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Montana Hunt: JerryBobCo and MHS edition

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
edited October 2018 in Hunting #1
So, JerryBoBCo and MileHighShooter decided to pull the trigger on a hunt in Montana this year.  They opted to go opening weekend, renting a camper and setting up on a stretch of public land that I recommended as a their operating base.  In preparation, they asked me to come up and help get them oriented in unfamiliar territory, and were kind enough to provide both food and camper space for me to join them.  I was happy to join them and try to steer them in the right direction for a few days before heading out with my regular group in mid-November.  

I don't want to go into too much detail because I want to let them tell their own stories, but let's just say that the whole affair was a remarkable success.  In the 2 days that I was with them, they dropped 4 deer and a turkey.

 MHS after filling his whitetail doe tag with a 6mm Creedmoor:
 

...and his buck tag with his...*gulp* .270 Win on a mule deer the very first morning out:



MHS with his *first ever* turkey!  A Merriam's bird shot with my Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 and Winchester Long Bird XR 3", #5 loads:



Jerry after filling his whitetail doe tag with his .358 Win on the first evening hunt:


Jerry also scored a whitetail buck, but we failed to get a pic of it.  He was tagged out on the first night!

I'm also holding a whitetail doe and mule deer doe tag, but I realized that it made no sense to shoot a deer with no time to have it processed.  I'll hold off on shooting those until I return in November for my regular hunt.

In the meantime, I snuck off during their first evening hunt to bag a turkey of my own, and get first blood on my Black Widow PCH-X.  I got it with a Magnus Stinger 150 gr. fixed blade broadhead:





We also went on a little sharp-tailed grouse excursion, in which I bagged one bird, but again...I forgot to take a pic.  It was great fun though, as they got to see a good number of birds (not as many birds I saw as last season) and Jerry took the bird's hide and feathers to use as fly tying material.

Yeah.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they had fun.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    Hey, congratulations guys! That's quite the deer MHS got.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,550 Senior Member
    Well done. 

    I miss Montana. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,137 Senior Member
    Nicely done! Nothing like getting right down to business....


    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    I got my muley doe after Six had gone home.  No pics. It was minutes before shooting light ended. We searched for an hour to no avail.  It was cold enough that i felt ok leaving her until morning.  When we went back we spotted her right away,  we probably walked over her several times but just didn't see her. The 2nd doe was also done with the 6mm CM. The Hornady eldx did ok, no exit on the whitetail.  They both ran a lot with no real trail. I'll be changing bullets for future use.  Over all Im pleased with it.  The 270 worked.  Nuff said
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    Overall, what an amazing hunt.  I wish i would've looked into anything antelope,  they were everywhere.  The bucks in MT don't have the jaw dropping racks of CO....but I didn't wait 5 years to draw a tag.  Ive got 2 freezes full of meat,  after going 1 for 4 in colorado, and that's what matters.  

    One of the biggest upsides to so much shooting in such a short time,  i really got a good hold on my adrenaline when lining up a shot. 
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    That’s great to hear that the last doe dropped!  Not shocking that you walked right past it.  It’s just too easy to do in that setting.  The deer blend right in.

    It was a pleasure hunting with you guys and I’m glad you have enough meat to last a while.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,275 Senior Member
    Wow, that is a GOOD trip, very cool that MHS got a turkey! Start making plans for next year.....
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,185 Senior Member
    Great going all around, congrats on so much success
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    That’s great to hear that the last doe dropped!  Not shocking that you walked right past it.  It’s just too easy to do in that setting.  The deer blend right in.

    It was a pleasure hunting with you guys and I’m glad you have enough meat to last a while.
    Same deal as the whitetail, she went just about 100 yards missing a lung and the tip top of the heart.  Tiny entrance,  small exit,  hardly a blood trail.  Im not sure if I should go with a more explosive bullet,  or the more controlled Barnes
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    edited October 2018 #11
    Definitely ditch that ELD-X then.  That could create huge difficulties down the road if a deer goes well out of sight.  The Barnes will absolutely get you more organ damage and blood without destroying a bunch of meat.  

    I have had similar results with Sierra GameKing/Pro-Hunter offerings, but standard cautions apply when hitting bone with a traditional cup-and-core bullet.  The advantage is they are damned near half the price of Barnes and incredibly easy to load tune.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    The last doe was behind the shoulder,  no bone this time,  except a rib. But still ran about the same distance.  Pitty, they shoot so well. 
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    Side note - which is actually huge. 

    This is now the 2nd time I've hunted with Six and Jerrybobco, but 1st time we all hunted together.  We all met each other the same weekend over 15 years ago at a forum group shoot along with my late brother,  Sakodude and another former member.  Its amazing the friendships this small patch of the interwebs has created.  Ive also hunted twice with Chiro, once with JBOhio, and I meet up with Sakodude every few months,  have shared dinner and a beer with Jeff from Tx, had several meals with our lone Democratic poster Alphasig, and have plans to see DanC in a few weeks.  Im a member of several other hunting forums,  most of which are more serious and not friendly casual like here, but ive never shared a meal or a hunt with them.  

    This is truly a special place,  from the Florida off topic days, through Outdoors Best,  to now.  I can't wait to enjoy hunts and memories with ya'll for years to come.  
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
    wow great hunt
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,137 Senior Member
    edited October 2018 #15
    Six-Gun said:
    Definitely ditch that ELD-X then.  That could create huge difficulties down the road if a deer goes well out of sight.  The Barnes will absolutely get you more organ damage and blood without destroying a bunch of meat.  

    I have had similar results with Sierra GameKing/Pro-Hunter offerings, but standard cautions apply when hitting bone with a traditional cup-and-core bullet.  The advantage is they are damned near half the price of Barnes and incredibly easy to load tune.
    Might want to consider the Hornady SST...same ballistic profile as the A Max but designed for hunting..I have killed a LOT of deer with that bullet between 50 and 400 yards and never had one take more than a step after taking a hit with one. Most common performance trait was for the bullet to turn everything between entrance and exit into lumpy soup...and that works for me.


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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    This is beyond a doubt the most successful hunt I've never been on,  I have 30+ pounds of  processed whitetail steaks, chops, and burger in the freezer. And I never took a rifle out of the safe.

    Jerry dropped by the house today on his way back to the grand state of Texas. He graciously left Thanksgiving and Christmas (and many more) dinners behind. 

    Thank you, Jerry,  for sharing the bounty.  Knowing the effort entailed, Machell and I appreciate it more than you know. I haven't popped a deer in so long we've both forgotten what it tastes like, (I do know it's better than buffalo....LOL).

    Venison chops sprinkled with lavender pepper on the flat-iron griddle are Saturdays' plan.

    Mike


    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    I just got off of the phone with Jerry and he’s making his way him a few states at a time.  He should be home by saturday or Sunday.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member


    Spending time with friends in a new state was the best part, but a mighty close 2nd was the result! Really glad I got a 3rd freezer last month. 
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    A quite nice report Luis.  Congratulations on the turkey old style with the recurve

    I don't often talk to people that voted for Obama, but when I do I order large fries!
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,521 Senior Member
    Excellent story!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Six-Gun said:
    Definitely ditch that ELD-X then.  That could create huge difficulties down the road if a deer goes well out of sight.  The Barnes will absolutely get you more organ damage and blood without destroying a bunch of meat.  

    I have had similar results with Sierra GameKing/Pro-Hunter offerings, but standard cautions apply when hitting bone with a traditional cup-and-core bullet.  The advantage is they are damned near half the price of Barnes and incredibly easy to load tune.
    Might want to consider the Hornady SST...same ballistic profile as the A Max but designed for hunting..I have killed a LOT of deer with that bullet between 50 and 400 yards and never had one take more than a step after taking a hit with one. Most common performance trait was for the bullet to turn everything between entrance and exit into lumpy soup...and that works for me.


    Scott -

    I re-read my post and realized that I may have sounded negative about the Sierra offering, but they have done really well.  The SSTs I have seen shot extremely well, but for big western stuff (elk, specifically), I have seen issues with them holding up.  The cow that my friend shot in Colorado took one to the shoulder, ran and never went down.  For deer (mulie and whitetails), they are and excellent choice.  Great expansion and easy to tune.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,692 Senior Member
    Did you draw on that turkey without a blind?
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    edited October 2018 #23
    jbp-ohio said:
    Did you draw on that turkey without a blind?
    Yep.  Brought a blind, but it was a mess when I tried to deploy it.  Ended up having to go spot and stalk.  These birds are pretty stupid, but they aren't THAT stupid.  Getting close was tough and a game of patience in trying to maneuver around farm equipment quietly to get off a 7-8 yard shot.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    Got nothing to add except the chops were great! I am stuffed and sleepy now.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,982 Senior Member
    I can't wait to dig into mine.  Ate some steaks Luis brought up from last season.  Fantastic mule deer! If mine taste as good i'll be one happy camper.  I think im going to try the whitetail first though,  I've never eaten any before
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,615 Senior Member
    Wow!  Great hunt guys!  I'm super jealous!
    Knowing all of you guys personally,  I can only imagine how much fun was had.


  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Sorry for getting to the party so  late.  I stayed over in Colorado for a few days, and then had truck trouble on my way home.  To make a long story short, it was midnight last night before I got home.  I'm still shaking out the cobwebs.

    Montana was indeed great.  Kudos to Luis for finding great places to hunt and knowing just where to put us to get our deer.  Both he and Dan are great hunting buddies.

    I was especially glad to bloody my 358.  As expected, a small whitetail doe at less than 100 yards is no match for it.  It wasn't quite bang flop, more of a bang, stagger for 2-3 seconds, flop and try to get back up for a few seconds.  By the time I reached her, she was dead.

    Now I just need to figure a way to make Montana closer to Texas.  I spent more days driving than hunting.. :)
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    And Jerry, I do have to apologize to you. I was more than prepared to trade you a hard-frozen organic (unskinned) squirrel for the venison. But I was in a hurry to get back to work, and it slipped my mind. I can mail it if you'd like.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    And Jerry, I do have to apologize to you. I was more than prepared to trade you a hard-frozen organic (unskinned) squirrel for the venison. But I was in a hurry to get back to work, and it slipped my mind. I can mail it if you'd like.

    Mike
    I do appreciate the offer, but I think I'll pass.  B)
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    I have a couple of additional comments regarding this hunt.

    First, if you hunt with Six-Gun, bring your A game.  The man's motor doesn't stop.  He truly loves to hunt.  Or maybe he lives to hunt.  Either way, I couldn't stay up.  Hunting with two guys 25-30 years my junior was a humbling experience.

    Second, on our way up, we drove through the extreme northeast corner of Wyoming.  The route took us by Devil's Tower (think "Close Encounters of the Third KInd").  That by itself was awesome.   While we didn't see any UFOs or aliens, we did see tons of deer (mulies and whitetail) and antelope.  I don't know if there's much public land there, or the regulations, but it's worth checking out.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,275 Senior Member
    Yep, you have to be in shape to keep up with MHS, even if he is walking slow

    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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