John and Chris’s 2019 Roosevelt Adventures

OregonChris

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Chris are you expecting a draw tag or OTC?

You look prepared either way.
OTC Roosevelt archery, most of the state is the same for Rocky Mtn Elk as well in Eastern Oregon , there’s a few units that are draw for archery , but the rest are all open with the OTC tag , I could go hunt Roosevelt’s for a week and if I don’t tag out then drive to eastern Oregon and chase Rockies the next on the same OTC archery tag , but as for me just OTC and hunting the home turf with my friends
 

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Thanks for the reply and you are so damn lucky to have OTC elk. I am envious. I am also enjoying your posts. Very informative and just looks like fun.

I hope you tag!
 

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I did get out today , went to check a cam and was hoping pull some pics to share , since it’s the growing season , we put this cam up over a month ago , was checking it to make sure no plants grew up in front of it since we hung it , but johns card was locked and wouldn’t open on my phone card reader, I was bummed, but on the way there I saw 2 groups of elk , and some deer , I also took a pic of how our landscape here is constantly changing and even in the change the animals adapt quickly to it .

This is the butt of the last of 3 elk all cows , was driving down the road saw a glimpse of a Blacktail disappear ahead , stoped the truck pulled up the binos , to try and see it , but it was gone , started to drive ahead, made it about 20 feet and there was 3 elk in the trees looking at me ! They ran a few yards to stop and looked back at me , as I got my phone to take a pic , I just caught the last one as it disappeared into the dark timber
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The next one is the last elk of a herd I drove into as I came out of the trees into a cut , there was a herd of 20 to 30 cows and calf’s out feeding, they were hidden by the terrain, I was glassing the far hillside , only to hear that familiar sound of breaking timber , looking down , I could see elk everywhere moving out , the last cow just strolled along taking her sweet time , which allowed for a pic , on the far hillside as the cows left cut , I glassed up 3 elk all bedded 50 or so yards apart from each other, 2 were in the shade backs to the timber on the high ground where they could see everything, the other was just in the sunlight where I could make out antlers , I assumed the other 2 were bulls as well , but the distance and the shade hid antlers from my sight , they were just far enough out of ear shot that the cows leaving didn’t alert them , there was a pond area I wanted to shed hunt over by where the bulls were at , but I chose not to blow them out and left , here’s the last cow from the bigger herd
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This is the tree line the bulls where on , it was closer to 1000yds and the sun was in my binos , I couldn’t get a better pic , but 2 of them are in the pic even though u cant make them out
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This next pic is how where I hunt the landscape is ever changing, last year on this same nob , I sat during the summer and watched a herd of 40 elk and 4 branch bulls come out of the big timber single file to feed in the grass of an young clear cut next to it , today all the trees are gone and the elk bedding area , but in 5 year or so it will begin to look like the area in front of the downed trees , after I took this pic , looking down I see directly below at maybe 100 yards a doe looking up at me with a mouth full of grass and 2 fawns , smiling I take the pic , she was feeding just 200 yards from the new clearcut where just hours earlier there was men and machines , work and noise , log trucks taking timber off the mountain, the men leave the deer and elk come out like we were never there .
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It might look far in the pic , but it’s maybe 200 yards to across to the cut ,and the deer below me
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After taking the pic , I spoke to the deer in a quite gentle voice , turned to my truck and called it a night , I was out for only 2 and half hours tonight , I did see 3 more deer and one other elk tonight or should I say half an elk , walking the grass road back from my trail cam debacle, there was an elk in the meadow area we hung the camera in , and on the way out I saw half of him as I bumped him out of the meadow area and crossed the road in front of me and down the hillside he went
 
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Thanks for the reply and you are so damn lucky to have OTC elk. I am envious. I am also enjoying your posts. Very informative and just looks like fun.

I hope you tag!
Me too , I took 3 weeks off to try and fill my 1st archery tag , this will be year 5 hunting this dirt , I should have several good chances in that time it will just come down to that 5% good luck breaking my way , there’s like 7 or 8 of that will be hunting together, on and off at different times , since were all local not everyone takes vacation time , some will be hunting weekends and after work , the other good thing and everyone being local , it’s easy to get a pack out crew together when a bull hits the dirt
 

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I had to work today, but John and Big Chris went out for a scout today , who is Big Chris you ask ? He will be in our bow crew this fall , so he might show up in some pics later , so I’ll introduce him today before I post the pics from there scout trip , Big Chris has been bow hunting with John for years , I first met him in 2016 when John tagged out on the last day of archery, and I went and helped pack out , Big Chris got the his nickname because I’m Chris too and well he’s bigger so that’s how it goes when we’re together. I’m the newest edition to the archery crew , John and I live 10 minutes apart , and in the coast range so John and I end up doing most of the scouting, but not all .
2016 is also the last time Big Chris tagged out a few weeks before John did , here are pics of his bull and me packing out the head of johns bull in 16
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Here are some highlights from John and Big Chris’s trip today
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Went over to Johns and did my 1st Broadhead Test was consistently about 6 inches lower than field points , John weighed my field point and broadhead in his shop to dbl check , they were the same 100gr , he looked at my bow did one click on the dial and said try that , I got the TROPHY RIDGE REACT H5 pin system this year, where u only adjust the 20 then the 30 yd pin and then 40 50 60 all systematically adjust, we went back outside I shot at 30yd dead center , then 40 50 60 all in the black , John smiles , ain’t that easier than chasing the tune ! Broadhead test complete we turned the bow back one click for my Field points , good to go , I would recommend looking at this sight if your looking to change up 150$ is what it cost me , also John got a wild hair up his ass , and started building a walk in cooler to hang meat , looks like we’re gonna be processing our selves now , John looks to have the project complete before season , he’s an ambitious man . I suck at carpentry , but offered labor , I will chronicle the project

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The new pin system

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This bottom pic is the dial John adjusted and I was shooting dead eye with broadheads
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I’m still a noob with archery equipment even though I can shoot good , nice to have someone who knows there stuff to help my learning curve
 

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i had the afternoon to myself, so I went to learn a new patch of dirt , I took my girlfriend in this area last year Blacktail hunting , but didn’t get to far in , have been wanting to get back there , it’s an area that’s on our radar , so went learned the roads in case we hunt this area. Saw elk , we’ve been on a roll lately, John and I have seen elk seems like every trip out for the last month
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Walked some grass roads looking for a shed , no luck
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When I got back to the truck I realized I took this pic right as she cow called, you can see her mouth open, immediately after this pic 3 more elk showed up .
2 cows and a spike

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Got my 1st flat tire and ended the trip, didn’t want to risk the gravel road over the mountain, so head for the pavement
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Always on a buddies back , never mine , I take the pictures while my friends pack .....um ..... I mean , drag up the hillside to my truck !!!!! For those that missed last year , here is an example

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Always easier to take the pictures !!!
 

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Instead of going to the woods today we worked more on the walkin cooler , BBQ’d some elk backstrap and tri tip beef and flung arrows , John also put up a tv in the shop and we watched YouTube hunt videos all day while we worked

The door is on and the hole is cut for the cooler
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We drilled and ran wire for electrical
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The insulation is on stand by
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Watching hunting all day also note the AC unit is on standby as well
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The bear skull entry
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Dinner
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Went to Johns today , the start of the insulation is underway on the cooler , then we took the afternoon to checks some cams and scout a little , Cam another friend who will bow hunt with us this year came along today , were picking up bulls on all 3 cams we checked today ,hung another camera and a creek crossing we found between 2 clearcuts and saw between 20 - 30 elk today as we drove around and caught a 4 point bull out in the open in the early evening on the last hike of the day , heres the goods from the days adventures



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Walking in to check the last camera
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The new camera spot at the elk crossing
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The bull was feeding so we whistled at him to lift his head our way hes was 240 yds he stared at us for 5 min or so then waked to the tree line
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This is Cams best scouting pic of the summer so far , I’ve been wanting to share it with the Hunttalk crew, he doesn’t get to go out as much as John and I do , the last time the 3 of us got out together was back in January
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Awesome follow along thread Chris! You get hooked on archery and I’ll have you out to Idaho for deer/elk/antelope 👍🏻
Matt
Thanks Matt , I’m already enjoying the journey, I’m sure I will get hooked on Archery hunting. Seems like a natural progression for a hunter. Glad your enjoying our Rosie pics , my Girlfriend or should I say the future Mrs OregonChris and Parents should be getting to Idaho this afternoon, my uncle has a place up off the Pack River out of Sand Point , there gonna spend the week up there , I couldn’t get away this trip
 

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Thanks Matt , I’m already enjoying the journey, I’m sure I will get hooked on Archery hunting. Seems like a natural progression for a hunter. Glad your enjoying our Rosie pics , my Girlfriend or should I say the future Mrs OregonChris and Parents should be getting to Idaho this afternoon, my uncle has a place up off the Pack River out of Sand Point , there gonna spend the week up there , I couldn’t get away this trip
If your ever in the Boise area let me know, we’ll have some beers and good bbq,
Matt
 

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John and I did 14 plus miles on the bikes either riding them or pushing them through some country , were are getting close to finishing up our trips in the field to learn new areas to hunt in and around our main zone. We walked into a small herd of around 15 elk all cows from what we could see , only got one quick pic before they spilt . Here is some pics of the country we got in today

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