Hey all. Just got back from my first elk hunt, and wow.........what an experience. We went to western Wyoming on a guided hunt on public wilderness land, and it was nothing but spectacular. Our outfitter and guide was great, and worked incredibly hard for us. Our hunt was hindered somewhat by A LOT of snow and very poor visibility for the first few days. It made things tough, but in the end I shot a 6x6 bull that scored somewhere around 270. I was in complete awe of this animal once I was able to reach it and see the downed animal. They are magnificent and majestic to say the least. I was able to make a good, clean trotting shot at 250 yds, and downed the bull with one shot through the lungs. He died immediately, and I was thankful for that. A lot of longer range shooting helped me immensely in getting to know my new rifle, scope, and load, and thus a better chance of making a clean kill.
In preparing for this hunt I relied a lot on many of you for input, and while sorting through it all it was very helpful. Thanks!
I have learned a lot on this hunt and look forward to another elk hunt sometime in the future.
Now I prepare for a couple of deer hunting trips, and a pheasant hunt or two along the way. We are so lucky to have such great opportunities. Good luck to all the balance of this falls hunting seasons!