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Grandad's elk, 1964

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Larry Ashcraft, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    My grandad shot this bull in 1964 on Doctor's Peak above Spring Reservoir north of Almont, CO. My brother scanned it from the original slide and sent it to me. I was 15 at the time and I remember barely being able to reach across the rack. He used a Winchester model 70 in .270 Win.

    This photo has not been altered and, yes, it is a 5 pointer. The rack now hangs proudly in my brother's house near Albuquerque.
  2. JohnDog

    JohnDog Well-Known Member

    Now that's one big 5 point rack!!! That bull must have grown up in a hay barn!!! Sheeesh! And how many other deer and elk are hanging behind him???

    The good old days!

  3. Dan Morris

    Dan Morris Well-Known Member

    CheeWAWA...thant is uno muchogrande Wapiti!....1964....wish me n my M14 had been hunting Elk that year!LOL.
  4. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Ha! In October of 1984, a buddy and I went up above Gunnison and hunted in Doctor Park!

    1983 had been "bluebird weather" at that time of year. 1984 wasn't. It got to 4F in Gunnison on Sunday of the opening weekend. That's four, as in 28 degrees below freezing.

    Build wood fire to warm the generator for the Coleman stove to melt snow to boil the eggs so they'd thaw and could be cracked for cooking. Melt snow to boil the canned goods so they could be opened and there's be something besides frozen chili. A five-gallon jerrycan of ice doesn't pour worth a hoot.

    Frozen chili is Not Good.

    I did see one nice mulie buck...well, sorta saw him through the snowfall...

    There ain't any air in the air, up there, either!

    We left.

    :), Art
  5. Dan Morris

    Dan Morris Well-Known Member

    Air in the air....I gotta remember that one! Yup, I've seen a few extreemes too.....Had to take a axe to get steaks apart on one trip.....that was the year we were in the middle of a migration....
    animals mooving every where!
  6. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Art, Been there, done that, 'sno fun (sorry, bad pun). Funny thing about the air, when I was a teenager, I would get deathly sick from any exertion above 8,000 feet. By the time I was 19, it didn't bother me. I guess a guy's lungs mature about then. Now, if I spend one day in the high country, I get used to it.

    A side note about that 1964 trip, it was almost Grandad's last. When he shot the big bull way up on top, he thought he may have also hit a spike, so he ran all the way back down the mountain chasing the spike. Finally realized he had not hit the spike, but remembered he had left that big bull way up top, he RAN all the way back up before someone found it. Grandad was 61 years old then (yes he was a Model 1903:cool: ). When dad found him, he was all gray and clutching his chest. Dad and his buddies got the elk and grandad back down and grandad spent the next day in his sleeping bag, very sick.

    He hunted for another 10 years though, and passed away in 1984.

    I don't know how many animals were hanging there, but in those days the men stayed up there until they filled up or the season ended, so there are probably 4-6 elk there.
  7. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    The biggest deer I've ever seen in the wild weighted 220 lbs. It was a seasonal record for a short while. As much as I read about elk and moose hunting, I think I would literally crap myself the first time I saw such a best anywhere near me.
  8. Dan Morris

    Dan Morris Well-Known Member

    Larry, my son doesn't understand yet....he will. I pace myself when hunting ......friends I've got with Routt County Search n Rescue are NOT gonna have to scrape me of a hill!

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