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SFC B's first hunt a big success!!

As you may have read in my previous posts, I was looking for a camp to join for this elk season (my first). I found a place with another vet and headed out to a wilderness area in the Routt for second rifle season with resonable expectations. We got to our camp site (the very end of the Jeep road) on Wed before opener and set up camp, cut fire wood and set up the outhouse prior to opening. The area is beautiful. Well, the first day of the season my host and I went out about 1.5 miles from camp over a ridge to a meadow to set up stand positions about 600 meters apart. As the morning started, there were 5 yotes running the meadow :( two of them settled on a gut pile directly across from me. I was gonna let them walk but after an hour I took the male. Twenty minutes later I saw my first bull in the wild. As I swung around to fire my buddy pulled the trigger first. His dropped the bull with a 230m shot. His picture is the one without glasses. Sunday all we saw was a Muley doe and fawns in another meadow. On monday we chanced it to go back to the first spot. The first hour and a half of light were uneventful. About 0900 or so things got interesting real quick. First my buddy started shooting at a cow at about 150m. She was moving through some trees and it took him 4 shots to connect. She fell in 20 yards. about 10 seconds later I see a group of three bulls a ways out there and laser them. the closet was a 5x5 at 363 yards. I went over my ballistics in my head and waited for him to clear the others. My only shot was a neck/spine shot. I held the crosshairs just over its head, fired and hit him at the junction of the neck and spine. He dropped instantly. So, all and all we were 3 elks for 3 days hunting and then 2 days worth of meat cutting...a little more ont he trip later, but I am bushed now SFC B

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Very nice! Congrats to both

Very nice! Congrats to both of you!  Make sure to throw up some photos when you get a moment!

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Very nice !!

Congrats on getting it done on your first elk hunt ! Thumbs up

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Here are some pics from the

Here are some pics from the trip. The bull I am holding while wearing the black shirt is my buddy's and the one I am holding while wearing the orange shirt is mine Great time!!

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Congratulations on a great

Congratulations on a great hunt and those three will fill the freezer with some great eating to come. That is a fantastic experience and even more special as your first hunt. Many of us went several years before getting our first bull or cow.

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Really

Happy for you SFC B, great job!

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Glad you had a great hunt and

Glad you had a great hunt and were successful to boot!  Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Congrats on your successfull

Congrats on your successfull hunt! Thumbs up

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Congrats!  That sounds like

Congrats!  That sounds like an amazing first hunt!  Also, the mountain in the background of one of your pictures looks familiar...

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