First Elk!

  • Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068295

    Made the trip to central Wyoming last week on my first outfitted horseback elk hunt. It was an amazing experience with the bulls still bugling and fighting and the cows calling like crazy each day. The snow, rain and fog made conditions tough and we only had decent weather about a day and a half of the 5 day hunt, but we made good on the chances we got. Long shots were the norm, so using good tripods along with anything else available, whether it be rocks or backpacks, to stabilize your arms really helped. My buddy Mike let me shoot first and we got on a large herd on day 2 midday. They were bedded on the backside of a fairly steep hill with a couple bulls bedded where we could make a move. We got to about 400 yards when they got up and the whole group fed up over the rise right out in front of us. It took what seemed like forever before I had a clean shot without the risk of hitting a cow. Final distance was 360 yards. Hit him good on the first shot thankfully.

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    Bob Schultz
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    #2068300

    Day 3 started with rain turning to snow as we got higher. We didn’t make it to where we were going to set up glassing and we could hear them bugling and calling at the top of a pine filled ravine. We got off and snuck up through the trees. Bulls were fighting and carrying on and we got right to the edge of the pines where Mike took a really nice 6×6 at 130 yards.

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    CaptainMusky
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    #2068303

    COngrats! Some nice ones! I had a buddy out there last week too. I havent heard back from him yet to see how they did.

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068305

    Sean’s bull. This was day 2 also. This bull was in the same herd as mine and I actually tried to get on him but was never given a decent shot. The top on his left side is teal distinct. 370 yards.

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    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068311

    Eric held out until the last couple hours of the last day. 375 yards.

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    Bob Schultz
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    #2068316

    More pics of the country.

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    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068323

    We had one major accident on the trip. Not a member of my group. We had rain and fog on day one. The next morning a horse slipped going down a fairly steep grade. Fell over and landed on the hunter. Broken femur. Crushed pelvis. Internal bleeding. The guides and camp jack immediately got him as comfortable as possible and out to where a heli-flight could pick him up. A couple surgeries and he is on the mend with a long recovery ahead.

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068325

    And a shout out to Randy W. I picked up the rifle for this hunt last January. Tikka Veil Wideland in .300 WSM, topped with a Vortex Viper HS 4-16×44. He went through what he does with a new rifle and gave me some recommendations for loads. I’ve ran about 120 rounds through it now, which with today’s ammo and components market wasn’t easy to do. The gun really shoots and I’m sure would do even better for others.

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
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    #2068336

    Nice, that’s a helluva trip even with a guide! Did you need an extra trailer to bring all the meat home?!? rotflol Congrats again! And sorry to hear about the other hunter, that’s a nightmare.

    Nice Fella
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    #2068337

    Congratulations. Nice post.

    E4mo
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    #2068358

    Wow! Looks and sounds like an experience you’ll never forget. Congratulations!

    jime
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    #2068361

    Great post and photos !

    Thank You for sharing !
    tweed

    chuck100
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    Platteville,Wi.
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    #2068385

    Great bulls all of them,congrats.

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068393

    Thanks everyone! We got them processed at Pat’s in Mills. They did a really nice job. Cost was about $200 a piece. Vacuum sealed and froze. A little over 200# of boneless meat each. Some of the hides were dropped at a local taxidermist for tanning or we wouldn’t haven’t gotten everything in the coolers we had along. The guy that drove bought a huge rack that bolted to his topper. The racks were strapped to that for the ride home.

    Musky Ed
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    #2068398

    Great story, great hunt, and great photos. I’m from the Wausau area also, between Little Chicago and Athens.

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068399

    I’m the guy that bought your Lund Ed! I love it!

    abster71
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    crawford county WI
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    #2068400

    wow those are some great bulls the country looks awesome may I ask what outfitter you used would like to do another elk hunt in more open country. thanks enjoy those steaks!!!!!!!

    trophy19
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    Maple Grove, MN
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    #2068404

    Congrats!

    What area of WY were you hunting?

    Pete

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
    Posts: 744
    #2068411

    We were in Unit 48. South of Ten Sleep. Northwest of Casper. SNS outfitters. It took around 5 points to draw a bull tag.

    Tom Albrecht
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    Eau Claire
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    #2068469

    Awesome pictures congrats!

    mxskeeter
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    SW Wisconsin
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    #2068478

    Congrats on the great bulls! applause Sounds like a fantastic trip! Would like to see a picture of the truck with all the racks strapped to the roof. shock
    Sorry about the hunter. That is a tough break.

    jake47
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    WI
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    #2068617

    Looks like an awesome trip, Bob! Like mxskeeter, hoping to see a picture with all the hardware on top of the truck!

    Did you see many mule deer/pronghorn in this area? I just started buying preference points last season for deer/antelope and beginning the research for a unit to target for next season. Only have (1) point for elk so that trip is many years out.

    Bob Schultz
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    Wausau,Wi
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    #2068630

    As soon as he asked about a truck pic I was like oh crap! We never took one! Dang it! As far as deer, we saw quite a few muley does from camp and one buck while out hunting. According to the guides though, the deer herd is really down on both quality and quantity. Pronghorn were around and we saw some from camp and on the trip back to our vehicles. The guy at the check point where we parked was after a good buck they knew was in the area. Other than that, I didn’t hear much about them.

    Pat McSharry
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    Saint Michael, MN
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    #2068676

    Congratulations! Looked like an awesome trip!

    weedis
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    Sauk Rapids, MN
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    #2071690

    Thats awesome Bob! Congrates.

    pass0047
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    Pool4
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    #2071716

    Great story and pictures. Congrats on a great hunt.

    Frog farm
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    #2071717

    CONGRATULATIONS.

    Caleb P Bradley
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    #2072658

    niceeee – got my 1st WY Elk about the same time as you!

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    Nice Fella
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    #2072660

    Nice job Caleb, congratulations as well.

    mxskeeter
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    SW Wisconsin
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    #2072736

    Congrats Caleb that is a great bull! waytogo waytogo

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