So here is Part 2 of my first article on my November, 2019 elk hunting trip in Colorado. The trip was an exciting trip with its up and downs. The weather was in the high 50’s and the elk were not moving and we were not seeing much at all. We covered a lot of ground on foot and in vehicle. If I am being honest I didn’t believe we were going to see anything this year and was prepared to eat my tag. Then it happened. It was Thursday evening and there wasn’t much shooting light left. I knew we were headed back home Saturday morning and was glassing every opportunity I could and I spotted an elk about a mile from our location. It wasn’t a large elk but it was huntable and elk tags do not taste good.
We jumped in the truck and were on the move. The snow had melted and the roads were wet, slick and muddy. There were a couple times that I thought we weren’t going to make it because I thought we were going to end up upside down in a ditch. I kept telling myself something that I had learned as a police officer and that was, “ARRIVE ALIVE”! Well it must have worked because we made it to the drop point. Now I was on foot and began my journey. I got to the point where I could see the elk at a distance of 250 yards. It was a small “spike” but I had an either sex tag so it was a go. I dropped down into a prone position, put the Leupold Wind-Plex cross hairs behind the shoulder, pressed the trigger and made a perfect lung shot. The Hornady 200 grain ELD-X load had no problem punching through the rib bones and expanding nicely. Couldn’t have been more text book at this point. I know I wanted a wall hanger but I was happy to get my elk and bring home some groceries.
More good news is that there were 6 elk hunters on this trip and we all tagged out. The other 5 waited until Saturday morning to get their cow elk but they got it done none the less. We also had the chance to use some great gear on this trip including guns by Ruger, Optics by Leupold, ammo by Hornady, knives by Spyderco and cold weather gear by Seirus.
So there you have it. If you are looking for a good set-up I recommend you get yourself a Ruger American 300 Win Mag, top it with a Leupold VX-5 and feed it some Hornady ammo. You won’t be disappointed. Take care and God Bless.