Caught 'em in the open!!
Well, not much to this one...
It was was the second day of the first Rifle season in 2010 and while having heard about 4 shots on the first day I was hopeful for my chances.
Started to walk on the trail about .5 mile from camp when I saw a clearing through a couple stands of trees and decided to creep closer to look into this meadow, which was about 150x300 yards with trees dotting the open area.
I was thinking it was a good spot because I wanted to try the smaller open areas versus the huge expanse approach on that day.
When I was about 20 yards from the first opening, I saw a cow walk by from right to left and then I had to put my eyes back in their sockets. Crouching down, I unshouldered my 7mm and brought it back up as slow as I could. Right when I leveled the rifle, a 3x3 walked by followed by a 4x4. Since I was shooting through a small loophole, I really only had enough time to make sure it was at least a 4x4 and shoot. Luckily, I saw five points on the next bull and pulled the trigger. I would say there were probably 12-14 animals in the group, with at least four bulls. I pulled the shot to the right ( scope was on 10x, ya I know...rookie mistake) and when the bullet struck the bull ran up into a stand and succumbed to the wound.
The second picture was taken where the bull was shot, looking back towards my final firing position.