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October 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm #7889
well i followed and chirped my way behind a group of elk. nice herd bull (6 by 6 or so ) and some cows followed by two satellite bulls about 5 by 5 each. caught them crossing a nice clearing after after about 2 hours but that darn herd bul was 1st across with the cows all around him. no real shot without maybe hitting a cow too. so i waited and chirped and sure enough this 5 by 4 bull walked out.
2nd last day of our trip so i shot him and he went down hard. dead when i walked up on him so no second shot needed. not a great bull. but going to be tasty. and i figured not bad for an old man on the wrong side of sixty. walking them down and getting my shot. of course i let the younguns do most of the packing out…john t.
Attachments:October 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm #7922
Congratulations, he should be some good eating!
It looks like you shot him in the head.October 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm #7926
yep! if i have a clear shot and a good rest i do like to take them behind the ear. no meat loss and a quick kill. he stopped when i chirped and i was prone and using my backpack as a rest. the round went in low behind the ear and came out just under the eye.
not much tracking involved. if the shot is at all awkward i like the low behind the shoulder placement. but this was a gimme…john t.October 27, 2013 at 2:58 am #7947
Nice. Any elk taken cleanly in free range conditions is a good elk. If I was back in my native CO and was hunting elk I’d pop him in a heartbeat. Can’t beat an elk on the table.October 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm #7991
Still Hoping for Improvement. . .October 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm #8011
thanks flags and jack. and yes he is mighty fine chewin. bbq’d a nice big piece of loin yesterday. the whole family loved it. i hope you make it back to CO flags and get in some more elk hunting. i believe it is the tastiest member of the deer family….john t.October 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm #8034
Congrats! Anymore details like what bullets did you use and stuff like that? I just found out how tasty fresh elk is myself and agree it is the best of the deer family ( at least out of the deer I ate )October 31, 2013 at 8:53 pm #8258
well i shoot a .270 and only use 140 gr. bullets. and i have found the new hornady premium sst or gmx ammo really shoots well out of my remington 700 and is deadly accurate. the shot was well over 100 yds and the round hit right where i was aiming. and the knock down power is incredable.October 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm #8262
Dang, I can hear Elmer Merrifield Keith complaining even now. lol
Still Hoping for Improvement. . .November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm #8312
maybe so jack… but my long time hero jack o’connor would have liked the shot. the only real reason i shoot a .270 is ’cause that jack was one smooth story teller about his .270 back in the day…. and he mostly had it righr. my .270 hasn’t let me down yet..john t.November 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm #8337
Please take my comment tongue and cheek. My favorite hunting rifle is my Model 70 in .270. I shoot 130 grain Sierra’s and Nosler Partitions. Except maybe griz and Yukon Moose, I would not be afraid to shoot any other legal north american game with it. My dad was a big fan of Jack O’Connor too, which may be one of the reasons I like the .270 too. I have taken antelope whitetails, pigs and mule deer with my .270. None of them lasted long enough to complain about getting shot with the .,270.
Planning a trip to Alaska next year for those Yukon Mooses, will be bring the .338 Win Mag on that trip.
Still Hoping for Improvement. . .November 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm #8345
well you can’t go wrong with a .338 win. mag. especially in alaske. havn’t hunted up there yet but i have taken a few trips to the yukon . and i agree with you the .270 is a good all round calibre. i still go back to my old hutning mag collection and re-read some of jacks stories..like going to visit an old friend…..good luck on your alaska hunt…. john t.November 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm #8373
Congradulations on the table fare.
Shot my bull a wek ago. Going to have to make burger out of just about al of it. Finally got a good bull and can;t have steakout of it. My boy and I shot two good bulls this year.November 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm #8435
2 good bull elk in one season. right on and congrats to you and your son. the tenderloin and loin should still be good chewin, even on an older bull in rut.
my daughter shot an 8 by 7 bull a few years back and it was a little tough chewin. but we burgered up a bunch like you say and had a lot of fresh sausage made. chorizo and hot italian, about 80 lbs. each. man that was some good bbq,n that year.
so good shootin on your part..any pics of the bulls. always good to see a successful elk hunt…..john t.November 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm #8479
I’m trying the pics but this site is a pain anymore.
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