CO elk hunt

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by COmtnman1, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. COmtnman1

    COmtnman1 Member

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    My nephew & I drew first season elk tags in Western CO, it was a 5 day season(Saturday-Wednesday). We backpack hunted the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness area. It's fairly rugged area & this year we had an early snow that left up to 3' depending on how high you were hunting. We didn't see any elk or sign up high & everyone we talked to said the same thing. The general consensus was because of the drought conditions this past spring & summer & the elk had moved lower on to private land that was irrigated & had good feed. I started hunting this area back in 1982, so I'm fairly familiar with it. So we hunted areas that were lower where I'd killed elk previously. We didn't see any elk until Tuesday late morning & we could never get a shot at the bulls we saw. We only saw 2, one 6 point with probably a half dozen cows & one 5 point with a few cows & 2 spikes. We were able to watch them for an hour or so & then they disappeared into the dark timber. We waited & the 6 point & his cows came back out an hour or so before sundown & we still couldn't get a shot. We backed out of the area trying not to spook them & went back to camp. Wednesday morning, the last day, we went back up there & didn't see anything in the morning. Around 1 PM or so a few cows started showing up a little closer than they were the day before, around 400 yds. Then to our surprise, the 6 point bull walked out of the dark timber into the oak brush & started feeding along & presented me with a shot. He was at 382 yds. broadside. I was shooting uphill at a pretty good angle, laying prone & used my pack as my rest. My nephew was going to shoot one of the cows if I hit the bull & he went down. I settled in on him & fired & he humped up & staggered & fell straight over backwards. A couple of seconds later I heard my nephew shoot & then he hollered, "cow down." I hit him where I was hoping, behind the shoulder in the lungs. I am shooting a Weatherby Mark V in 30-378 Wby. Mag. with a custom 28.5" barrel topped with a Leupold Mark 4, 8.5-25x50 with a BDC turret from Leupold. My reloads are Berger 210 VLD hunting bullets & H50BMG powder at 3200 fps. IMG_1557.JPG IMG_1579.JPG IMG_1574.JPG IMG_1562.JPG IMG_1563.JPG IMG_1568.JPG IMG_1570.JPG
     
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  2. pawater

    pawater Well-Known Member

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    Very nice bull and good story. Leave next week to head to Co. Love it there.
     
  3. IanCo

    IanCo Member

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    Congratulations. I had similar hunting conditions in northern Colorado for 1st rifle. Seen elk everyday, just couldn’t ever get within range on the legal bulls I found.

    Goal for next year is extending my effective shooting range.
     
  4. claybreaker

    claybreaker Active Member

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    Congrats, That sir is a very nice CO bull.
     
  5. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    1, nice bull! Always interesting to see genetics from other states.
     
  6. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    Danged nice bull and good write-up. Congrats!
     
  7. Dpmj

    Dpmj Well-Known Member

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    Nice bull congrats on a nice shoot. Thank you for the story. Sounds like a great time for all
     
  8. vinson

    vinson Active Member

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    I'm headed that way next week as well for 3rd rifle. What part of the state are you going to?
     
  9. dmj

    dmj Well-Known Member

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    Very nice bull, nice story, great shot. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your story and the great pictures.
     
  10. jonthomps

    jonthomps Well-Known Member

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    Great animal, write-up and scenery - congratulations!
     
  11. Classic12

    Classic12 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the story looks like a great hunt congratulations.
     
  12. joseph singleton

    joseph singleton Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    CONGRADS IN ORDER,great job !!