My 2008 Elk

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 257speed, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. 257speed

    257speed Well-Known Member

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    Custom 7mm WSM rifle, $3,000
    Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14 scope, $1,000
    Having my son with me when I make a 647 yd, one shot kill on my biggest bull yet,,,,,

    PRICELESS!!!



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    We started, out of bed at 0330. A thirty minute four wheeler ride and then an hours hike to the top of a glassing peak. My son (10)was a real trooper. As soon as the sun rose, we had elk all around us. We had opportunities on two 5x5's and a 4x4, but they weren't what we were looking for. I then started glassing the ridges to the south of us and spotted a good 6x6 with about forty cows. Bad part was, we had to go all the way back down and past the four wheeler to climb another ridge that was between us and the elk. I ranged the ridge the elk were on at about 1750yds and the in between ridge at about 1000yds. Perfect! We were off, down the mountain as fast as we could and then trudged up the other ridge. Just below the crest, we ditched the packs and I snuck up to the edge. The elk were still there and a quick range showed from 600 to 700. I retrieved my rifle and crawled into a good position and got set up. I then glassed again and found the bull behind a tree. Range to the tree was 650yds. Dialed my elevation and double checked, no wind on my end or his. Now I had to wait for the shot, which gave me time to get my breathing under control (from the hike and the excitement. Finally the bull moved and offered a broadside shot. I settled in (high shoulder), exhaled and broke the shot. I was able to see the bullet cut the morning air, right to the bull. I saw a puff on his hide and he immediately dropped. I chambered another round and waited, but it was not necessary. Having my son there with me was by far the best part. He helped out with all the chores except packing the head and quarters down to where we could get the four wheeler closeby. Need to let him pack on some more pounds before I start loading him. :) It was a great hunt. My longest shot on an animal so far and my biggest bull so far.

    175 gn SMK (2800 fps)
    64.0 gns Retumbo
    Fed 215M
    Win case
     
  2. Joel Russo

    Joel Russo Official LRH Sponsor

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    Congratulations 257. Great post, I bet your son can't wait to pull the trigger.
     

  3. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    Way to go!! Awesome that you could share the experience with your son.
    Nice looking Bull too.

    Stu.
     
  4. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    I agree, priceless!!
     
  5. 300WSMMAD

    300WSMMAD Well-Known Member

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    Awsome, awsome, awsome!!!!!
    oh yeah...... Nice bull too!!!! LOL!!

    Regards 300WSMAD.
     
  6. 257speed

    257speed Well-Known Member

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    He took his first whitetail doe when he was seven. Ten now and has two does, one buck, one hog and several rabbits.
    But yes, now he wants a bull!
     
  7. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    That's great! Congratulations!
     
  8. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Great story!

    My nephew started hunting with me when he was 9. I took a big whitetail doe with him sitting under my rifle.
     
  9. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    Great story and pics. Thank you for sharing.
     
  10. magicofmt

    magicofmt Well-Known Member

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    Great story and nice elk. Start feeding him the meat, my son is 14 now and can pack like a mule, and he likes it!
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. 257speed

    257speed Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. Definitely a memorable trip.
     
  12. reed

    reed Well-Known Member

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    great story and great pics, congrats

    Travis
     
  13. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Terrific result ! " Love it when plan comes together " ! I think I just poached that line from " THE A TEAM " ?

    DUH
     
  14. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    257, great going, can't wait til my boys get a little older and can tag along.