Having shot nearly all the South Pacific species, mostly all in the do it yourself fashion , I turned my attention to getting a big elk from the USA. A friend had killed a reasonable bull on public land in Montana a few years ago so I choose there to hunt. Flying out from Australia alone you can only take so much gear with you and with the freezing temperatures I figured I would need a fair bit. Thats when I decided to use an outfitter and use their gear and rifle. Also I was guaranteed a tag with them and brought a mule deer one as well. The outfitter used horses and although I had never ridden before , I thought it would be a big advantage as we could cover up to 30 miles a day hunting.
So with a weeks planning I booked the hunt which cost around $6000. A few months later I arrived there and started hunting in early Nov 2008. Compared to the deer at home the ones we encountered seemed to me to be very tame. I was not complaining about this though dont worry! We saw thousands of animals including elk , mule deer , whitetail deer, pronghorn , big horn rams, grizzly bears and lion. We travelled plenty of miles on the horses, one day we rode for 11 hours and saw 250 elk and countless mule deer. After passing up 5 bulls ( one would have gone 310) I eventually shot one on the sixth day that measured 56 long by 50 wide and scored 372 BC. At the time I was not really too fussed about getting a mule deer but was pretty stoked to shoot one during the trip that went 170 BC.
Took 450 photo's whilst I was there of the animals, including several of a big grizz at 40 yards. Ten days later I was home and planning a caribou hunt for Sep this year. Thats how my first elk hunt went down anyway and oh yeah , I crossed elk and mule deer off my list.