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Been off the grid for a bit, but got back last Thursday after an amazing week solo elk hunting on public land. I went 5 miles deep in to the Colorado Wilderness on horseback and got dropped off alone at an outfitters spike/drop camp. Tent, cook stove, cot, and a creek close by for water. He would be back to get me in 10 days unless I killed an elk sooner. There was no cell service and no communication other than a few texts through my GPS to let my family know I was ok. The only time I saw camp in the daylight was the day I got there and the day I left. I never saw another person or heard another voice other than what came out of my mouth or rattled around in my head. Solitude. I needed half of the 10 days to find success on the caliber of bull I never expected, I am thrilled with him. Handling an animal that weighs 4 times more than I do, alone, and in the dark is no joke. The next morning I made a 2 mile hike to get within radio range of base camp to request a pack out, the horses were there 4 hours later. I lost 8 lbs in 5 days chasing these amazing animals, but came home a lot heavier in quality meat for the freezer, memories made, and an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness that is hard to match.
Congrats on doing it the hard way, on your own. Beautiful bull.
That's awesome man! Love hearing success stories like these. Great bull!!!
Great bull what outfitter where you with?
Awesome bull! Congratulations!
Sounds like a fun hunt and congrats on a stud bull!
Wow, stud bull right there! Congrats man
Wow, great bull.
Congrats on getting it done. That's one for the wall right there. Did you put a tape on him yet?
Heck of a bull and memories that will last a life time...Congrats
Awesome bull man. I was lucky enough to have help packing mine off the mountain. Literally can't imagine how hard packing him yourself was. Kudos. Guarantee you'll gain that weight back with the best protein money can't buy.
Phenomenal bull, you hunted your ace off and made it happen.. Congratulations.
You never disappoint . Congrats
Way to make it happen John! Being alone with your thoughts is a foreign experience and many people cannot handle it. It is funny how many conversations go in inside a persons head!
Midwest said it all. DAYYYYYYYYYYYMMMMMMMMM.
Congrats great bull and story Lewis
Way to go John. Very nice indeed. There is something to say about getting, way back in. my best, Paul
Congratulations on a great hunt!
Wowsers! Now THAT is an ELK! Congrats!!
Atta boy!!! Congrats John.
That bull has more mass than the Catholic Church! Nice.
Nice bull. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KSBOW - PM sent.
Kodiak - I honestly don't want a score on a piece of paper to diminish anything of the experience. Most are guessing MUCH higher than he will really go based on the pictures. A very rough garage estimate has him at around 320".
Horn Donkey - To be clear, I DID NOT have to pack him 5 miles back to the truck/base camp. I did have to wrestle this thing that weighs 4 times more than I do around and get it skinned, quartered, bought down to a meadow, and hanging. The next day I hiked 2 miles out to get within radio reception, and the horses came in and packed it out.
Z Barebow - No doubt Brian! The mental challenge is MUCH harder than the physical one!
Lung$shot - LMAO!!! The mass really is awesome on it! I love mass!
OFFHUNTN-- You cut him up yourself and moved the entire mass you intended to bring out of the wilderness some distance to that meadow. That's plenty! Congrats again. Awesome bull and awesome adventure.
You done good...reeeeally good!!
Congrats!!! That's a great bull.
Congrats!! That's something to hang ur hat on. Literally!
Nice bull. Grats. Tell us about the shot and the lead up to it.
The satisfaction of doing that yourself is off the charts. Real nice job!
Congrats John, great elk, and great inspiration...
Great Job. Hard work pays. Those hard earned Bulls are the most rewarding
Hell of a nice bull! Congrats
Beautiful Bull! Congrats on a great solo hunt!
Great Bull. Unreal mass. Cool story, thanks for posting
Way to go!! Solitude is a great thing to enjoy!
Congratulations first of all on a really nice bull...but even more impressive was finding an outfitter that would provide a drop camp to a lone hunter; that's hard to find!
Congrats there big guy, awesome job! Good looking bull too!
Congrats on a great bull!
Nothing, IMO, could ever match that experience, my hat's off to you. I would love to have that kind of hunt with similar result one of these years. Awesome to say the least. TK
I don’t give a furry little rat’s butt WHAT the numbers are; that is just a WAY better bull than that one from LA.
Heck, I’m so impressed I’m not even gonna bust on yer trainin’ wheels.... LOL
I appreciate the comments guys.
GF, thanks..........I think, but I'm beyond confused on your "that one from LA." and your "trainin' wheels" comments. ?
OFFHNTN, I'm no mind reader but my best guess is he's making a political reference with the LA part and the "trainin wheels" comment is directed at compound bow; all in good fun though. Hell of a nice bull, congrats. I also am guilty of using "training wheels" on all my hunts.
Love the story and what great beautiful bull! I absolutely love the picture of the rack/head under the hanging meat in the tree! I can relate to the solitude and the hard work quartering up a big bull by yourself. What a complete satisfaction you will always look back and smile on. Nice job man, congrats!
Short read on a great hunt!! Very impressive.
Good job on the solo pics too!!