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#204637 - 12/29/19 06:33 PM late cow elk hunt
dave thomas
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we leave for a montana elk hunt on new years day with our hunt to start on Jan 3. the host said the elk are there and we should have a good chance to fill tags. he said that the elk seem spooky this year and we should be prepared to shoot to 300 yards. My 375 winchester contender is my primary gun with a ruger redhawk 4.25" 44 mag with a burris ff3 as my finisher. I dug out my magnum research ssp-91 .308 out of mothballs and checked the zero and it is ready to go if need be.
I have been shooting off of the bipod prone, my prefered long range shooting position and off of my tripod trigger sticks with a homemade pistol rest out to two hundred yards. i have been able to keep the groups to 3 inches or less at 200. My son Brad has a Scoped Ruger blackhawk 45 colt with 250 gr deep curls and a heavy load of h-110 in case of a close encounter but he is carrying a browning a bolt 300 wsm to reach out there if need be. My wife will have her rifle in 7-08 so there will be one to use if i absolutely have to make a long shot to fill the freezer.
i feel pretty confident that the handguns will come into play if the elk are in a stalkable location. I have my range finder for exact ranging and my drop charts indicate a near top of back hold at 300 with my current zero. anything that i am forgetting?

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#204639 - 12/29/19 07:09 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: dave thomas]
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Worry less about killing an elk and enjoy the hunt, if it happens it?ll happen if doesn?t, there are lots of really cool things that can make the trip a success and enjoyable without an elk on the ground.

Enjoy,.....Trapr
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#204643 - 12/29/19 08:19 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: Bigbrowndog]
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Sounds like the sighting in and load work are done. Little more practice ,warm clothes, sharp knives, game bags, and most of all a positive attitude. Yes we are going to kill elk, Yes we will have fun with friends and family. And if the hunting gods don't smile on you, you will still have a good time. GOOD LUCK< HUNT SAFE!
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#204646 - 12/29/19 09:17 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: junebug]
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Good luck and stay safe.

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#204652 - 12/29/19 09:45 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: RSW]
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Good luck and enjoy your hunt
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#204653 - 12/29/19 09:51 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: Franchise]
BIZZMO
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Drive safe too this time of year!

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#204656 - 12/29/19 10:14 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: BIZZMO]
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Enjoy.
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#204663 - 12/29/19 10:57 PM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: Zee]
RBO21
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Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

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#204665 - 12/30/19 04:26 AM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: RBO21]
REDHAWK1954
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Good luck.
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#204674 - 12/30/19 08:14 AM Re: late cow elk hunt [Re: REDHAWK1954]
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Have fun and post some pictures.

Sounds like a great way to start the new year.

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