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idahoron 10-10-2020 09:12 PM

My 2020 elk hunt
 
I drew my first ML bull tag this year. I'm just not the lucky kind I guess it took about 20 years to get it.

Well I went on opening day Oct 1st. I fell and I was sure that I was not going to be finishing the season again all the luck of a run over snake.

But my son Jacob got me out today.



We went to a place I have seen a lot of elk but it is wide open and not much cover. We didn't see anything until 2:00 pm. We drove around a corner and there were two bulls on the side of the hill. They took off running and went into a creek. One bull the biggest one took off across the desert the other stayed in the trees. I got out and followed him into the trees. I found him, but didn't get a shot. Jacob went down the creek and saw him again, and we lost him. We decided that Jacob was going to try to push him out of the trees. We were wondering why this bull didn't follow the other one.

Well Jacob saw him and waved me to go around in front of him. I got to the BLM fence and started to make my way to the bull. Then he came out in the open. He wasn't limping but he wasn't running either.

I decided that something was wrong with him and decided to take him anyway.

This picture he is in the center, Right before I shot.







I took a range on him, it was 248 yards. This was a lot farther than I normally shoot at game with the first shot but knowing that something wasn't right I decided to go for it. I set the sight and held for a high shoulder shot.

At the shot the bull folded right there.

Jacob was watching and he said he saw the bulls legs pull up and down he went. Then he heard the shot.







We went to work getting him quartered to pack. I did the cutting and Jacob did the hauling.







The only load I carried was the head. He is a great young man.







We found the bullet. It had broken the shoulder and took out the spine. Jacob found it as he picked up the shoulder and it landed on his boot.











The bullet lost only 4 grains. I was impressed with that.

Rifle-- TC Hot Rod Renegade 50

bullet-- 458 gr paper patched lee 500 S&W bullet I make my self sized for my gun

Powder-- 80 gr of Pyrodex P with an over powder wad.



The bull had scratches on the inside of his hind legs. It appeared he had been in a fight with a lion at some point. All the meat was good and everything was fine.

CalHunter 10-10-2020 10:13 PM

Congrats Ron! That's a good looking bull.

idahoron 10-10-2020 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by CalHunter (Post 4382070)
Congrats Ron! That's a good looking bull.


Thanks!! It was a bunch of fun with my son there.

CalHunter 10-10-2020 10:36 PM

I can imagine. It looks like you were in Southern Idaho for the hunt.

idahoron 10-11-2020 06:42 AM


Originally Posted by CalHunter (Post 4382073)
I can imagine. It looks like you were in Southern Idaho for the hunt.

Yes we were

SportsmanNH 10-11-2020 06:54 AM

Congrats on a very nice bull ! A great hunt for you and your son !

I am surprised that you were only using 80 gr of pyrodex powder pushing a 458 grain projectile.
I always used 90 gr of pyrodex by volume shooting a 350 gr TC maxihunter bullet out of my TC White Mountain Carbine.

I have a TC Hawken that I use 90gr of pyrodex and a 375 gr TC maxiball and almost switched to 100 gr of powder thinking 90gr is not enough.
I guess I would be wrong looking at your bullet performance with 80gr of pyrodex pushing an even heavier 458 gr bullet out to 250 yards.
My shots would all be less than 100 yards . You made one helluva shot ! Congrats !

Gm54-120 10-11-2020 07:04 AM

Pretty sure his Renny and Hawkens are fast twist barrels. Not the standard 1-48s.

mrbb 10-11-2020 07:21 AM

congrats to you on a fine bull and a great shot
and sounds like you helped save a elk of maybe a slower passing too,

arcticap 10-11-2020 07:39 AM

Congratulation, it was a phenomenal shot!

rdpettit 10-11-2020 02:52 PM

Old School baby!

bronko22000 10-11-2020 04:43 PM

Nice bull Ron. Glad to see you are doing well. Congratulations

idahoron 10-11-2020 05:58 PM

Thanks everyone. It was great to have luck on my side for a change.

idahoron 10-11-2020 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by bronko22000 (Post 4382120)
Nice bull Ron. Glad to see you are doing well. Congratulations

Yes we are doing well. I work way too much but I do get out and shoot my rifles a bit.

JW 10-12-2020 07:33 AM

Congratulations. A great hunt with your son is priceless!
tou6created memories to last a lifetime for both of you!
JW

idahoron 10-17-2020 02:55 PM

My son Jacob is an awesome young man. I know all Dads are supposed to say that but mine really is.
He told me the other day that when he was watching the bull and all of a sudden his legs pulled up and he dumped on the ground. Then a few seconds later the rifle went boom. He said he knew that was a hell of a long shot.

sabotloader 10-20-2020 10:32 AM

Dang! what a great looking animal! Congrats to you and him!

idahoron 10-21-2020 05:40 AM


Originally Posted by sabotloader (Post 4382524)
Dang! what a great looking animal! Congrats to you and him!

Thanks, it has been a log time coming for me to get a tag. My bullets performed perfectly.

hubby11 10-21-2020 12:36 PM

Fantastic!! That is some bullet.

gregrn43 10-23-2020 12:45 AM

very nice congrats

stripercrazy 10-24-2020 10:33 AM

Wow
 
Congrats nice shot

idahoron 10-27-2020 02:35 PM

Thanks guys. It seems that my luck didn't hold out. I have been grounded from hunting for a while. I tested positive for Covid 19. am lucky that I so far have had mild symptom's.

Bocajnala 10-27-2020 08:06 PM


Originally Posted by idahoron (Post 4382890)
Thanks guys. It seems that my luck didn't hold out. I have been grounded from hunting for a while. I tested positive for Covid 19. am lucky that I so far have had mild symptom's.

Ron, sorry to hear that. I hope "mild" is as bad as it gets for you.

If you're comfortable doing so-keep us in the loop on how it goes and how you're feeling. I've known several people who have tested positive. All but one had mild symptoms. One guy had a rough go of it for about two weeks but is doing good now.

Get better!

-Jake

Outdoorlife2005 10-30-2020 03:22 PM

Congrats on the elk!
im hoping to go on an elk hunt in the next few years!

idahoron 11-01-2020 08:12 AM


Originally Posted by Bocajnala (Post 4382911)

If you're comfortable doing so-keep us in the loop on how it goes and how you're feeling. I've known several people who have tested positive. All but one had mild symptoms. One guy had a rough go of it for about two weeks but is doing good now.

Get better!

-Jake

Thanks for the well wishes guys. I am having a very mild case of it I think. A slight headache and a sore throat. I'm going to be going back to work on Tuesday. I am really enjoying my time off, I need to think about retiring again.


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