Leaving today for elk country*UPDATE WITH SAD STORY*
Only a 16 hour drive away. We will be camping in colorado and this will be our 10th trip since 1998. Im always interested in what guns and gear people take so I'll list mine.
Tikka 30-06 bushnell 3200 3-9 shooting handload of win brass 61g R22 and a nosler 180 partition
Ruger super blackhawk SS 4 5/8 barrel
Cabelas deluxe whitetail day pack. First year for this so its untested but I loaded it down and used it around home and I think its a great pack and only cost 79.99
Cabelas outfitter 12" 600g boots new in 1998 these have a TON of miles on them and are still in good shape
Knives of Alaska bushcamp This thing is so sharp its scary. Wish they made the same knife in a little smaller size.
Outdoor Edge folding fillet knife I keep this in my pack for boning out meat. Very handy knife for $10
Bushnell onix color GPS I hate this thing and wish I would lose it so I could get a new one.
Stole my kids ipod and got it loaded down with Cross Canadian Ragweed, Slipknot, KIllswitch Engage, and a bunch of red dirt country. Kid didnt want to give it up but its a LONG drive across Nebraska in the dark.
Last year I got a bull and a cow tag Im thinking of just getting the bull tag this time. I love the meat but the numbers seem to be way down the last 2 years.
Well no luck this year. The ride out was really bad the pass on I80 was closed right behind us. Near the top 6 semi were in a pile on the east bound side. The weather really sucked 25 when I left camp 65 before noon
I carried 2L of water a day and that would be gone way before I got back to camp. I did end up getting really dehydrated and was sick for a day and a half that was NO fun. On the plus side I did see more shooter bulls than ever but
just could not get a good shot. My best chance came on the 3rd day had a heard with 7 or 8 shooter bulls in the open broad side but the range was 490 yards. I had a good rest but just shy of 500yards is out of my range(400 yards max) and they looked like they wanted to come my way. They did but cut down below the rim and didnt give me a shot.
Had one bull @ 240 in the oak brush had a great shot on him but his head and rack were in so much thick stuff
I couldnt tell if he was a spike or a shooter. When I finally saw brow tines and was half a second from putting his lights out he took one more step and there went my shot. I did jump more bulls in the thick stuff (one was a real stud)
but hard to get a shot when all you see is a brown streak and horns.
When we packed up to leave at noon with the sun on camp the temp read 89. We have never used so much water and had to swat bugs 3rd rifle.
So now I'm 6 for 10 and looking foward to next year.