I was asked to post this to share here.
I post on Gunboards sometimes, (Im a Mosin Nagant collector),its a place Ive been a few years back, and again, after a year and 1/2 with out internet.
Its in "August Context" because I wrote it then and posted while gassing up in Kotzebue.
I dont really want to post old storys, except as an example.
I hope the repitition of my seasonal events hasnt got you all yawning by now, so here I am again....
We now have a general "Open" season, so we have to hunt Ox ASAP, to beat everyone and his dog to them....LOL!
Only 16 are being allowed to be harvested this year, up from the previous 10.
"However" it is open to any and all Alaskan residents, so we get out early, and hunted with the rising tide, using our big bopat for transpo. This happend about 1 mile from our fishing camp, and we had them in sight for about a week.
Soooooooooo......before we shot, I very thourly didscussed shot placement with the boys.
Winter Ox have quite a bit of wool, which , in sighting on them, puts the neck bones about mid neck.
Being Summer, they havent quite the wool grown, but still have the long hairshanging, so the neck bones would appear to be "Higher" for sighting in on......well, we talked it over and decided that the Heart is still in the same area, and thats where we would place our shots.
Doug hit the heart and wiped out the Aorta on his shots, and in 30 or so second, his was "Meat"
Doug had "First shot", as Jon and I had the last 2 taken home, so it was his "Turn"
He took the Ox that had all the Ladys in a group, and out of the 19 Ox attending, 5 were mature Bulls. The Big Bad Boy had the other 4 lingering on the fringes, as they were just waiting for him to sleep or turn away :P
The "Fringe" Bulls, as we call them wernt far off, and as you see they came up from the river to see what was happening, join together and defend the herd..... Too bad for them! :lol
Ox just dont run away.
After Dougs double shot, Jon (Who is and acts like hes 17) decided it was gonna be a neck/head shot as usual, with dim results.......
I shot 3rd, as I love watching the boys do a good job, and was rather happy with my results.
I made mine a heart shot as did Doug, and my results were a 10 second kill :roll: