Day six score. Been seein legal bulls about every day since opening but two time's them blasted bison ran interferance. The farmer that lets me hunt his property asks only one thing that I dont run the bison cuz they tear up too much crop. When they arent spooked they walk single file but when spooked they cut a wide swath.
Twice this week while stalking a bull the bison came out of the timber and eather chased away my moose or just blocked my path so I couldnt procede.
Today I was set up for ambush by 5:30. The northern lights were doin a snake dance over head while I waited in the cold for sun up. By 6:30 I couldnt stand still no more for the cold so slipped into the timber to kindle a small warming fire. So got my toes warmed up and about every ten minutes I poke the 10 x Sworofskies out for a look see.
First a cow and calf, DRATS!! Bout 7:30 I peeks out and there is two small bulls slippin through the head high (my head) willows makin for the timber line. OK here we go!!! First bull much larger than the second but dang he has a third point on the on side. Ok ok swing to the second smaller bull he should be a spike or fork right, NOT! He has forks but also a brow tine on each side, not good! Swing back to first bull nearing timber, come on come on turn you head, a little more little more BINGO a fork on the off side with no other points.
At about a hunerd now and slippin through the willows at a brisk clip. Grab a sappling to steady up the new Marlin XLR 45/70 , a wee bit of lead and kaboom, SMACK and he just piles up right now. That 325 gn RCBS starting at 2150 fps cought him right at the base of the neck and angled through then exited bout center of the off sholder. That little acww boolit mashed up alota bone and penitrated alota moose. I havnt done a post mortem, too tired. He is bagged and home though and I am bushed!
Three new things tried this year, the new Marlin XLR, the lighter RCBS boolit, and that little 4x compact loopy on a lever gun and I like tham all.