To make an extremely long story (that you had to be there to enjoy) short,Ö. Iím just going to say New Mexico was a blast and the hunting was a whole lot better than the killing.
I did find this high knoll while down there that overlooked a lot of country. I set this knoll several times. It was a perfect place to sit and all the fingers you could glass came together at the bottom of the hill that I was sitting. Anyhow, I rested my hands kind of in this bush and fumbled upon a way old 30-06 case. After investigation I learned the shell was in the location as a shell would be from my rifle if I just shot a buck and chambered another round. I thought this was pretty cool so I packed it out and loaded it with some elk rounds. I call it my black sheep cartridge.
So moving on to a late season Colorado Unit 10 cow hunt. This has been a great hunt seeing lots of big rutting bucks and lots of bachelor group of bulls
The cows were a little harder to find but I had my wife who also has a tag and our one year old little girl. We couldnít get out of the truck because of our little bit. Since our freezer is running on empty again I made the call to leave them home so I could get down to business and what a perfect morning I picked.
We had a brand new fresh skiff of snow. Just enough to cover all the old tracks. I cut some smoking hot fresh tracks crossing the road so Gauge and I set out after them.
I was way pleasantly surprised to find the elk not 100 yards from the road! Easy hunts like this donít happen for me usually. The elk were 80 to 90 yards from me and the lead cow was feeding. I settled the crosshairs on her shoulder and sent the 165 gr. Hornady SP. Text book double lung and only a couple hundred yards from the road. I was using my sporterized Springfield 03A3.
Now hereís a little bit of extra cool in my opinion. The first shell in the tube was my black sheep round from the New Mexico hunt and the one and only it took to kill my cow.
This year I also used a game cart for the first time and I donít know how I went so long without one. I took the elk out in one load. All four quarters, backstraps, tenderloins and fleshed rib meat. I should have made two trips as this load was every bit of a couple hundred pounds. Sure beats packing them out on your back though.
All in all it was a great year. Our freezer still has a lot of room in it and my wife still has an elk tag. Maybe she will get lucky but Iím not counting on it.
Thanks for joining Gauge and I on our 2011 adventures!
Until next year,