for will walk right up. If you unload the gun you can get that buck or bull up another ten points for sure !!! The snort from the buck was self explanatory.

    Just having a little fun with you Grit. Call me with the details.------RHB
     
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  10. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Congrats guys on some well earned game! Great write up.

    Classic!
     
  11. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    Great job and nice pics Grit. I'm glad the old boomstick worked out well.

    Perhaps next time, you'll just have to wait 'till sundown to answer the call of nature!!
     
  12. Big Sky

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    Hey Grit, first off congrats on a great hunt. Second, I was really like the looks of that Joel Russo stock. I tried to do an internet search for more information but didn't come up with anything. Is there a site where I can learn more about that stock or where to buy one?
     
  13. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Big Sky,

    Joel Russo posted a reply on the first page of this thread. If you right click his name, you can send him a private message or an email. I like the stock, and Joel was great to work with. What do you plan to put it on?

    I saw your whitetail post too. Congrats! I like the deer resting on the rifle pose. Have to try that.
     
  14. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    COngrats on the moolies. Great job on the fotos too. WOW.