Fishing, and hunting reports (share yours)

Brian77

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Excellent hunting and thank you for sharing Brian, my OG.CPK-brother-from-another-mother ;) It's always great to see you around because your stories are packed with great goodies :)

If you don't mind me asking, what rifles and specifically in what caliber had each three hunters used? Thank you, Mat...

Matt,

Austin uses a Browning X Bolt in 300 Win Mag

Scott uses a Rem 700 in 308 with Federal 150 grain boat tail

I was using a Browning X Bolt in 308 with 150 grain Federals.
 

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I will share some pictures and some thoughts from our last trip to the West. It was a very enjoyable time, and a trip I had dreamed about for the last forty some years. My father used to take me to the local High School auditorium, when the fire department sponsored someone to come and show hunting films once a year. A man by the name of George Klucky would travel the United States and Alaska, and to Africa on hunting and fishing trips and documented it on film. Then he would travel around and fire departments would sponsor him and he would show those movies and local high school auditoriums when I was a boy. I remember thinking that someday I will hopefully get an opportunity to travel to some to of those places and hunt some of these animals. This last week was a lifetime dream come true. I got to go with my son Austin, and my nephew Scott to the state of Utah. We had three cow elk tags, on a a privately owned 65,000 acre Ranch.

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This is the original homestead cabin built in 1840.
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We were hunting at an altitude of about 8,000 feet. I was unsure if my asthma would cause trouble, but it did not. (also i had Covid starting Sept 11. I am back 90%). My breathing was actually better than it is at home, and even with the hiking we did and treks up the mountains, across the desert and the sage, my lungs stayed clear all week. There is a lot of elk on that ranch, and all three of us were able to get our cows in the first day. Austin shot was about 365 yards, my shot was 268 yards, and Scott shot his at about 380 yards.

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One of the things that we were looking forward to do was use and test and compare knives for the processing and the skinning of the elk if we got any. Of course we had long talked about taking Nathan knives along, because several years ago when Austin got his first elk, which was a six-by-six bull in Colorado, he used a Nathan knife to cut it up and process it. That left such an impression on him, because the other fellow that was with him and his knives went dull very quickly. That thread is on the forum somewhere where we refenced that experience. (It was before Nathan had his own sub-forum).

Austin's original field knife stayed sharp through the entire process of the muddy dirty bull, and then was used in Camp the rest of the weekend and was still sharp when he came home. So this time we had some knives that we had made, which are in CPM 154 at 61 Rockwell. And we used them to help skin and quarter and then debone these three elk as well as one of Nathan New Field knives, and a Heavy Duty Field Knife. My conclusions are that for animals of this size a 4-inch blade will do it all with ease, and there are times when I really appreciated having a 5 inch blade. For the type of things we were doing with it, a six-inch blade to me felt like too much knife for the task at hand. The 3V performed as it always does, and I was impressed with the 154 and how it seemed to hold up also very well and after processing 2 Elk with it, and the CPK Field knife they were both still sharp enough to cut paper with no problem.

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We really enjoyed staying at the camp, and seeing the sights, and getting to do some hiking. We also spent some time in Dinosaur National Monument, seeing some pictographs and fossilized dinosaur skeletons on our way home.

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(His Busse goes everywhere with him) Utah knife laws are very cool.
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Meeting some amazing people in the knife world, has been the biggest benefit to our times of knife building and going to shows. And a close second is getting the privilege to own and use tools that are so vastly superior to what the common person has. The Rancher showed us his knife that he uses for Elk, and it was a two and a half inch blade that had a replaceable Razor Edge. He had never seen or heard of knives like we had, and frankly I don't think he believed us when we talked about their performance levels. He also indicated that he would have no tools or no good way to sharpen knives, and sharpening knives it's not something they do. That seems to be the experience in our larger family and friend circles. Anyway just sharing some of my rambling thoughts this morning as I reflect back over this trip. And I thought that some of you folks might enjoy seeing the pictures.

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Great trip and great looking knives!
I also like the look of the sheaths...?
 

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Brian77 Brian77 Those are some mighty big deer you guys were processing! ;) Thanks for sharing all of that. What a trip! When I was hard and heavy into hunting, my son was too young to take along most of those years. Just yesterday though, he brought up a hunt camp memory about an especially tasty meal the boys had slow cooked all day while we hunted. You’re building some memories and experiences that are literally priceless. :thumbsup:

Sheep hunt 2020:

Only managed to get 3 nights in mountains due to Scout getting a face full of porcupine quills on night 2.
Great having dog out in the mountains though and will be taking him again next year as a hunting partner:

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Fantastic shots man! I know I’ve commented on your pup before, but he sure is a good looking dog. Glad he came thru the porcupine encounter ok.

I always enjoy your posts and the pictures Brian. Those Haw Creek blades you make look great :thumbsup:

About 2/3 of the folks that showed up to hunt bear out here this year brought exchangeable-blade razor knives. IMO the thing they're best at is cutting large holes in things that you'd rather not have large holes in. Thanks for sharing your trip and all the best to you and yours friend.

It is odd and a little sad how few hunters care enough about one of the key tools in the kit. I can understand how these replaceable blades have caught on. In my pre-knife addiction life, we used to go to Wal Mart to get another $20 knife when we needed something nice and sharp. Ack! Lol. These replaceable blade things may at least be a step up from pull-thru “sharpeners.”
 

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I have actually have had guys that come to hunt pull out those replaceable blade thingamajigs and put a brand new blade in that is extremely dull. Maybe the sharpen them on pull through sharpeners from the factory ...
 
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Went for a good little walkabout today. Bull and cow moose but no deer out (and thankfully the wolf numbers have dropped a ton in this area).

Only had the HDFK and Hemlock H60 fire starter but managed to get it done!
Lunch fire with Stagg Chili and coffee....and lots of snow....

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Went for a good little walkabout today. Bull and cow moose but no deer out (and thankfully the wolf numbers have dropped a ton in this area).

Only had the HDFK and Hemlock H60 fire starter but managed to get it done!
Lunch fire with Stagg Chili and coffee....and lots of snow....

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It's a good time for us urbanites to live vicariously through your lens ;)

I was wondering as to how and why the wolf population has dropped so significantly in your area. I'm a fan of wolves although I would never want to cozy up to any, specially those which have had experiences with humans!
 

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Matt,

Austin uses a Browning X Bolt in 300 Win Mag

Scott uses a Rem 700 in 308 with Federal 150 grain boat tail

I was using a Browning X Bolt in 308 with 150 grain Federals.

Thanks Brian. When this current shyteshow (pandemic / polidicks / yahooery) finally gets over, I will buy my first and last hunting rifle, most likely a Winchester Model 70 Super Grade (just luv the maple furniture on that gun) but most definitely chambered in .308 unless I end up living in the Alaskan bush in which case none of any guns which I currently own do me a lick of good up there in the Big A!

What I learned during this pandemic is that I can always score .308. This is a big, Big, BIG factor in making my decisions as I go forward with my gun "collection". The .308 is plenty good in most of the lower 48 with the exception of perhaps northern ID, MT and perhaps WY.
 
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Casinostocks Casinostocks - I will try and grab more photos/story type adventures if you guys are interested (city dwellers!).
As for the wolves, the moose and deer numbers are way down do probably in the predator down cycle for some spots.

Good choice on the M70; one thing to keep in mind is Winchester runs a 1:12 twist rate on their 308’s vs a 1:10 twist on the 30-06. If you wanted to run some heavier rounds the faster twist is a little better but I concur and would pick a 308 if I could run the 1:10.
I like to have the 200gr .30cal Trophy Bonded Bear Claws for my bear ammo so the extra velocity and twist of the 30-06 wins for now
 
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Finally got my first elk, missed an opportunity at the herd bull 2 days before getting this one but with first rifle coming to a close I went ahead and filled my tag with this 5x4 bull. Shot him at 90 yards coming over the ridge from the dark timber, dropped right there.
Was a great trip, can hardly wait to get back to Colorado for another hunt.
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Finally got my first elk, missed an opportunity at the herd bull 2 days before getting this one but with first rifle coming to a close I went ahead and filled my tag with this 5x4 bull. Shot him at 90 yards coming over the ridge from the dark timber, dropped right there.
Was a great trip, can hardly wait to get back to Colorado for another hunt.
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Awesome! Congrats!! He looks like he was still wallowing it up.
 

Brian77

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Finally got my first elk, missed an opportunity at the herd bull 2 days before getting this one but with first rifle coming to a close I went ahead and filled my tag with this 5x4 bull. Shot him at 90 yards coming over the ridge from the dark timber, dropped right there.
Was a great trip, can hardly wait to get back to Colorado for another hunt.
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That looks like a very scenic area to camp in. Were you able to hike from there? How much area did you scout? And was it private land?
 
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