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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14283714 11/15/19
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Awesome!!


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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14284114 11/15/19
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Congrats Heck of a first bull!

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14286754 11/17/19
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Chris AU Great hunt story, great write up, great bull, and great photos. So happy for your sophmore success and thanks for sharing all of this with us. HH

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14286773 11/17/19
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Congratulations on a dandy Bull! Awesome story!


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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14302694 11/22/19
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Great report - Congrats


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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14320555 11/28/19
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Great story, Chris....and even better bull!

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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14322657 11/29/19
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So if that’s your Sophomore season you’ll have to work hard to beat it in your Junior season😉. Congratulations! Sometimes dreams do come true.


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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14325203 11/30/19
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Great bull! What bullet did you use in that 290AI? I used the Speer 160 Hot Core in one back in '94

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: Jim_Knight] #14386873 12/19/19
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Originally Posted by Jim_Knight
Great bull! What bullet did you use in that 290AI? I used the Speer 160 Hot Core in one back in '94


Just saw this, 280 AI (I'm sure that's a typo), 160gr Accubond. Out of 4 only one didn't pass through, recovered it and assuming all the others looked like this, I won't be shooting anything else anytime soon. He only went probably 30 yards, but I had heard from Newberg and Rinella ad nauseam to keep shooting until he's done. First shot was easily registered as a hit by my hunting buddy, apparently it clipped the back of his front shoulder blade (bull broadside facing to my right). He stumbled forward a few steps not putting weight on that leg and then stood stationary with that leg held up a little, I then put #2 and #3 in him very quickly and he staggered forward a few yards and slumped down onto his belly behind some short brush. After that Mike kept watching him in his binoculars and within a minute he told me he had picked his head up, so I went down the ridge to my left and set up where I had a clear shot. That 4th one hit him and he rolled over on his back and slid down the hillside out of sight.

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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14393467 12/21/19
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My favorite pic made the top 10 on the 2019 Rokslide/Kifaru Elk photo contest. If you happen to have an account I’d love the vote if you deem it worthy, and even if you don’t have an account there some spectacular photos to view in here!

https://www.rokslide.com/forums/threads/member-vote-thread-on-2019-bull-elk-hunt-photo.153197/

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Awesome!

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14441849 01/07/20
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Great!!!!


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I'll vote for it smile

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14803308 04/20/20
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Well here's the final update to this story cool

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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14803537 04/20/20
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Did you put in for this year? Nice mount smile

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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: colorado bob] #14803564 04/20/20
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Originally Posted by colorado bob
Did you put in for this year? Nice mount smile


I did not, but my hunting partner did. I plan on packing his bull out this fall. I did get my small game license and plan on giving the grouse hell while we hunt!

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14803951 04/20/20
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Congrats on the mount Chris, very nice.



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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14804101 04/20/20
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Very nice, congrats again

Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: ChrisAU] #14804951 04/20/20
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Nice bull and on a DIY hunt on public land in Colorado, you beat some really stiff odds to bag one like that. Great job telling the story. How’d those lowlander lungs and heart make out? 😀


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Re: Sophomore Success! RE: I've never been elk hunting. [Re: navlav8r] #14806601 04/21/20
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Originally Posted by navlav8r
Nice bull and on a DIY hunt on public land in Colorado, you beat some really stiff odds to bag one like that. Great job telling the story. How’d those lowlander lungs and heart make out? 😀


Not too bad, I'd say legs were more the weak point ha. By the end of the week I'd have rather gone up vertically 1000' than down 100', dang knees.

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