Couple Mt lopers

QUACKILLR

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2010
Messages
1,126
Reaction score
76
Points
48
Age
42
Location
Ie but now free comin at ya by way of Big sky coun
Figured I would throw ya guys a bone, lot of duck talk and what not around here lately.We decided to give the elk a break(we have had a hell of a elk season so far but that's for another day). We drew lope tags for the same zone that I shot my archery lope in last year. This particular zone is in central Montana and we have seen some great lope over the past few years out that way. At first light we hiked deep into the back country of a 1x1 mile section of state land. My daughter immediately glassed this buck at a little over 500 yards.
View attachment 67977

We decided that it was not a safe shot not knowing what was beyond the ridge he was standing on. The plan was to get closer, we dropped down the back side of the ridge and within 10 mins were standing where the buck was but he was gone.From there I glassed 3 good bucks just about to cross the fence on to the public land at about a half mile away. We put a plan together and it just about worked, after quickly moving down a creek bottom we peeked over a rocky outcropping expecting the bucks to be about 200 yards out still along the fence. Instead they were 80 yards to our right and looking at us. I could have easily taken a off hand shot but I tried to get my daughter set up on the rocks with the bi pod but they ran in to another county.

From there we drove about 20 miles to a huge section of block management. After signing in we started down the road, We quickly noted that this was going to be a $h!t show and borderline dangerous. There were antelope everywhere, and orange everywhere. We saw several groups of hunters 3-5 that had completely tagged out buck and doe in one field.One field we actually counted 17 lope on the ground with 14 hunters in the field. There was at least 3 herds of lope still in the field with what i would guess at 50-100 animals. We decided this was not for us and headed to the far section of the property. We found a area with no cars and hiked to the tallest hill. From there we could see several herds out on the flats and I glassed 1 good buck bedded on a hill. We decided to go get lunch.

On the way out we passed the field that the massacre had occurred, most of the hunters were gone and about 500 yards out there were 15-20 lope in a herd with 1 buck. We drove to where they could not see us and got out and split up knowing one of us would get a shot.About 10 mins later I heard a shot. My daughter had gone over the hill and about 300 yards down the ridge there was a injured lope, she decided that even though it was not the type of buck she was looking for she would not let it suffer so she made a perfect shot and it dropped in its tracks.

View attachment 67970

After lunch we came back to the far side of the property and I caught a buck just off the road and put a 548 yard shot on him with my daughters 7-08. The buck ran about 400 yards up the face of a hill and got loose footed and laid down. I grabbed the trusty 30-06 and went up fully expecting him to be dead by the time i got there. At about 300 yards I was out of cover and peeked over to see the buck with his head still up. He was facing me but I was 100% confident, been shooting that gun since I was 18, settled the crosshairs on his neck and Kapoow.. 165 grain accubond to the chest and he was done.


View attachment 67975
 

Attachments

  • IMG_5171.JPG
    IMG_5171.JPG
    228.3 KB · Views: 0
  • IMG_5176.JPG
    IMG_5176.JPG
    306.8 KB · Views: 0
  • IMG_5167.JPG
    IMG_5167.JPG
    69.1 KB · Views: 0

Hogskin

My style is impetuous, my defenses impregnable.
Joined
Dec 14, 2005
Messages
3,627
Reaction score
261
Points
83
Age
80
:smiley_10sign:
 

ilovesprig

Moderator
Joined
Dec 12, 2005
Messages
21,244
Reaction score
989
Points
0
Age
74
Location
Escondido
Outstanding Josh...........Congrats to you both........... :smiley_10sign:
 

sloth1833

Active Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2010
Messages
733
Reaction score
70
Points
28
Age
38
Location
Gods country
Way to finish!
I really need to remember to put in for that tag next year!
 

Skeet

buck feaver
Joined
Feb 4, 2006
Messages
9,144
Reaction score
414
Points
83
Age
48
Location
Hesperia
That's how its done congrats to the both of you :smiley_10sign:
 

El Maton

New Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2011
Messages
2,664
Reaction score
294
Points
0
Excellent work by both you and your daughter....life is grand amigo!
 

nicapopolis

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 30, 2007
Messages
6,962
Reaction score
565
Points
113
Age
36
Awesome! Good job to both of you. Your daughter made a great decision.
 
Top