POI Facebook group member Samuel Syck has been busy so far this big game season. He and his son managed to take this fine specimen of a Montana mule deer in the youth season at a whopping 490 yards, then Sam's relentless focus was on the elk. Sam was looking for a nice bull elk, and in what seems to be a strange elk season in Montana, has not filled his tag. Like a good hunter he said 'There's always next season'. He shared with us instead a tale from 2 seasons ago where he harvested a fine bull elk with his custom .308.
Sam's son with a nice 490 yard Montana mule deer
This season's kit: Remington 700 action, single point trued, oversized recoil lug, bolt face opened to magnum and m16 extractor, #8 scope mount screws, bolt fluted and knob installed, proof research 24" 1:10, Bell and Carlson Alaskan stock fully aluminum block bedding, Timney 517 flat blade trigger, Harris bipod, Talley lightweight 34mm one piece base and rings, Vortex Razor HD gen ii 4.5-27x56mm scope. With a Yankee hill titanium phantom .30 cal suppressor. The ammo is also custom handloaded Hornady 200 grain eldx bullets, loaded to .015 of the lands. 2770 fps at the muzzle, .626 ballistic coefficient. Round does not go subsonic until almost 1500 yards.
Nice Bulll Elk
I had made three trips to my hunting area this season and had not found a single elk on public ground. SW Montana had an unusual cold snap, which sent the elk into wintering grounds and Yellowstone Nationl Park early. With only a week and two days left in season, I was starting to worry; I then I saw this bull a mile and a half walk from the truck with less than 45 minutes til dark.
I decided it might be the only chance I get. I took off running and no more than 100 yds from the truck my boot sole ripped half way off. Then I heard a shot, I thought (expletive) somebody just killed him. I decided I was already going to hate the walk out might as well check. I still managed to make myself run it in less than 25 minutes.
At first I could not find him,I started looking for the hunter's I assumed had beat me to him. Then he jumped up from under a tree and was headed uphill left to right, quartering away less than 50 yards. There were two spaces I would have a shot (less than ten yards each), I used the first to confirm he had browtines (hunting district regs), and aimed for the left side of the second.
As soon as he came into my scope I started tracking him and squeezed the X-mark trigger. BOOM! Looking through my Vortex HSLR at 4x I saw him collapse behind the tree on the right of the clearing. The 168 gr TAP AMAX had found it's home via the X-caliber.net 20" 1-10 twist barrel.
I dressed him out and returned to the truck in the dark. Next morning I returned and de-boned and drug him out on a sled with the help of my cousin, who knowingly agreed to help. It was a great hunt and a season I'll remember forever. The range of emotions you feel in a short period of time, mixed with the great outdoors is only one of many reasons to live in the great state of MT. Thanks to Tim Syck for the help and for the pictures.