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Posted: January 07 2018 at 3:39pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Well my elk hunt is over and done with so here are the sordid details. I
got to Raton New Mexico on 12/26/17 and checked into the motel,
called the outfitter and let him know which motel and room I stayed in.
Next day was spent at the NRA's Whittington Center checking sights
and having fun busting a few silhouettes at various ranges. Up at 4:30
the next morning having a cup of coffee and waiting for the guide to
come pick me up at 5:15. He's a young guy and has probably one of
the best game eyes I've seen in some time. he didn't have very good
news to be quite frank. The Raton area had been running roughly 10*F
for over a week and cow elk were scarce.

Day one: We rode around and saw quite a few bull elk that were
spooky as hell. Normally I've never seen deer on the ranch nor
antelope for that matter but this year I saw dozens of big Mule Deer
many in the top trophy class. Guess they knew they were safe as they
were not too disturbed when we stopped to look. The antelope always
took off at a dead run the minute they spotted the truck. Man can
those things run. Come nightfall, not one cow elk did we see. This is
the sixth year I've hunted this ranch and usually I see at least one
shootable cow even if a stalk is not possible. Casey, my guide was
pretty glum by nightfall.

Day two: Just really a repeat of day one, just seeing more game other
than what we sere looking for. Saw several large flocks of turkeys as
well as the others earlier mentioned. There was a bit more game
movement that the first day.

Day Three: This was officially the last day of the hunt and things looked
no better. Temps were still well above normal and just slightly below
freezing in the early AM. High and low temps for the last day were 67
and 27. Normally IIRC, it's low 40's to high 30's for the high and mid to
upper teens for the lows. About 7:45 or so we spotted a mixed herd of
young bulls spikes and a few cows. I was able to get off a shot as they
ran off but DAMMIT! I missed clean. They ran around a small hill and
ran out in front of us crossing the road, jumped a fence and kept going.
I used a fence post for a rest and broke her neck right at the base of
the skull. Frankly, more good luck than skill on my part. But that .35
Whelen Mauser has always been my lucky elk rifle.

We dropped the elk off at the processor's for cutting and wrapping and
went to the motel for rest. Didn't have to get up at Oh dark thirty the
next morning.
The next AM I checked out and drove back to Albuquerque where my
wife was staying with our daughter and to celebrate the New Year with
them. My elk would not be ready until 1/3/18 and I din't want to stay
that long in a motel. Drove up on the 3rd paid for my meat and back to
ABQ. Left on the 4th to come home, got the meat in the freezer and
crashed. Talked to Joy, the woman who owns the meat processing
place and she said no one else has brought in any elk since I brought
mine in. Not good.

For the technically minded, I took two rifle, my custom Mauser .35
Whelen and a custom Mauser in 30-06. The Whelen pushes the 225 gr.
Barnes TSX at 2710 FPS at the muzzle. The 30-06 ran the 165 gr.
Nosler Accubond at 2880 FPS.

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All is well that ends well.
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Paul,

Glad to see it worked out for you. Was this hunt with Kiowa?



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Posted: January 08 2018 at 2:14pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Buffalogun wrote:
Paul,

Glad to see it worked out for you. Was this hunt with Kiowa?



Mike


YUP! My sixth one to be exact. Did one for antelope with them in 2009.
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Posted: January 10 2018 at 5:16pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Excellent!

That sounds like a good hunt, even with the temps and not seeing a lot of elk at first. I might have to look into that. It would be fun to hunt elk somewhere new.

Congrats! Good shooting, and I'll bet it's great table fare...

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"Congrats! Good shooting, and I'll bet it's great table fare..."

Same from me!

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Posted: January 12 2018 at 6:27am | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Paul,

I have been eyeing Kiowa for the same hunt you went on. How far from Raton were you hunting?


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Posted: January 14 2018 at 12:17pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Buffalogun wrote:
Paul,

I have been eyeing Kiowa for the same hunt you went on. How far from
Raton were you hunting?


Mike


To be honest I'm not quite sure. On the hunt I did/do, the guide picks
you up at Oh dark thirty and you drive out to the ranch which in the
dark seems like forever. Still dark when you get there but when legal
time starts then so do you. I'm gonna guess 15 to 20 miles from town
to the ranch. After each day you go back to town. Usually during mid
day you go back to town as well and then head back out around two in
the afternoon.
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