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Elk 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 10:26:26 PM »
OK, so I said that last year would be my last Elk hunt and that I would never hunt Elk again.  My plan at the time was to accompany Marty on his hunt this year.  Well, he did not draw which leaves us with two options.  (1) Not going, or (2) Buying a 2nd season Over the Counter (OTC) Elk tag.  We enjoy our time together so much that option 1 just does not seem to compute.

Remembering back to 1993, when he was 25 years old and I was 50 we experienced a miserably cold snowed out hunt.  At that time we promised to hunt together again when he was 50 and I was 75.  We never realized then that we would make this many hunts together during these past 25 years.  So now it is 25 years later and with option 2 above being our only option, we are going to take it.

We have 4 months to zero in on an OTC hunting unit and to get ready.  fudd-smiley
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 10:53:13 PM »
 Working together and the time hunting together is precious, go for it. We need to do this now when we can. One never knows what is ahead of us. fudd-smiley
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2018, 08:52:14 AM »
   I guess that means getting the bike out and pedaling all over N. Mississippi again for the next few months. Good luck and I hope you two have a great time (and maybe even shoot an elk or two). ;D
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2018, 07:04:21 PM »
I will have the only license, but killing a bull is not the object of the trip.  Spending a couple of weeks together will be our reward.  thumbs-up

Yup, dusting off the bicycle and airing the tires up.  bike_rider   Move over 'cause I am coming through.  
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2018, 07:55:44 AM »
Best of luck to you both but I agree the time spent together is priceless.
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 03:19:03 PM »
The old saying we use around here is Old Loggers Never Retire They Just Die that goes for elk hunters also. Have a great time and plan for next year !
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2018, 06:17:19 PM »
One year , hopefully many years from now you'll have to say I can't do it. So in the meantime go. Have a great hunt. 
Someday I would like to take my wife elk hunting. 

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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 08:54:09 PM »
There's a group of guys here that go to CO every year elk hunting. For at least a couple of them, actually shooting an elk would really spoil the trip. :D 
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2018, 10:09:14 PM »
Marty and I have been steadily getting our legs ready.  On the cooler days I can ride the bicycle for 14 miles but hot ones like today I only made 8 miles.  I waited until it cooled off a bit but then dark caught me.

I just finished reading about last years Elk Hunt and that is reason enough to go back: Colorado Elk 2017

We only have ~one month before we leave.  
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2018, 08:31:00 PM »
I got the Magic Bucks food plots laid by yesterday so today it was time to get the the rifles out and squeeze off a few shots.  I felt like the 30-06 would be OK and it was.  My Elk cartridge is factory Nosler 165gr Accubond but I have found that Federal 165gr Fusion rounds print almost exactly the same.  I shot two Federals at 100 yards hitting 3" high at 12:00, so I sent one down to my 250 yard target, (which is the furtherest that I can shoot on my property).  I checked it and it looked good so I then shot a Nosler at the 250 yard target.


 
Both of the holes are ~2" above the center of my target (which are obsolete stickers) with the Federal on the left and the Nosler on the right.  With 4 shots going exactly where I wanted/expected them to go I called the '06 good to go.

The backup .280 was a slightly different story because I had to send it back to Browning to repair damage done by a blown primer.  After reinstalling the scope, I bore sighted and the first shot was on the paper.  Four shots later it was printing 3" high at 100 yards and 2" high at 250 yards shooting Federal 150gr Nosler Partitions.

The tricky thing is that at about 175 yards both rifles will be ~4" high so I will have to be sure of my range.  Marty and I both will have range finders, but in the "heat of the moment" I have to remember.  I didn't last year and my second shot went over the bull's back but thankfully my first shot had done him in.  Zeroing high is necessary but I gotta remember.  ::)
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2018, 09:10:58 PM »
Those yardages get long quick out West, don't they, Magic? 
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2018, 09:54:26 PM »
Oh yes, especially when the furtherest that I can see on my property is less than 300 yards.  :o

The .280 will get re-zeroed and dropped down a bit before our deer season. 
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2018, 09:06:43 AM »
My season opens exactly two weeks from today.  I brought the ice chests home from the Cabin yesterday.  They contain/store all of the camping gear each year.  Next is unloading all of the sawmilling gear/tools from the truck and ready if for the truck camper.  The ATV and all of the gear goes into the enclosed trailer.

I have plenty of time but no time to waste.
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2018, 10:09:23 AM »
Good luck on the hunt my friend  fudd-smiley fudd-smiley fudd-smiley
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2018, 08:14:01 PM »
A few more steps have been taken. 


 
All of the sawmilling tools,  etc. have been removed from the truck.


 
And the camping gear is ready to be loaded into the cargo trailer which sounds like tomorrow's job.  Yes, those are snowshoes.  :o  The only time that we have ever needed them....we didn't have any.
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2018, 08:27:14 PM »
Did you pack your nail clippers? 
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2018, 08:37:42 PM »
Dan,

   That falls under the category "TMI"  :D

Lynn,

   Good luck to you and Marty. Be careful and have a great time.
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Re: Elk 2018
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2018, 08:44:02 PM »
Never can tell about the snowshoes--- its been snow'in up here in the rockies since last night and still come'in--- snow line is down to 9500'.

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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2018, 09:15:34 PM »
Snow line down to 9500'....thats 9100' feet above Delaware's highest point, can't wait for the snow to start here.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2018, 10:47:05 PM »
Magic, you must get some odd looks when folks see your snowshoes hanging up in the garage!😂
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