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Four Elk Down

Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior MemberPosts: 7,456 Senior Member
About seven or eight months ago I received an invitation, from one of our church members for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This man, through work and a long time friendship with another gentleman who owns the only elk game ranch in the state of Wyoming.
Where we were hunting at there is one high fence that encompasses 25,000 acres or approximately 39 square miles, if I have my numbers correct.
I actually saw a part of the border fence on one of the days, while hunting in the afternoon.
The two of us could shoot a management bull (very hard to find) and a cow or two cows.
My brother in Christ is in his mid 80’s, and about 2 weeks before the hunt, asked me if I would shoot his elk with my big pistol.
He again confirmed a couple days before we left that he wanted me to use my big pistol.
I assumed it would be one elk a piece, but after we got here, as mentioned earlier, it was two a piece.  I was able to take 3-cow elk, all under 200 yards, and all spot and stalk.
One prone (walking, crawling and belly scooting) and the other two were off Bog-Gear with the PSR top.



We had one morning left to look for a management bull.
One the last morning we worked hard and finally found a management bull.  He was in a group of about 10 bulls, and he was bedded down in the shade.  The wind was in our favor, and it wasn't blowing hard.  We climbed a steep ridge, crouch walked, crawling, and then to belly scooting.  We slowly topped the ridge, then had to go a bit further to get clear of the grass.  Shot him bedded at under 200 yards.  He went about 40 yards or less and was down for the count.

I wanted to use my S&W RAAP 44 Magnum, but did not have the opportunity. A lot of fun with a good friend, awesome food, area, and accommodations, and have seen a lot of elk too-Great memories.
My Bayside 7mm Dakota XP does great on elk too!
Picked up the elk meat last week...Lots of good meals coming our way.!
Ernie

"The Un-Tactical"

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,914 Senior Member
    A bunch of good eating there.
    ...elk is my hands down favorite venison....Nice work!
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,621 Senior Member
    THAT is a lot of meat, how was the chore of removing the animals from the field? What defines a bull as a "management bull"? Nice shooting as ususal, the spot and stalk sounds like a blast.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    You're busier than a pine squirrel this year.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #5
    About seven or eight months ago I received an invitation, from one of our church members for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
    This man, through work and a long time friendship with another gentleman who owns the only elk game ranch in the state of Wyoming.
    Where we were hunting at there is one high fence that encompasses 25,000 acres or approximately 39 square miles, if I have my numbers correct.
    I actually saw a part of the border fence on one of the days, while hunting in the afternoon.
    The two of us could shoot a management bull (very hard to find) and a cow or two cows.
    My brother in Christ is in his mid 80’s, and about 2 weeks before the hunt, asked me if I would shoot his elk with my big pistol.
    He again confirmed a couple days before we left that he wanted me to use my big pistol.
    I assumed it would be one elk a piece, but after we got here, as mentioned earlier, it was two a piece.  I was able to take 3-cow elk, all under 200 yards, and all spot and stalk.
    One prone (walking, crawling and belly scooting) and the other two were off Bog-Gear with the PSR top.



    We had one morning left to look for a management bull.
    One the last morning we worked hard and finally found a management bull.  He was in a group of about 10 bulls, and he was bedded down in the shade.  The wind was in our favor, and it wasn't blowing hard.  We climbed a steep ridge, crouch walked, crawling, and then to belly scooting.  We slowly topped the ridge, then had to go a bit further to get clear of the grass.  Shot him bedded at under 200 yards.  He went about 40 yards or less and was down for the count.
    kot
    I wanted to use my S&W RAAP 44 Magnum, but did not have the opportunity. A lot of fun with a good friend, awesome food, area, and accommodations, and have seen a lot of elk too-Great memories.
    My Bayside 7mm Dakota XP does great on elk too!
    Picked up the elk meat last week...Lots of good meals coming our way.!
    Good hunting and shooting. So you used the 7mm Dakota?

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    THAT is a lot of meat, how was the chore of removing the animals from the field? What defines a bull as a "management bull"? Nice shooting as usual, the spot and stalk sounds like a blast.
    The bull and one of the cows went to Al, who invited me on the hunt.  The guide enjoyed being in the middle of it.  Some of the meat will go to some families locally as well.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    THAT is a lot of meat, how was the chore of removing the animals from the field? What defines a bull as a "management bull"? Nice shooting as ususal, the spot and stalk sounds like a blast.
    King Cab 3/4 ton trucks with winches and ramps sure makes loading easier.  Used a Mule to access two cows.   Other hunters/guides had to quarter and pack it out on their backs.
    Looking for uneven points after they get past the raghorn stage.  Certain spikes were on the menu too.  Our Guide determined what was management.  Al invited another brother on the hunt, and since he was new at it, we gave him first shot opportunity.  He took a bull a little smaller than mine at the end of the first day.  His and mine were the only two management bulls we saw the whole time.  Saw a lot of young symmetrical and a good good number of big boys.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    snake284 said:

    Good hunting and shooting. So you used the 7mm Dakota?

    Yes, for all four elk.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    175 grain ELD-X at 2925 fps.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,967 Senior Member
    That’s a bunch of elk meat!

    Well done. 
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,249 Senior Member
    NICE!

    In 2012, I helped get two elk out of the woods.  The notion of FOUR?  OUCH!  Them suckers are DENSE!
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,070 Senior Member
    Nicely done "goose"
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    That’s a bunch of elk meat!

    Well done. 
    I still have 2 cow/calf tags... :D
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    The bull was really larger in terms of weight.  After gutted, hide, and head off, he weighed 373 pounds!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    In comparison, the cow elk weighed around 200 pounds.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,967 Senior Member
    If you drive down this year, you can bring elk and take back Axis. 

    😎
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    If you drive down this year, you can bring elk and take back Axis. 

    😎
    That sounds so tempting!!!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,927 Senior Member
    Great hunt!  That's one heck of an elk for a management bull.  You must be living right. :)
    Jerry

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,456 Senior Member
    I have been blessed for sure.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 10,903 Senior Member
    Congratulations
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Wow that is awesome!!!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,148 Senior Member
    That’s one amazing hunt!  Freezer space in your village is gonna be at a premium for a while.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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