Some of you know that we tried our hand at guiding this year. Here are a few pics from my last hunter, a 78 year old from PA with bad hips and a pacemaker. Super experienced, super nice guy. He didn't just talk the talk. He was willing to work and has taken a lot of elk. This was 2nd rifle season, October 7th through 12th. He was looking for a big bull.
Opening day we had him on a few shooters, but decided to hold off. One was a 5x6 and one was a 300-ish 5x. The 5x's up there have really good genes... great mass and amazing front ends.
Got on several nice bulls in the next few days, but mobility was an issue. His wife joined us on the hunts, and although they were 100% willing to work hard, they did their very best for me... but they just couldn't move very fast which kinda limited our ability to stalk. They did awesome though, I was impressed... no complaining.. did everything I asked. Great folks. Really hope I have their will and their ability when I'm their age.
On the second to last day we finally got him up close to a nice little herd. Archery-close. There were a few cows who had popped out of the brush, so we set up the sticks and waited for the rest of the herd.
As they worked out of the oak into the flats, a smaller bull came out. Smallish 5x. He was 10-12 yards in front of us. Told my hunter to lay off, not a shooter on this ranch. The wind was perfect so the 5x stuck around for at least 25 minutes. He saw us but wasn't alarmed. Stuck around long enough for the wife to get some good pics.
The herd bull (a 6x) was working through the brush off to the left. Maybe 15 yards. Started to get excited for my hunter... knew he was finally going to get a crack at a nice bull. Unfortunately when he came into full view, realized he had a broken right beam. Snapped below the royal. #3 was also broken at the base. Had to tell him to lay off. This guy had been fighting for the last 6 weeks but had still managed to hold on to his herd of about 23 cows. He looked haggard, but apparently there were a few cows still in estrous. He was still ready to whoop ass. He was chasing the 5x and another little spike around. He whooped that spike's ass and totally ran him out of the herd. Any time they got near those cows, he'd take after 'em. He'd have been a 320ish bull with all his ivory. Unfortunately we didn't get a shot that hunt... but the hunter had a great time.
Here's a few photos from that encounter. BTW my other 4 hunters were archery, and all four killed bigger bulls than anything I've ever taken, a fact which I love. Can't post those pics on a public forum because even though I took them, they are the property of my outfitter. If y'all ever want a fun hunt, it's well worth the money. Top notch. Everything is catered... great food... amazing facilities... great companionship with the guides and hunters... it is a blast. US Outfitters
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