Trophy Room

Below is an evolving list of memorable animals from my years of hunting. The most recent are at the top of the page. For each animal I’ve detailed the date, county, a brief story, a link to the blog post(s), the weapon used and any statistics, or figures that are pertinent.

 

2015 Backcountry bull

  • September 27, 2015.   Sublette County, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Killed this bull at first light on day three of our hunt. The Story of the hunt..
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)
  • Shot distance 70 yards.

  • Gutless Quarter, Packed out on Horseback.

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Day 3 of my 2015 hunt with the first elk I saw.

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2014 Nevada Pronghorn Antelope

  • August 23,  Washoe County, Nevada Story
  • 5 days of scouting, killed on second day of season
  • Shot distance 311 yards hit front of shoulder, exited in front of hip.
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. 150 grain Core lokt bullet in Remington Factory ammo
  • Gutless quarter and packed out in Badlands 2200 backpack.

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2013 Wyoming Mule Deer

  • October 2, Sublette Co. Wyoming.  Story
  • Hunt started archery on Sept. 23rd-25th. An early snow pushed me off the mountain.
  • Resumed on Oct 1, the opener of Rifle season.
  • Shot distance 50 yards.  In and out shoulders.
  • Nosler Partition 180 grain (Federal Premium loads), M77 Ruger in .300 Win Mag. Redfield 2-7 scope

2013-10-02 10.53.44

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2013 Wyoming Antelope

  • Sept 28, 2013, Sublette County, WY
  • The boss buck with a large group of does. The Story
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. 150 grain Core lokt bullet in Remington Factory ammo
  • Shot distance 300-325  yards. In and out through shoulders.  The bullet took off the top of the heart.  Ran about 75-100 yards after the shot.

    2013-09-28 16.41.36

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2012 Backcountry bull

  • October 1, 2012 Sublette County, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Killed this bull at first light on day one of our hunt. The Story of the hunt..
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)
  • Shot distance 235  yards. In and out through ribs double lunged.

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2011 Backcountry bull

  • October 2, 2011 Sublette County, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Killed this bull at first light on day two of our hunt. The most remote hunt so far. Ten miles from the end of the road. In 10 days we rode horseback and hiked 112 miles. Summer at the start of the hunt, Winter at the end. The story and slide show
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)
  • Shot distance 30 yards. In and out through ribs double lunged. Bull traveled 150 yards after the shot. I later found out he was a 3 year old bull from WY G&F eartags he had from February of 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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90 mile Bull

  • October 2010 Teton County, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • This was a poor shooting exhibition on my part. 344 yard shot, downhill. Hit twice, but still required a long blood trail and finishing shot. We covered over 90 miles in five days on horseback and on foot.
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)

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Once in a Lifetime Bull

  • August 2010, Inyo County, CA
  • Tule Elk
  • I drew this hunt as the only random tag out of five tagholders. The story was printed in Relentess 365, a magazine dedicated to California hunting. This hunt taught me that good tags bring a mental challenge of high expectations.
  • The Whole story (in parts) Scouting . Opening Day. Hunt Day Two. Hunt Day Three
  • Hoyt Alphamax 35, Wac ‘Em 100gr. Triton Broadhead, Easton Axis arrows, Blazer Vanes.
  • 241 2/8″ Pope and Young 6×6. 195 pounds of gutless quarters

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2009 The year of the Skunk

  • I had three good archery hunts this year and never killed a big game animal.
  • Colorado Pronghorn, Nevada Mule Deer, and Mendocino county blacktail.

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Opening Day Bull

  • September 2008, Teton County WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • I had this bull talking on the last day of archery season but he took his cows into the tall and uncut. We returned on opening morning of rifle season and he came from behind us and I shot him on the run at a distance of 50 yards from right to left.
  • Bullet entered at the back of the brisket and took out heart and lungs. Found bullet under the skin on the right shoulder he ran another 50 yards then rolled down 500 feet of elevation.
  • The Whole Story Part 1. Part 2. Part3 (hunt day)
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)
  • 280″ 6×6 with 50 inch main beams. My highest scoring bull elk yet. Over 400 pounds in sawn quarters

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Family Blacktail

  • September 2007, Marin County, CA
  • Columbian Blacktail deer
  • This was a family hunt, with my two daughters along. I made one of my best running shots on this buck. Distance was 50yards left to right quartering. Bullet entered behind the ribs and broke up. Got liver and lungs, ran another 50 yards. Most memorable part, the girls finding shed antlers early in the hunt. The Whole Story
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Remington 150 gr. Core Loct

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Elk Pilgrimage

  • September 2007, Teton County, WY
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • On Opening Day at daylight we spotted this bull and his harem. We bumped a grizzly as we approached in the dark timber. When the Pack string didn’t show up 3 hours later, we walked out six miles with quarters slung on saddle horses. Part 1(Oregon Hunt). Part2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope. Nosler 180 gr Partition (Federal Premium)
  • 6×6 bull 270″. One 125 yard shot behind shoulder, did not exit, dropped in his tracks.

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Western Safari Mule Deer

  • September 2006, Teton County WY
  • Mule Deer
  • I didn’t draw a Wyoming Elk tag in 2006, but I drew a deer tag. This hunt was exciting, as we had to call in a helicopter for the outfitter after a bad fall. Hunted three days of archery season but killed him with a rifle on opening day of rifle season (my last day). Yeah the outfitter was fine.
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope
  • 5×4 with eyeguards. 280 yard uphill shot. Hit on second shot running going away, top of the shoulders, breaking the spine and anchoring him on the spot.

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First Elk

  • September 2006, Deschutes County, OR
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Story
  • Hoyt Ultra Sport, 100 gr Wac ’em Triton, Carbon Tech Whitetail arrow, Quikspin vanes.
  • Stats 250″ 6×5 . 283 pounds gutless quarters

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First Archery Buck

  • October, 2005 Sonoma County, CA
  • Columbian Blacktail deer
  • Story Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. This was a defining moment in my hunting life. This buck lit the bowhunting fire in me more than any thing.
  • Hoyt Ultra Sport, 100 gr Snyper, Carbon Tech Whitetail arrow, Quikspin vanes.
  • First archery deer. Pope and Young 101 5/8″ the picture was in Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal.

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First Mule Deer

  • September 2005, Teton County WY
  • Mule Deer
  • One of my worst cases of Buck Fever. I emptied my rifle, shooting downhill at this buck and finally had to resort to my father’s rifle to kill him at 150 yards when he finally turned away.
  • Winchester Model 70 .264 Winchester Magnum
  • 4 shots from my rifle, 2 shots from dad’s rifle. 1 hit entering behind the right side of the ribs through liver and lung. No exit. My rifle was NOT off. I shot over on every miss.

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First Whitetail

  • November 1996 Latah County, Idaho
  • Whitetail Deer
  • I’d spent three years unsuccessfully hunting weekends and after class at the University of Idaho. On one of the final weekends of the season, I ventured into the river canyons and began rattling. I first spied a doe who came to the horns but soon saw this bucks antlers behind her. He spooked and ran up hill from left to right. I put the crosshairs ahead of him and pulled the trigger as he entered my scope. The bullet broke his spine behind the last rib,and he dropped on the spot. Link to detailed story
  • Ruger .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope
  • First deer I ever packed out on a packframe. This opened my mind to the possibilities of backpacking.

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Close Quarters Stillhunt

  • September 1991, Marin County
  • Columbian Blacktail Deer
  • The last weekend of the A zone Rifle Season, I made an evening still hunt along the edge of the Mine canyon at the Sparrow Gun Club. I snuck up on this buck at 20 yards and put the cross hairs on his white throat patch. This was the hunt that made me first consider archery as a possible hunting method.
  • Ruger M77 .300 Winchester Magnum. Redfield 2-7 scope

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Straight Away Runner

  • 1989, Marin County, CA
  • Columbian Blacktail Deer
  • On the ridgetop of the Bridge Canyon, I heard the dogs start barking and Corbin Glazier shouted “Comin’ to ya John!……Almost to the top…..You should seee him sooon….Why aren’t you Shhhoooottttinnn’?” Then the buch came out of the trees from left to right. I missed my first shot and he turned and ran straight/quartering away 12 to 10 o’clock . I swung through him like a quail and he disappeared in a heap. I hit him behind the right ear.
  • Model 64 Winchester 25-35
  • The second buck from that canyon I’d shot in the head

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Second Deer

  • August 1988, Marin County, CA
  • Columbian Blacktail Deer
  • I shot this buck as he was sneaking out of a drive at the Dolcini Ranch. With me in the photo are English Pointers Rowdy and SOB (Son of Buck), Rowdy’s Dad.
  • Model 64 Winchester 25-35 lever action

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First Buck

  • July of 1986, Marin County, CA
  • Columbian Blacktail Deer
  • This was before trophy pictures were a big deal. Mom got there halfway through skinning. I was on a stand with my grandfather on the edge of the Bridge canyon at the Sparrow Gun Club. More of the Story
  • Weapon was a Model 64 Winchester 25-35 lever action.

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First Game Animal

  • Winter 1985 (10 or 11 years old)
  • Ringneck Pheasant
  • I accompanied my father to hunt near the Sacramento Airport on a family friend’s rice farm. SOB (Son of Buck), my father’s English Pointer pointed this bird for me. I remember mostly rain and clay built up on my boots.
  • H&R single shot 20 gauge, #6 high base shells
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