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Method: Remington 870 12 ga.
When: October 6, 2014
Method: Ruger M77 .270 Win. rifle / Leupold VX-III scope / Hornady Custom 130 gr. Interlock ammunition
Gear: Swarovski SLC 15x56 binos, Mossy Oak Brush Camo, Primos Tripod, Nikon Rangefinder, Montana Decoy moo cow
Hunter: William Dye Stalked the antelope to within 257 yards behind the Montana decoy and made the shot with my friend Mike. —William Dye
On this hunt, we had just separated. Karen was hunting up in a big logged bowl and I was skirting another area to the south. Thirty minutes had passed and a shot rang out. Then another shot 8 to 10 seconds later. Then all was silent.
The fog was setting in on me so I worked my way back to Karen. She was standing by a large rock when I reached her and she said, "There's a bull down up by that burnt stump. He hasn't moved." We proceeded up the steep hill about 175 yards to find this nice 5x5 bull. Not bad for a 64-year-old grandma!
Where: Idaho Panhandle
When: Oct. 19, 2013
Score: Unknown; heavy 5x5
Method: Rifle, 7mm 08
Hunter: Karen Korpi
Hunter: Jesse M Heiple
Score: 398 4/8
When: Nov. 1, 2011
Where: Elk County, Pa.
The wind was perfect as we walked toward the herd, keeping the cattle between us and the antelope. Luckily, the cattle did not spook and were the perfect cover as we got to within 264 yards and Mike handed me the shooting sticks. I think Mike was more excited than I was when the buck dropped in the grass! I took the buck with a Ruger M77 .270, Leupold scope, and SLC 15-56 binoculars in Dallam County, Texas. We did not score the buck, but I would guess he is 70 inches gross. This is only my second Pronghorn and I took it 30 years to the day of taking my first—when I was 14 years old!
The hunt started with a three-hour drive, a float plane ride into the Wrangell Mountains and then a three-mile portage that included a whitewater raft to our base camp on a fast-flowing stream near a long mountain ridge. The first two days only produced ewes and small rams. On the third morning, we saw five rams, but they were not accessible. Later that day, we watched two rams bang heads before I got the shot that I came to Alaska for. One Dall sheep down. The next morning from spike camp, I glassed the five rams from the day before coming over the mountain ridge. Three hours later, Jared had Dall No. 2.
On Day 6, we started our two-and-a-half-day float trip looking for legal bull moose on our way to take out point. A few miles down the canyon, I heard the words, "Eddy out, eddy out." Before I knew what was happening, we were on the bank. A pack was under David’s 30-378, a ram evaluation, a 275-yard shot and the third full curl ram was ours.
Good homework and preparation by David made this a hunt of a lifetime for Pops. David has led me on several other successful Alaskan hunts including a second Dall.