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Thread: 2020 I got my bull

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    2020 I got my bull

    I drew my first ML bull tag this year. I'm just not the lucky kind I guess it took about 20 years to get it.

    Well I went on opening day Oct 1st. I fell and I was sure that I was not going to be finishing the season again all the luck of a run over snake.

    But my son Jacob got me out today.



    We went to a place I have seen a lot of elk but it is wide open and not much cover. We didn't see anything until 2:00 pm. We drove around a corner and there were two bulls on the side of the hill. They took off running and went into a creek. One bull the biggest one took off across the desert the other stayed in the trees. I got out and followed him into the trees. I found him, but didn't get a shot. Jacob went down the creek and saw him again, and we lost him. We decided that Jacob was going to try to push him out of the trees. We were wondering why this bull didn't follow the other one.

    Well Jacob saw him and waved me to go around in front of him. I got to the BLM fence and started to make my way to the bull. Then he came out in the open. He wasn't limping but he wasn't running either.

    I decided that something was wrong with him and decided to take him anyway.

    This picture he is in the center, Right before I shot.







    I took a range on him, it was 248 yards. This was a lot farther than I normally shoot at game with the first shot but knowing that something wasn't right I decided to go for it. I set the sight and held for a high shoulder shot.

    At the shot the bull folded right there.

    Jacob was watching and he said he saw the bulls legs pull up and down he went. Then he heard the shot.







    We went to work getting him quartered to pack. I did the cutting and Jacob did the hauling.







    The only load I carried was the head. He is a great young man.







    We found the bullet. It had broken the shoulder and took out the spine. Jacob found it as he picked up the shoulder and it landed on his boot.











    The bullet lost only 4 grains. I was impressed with that.

    Rifle-- TC Hot Rod Renegade 50

    bullet-- 458 gr paper patched lee 500 S&W bullet I make my self sized for my gun

    Powder-- 80 gr of Pyrodex P with an over powder wad.



    The bull had scratches on the inside of his hind legs. It appeared he had been in a fight with a lion at some point. All the meat was good and everything was fine.

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    Nice shooting Ron.
    Don't know if I could see sights that well when I was young.

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    Way to go Ron you did good!
    Hell, I was there!

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    Man that is good shooting!

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    Nice shooting!

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    Hey!! Huge congratulations man! What a great father son hunt. You guys have been preparing for that shot for decades and man I'm just so happy for you. Congratulations

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    Congratulations!!
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    Prefect end to a perfect day /Ed

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    WOW! now that is bragging rites! you have given us a TUTTORIAL on it!! and I for one am impressed!! thank you for sharing it with us. PS. let us know what it tasted like chicken or rabbit? lol!!

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    Nice Bull! Congats!
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    Those glasses of yours have built in binoculars? I could barely see a dark spot and here you are aiming for a high shoulder shot. Congrats on a great shot and being out with your son.

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    Well done, well done indeed! A fair chase elk with a muzzleloader is a wonderful accomplishment. You will remember that moment the rest of your life. Time to start looking at other states for muzzleloader tags?
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    Congratulations! Sounds like a father/son lifetime memory. Thanks for the story and the pics!

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    Well done!
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    Much congratulations on the Bull and you can double that on the job you did raising the son . You done Good !
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    Awesome! It’s on my bucket list. Have only been Elk hunting once. It was during muzzle loader season. I had a bull tag and saw 26 cows and zero horns.

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    Congrats, Ron. At this point in my life I doubt I could see irons well enough to take a shot like that even with glasses. That boolit worked spectacular. What alloy is it? You dialed it just right to lose only 4 grains
    "Damnation seize my soul if I take any quarter from you or give you any"

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    great shooting!!!!!!!!
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    That's a great bull, Congrats!
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    Wonderful all around! Elk meat is so good. And you Earned it, sir.

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