This morning the elk were not where we hoped for them to be, right at daylight somone shot the spike, and double spike. Herd got broke up in the chaos, we managed to get into them at around 8 in the morning, they were on the run. We managed to cut them off at a spot they like to cross a dirt road, moving from one stand of timber, to another. We got at the spot to intercept them maybe 20 seconds before they came running into us.
My dad was with my uncle accross the stream, i stopped short on the other side of the road. First they ran right into my dad, but he wasnt able to get a clear shot with all of the cows. They veered to the left, passing directly in front of me at about 5 yards. Theres the 5 point, broadside without any cows obscuring the shot, moving at around 2-3 MPH ( Very confused elk). At about the time im squeezing the trigger, i realize my safety was on
, needless to say as soon as i flicked it off, he was surrounded by cows again, and they are trying to go around me at about 15 yards, so naturally i turn to run back 15 feet or so to attempt to get another shot at the 5 point. Somehow a branch got entangled in my foot, and i went down face first. As i am trying to regain my feet, i look up and see the 5 point perfectly broadside with no cows in the way at about 10 yards, of course by the time i regain my feet he is surrounded again.
Finally i was able to get into better position, and he goes behind a mess of vine maple, at about 12-13 yards, i took the shot. Nothing, i missed. I moved into position one more time to try and get another look. I got one more opening at about 10 yards, his front half was not being protected by cows, and i hurried a shot. I lost sight of him as the cows shifted, and the crossed the dirt road, into some more timber, behind our line.
I was staying to find blood, they went off to see if they could cut them off again. I start after them from where they entered expecting to see blood, nothing. Okay, im not too worried, sometimes it takes a few yards for them to start leaving a good trail, so i go on, nothing.
After about 200 yards, i started heading back to the starting point, wondering what the heck just happened. When i get back to where they were standing when i shot him, i decide to look for any blood that might be there. Thats when i spotted him, lying right where i shot him. Then he tried to lift his head up, and gave it a little kick so i put one in his neck, to end his suffering if nothing else. Still took another 2-3 minutes to expire.
Bullet (225 gr nosler partition) entered high on the front shoulder, breaking it, and lodged somewhere into the off shoulder which i will find while butchering. Was pretty surprised by the lack of penetration, even though massive bones were hit at high velocity. Did not hit any vital organs ( guess thats why he took so long to expire), but the lungs were bloodshot on the entire upper half. Next year its time to try the X bullets.