Left on the 12th and took plenty of time getting there. That was a good thing. Planed on making it to a friends cabin in the Uintah Mountains. Did not make it there due to snow and ice on the roads. They shut the roads down as we were coming in to Evanston Wyoming. So we stayed the night there. Got up the next morning and took it slow up to the cabin. Had to chain up when we got stuck, to make it there. Here is a picture of the truck at the Cabin.
We planned on doing some shooting and fishing at the Cabin but the weather was too bad. So we just hung out and shot the bull. Left the next morning about 9 to let the roads thaw out some and made our way to Colorado. Showed up at the ranch we were hunting and spent the night. We went shooting at the Police Department shooting range the next day with our guides. I shot 4 times and one of the guides said, I got this guy for my Blind. He can shoot. The rifle range looked like this.
I shot one time at 100 yards and dialed down 1 1/2 moa. then shot 1 at 200, 1at 300, and 1 at 400. My rifle shot high the first shot due to elevation change. I was good and happy with the way it was shooting after dialing down after the first shot.I do not have all the pictures yet and may post some later. Here is some pictures that will tell this part of the story.
Lower Camp Sleeping Quarters.
Lower Camp Eating Cabin.
Upper Camp Sleeping Quarters.
Upper Camp Showers and Bathroom
Here is a picture of the horses we road to the upper country every morning.So we woke up at 3:30 am and made coffee and ate roll's and saddled horses opening morning. Rode about 2 mile's up and tied the horses up in a real brushy draw. We walked from there to our hunting Blinds that were on different ridges. Jack took the closest one, that was only about 700 yards from were we tied the horses up. We thought that giving him the closest blind was the right thing to do. At 80 years old it is hard to walk to much more for him. We walked way around his blind to avoid getting our sent around his blind. I could see enough walking in to know that Jack was going to do good that morning. there was elk track's every where. Jack took a 5 point bull opening morning. I knew he would there was too much elk sign for him not too.
Jacks elk.I seen about 130 elk opening morning and 5 legal bulls. They were all between 600 and 1500 yards. I chose to leave my big rifle at home and did not take it on this trip. It is shooting like a shotgun right now. 8" group at 100 yards??? So I left it at home. I ended up taking my old 270 that I use to deer hunt in CA. I would rather have a smaller rifle that shoots straight than a big one that will not hit the broad side of a barn. My 270 is a shooter, but I told my guide I did not want to shoot an elk with it past 400 yards and he asked me why and I told him I done that before and it does not work well. My 270 has about 1250 ft lbs. of energy left at 400 yards and you need 1000 to kill and elk cleanly so set my max at 400. The next morning same thing. Up at 3:30 to eat and then on the horses and up the mountain to my blind. Started seeing elk as soon as it got light. The wind was wrong this morning for the area my blind was set up in and I discussed this with the guide and told him I wanted to walk to the next ridge over and set up there. He agreed that it was time to move about 45 minutes after it got light. So we busted out of the blind and made our way down the ridge we were on and up the next one. About 20 minutes after we got on top 2 cows a legal bull a spike and 2 more cows busted over the top at a full run above and behind us. We ran up the ridge to a clearing and I made a off hand shot at 120 yards on the bull. It was a perfect shot. The bull humped up and went about more 5 steps and fell over hard. Landed in some brush with his feet in the air. I knew the fun part of my trip was over. Here is a couple pictures of my little 5 point.
I have two more friends that got elk also. I took most of the pictures with Rick's new camera and am trying to get him to e-mail them to me. He is computer stupid. Here is a cell phone picture of Ricks bull.