My First Elk!

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Midgetsniper, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Midgetsniper

    Midgetsniper Well-Known Member

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    Well this past week my dad an I headed up to district 455 the Beartooth WMA. I had drawn a tag there after putting in for 4 years. The first day we saw a nice bull but he was in the trees and packed with a bunch of cows i couldnt get a clear shot at him. they ran over the ridge we were on but right as i was gettin into position a local rancher buzzed them with his airplane sending them into a frenzy. I chased them for 2 miles but no avail. tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday. went by with us being cold wet and miserable on account of the rain an snow. and us seeing either no elk or small bulls. Everyone else was getting there bulls around us. and a few of the bulls taken were decent. by saturday night i was cold tired an sore from ridin and startin to lose hope. a taxidermist friend of ours told us 2 try 2 other areas. Sunday i was up at 3:30 an riding by 4 we checked the first spot an no elk. we were ridin to the second spot when we came across 2 hunters who said they had seen no elk where we were goin we thanked them an moved on. we had 20 min before we had to turn around a go back to camp. so we could pack out. as a last minute effort i told my dad that we should ride over to these trees an check them out. As we approached the trees my dads heard a snort an saw something running. i bailed off my horse an grabbed my gun an sprinted through some trees out onto a flat, There he was the bull of my dreams standing broadside at 300 yds. i mounted the gun aimed an squeezed off an offhand shot the elk dropped, he tried getting back up an a sent another one on its way. on my way to my elk a huge Boone and crockett quality 7x7 came runnin out of the trees with six other bulls. I was happy but horrified at the same time if only id waited 30 more seconds. Oh well better luck next time. At 18 an after 6 years of no elk, I had finally acclomplished my goal of not only shooting an elk but takin a nice bull. As i got to my elk the time read 12:00, i smiled knowing that we couldnt turn back to camp now because we had alot of work ahead! Ill tell you what the 12 mile hike out was long an hard, but it was worth it! Thank god we had horses to help us out or we would of be there another week!:D My bull was a 6x7 idk wat he will gross, but until i get him scored you can guess away!
    PS i need someone to send me their email so i can send them pics so they can post them for me. ThanX!!
     
  2. ss7mm

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    Congratulations on your bull.;)

    I've had the same thing with the bigger animal coming out after shooting mine, but that's just the way it goes sometimes and next time you know where the big guy lives.

    Sent you an email if you don't already have a way to get your pics up.
     

  3. ven

    ven Well-Known Member

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    Congrats great story.
     
  4. Midgetsniper

    Midgetsniper Well-Known Member

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    SS7mm hit me with a email again because i didnt get your first one. Thanks for offering to post pics for me. as soon as i get your email ill send the pics so you can post them.
     
  5. Midgetsniper

    Midgetsniper Well-Known Member

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    I emailed the pics so now, its in your hands. Thanks a lot i really appreciate it!
    Thanks again
    Cameron
     
  6. ss7mm

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    Here are the pics Cameron. Great looking bull, Congratulations!;)

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  7. Midgetsniper

    Midgetsniper Well-Known Member

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    Thanks i worked my tail off for him.:) Any guesses on wat he'll score?
     
  8. edge

    edge Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, and it looks as though you will need to have that "grin" surgically removed :)

    edge.
     
  9. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Congradualtions on a great bull, and that was a great story as well. I'm guessing he'll go 320 (net) give or take. :)
     
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  10. gamedog

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    Congrats,
    Thats a great Bull!!
     
  11. WSlayman

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    Congrats on a great bull !!:D I'd say 330 B&C
     
  12. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    That's a VERY nice bull actualy a GREAT Bull for your first
     
  13. geargrinder

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    Nice bull. My guess 290-300
     
  14. BigUglyMan

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    Man, what a beauty! I'd love to get one that nice for the wall, and the freezer!:D Good job man!
    That's a real dandy, and even more so as a first elk! I hope I get that lucky some day.