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Big Game Hunting => Elk Hunting => Topic started by: WapitiTalk1 on March 06, 2018, 09:58:49 PM

Title: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on March 06, 2018, 09:58:49 PM
Location: Somewhere in the elk woods
Hunt Pressure Status: Its not a sea of raging orange, but there are other hunters in this general area.
Hunt: Solo Hunt
Date: Third week of October
Time: Mid Morning
Tag: Modern firearm; any branched bull

Pretty nice that the few days of heavy snowfall have let up and now, you have a clear day when the elk are definitely moving! After you climb up a steep little shale hillside to look down into the small flat valley that lays between two major basins (on the other side of the hillside you maneuvered up), you immediately see these two fine fellows looking back at what probably is the echoing sound of the bit of noise you made scurrying up the snowy side hill. Safety off, rifle up to shoulder, and the bulls are a bit over 200 yards from your position where you stand on the top of the steep little ridge (its merely seconds if that before the elk do the hoof scoot boogie to parts unknown). Shoot or no shot? I'm curious to see which bull folks are shooting at and shot placement ;).

Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: hunter399 on March 06, 2018, 10:25:28 PM
This one just looks heavy ,more mature.
SHOOT!
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: BULLBLASTER on March 07, 2018, 08:39:14 AM
Right here!

...I need to reload again...
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Stein on March 07, 2018, 08:43:46 AM
This one just looks heavy ,more mature.
SHOOT!

Same as above except I would aim about 4" to the right.
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: D-Rock425 on March 07, 2018, 08:44:03 AM
 :chuckle:
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on March 07, 2018, 09:22:51 AM
Right here!

...I need to reload again...

What are you talking about?  You hit him twice... once in the butt and I think one in the foot  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Mfowl on March 07, 2018, 09:24:14 AM
My phone is not ideal for this but I am shooting at the lead bull, point of the red. His body doesn't look as big but his rack looks wider and little better than the other one.

Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Woodchuck on March 07, 2018, 09:31:20 AM
This one just looks heavy ,more mature.
SHOOT!

Same as above except I would aim about 4" to the right.
:yeah: But I am on the bull to the right.  :twocents:
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: tonymiller7 on March 07, 2018, 09:55:05 AM
Time to gut, skin, and pack!
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: northwesthunter84 on March 07, 2018, 10:38:58 AM
Totally agree with Tony
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Magnum_Willys on March 07, 2018, 10:44:52 AM
Totally agree with Tony
Note hunter not shooting from camera location. Id go 6 to the right and up a couple.
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Tbob on March 07, 2018, 11:28:35 AM
Im with Tony as well.
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Shawn Ryan on March 07, 2018, 01:11:52 PM
Either bull is fine; prob take Tony's shot, but about 2-4" towards 2-o'clock.
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: W_Ellison2011 on March 08, 2018, 02:41:54 PM
I'd smoke the one on the right. I don't do much solo hunting though so I'm pretty sure I would have a buddy with me who could smoke the one on the left at the same time and we would have a LOT of packing to do lol!
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: Calvin Rayborn on March 09, 2018, 01:33:44 PM
I'd prolly be crudding myself at that range! Done deal for an East Sider...Take the shot!
Title: Re: Shoot or No Shot 2018, Episode #5
Post by: yakimanoob on March 19, 2018, 05:12:35 PM
At 200 yds after climbing a hill, I'm aiming for center of mass and max margin for error.  Better shooters would probably think differently, but I'm still pretty new at this. 

Left bull.  More meat and prettier coat.  Plus it's a beautiful day for a pack out :).