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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2018, 02:47:50 PM »
Next up was my Brother's hunt. He was coming out from West Wa for the rifle opener here in MT. He was going to hunt for deer with my 11 year old son for a couple days then we were going to hit the backcountry for elk. We had an awesome time. It was great to spend some time with family. I cherish the time. We use to hunt and fish together a lot before I moved to MT, so the time is even more precious now.
My brother managed to get a small mule deer in a rain storm on the second day of the hunt. We got it packed out and dropped off my son so we could hit the mountains!!!
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2018, 02:48:00 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2018, 02:49:04 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2018, 02:49:19 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2018, 02:50:14 PM »
Ok. Stop with the pics already  :chuckle:

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2018, 02:52:25 PM »
 :tup:

A WET BUCK AND BOYS !!!!

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2018, 03:16:15 PM »
My brother and I headed for the high country on the Monday after the opener, October 23rd. We set up a base camp and rode the horses in. We tied them up and would hunt all day and then ride out. The weather got nice after the opening weekend rain storm. I was hoping the sunny weather would get the elk fired up enough to start bugling again and they did just that. We hunted hard everyday from dark to dark. We had a close call on a real giant bull, but got winded at last second. We were having a great time and lots of elk sign and no other hunters around to speak of.
On day 8 we were both wiped out and ready for an easy day. We rode the horses into a new spot that I have archery hunted in the past. Its a easy hunt and we could glass the day away rather than hike for miles. On the way up the trail I caught a whiff of bull. I asked my brother and he could smell him too. We decided to tie up and walk the rest of the way in the dark. Just after daylight I let out a couple cow calls. I got a quick response from a fired up bull. He was above us and sounded close. We started up the steep hill towards the bull. We were in an old spotty burn and had about 100 yds of visibility in the thick burned timber. The bull bugled 4 or 5 more times at my cow calls and was fired up and coming in fast. I caught movement above us and saw some cows walking to our right. Right behind them was the bull. He was coming right to us. Jeff shot him in the chest with the 300 RUM at 50 yds  :chuckle:. He rolled down the hill and came to rest almost at our feet.
Needless to say we let out a few WAR HOOPS!! Bear Hugs and high fives!!! It was awesome to share such a hunt with my "little" brother. We had planned and talked for a couple years about it and it all came together. It was 8am and we were 100 yds from the horse trail and the horsed were only 1\2 mile down the trail waiting to go to work.
We said a prayer of thanks to the Lord for provision of meat and memories made. God is Good !!!
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2018, 03:25:54 PM »
Cowgirl up !!!!
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2018, 03:32:39 PM »
Much more to come later
Got to go to work :}

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2018, 03:37:38 PM »
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2018, 03:40:59 PM »
THANKS quad :tup:

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2018, 03:42:22 PM »
 :tup: Thanks for the journey. EPIC is right.........

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2018, 05:39:00 PM »
Epic is right!!!!!!!!


Wow!!!!!!


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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2018, 06:43:35 PM »
Congratulations thatís a season for the books.

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #39 on: January 09, 2018, 11:16:32 PM »
We were fortunate enough to draw bonus B cow tag in the South West area of Montana. There were 5 of us in our group with tags. We had planned a 4 day trip around the first week of November. My wife has been following me around the woods for the last 20 years and has taken a deer every year she's hunted. She has taken a few cows, but never has killed a bull. I was hoping that she would get a chance at a cow on this hunt. Day one we put on lots of miles in the 0 degree weather. We spotted a group of 5 bulls, but they were 3 miles away and we were already 3 miles from the truck. She was definitely not up for that. We ended up seeing 9 bulls the first day and no cows. We were having a great time with great friends. We were with my hunting partner, Dan, and his father, Gary, and his son, Cole. Cole (14) was also looking for his first elk.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2018, 11:19:49 PM »
Day two took us to a new area I had not hunted before, but had scouted it on google and maps. We pulled up to a glassing point and started glassing. My wife, Jen, spotted a big herd of elk right off the bat. It looked to be about 30 head with a couple legal bulls. They were about a mile and half way and not spooked. We planned a stock and headed out after them. About two hours later we were within 700 yds. Unfortunately they were feeding into some thick timber and, and we watched them go out of sight. It was about 5 degrees with a steady cold wind. It was almost noon by now. We decided sitting all day and waiting for them to come out for the evening wasn't an option with he temperature. We decided to try a push. Gary and Cole circled around the timber patch and the rest of us snuck to within 300 yards of where they had gone in to the timber. I got Jen set up on the shooting sticks and ranged a few land marks. About 30 minutes later Dan spotted two legal bulls coming out of the timber right where they had gone in. They were alert but walking in the wide open. I ranged them at 533 yds. My wife was shooting my 300 win mag. She had practiced with it all summer and was very comfortable at this yardage. They were both 5x5 bulls. One of them was significantly larger bodied and she settled on him. She said she was ready and I let out a cow call. I watched the bullet hit right behind the shoulder. The bull swapped ends and walked a couple steps just standing there. She hit him again in the same spot. The bull was dead on his feet, but I didnt have to tell her to shot again she knew to keep shooting. I watched the 3rd round hit right behind the shoulder again. The bulls head rocked back as he flipped over backwards sliding down the hill.
Jen had killed her first bull!!!!
It was chaos for the next couple minutes as the rest of the herd of cows came running out into the open. Dan and my buddy Kevin both knocked down cows within 100 yds of Jen's bull. We had 3 elk down out of the same herd.
I didnt even realize that Dan had captured Jens shots all on video. Its was a great surprise.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2018, 02:23:56 AM »
 :)

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2018, 02:27:23 AM »
I can't begin to tell you all how proud I was of her. She has put in her time and then some and was soooooo deserving of this great animal. Having a wife that understands my passion and love for elk hunting is an amazing blessing. Jen was beyond ecstatic with taking her bull. Hugs and high fives all around. Her smile says it all !!!
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2018, 02:37:45 AM »
We had the 3 elk all worked up in a couple hours and headed for the truck with heavy packs. We were right at 1.5 miles from the truck as the crow flies. It was a nice pack out. Dan and are are the young and dumb ones of the group and made quick trip back in for a second load. We made it back to the trucks just after dark. We had 6 loads left for the next day. The next day we all hiked in for one more load each and we had all the meat to the trucks by noon. I told Jen she could skip the pack and let the guys do it. :} I got a dirty look without a reply :}. Jen packed 2 front shoulders just to spite me I think :)

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2018, 02:43:09 AM »
It was an epic hunt to say the least. We had an amazing time with some great friends. We got back to cell service and of course sent pics of Jens Bull back to our family in Western WA. They of course were as excited as we were. Later that day my brother sent me a picture of my dads Wa bull. He killed it the same day Jen killed her bull. It was my dads first branched bull. I was so excited for him I can't even tell you. He's been hunting for a long time and has been after a bull for many many years.
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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2018, 02:50:33 AM »
We made our way back home with a truck load of meat. I had an anxious 11 year old waiting patiently to go hunting upon my arrival home. We hunted pretty hard and he had chances at some nice deer , but couldn't pull it all together yet. My dad had a Montana deer tag and was coming out to hunt with us for Thanksgiving week. I was looking forward to spending some time with my dad and son in the woods. 3 generations out doing what we love is a dream come true. I managed to rattle in buck for my son the first day my dad was here to hunt with us. He made a perfect shot at 80 yds on a one horned 3x1 whity. A perfect first Buck. And to have his grandpa there was icing on the cake.

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2018, 02:54:14 AM »
My dad is an old logger and die hard blacktail hunter. He is not a guy who will pass up a buck looking for a big one no matter what I say :chuckle: :chuckle:
He put his tag on a forky mule deer and was happy as a clam :tup:.

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2018, 03:12:53 AM »
We had an great Thanksgiving in Montana. My parents were headed back to Wa the day after Turkey day. My son was tagged out. My wife was not interested in deer hunting since we had 2 elk in the freezer already. I still had 3 days of Montana season left with a cow tag burning a hole in my pocket.  :chuckle: :chuckle: I called a couple buddies and asked if they wanted to do something stupid? Of course they said yes.  :IBCOOL:We left at midnight and headed back to SW MT for the last 3 days of season. Rod and Larry both bad general elk tags. They could shoot bulls or cows on their tags and I had a cow tag. We drove all night taking turns napping and driving and got to our glassing spot just after day light on Friday morning. The weather was warm and clear. The snow had almost all melted since I was there a couple weeks prior.
Rod spotted a cow and 2 legal bulls right away and we were off. They were 4+ miles away in an area I wasn't familiar with. We had to drive to a different road system to get on them. A couple hours later we cut their tracks and started after them. They had fed into some timber, so I put Rod on point and headed into the draw to try and push them out. I jumped a cow in the timber and managed to get a 200 yd shot on her as she started up the other side of the canyon. Unbelievable !!!!!  Cow down!!!!
It was a young cow and Rod and I boned her out and made it back to the truck in one trip.

We headed to our camping spot at a trail head and set up camp. We were all beyond tired after a long drive and hard day hunting. I don't remember climbing in my sleeping bag and passing out. :chuckle: :chuckle:

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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2018, 03:26:48 AM »
The next morning we were up and headed out the trail a couple hours before day light. We decided to split up ad cover some country. Larry headed off by himself while Rod and I hunted together. We were about 3 miles in the drainage and we started glassing. Rod spotted 5 bulls feeding together on an open ridge. They were all legal bulls. They were at least 2 miles away. We weren't sure if we wanted to kill one that far from the truck, but it was the second to last day of the season and we decided to go for it.
We lost sight of the bulls during the 2 mile stock. We managed to glass their tracks in the snow and were able to keep track of them that way. We got on the ridge across from their tracks and started side hilling. It was spotty open timber across from us and made it tough to glass their tracks in the snow. We crept up the ridge slowly trying not to bump them. Rod spotted 3 of them bedded right across from us the other 2 were still up feeding. They had no clue we were there. I ranged them at 203 yds. They were all legal rag bulls. Rod got a stone solid prone rest on his pack. One of the bulls was bedded broadside in the wide open. Rod put him down with two well placed shots. It was rods first bull as well. The other 4 bulls just stood there looking at their buddy wondering what was going on. We sat quietly as we could in hopes they wouldn't go far. Larry called us on the radio and asked if it was us shooting :}
We told him we had some work to do. :chuckle: :chuckle:


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Re: EPIC: is the only word
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2018, 03:33:02 AM »
I couldn't be happier for Rod!!!! The other bulls fed off over the ridge and out of sight. We managed to drag the bull down to the bottom of the draw and got to work on him. Larry showed up right as we finished working him up. We took out three loads and left 2 quarters for the next day. It was single digit temps at night so the meat was not a worry. We were right at 5 miles from the truck, but good trail all the way.

 

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