Been busy so far this 2015 season

Discussion in 'Montana Hunting Lounge' started by The Guide, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. The Guide

    The Guide New Member

    So far it has been a busy hunting season for me. I started off chasing elk with my bow. I didn't get an elk but I had many amazing experiences in this first year of bow hunting. I was at work when rifle antelope season opened so I didn't get to hunt the first 2 weeks of the season. This meant that by the time I got to hunt they were all very spooky. I got some permission to hunt a ranch with my wife on Saturday 10-24. I was scouting/hunting and took a couple of shots at a coyote at 750 yards with my 260. I missed the 'yote but spooked some unseen antelope. They weren't sure where the shots came from so I got lucky and the 3 bucks and 1 doe ran right too me. I took the biggest buck at ~150 yards with one shot. I was impressed with the 120 NBT out of the 260. We tried several stalks on bucks once my wife arrived at the ranch but the animals were all grouped up in large herds and with all of those eyes on us we couldn't get with in 800 yards before they took off. It is really hard to hunt with that many eyes looking for danger.

    Since we weren't having much luck finding her an antelope, my wife made the choice to go home and hunt elk since the season was open. I went out scouting for elk we could get her on. I have a cow tag that covers 3 districts in SW Montana. I hunted and scouted several areas I hadn't been to in several years and even checked out some totally new areas. It was on one of these jaunts to a new area with my 17 year old son in tow I finally found an elk! We spotted an elk laying under a Fir tree about 2 miles away. I used my new Vortex Razor HD 11x33x50 mini spotting scope to verify it was an elk and could tell it had horns. We made our way over to the ridge top across the canyon from the bedded elk. I couldn't get into a good position to prepare for a shot at the elk that was 580 yards away. I moved back up the hill to a position where I could work up to a rock formation that would give me a better shooting position. As I got to the rock and started to get comfortable I noticed there was another bull below the first bull we had spotted and he was up feeding at 430 yards. I consulted my Shooter app and imputed my range and environmentals. It gave me back 6.2 MOA up and 2 MOA right. I got into position and had my son spot for me. When I felt the wind hold consistent and not gusting I squeezed off the shot aimed at the crease behind the shoulder. I lost the sight picture from the recoil of my 300 WM pushing the 215 Berger as I saw him hunch up and stumble. The bull went maybe 75 yards down and across the hill from the shot falling 3 times and rototilling the last 25 yards with his nose. The bullet hit a rib on the way in, blew a two fisted size hole through his lungs, cut his esophogus, and hit the ball joint on the far shoulder coming to rest in a tendon just under the far side shoulder. The bullet remains weighed 74.9 grains. I was impressed on the performance of the 215 Berger as this was the first animal I had taken with it. This is the first big bull I have taken with a general tag. I have a big 6x6 from 2008 when I drew an Elkhorns tag and now I have a 6x7 with a general tag.

    I still have a cow tag, buck tag, and a doe tag to fill after I get home from work. My wife and son have buck and bull tags too so there are lots of hunting left to do in our family.

    Jay

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  2. jbm

    jbm New Member

    always nice to get the job done early on your elk before to much snow limits where you can get to and them
    that bullet did the job for sure but it seems to loose a lot of weight in doing so . i bet you can find a bullet that shoots good in your rifle and holds up a lot better
    sounds like your family still has a few good tags to fill and keep you in the woods for a few more days
     
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  3. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Cool
     
  4. Great result, that is a lot of meat!
    Shame i can't see the pics, just seeing 'img'
    Cheers
    Richard
     
  5. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Me too
     
  6. The Guide

    The Guide New Member

    HMMM...

    Can anyone see the images? I uploaded them using the software.

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    Here are the images via Facebook.

    Jay
     
  7. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Yes kinda fuzzy .
    Nice bull man
     
  8. The Guide

    The Guide New Member

    Ya, they are fuzzy as it was last light when they were taken. I'll post a better photo when I get the head skinned out after I get back from work.

    Jay
     
  9. d4570

    d4570 Active Member

    Nice
     
  10. Yep i can see them now, nice!
    Cheers
    Richard
     

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