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Cheetah last won the day on September 24 2018

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  1. Sounds like a busy spring Don, I wish I had more time available to try some other states I've wanted to hunt for a while now. My plans include SD Black Hills the weekend after you with the possibility of going to NE if we tag out early, I'll wave as we go by you on I90. D season in SE MN with a surplus WI tag just in case. E season near La Crosse, WI with a couple rookies. F season up in the air, might consider another WI surplus tag if they are still available and bird numbers look good the previous weekends.
  2. So many tags to buy, not enough time to hunt!
  3. You have to read very carefully what the manufacturer is actually loading into their shells. Most of the blended loads are multiple types of metal. Sometimes lead, copper plated lead, maybe a percentage of actual TSS. You also have to look closely at the amount of each material used. I see some are running light 1oz loads to keep the TSS label on the package but price point lower. Others run only 40% TSS/Tungsten and the rest lead.
  4. I switched to 20ga a few years back that I set up as a dedicated turkey hunting gun. Rem 870 youth with the Carlson 575 choke, Truglo Pro-Series Magnum Gobble-Dot sight and Shurshot stock kit. You'll want to do some pattern testing to ensure you are shooting good shells for the choke you are going with. I recall DonBo prefers the heavy blend shells with three different shot sizes. I found in my gun that I don't see an improvement with number of BBs in a 10" circle, so I shoot Hevi-Shot #7 shells. Up until recently the go-to over the counter shell was the Federal HeavyWeight #7, but they stopped making them last year. Now there are some pure Tungsten or TSS shells available and with that you can shoot #9 shot for a super dense long range pattern with the right choke. All of these heavy metal shells are expensive, and hard to find. You'll have to plan ahead and most likely mail order them in the early spring for the upcoming turkey season and before they sell out... I almost never see them for sale locally. You can of course get by on cheap shells whatever is available locally. I can shoot the Nitro #5 3" load out of my gun with very good patterns out to 35yd, but beyond that the pattern is too open. Same situation with some of the other blended loads like I mentioned previously.
  5. It wouldn't be an elk hunting trip if something didn't break. At least you got the vehicle damage out of the way early and made it to your hunting area. Should be smooth sailing from here. Don't forget to let your insurance company know of the accident.
  6. Sent you a PM with some coordinates to check out. I remember seeing quite a few grouse up top along the road, shot one, missed a couple. We had the same situation when bow hunting up there, obviously lots of hunters hit it in early season, but later season hardly anyone around.
  7. I know the Gravelly range, hunted there a few years back, truck broke down up on top near Black Butte and we had to get towed out after spending the night in the truck in a storm... That was fun...
  8. Don't forget that MT sells OTC Whitetail B tags. Zone 3 is one per hunter, plus more depending on the unit you are in. The drainage bottoms and major valleys tend to hold quite a few whitetail. Bring a shotgun too in case you get into some grouse.
  9. Good luck out there, the weather forecast looks good! What unit are you hunting? I was in 314 a month ago with B tags. If the weather is nice in November I might consider a late run out with a rifle.
  10. Cheetah

    Nm Elk

    Congratulations. You are making it look easy.
  11. At this point we had one full day and one morning left to hunt. No more elk moved into the drainage behind camp. By some miracle a cow and spike did come back to the hillside we had elk on that first evening, but neither Dad or I could get in position quick enough before they went back over the fence. All added up we had 2 very good opportunities, and one decent, which by our standards and past experience in general OTC type units was a pretty decent week of elk hunting even though no elk were killed. We learned a lot about the unit and a potential better way to access the landlocked area behind us via a possible easement logging road, but we have to confirm that with the forest service at a later date. You might be wondering what happened with our whitetail tags. We had numerous run-ins with deer on an almost daily basis. There were at least three occasions where does would feed right into camp, and it got to a point I kept my bow in the cook shack to try to shoot out of it as a blind. They never stuck around long enough though to actually get a shot off. Dad sat his tree stand a number of times above camp as he came down at sunset with enough time to sit in a tree for a half hour or so, but the deer always seemed to pass through the spots he could not shoot or see. One time he climbed down to two deer staring at him from within range, he just did not see them coming... Almost every evening we walked down the road behind camp we would kick up a deer or two bedding in the quakeys, but as the week progressed they clearly became more skittish of us. I also tried hunting back down the gravel road and found some good spots where they crossed the road and creek, which if I actually focused on sitting over with a treestand I feel I could have shot a deer, but I wanted an elk more... Our Elk B tags are good through rifle season, as are the deer tags. If the stars align and my wife allows I might make a run back out. I have an acquaintance in the area that I am checking with to see if he might be interested. I hope Scoot and ArcherySniper come back to report better luck on their hunts.
  12. It rained that night, and the next morning we went up high to glass back where we left the elk. They seem to have never left the cut we saw them bed in. Some interesting low clouds. It rained all afternoon, but the forecast said it would clear a couple hours before sunset. We observed snow on the high peaks in the distance. Once the rain stopped and the skies looked clear we went back to see if we could finally shoot an elk. We worked the wind back up to where we had last sat so we see the elk and still move down to intercept if they came down for water/feed. The elk were still up high, but shifted left a couple cuts. We were now close enough to confirm that the bull was in fact a smallish 6 point. We waited a long time watching the cows get up to feed and then bed down again repeatedly. As sunset neared the lead cow looked ready to commit to coming down. Our plan was to run down fast to intercept, watching as we fast-walked down to the bottom. It was clear now the elk were following the left most ridge, and moving quite fast, they definitely wanted to get to the bottom for the good creek water and green grass! The plan was I would run ahead to intercept as I could get their faster. I knew the place they were going, having scouted it earlier in the week. It was a perfect funnel. The cows went behind the narrow ridge they were following, but the bull stayed high watching the drainage. I managed to get up through the saplings quietly and in position, and could see the bull up high, and the cows feeding and walking right to me on a string! Unfortunately behind me I heard a loud stick break. The bull did too and was pacing back and forth rapidly trying to figure out what was below him... I could see my dad standing in the creek bottom. I adjusted my position, the cows were coming closer, I ranged for shot options, they would pass within 40yd and the bull might walk right over me... The bull unfortunately had had enough. He swooped down to the cows and herded them back up the hill... The cows had no clue what was going on, but the bull clearly was not stupid. After waiting until it was close to dark I picked my way back down to my dad, who was standing on the cattle trail we had gone up previously. It turned out that he tripped over a downfall fell badly. He was not hurt, but he thought the bull could not see him, but I had a better view from above as to what was going on. Those elk were not seen again for the rest of the hunt.
  13. Unfortunately the weather turned bad on us and it rained over night, I forget if it was day four or five. In any case a cloud system rolled in and low cloud ceiling filled the drainage behind camp. We went up the front side of the area hoping elk would be out there to get out of the clouds. It was extremely windy now as well. I went high back where I saw the spike days earlier and was glassing back up the drainage when I saw a bull and three cows in the wide open up high! I considered running down the cut between us to try to intercept in the creek bottom below, but did not want to risk bumping these elk when they were the only elk in the entire drainage! Dad sidehilled across to join me, followed by a herd of mule deer does... Selfie with cloud covered hills. We watched where the elk bedded and decided to ambush them in the evening. We decided to drive out to town to hit the grocery store so Dad could have more fresh food and not have to resort to eating what I brought. The cloud system over the area did not look good from below at all... That evening we went to the hill the elk were on in the morning so we could see where they were bedded. The clouds were so thick now in the drainage we could not see up to where the elk were. It was very windy and cold. The elk never showed up. We left before sunset. Another selfie in the clouds, so cold and windy I had to break out the facemask and extra layers while hunkering down behind a blowdown.
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