After 25 days of hunting up there I feel like the cow in PTROOFERS avitar.
So I shot one on Friday. I glassed him up from a bit over 2 1/2 miles away. I was thinking he was a 340s bull when I saw him which for the last friday was good enough. There was tracking snow, so I went to where I last saw him and cut his tracks. I snuck into about 200 yards of this bull bedded in heavy burned over timber but could only see the tip of his nose and this 5th and 6th points. I tried getting a better angle but his buddy saw me and they blew out. I ended up catching up with them again 2 miles later as they went up the far side of a creek bottom. These 2 bulls along with 6 others they had picked up, were angleing up the slop thru burned and green timber. The range finder said 435 so I set my scope and got set up. 3 of the bulls were decent but one had longer tines so I focused on him. When he stopped in an opening I squeezed one off. I heard the bullet hit and he turned and ran about 30 yards down hill piled up and slide another 30-40 yards down the steep bank. When I walked up to him I saw he had a broken off brow tine, short main beams but had long tines and decent mass. The GPS said I was 4.82 miles from my truck. This ment that I had to be very close to the west rd. Turned out I was less than 1/10 from a rd so the pack out was a breeze.
Main beams 43"
g1s 13 x 2
g2s 20 x 17 3/4
g3s 15 x15
g4s 20 x 17.5
g5s 15 x 15.5
and a 3" 6th on one side
rough gross 334
I hunted 25 days and logged many, many foot miles, glassed hundreds of miles of terrian and looked over close to 300 bull elk (yes some were the SAME elk viewed multiple times) saw 30+ 330 bulls, and almost shot at a 355-360ish bull. At this point all I can say is Im glad its over cause Im sick of elk hunting.
In that time I saw 2 4x4 or better bucks alive. This trip I saw a bruiser of a buck with some trash from a couple miles away. Looked to be 27"ish wide with big forks and some junk on one side. Wish he'd been closer. That deer herd needs help bad. Its in real sorry shape.
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing