LAST EDITED ON Dec-04-15 AT 08:25 PM (MST)
I was talking to a NR buddy a few years back.He told me he had been killing some good bucks in this unit and showed me some pictures.
I checked the draw statistics and found we had a good chance of drawing this hunt on a 3rd choice.So for the last 2 years Ive been putting my nephew in for this hunt as a 3rd choice and hes drawn it.
One of the problems my buddy was having.Is when he spotted a buck
Was getting close.Alot of elk make it difficult without spooking them.In my head I was like yeah right.But as I saw in 2014 hundreds of elk.
Last year was my first time in the unit.We arrived the day before the hunt and drove to the spot he had told me.I asked my nephews if they wanted to go on a hike.Both said sure.By this time we had already glassed 50 cow elk.
As I got to the top of a ridge I spotted more elk in a canyon
I set up the spotting scope and started to glass them.I saw horns and thought it was a rag bull with them but as I zoomed in I was amazed at what I was looking at.I told my nephews theres a big ole buck by those cows.We all took turns fighting for the spotter
We chased him a few days but never got to see him again
At least I know theres big bucks on this mountain.We passed on lesser bucks but ended up eating the tag
I only had 1 day to hunt.We showed up the day before the season and the elk were out.I think I got a new shed spot.In 2014 I also glassed up a nice 6x6 set.
There were 15 bulls in this group
A storm was moving in and the wind picked up gusts of 40 mph on opening day.I wasn't expecting to see anything.We arrived opening morning and started our hike at dark.I was glassing some elk,And decided to go glass a point.I left Jacob taking cover under a tree.As I got to the point I glassed a buck at 550 yrds on a hillside he was to far to see what he had for headgear.I went back and got Jacob.I went to another point that would get us closer.
As I was glassing for him I couldn't find him.Then caught a glimpse of him for a second as he went behind a tree.He was about 200 yrds out.I glassed for 15 minutes more never seeing him.I actually thought he had bedded behind those trees.When I finally saw him he had made it 90 more yards undetected and actually looked better than I first thought.
This is where things went down hill.I got Jacob set up on the gun and told him where he was.He said he found him.I thought I was turning the power up on the scope but tuned it down.Mistake1.
I ranged the buck and thought the reading was 253.I told Jacob
hold high shoulder.At the shot the buck lifted his head and began eating again.I ranged him again and what I thought was 253
was 283.I told Jacob to use his first holdover point.
At the shot he hit a foot left and the buck knew he was getting shot at and was gone.I guess the wind pushed the bullet that much.This was actually the same ridge we saw the buck in 2014 and could of been the same buck.
We walked to the spot where the buck ran just to verify what my eyes saw.Tracked him in the snow no blood nothing.We saw a smaller buck that evening.Soon I will have this unit figured out.
The canyon Jacob shot across