Successful elk hunt for AJ Peacock and Bravo 4

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by AJ Peacock, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I thought I'd make a quick post with an update on our adventure in Colorado this year. We spent a week chasing the elk and had a great time. We hunted in the Vail Colorado area and saw a number of elk. We camped at just over 9000' elevation and hunted from 9200' to 9600'+. I carried my Kirby built 18lb 338 Allen Magnum around 25 miles during the week and Marc carried his Kirby built 13lb 338Edge the same amount.

    On the third day of the hunt, Marc saw some elk moving his way and signaled me to bring the 338AM. We saw a nice bull at 1148yds, but the terrain was not very open and would not facilitate a followup shot if the bull moved at all after a shot. We decided to wait a while and see if the bull would give us a closer shot. We waited for nearly 2 hours, we both had a chance to take a nap in the morning sun before the bull gave us a reasonable shot at 780yds and .94 cosine. Marc shot and I was unable to tell if it was a hit or not, as the bull did not appear to be bothered in the least. I shot, but had used the 2MOA mark below my crosshair, instead of the 2MOA mark above my crosshair (no wonder I missed 4MOA high!). After a few seconds, Marc and I both shot and the bull went down. He had a shot through the lungs as well as a broken spine. I am convinced that Marc hit him first and would earn his first elk with a couple of 5 hour hikes to the ATV with elk meat.

    Once we got down to the bull, we saw that Marc had hit him with his first shot and had nicked the top of the liver. Someone had hit him in the horn, but we don't believe it could have been our shots, considering the angle etc. (someone else has a story they are telling ! ).

    Regardless, we packed the meat out that evening and the next day. Our last trip with the meat was greeted by mother nature and 40mph winds and snow!

    The remainder of the hunt was uneventful from a hunting perspective, but absolutely full of enjoyment from an outdoors perspective.

    Here are some of our pictures from the trip.

    Nice 5x5 bull! There isn't a rifle in this picture, because the rifles (all 31lbs of them) were stashed 2000' higher on the mountain!
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    Here is a look across the valley at the shot location.
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    Our camp after mother nature decided to make it tougher to get around in the trees/rockslides.
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    Here is the type of terrain we where hunting. Can you see the elk in this picture?
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    I'd like to thank SlyMule for helping us with a little scouting prior to our trip out there. Also, you couldn't ask for a better hunting partner/camp partner than I had on this years trip!!! Thanks Marc!

    AJ
     
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  2. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    Nice job guy's!!!
    I hate when somebody shoots those antlers:D
     

  3. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Nice job boys!

    They never had a chance with that firepower on the mound!

    DUH
     
  4. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen a tag team effort like that since my college days.:D:D:D

    Good job, on a nice bull.

    Did you get a chance to use your new knife?:D
     
  5. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys,

    I didn't get the knife until I got back from the trip :(, I wish I had it though, as it is really going to be a handy knife.

    Here is a better picture of the hole in the antler.

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    AJ
     
  6. Joel Russo

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    Congratulations AJ, sounds like you had a great time.
     
  7. royinidaho

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    Very good.......
     
  8. land308

    land308 Well-Known Member

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    Nice work. Great bull. Looks like you guys had a awesome hunt in some beautiful country.
     
  9. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Well done! Congrats!!!!
     
  10. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    Nice bull!
     
  11. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

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    Congrats guys, sounds like a great hunt. Beautiful country!!
     
  12. bigg_sexy1

    bigg_sexy1 Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like an excellent trip! Glad you guys connected with a nice bull.
     
  13. elkguys

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    AJ great pic and update very nice bull and te snow just makes it a better adventure.
     
  14. Bravo 4

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    That was a great hunt, one I'll never forget. Don is great people and I feel like I owe him a lot! I want to thank Scott (SLYMULE) for hooking us up.

    The first shot was 838yards w/.97 cosine and the second and third were 689 w/.94 cosine.

    This was a special hunt for me. This is a hunt my best friends (John and David) and I were planning since we were in Iraq last year. One of David's young soldiers was killed a couple days before we were supposed to head out and so he didn't make the trip. John was killed in Baghdad last summer when he and I, along with another soldier, got hit with an IED and ambushed. This rack is going on a plaque and is going to be hung in his dad's house.
    This one's for you buddy!
    SGT John Ray Massey
    US Army Infantry (AIRBORNE)- "INFANTRY-TO THE BONE!"