I have been hunting elk in the "Bears Ears" area of Colorado for 8 years.
The 2010 first season was successful. The first morning I was still hunting alone, up the trail in the snow and cold. It was getting to the end of the early morning twilight when I heard several shots about 1,000 feet above me.
When I stopped and listened closely, I could hear elk running down the mountain towards me in the thick aspens and pines.
I raised my Model 70 Winchester .270 and took the safety off. As the three cows were running towards me at about 60 yards, the lead cow saw me, turned and ran the other way with the other two cows.
I could not get a shot. As I was putting my safety back on, I saw another cow running towards me.
I brought the gun back up, jammed the gun stock into my armpit, got the cow in my sights and dropped it. I ran up to the cow and followed up with one more shot.
It was so exciting and happened so fast. I tagged the cow, took the photo, skinned it, quartered it and, after three round trips, I had the cow packed out by 3:30 p.m. The next morning I took the elk meat to the butcher.
What a great experience. I want to thank the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for all of their efforts.
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