Here is a nice bull bedded down I got with in a hundred yards of him and took a couple photos before I walked on. He had no idea I was there. This was in Unit 181 on public land opening morning Third season. If you look closely on the left side you'll see a huge drop tine. I believe this elk was a non typical. I never got a good look at his right side antlers.
Sorry to say that I had a Bull Tag. I passed on him cause it was a long ways back into where I was and I figured I would have another oppertunity to fill it being it was opening morning. As you would know it. I didn't and I am still kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on this one. I have always enjoyed sneaking up on animals that are bedded down. Sometimes to shoot em with just the camera.
You got a picture of T3. She was one of the elk we monitored all summer. I miss that job and wish I was up there now. I guess you could have taken a picture of another collored elk with the same type of collar and sampling system but I am assuming this was taken up in Rocky Mountain National Park. It sure looks like it. Sweet pictures by the way.
I had a buddy hunt CO this year and he said DOW asked hunters not to shoot collared elk on a voluntary basis. I wonder how many hunters will pass up an elk because it is collared? I know my friend didn't plan to pass on the collared elk. He's gone empty handed too long to pass on one.
Others have offered up a sighting of roughly 2 inches high at 100 yards as a good sighting scheme. In my own experience I have come to favor a sighting of 3.5 inches high at 100 yards. This allows for the individual to hold dead-on (directly in the middle of the top and bottom) the animal out to roughly 350 yards.
Magnum calibers such as the 7mm Remington and 300 Winchester will extend this slightly. At 400 yards I hold directly on the backbone of the animal. The drop at this range allows the...