my 9 year old son got his first big game animal

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by luke, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    On sunday January 26th my 9 year old son Adrian was fortunate enough to harvest his first big game animal. A Roosevelt elk. Oregon has a youth mentoring program so anyone over 21can mentor a youth from 9-13. It is a great progam and my buddy wanted to mentor my son on his late season cow hunt.
    Adrian has been shooting long range since he was 6. Lots of practice paid off when he sent the 162gr hornady amax from my 7rem mag into the ribs of his first elk. My rifle is a savage 116 with a rifle basix trigger a choate stock and a 29" muzzlebroke mcgowen barrel. He shot off a bipod and sand bags.
    I ranged the elk at 549 yards (I told him he can say 550). Got everything doped and had him take a couple dry fires. He said he was ready and racked the bolt. I reranged and rechecked the wind and he sent it. 1 round sent 1 elk dead. He is a proud young man and I am 1 proud dad. If anyone would like I have video of the hunt I can try to post. Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Sweet. Congrats to all of you. One more new hunter and bet he will be a (R)...lol.gun)
     

  3. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. He cant wait for spring bear.
     
  4. five0merc

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    That is awseome. Congrats to him and you!!!
     
  5. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    great job
     
  6. rooster740

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    That is awesome! This marks the official start to a fine hunting partnership! I believe ol' dad deserves an atta boy!
     
  7. luke

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    Thanks for the kind responses. It is nice to be part of a forum that understands what it takes to prepare for a shot over 100 yards.
     
  8. biged57

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    Congratulations to the young man and you that's a memory that yall will look back on for a life time love to see when it all comes to gather for a youngster and all his hard work pays of.
     
  9. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    Here is an update. On December 28 (1day after his 10th birthday) Adrian harvested his second elk. This was a big cow he was able to take thanks to oregons mentoring program again. This elk was taken at 465 yards with a single shot from the same 7rem mag he used in january. I had time over the summer to change from the marginal for elk 162gr A-max to the 168gr berger vld. It was a cold hunt and he was a real trooper. At the time of the shot the temp was 6 below zero. We had to pack it out about 1.75 miles to the truck dropping just over 2000' elevation. It was an awesome hunt and thanks for reading the short recap I wrote.
     

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  10. cohunter14

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    Very cool, congrats to your son!
     
  11. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Great stories. That's how you make a hunter for life. Congrats to your son on two GREAT shots.
     
  12. luke

    luke Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for the kind words
     
  13. Red Sparky

    Red Sparky Well-Known Member

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    Awesome Job! Congrats and enjoy that fine eating.
     
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    Congrads to both of you, nice job. I too am from Oregon and got to participate in the mentor program with my Grandson (9). He got his first buck, forked horn at 200 yards. Great program and a lot of fun to see the expression on their faces when all goes right. Again congrads.