I am just returning from a trip to Alaska to hunt ptarmigan and fish. The hunting was very good though the weather could have been a little drier. It drizzled most of the time I was there, I think there was only two days I didn't get wet. Daily limit is 15 birds and with 4 guys and 6 days for bird hunting, the dogs got plenty of action. I fished only 2 days, one for Dolly Varden which was a first for me and one day for halibut which was OK but not great. I spent two days mostly carrying a rifle to ward off bears for the salmon fishermen but no good stories. The bears were very polite and none came within 150 yards, at least to our knowledge. I caught a couple of kings in the fishing I did get in but nothing to brag about.
Well I got home from Wyoming two days ago and I had one of the greatest times that I've ever had. Opening morning of my antelope hunt started of great with alot of bucks around but none of them were shooters. By 8am we had seen literally hundreds of antelope but they were very skittish, as we were so far out in the desert that they rarely see people. I glassed two bucks in the high 16 to 17 inch range but couldn't get any closer than 700 to 800 yards and there is no way in hell I would try and shoot that far. Finally I spotted a decent buck that was within range. Just when I got my scope on him, he started running and I was just about to shoot him before he got up to speed but for some reason or another he stopped, so I shot. One shot behind his shoulder and it was over. He was about 310 yards out, standing broadside and there was no wind at the time, so it wasn't all that difficult of a shot. Both sides measured about 15 inches and 6 1/2 at the base with nice prongs, not all that tall but pretty good mass. He wasn't as big as a few I had seen but I was pretty happy with him, especially for him being my first pronghorn. The old .270 didn't let me down. Also I was shooting the Nosler Accubond bullets and couldn't be happier with them. Even though I wasn't able to recover the bullet because in went all the way through, it was obvious it expanded nicely and did its job.
I also found time to catch a few mackinaw and some walleye. It really was a great hunt and a great trip. I got to hunt and fish in some of the most beatiful country that I have ever seen, with some of the nicest folks that I have ever met. Isn't that what it's all about anyway.
I'm green! :? That was a great hunt, and I wish I had done it, and you had done a better one! :wink:
A nice 15" "goat" is a wonderful trophy. :!: and good mass to boot... 8) 8) 8)
There are only a few of us who can take a 300+ yard shot (he said humbly :lol: ) with the right results. Many people don't realize that a 300+ yard in the field and under hunting conditions shot is not a "cupcake" shot. Good going...!
gwp4ever,will you keep us up to date on the accubond bullet?I remmember you being impressed with it,did you buy box ammo or is the accubond bullet out for reloaders?When you take a deer this year I hope to hear about a recovered bullet,and how well did it mushroom.Keep us up to date.Drop-Shot
I got my meat deer today with my bow. A perfect heart and lung shot....I was up in my stand at daylight, didn't see a thing until 9:45 thats when 5 deer came out about thirty yards in from of me.four of them meandered to my right with too mant branches in the way for a shot. Then the fifth one desided to turn and come toward me about 20 yards away. Just before it got out good in the open for a clear shot my stand made a pop and it stoped right there. Starting to look to find out whjat made3 the noiseit loked staight up at me but I kept my cool( barely) and it couldn't figure me out.The other deer started walking away and then when it turned its head thats all it took.
Thats the truth DP.I,m ready for a big old bruiser to come by my stand. I really want it to go by my sons stand even more. This is his first year to bow hunt with me and I really want him to take his first deer . He had two opertunities last year (and one of those was a nice 8 pointer) but he couldnt stop shaking long enough to get a shot . I think this is going to be his year...
Thats true DP , I want him to learn about what it means to be outdoors and hunting. Learning things that will go with him for a lifetime . Getting him away from the T.V. and computer. Finding out what life is really about..
I've just filled my Montana antelope and deer tags, nothing overly exciting took place. My antelope was a bit over 15.5" but kinda skinny to me. I shot it at about 120-130 yards while it traveled through a natural funnel between two hills. I used a Savage M-10 in 7mm/08 with 140 gr factory Core-Loktswhich did just fine. This is a very consistant spot to take an antelope, they travel back and forth through it nearly every day. Today, a muley doe filled my deer tag, the rancher feels there are too many deer and asked us to shoot them instead of bucks. Meat is meat to me though bucks have more and decent antlers are great for bragging. I hoped to use my Striker but did not feel up to it as I've been fighting a bug the past few days.Tommorrow I'll rest and then chase birds for the rest of the trip. I think I'll even get a chance at some sage grouse this year, I think the season closes on November 1. This would be a first for me as I haven't been able to hunt them in the past. If not, there are decent numbers of pheasants, sharptails, and Huns around here which the dogs are just as happy chasing. Next weekend is the Minnesota firearms deer season, then Wisconsin's a couple weeks later, then back to pheasants in MN and Nebraska.
Great hunt uglydog I wish I could have been there.Sorry you caught a bug,there alot of things going around this time of year,but I wish you the best on bird hunting and take care of yourself pal.Oh on the part about doe's,I put in for elk cow tags as I can never get them horns to tender enough no matter how long I cook them.Let me know how the rest of the season goes.Drop-Shot
The Sage grouse were safe from me, it took most of a day for me to find any and then they were too wild to let me walk up to them. The dogs did get a couple of points from nearly 50 yards out so that wasn'[t a bust. Back in MN for the firearms opener, I passed on a short tined 8 point buck in hopes of running across a couple of bigger ones that are in the area. One of those was shot by a neighbor, a wide but thin beamed 14 pointer. I shot a doe to fill an antlerless tag before heading home to watch the fort for a couple of days while the wife went out of town for business and fun. I shot another doe out back of the house to fill out another antlerless tag. I took this one with my 7mm/08 Striker. The hit was a little far back but it did damage the spine and hit a lung. The shot was about 45 yards and I used a factory Winchester 140 gr Power Point load. The deer never moved after the hit except to tip over and fall down. When the wife came home, I went back to the huntin' shack and got serious about buck hunting. The weather cooled down a little causing the bucks to renew some of their scrapes and some signs of sparring were found. I set up to rattle and had immediate results. A 6 pt crashed in during the first set but took off just as fast. Nothing turned up in the nest half hour so moved to a different spot. A doe and two fawns walked by but nothing else. The wind started to howl so I called it a day. The next morning I set up to watch a feeding area of browse, (mainly dogwoods, hazel, and maple saplings) and there was my chance. A decent 8 pt (not the earlier one) walked out and I took him. 193# field dressed is a respectable deer in these parts and he should get us through a good part of the year. I also took this deer with a new (to me) gun, an O/U Valmet rifle in 7x57 rimmed. Ammo was a pain to get, I had an acquaintaince in Sweden send me some as I couldn't find any here in the States. I think they are 152 gr soft points made by Norma. I had to use open sights as I did not have the claw mounts needed to mount a scope to this gun. That will change by next year as well as having more ammo available than the 2 boxes I recieved. The Wisconsin season starts this weekend and I can't believe I am not looking forward to it. Maybe I'm getting old and hunted out, I know I'm not as aggressive as I have been in the past. I'll still go as it is a tradition but I still have two antlerless tags to use during the MN blackpowder season if I wish as well as the stack of WI tags they give out. I'm glad there are others in our group who will take whatever venison I get, I think we are nearly full up with what we will use over the next year though another yearling would make up plenty of breakfast and Italian sausage...