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Old 01-29-2018, 01:42 PM
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Well after nearly a year hiatus, I have returned. Lots has happened .... retired, cardio issues (fixed), built a new home and have moved (for the last time except to cemetery) and squeezed in one last elk hunt with my old guide buddy. Got lucky and bagged a big bodied, old 6x6 bull. My guide said the largest he has seen killed on that property in his 28 years of guiding there. Another gude agreed. Definitely a heck of a body. Fun hunt in that the stalk was approximately 2 miles up to about 8500'. The A-Fib issue held off. Took my time. Not a bad climb .... about 1500' up ledge to the top of a mesa. Rocky but not too bad. Bull and his cows were still there. Cows bedded for the most part. Thought two had busted us. Bull working his herd. We saw 2 younger 6X6's nearby. May have helped distract the herd bull, but never saw them near the cows. Were able to use the cedars, terrain and a 15-20 mph NW wind to slip to within about 300 yards from where he was last spotted. Ran out of cover so waited behind the last cedar. After about 20 minutes, spotted antler tips rising up out of the draw. Took my shot when he came to within about 250 ---- amen for shooting stick! He bolted and disappeared, but made it only about 75 yards ..... 300 Win. Mag. , 180 gr. Partition .... double lung pass through. Paused to thank him for his life and then got to work. This will be my last run. At 69, think I done good. I am blessed beyond deserving. Great guide ... and a good time. I'll miss it.
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Old 01-29-2018, 03:04 PM
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Congrats to you and those whom helped and enjoyed it with you. Way to end on a species. An enjoyable read.
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Old 01-29-2018, 04:07 PM
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Congrats on the elk. Now.....enjoy every minute from here on out.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:25 AM
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Mojotex you have a PM.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:43 PM
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Congrats on the bull! Any pictures of him?

I hope to be still hunting at that age.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:55 PM
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Congrats, but a picture would be nice so we can all ooou and awe.
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:37 PM
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Congrats on a great bull. Elk hunting is certainly a physical hardship which is difficult for us seniors. My hat is off to you. Great job.
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Old 02-03-2018, 03:08 PM
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good job - i enjoyed reading that -- made me jealous because i don't think that'll ever happen for me .. we have other thrills though
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Old 02-20-2018, 01:26 PM
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Don't end it there ole boy, unless you want to!

You don't need a high country hunt.

My Dad just took a 800+ lb cow moosey last year at 75 years and trust me, he's had his health struggles as well. Get a good friend (a little or lot younger 'your choice' that has a passion) and look for a "low country hunt" and you can continue! They may not be what you remember as a youngster but hang in there!

If you are "done", great job my friend!


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Old 02-26-2018, 08:42 AM
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Job well done!

But I, too, agree you should get someone to help you post pictures!
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