Good opening day 2 down!

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by upacreek, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. upacreek

    upacreek Well-Known Member

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    So its not manly to admit what I have done, but I laugh about it quite a bit!

    Night before season we glass a decent bull a mile and a half away feeding till dark. No moon, I knew the exact tree I wanted to sit at at first light. Next morning hustle up the hill and get there 30 minutes early. Just as the light transitions from "can I shoot in this?" to "ya, its light enough" he steps out 200yards from where I last saw him. Set up my bipods, already knew the range, good site picture, not real comfortable cause of the steep hill and leveling out the bipods, but everything seemed good........

    Pull the trigger, bull hunkers up, walks 10', I chamber another, aim........but can't see! I have blood filling my right eye! Yup.......scope hit me! Cleaned my eye, fired again, flat elk!

    I have never hunted off bipods and this year thought I would step up my game from a knee rest position if posible, just due to being uncomfortable forgot to pull the gun into my shoulder!

    My bull was around 440yrds just feeding. I practice hitting milk jugs at differnt ranges, but its flat ground. Anyway, 2 hits with the 7WSM, 162 SST's did good!

    My dad has a hill he calls "no killem hill". Its very tempting, but whatever dies won't stop till it hits thebottom. The bottom is too bad to get our horses in, so since nobody in our group will carry meat on their back its a lost cause to even look at the hill. I had my elk in camp so I was naturally sending pics home about 45 minutes before dark when.....Boom....Boom! I knew it was dad. A few minutes later I radioed him, sure enough, dead elk on top of his hill. 540yrds on a little spike with a .270 shooting 140 SST's. An hour later we got the horses over there, I had it quartered and loaded in 30 minutes, and in camp by 9 pm.

    If I knew how to post pics, I would. It was a good day though!
     
  2. HuntFarther

    HuntFarther Well-Known Member

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    When doing a post underneath by where you click submit reply there is a spot to manage attachments. Just click that and find the file you have them in. Congrats.
     

  3. upacreek

    upacreek Well-Known Member

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    Hope these come through.
     

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  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Excellent! That's really a nice bull too.

    Shooting on steep uphill, or level ground is rarely much of an issue.

    Shooting downhill frequently is. You just can't get enough bipod to make it work unless you have one of the extremely tall one's meant to be used for sitting/kneeling on flat ground. With those, the legs tend to be so long they are rubbery.

    The best thing you can do is have along some adjustable shooting sticks like the stony point collapseable or plan on shooting off of a pack, or log or leaning off of a tree.

    The scope cut is just one more trophy though so wear it proudly!
     
  5. cohunter14

    cohunter14 Well-Known Member

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    Great pics! What state is that?
     
  6. upacreek

    upacreek Well-Known Member

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    Idaho. Been hunting that mountain for 22 years. Know it like the back of my hand.
     
  7. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Nice photos and story. You're a tough guy. Surprised you weren't seeing stars following that blow from your scope.

    I got hit with a scope mounted on a lightweight Sako, chambered in .375 Weatherby Mag once. Didn't get the half-moon club cut because the blow was spread out across my plastic eyeglass frames. Was shooting offhand at a target. I admit I saw stars and didn't know what, where, or why for several seconds. Just about took me to the ground. It was my first time shooting that rifle and I had to have the receiver milled so I could move the Sako scope rings further forward.

    Congrats on your successful elk hunt.
     
  8. rwk

    rwk Well-Known Member

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    I see the scope found your Face.
     
  9. upacreek

    upacreek Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to mention that the photo with me in it shows where I shot from. Its the first tree above the grey brush on the open hill in the background. I took another bull 20 years ago from the same tree and that bull was within 100yrds of this year's bull.

    Good times!
     
  10. one crazy kid

    one crazy kid Well-Known Member

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    Awesome elk and nice cut.
     
  11. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

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    2nd this one. I started carrying sticks for my clients years ago and have nice little folding stick that goes with me everywhere. If the bipod does not work these come out for sitting, down hill, etc. Not rock solid for extended long range but very suitable for closer stuff like this.