A Successful Elk Hunt
I am sending a few pictures of a successful elk hunt to Montana during the winter of 1989. There were 5 hunters on this trip from Ohio. We camped about 8 miles outside of the NW corner of Yellowstone Park. We were guided by the outfitter Terry and two excellent guides Jim and Duke on this 7 day hunt. The outfitters wife served as the cook while we were in camp.
Two of us were lucky enough to take an Elk. The 5x6 bull was taken by Ken France in the woods with a 60 yard shot through dense trees. I shot a rag horn bull which was traveling through an open meadow at 260 yards. I am the hunter with the gray hair and beard. My horse on this trip proved to be quite entertaining. His name is Bubba and is a beautiful black horse with sure footing in the mountains and creek crossings.
On one day while traveling up the mountain trail Bubba figured the horse in front of us was not going fast enough so Bubba just up and bit him. We all got a kick out of that. We spent seven hard days hunting and I was lucky enough to get my elk the day before we were scheduled to pack out and head back down the mountain.
The outfitter and guides on this trip were excellent and I learned a lot from all of them. The outfitter Terry provided an excellent camp and a wonderful setting with a lot of elk sign. Jim was a guide from the state of Washington and I learned a lot about trailing and tracking from him. The youngest guide was Duke, a Sioux Indian, from South Dakota.
I was with another hunter being guided by Duke on the day before we were scheduled to pack out when we decided to split up and I was to take up a position at the end of the woods near a big meadow at the base of a mountain while Duke and the other hunter were following fresh Elk sign. They apparently spooked up the rag horn elk a couple of hours after I was in position. I could barely believe it when I first heard and then saw the elk trotting out the woods and across an open meadow. I fired two shots dropping the elk with the second shot from my Interarms Mark X international 30-06. I was using 180 grain Nosler partition bullets and they certainly did the trick.
I have been on 4 Elk hunts out west to Idaho, Colorado and Montana and this last hunt to Montana was my favorite. The scenery and country was beautiful and I will always treasure the memories.
Submitted by David Jones
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