Randy_Beasley Colorado Elk 2013


Randy traveled from Illinois to kill this Colorado elk with the same Fred Bear takedown recurve he has been shooting since 1998


Joe, I was hunting in Colorado about 50 miles south of Steam Boat Springs.   The close towns are Yampa and Oak Creek.  The area is called the Wilderness Flattops.  My brother has been to this location quite often and we hunt out of a base camp without a guide or outfitter, but rent horses to ride back into the Flattops usually about two hours each way.  We have ridden as much as three hours in and then back out each day some day.  We often hunt three days and then take an afternoon off to go to town and get a shower and check in at home.


I killed this elk on September 14, 2013 late in the evening.  My brother and I heard some bulls bugle and since he knew the area so well he knew which meadow that these elk might end up in and his guess was correct.   My brother was doing all of the calling and the elk only stopped once when it first entered the meadow.   My brother called again and the elk was almost running to find that cow elk.  I did not notice that my brother had moved behind a tree to keep the elk from seeing him as he kept calling to this elk.  I therefore, did not realize that my brother was really only about five yards or so away from the elk when I shot.   The elk turned to leave after I shot and both of us cow called to him.  The elk stopped about eighty yards away and I saw it fall down.    We decided to get this elk out that same day as it had been raining on us each and every day we hunted and we thought the trail would be worse or could be worse the next day.  Therefore, we begin getting this elk ready for the trip out.  We have panniers and we loaded all the meat on two horses, but we did not want risk any rodeos so, I put the antlers on my pack and walked out.  It would not have been so bad except it did rain some on us and the trail was very slick.  While I did not fall down, I did slip and slide quite a bit.   Once we returned to camp and took care of getting the meat in a cooler with ice and getting the horses fed, we were ready for bed, but it was now 4:30AM and we had missed our usual 4:00AM wake up call.  My brother said he was not going hunting today.  He too had walked out the five miles to get back to camp.


Considering that I had started hunting elk in either my late teenage years or my early 20's and I am now sixty years old, it really did take me a long time to get this elk.  


I hope that the moose only takes a few more months.  I have a trip planned and will fly into Deer Lake NL later this year


 My arrows are Douglas Fir that measures 29 inches long from throat of nock to back of  the 225 grain Tuffhead.   The balance point is 19 inches from the throat of the nock.   If I calculated correctly, this is 15.5% FOC.   Since I write the total weight of the arrow on each arrow, I was able to determine that arrow was 684 grains.  Most of the arrows in that group I took with me was in the 680 grain range.  I have been shooting a Fred Bear Take down since 1998 and on this hunt I was using the 55 pound limbs.  I suspect I will use the same weight limbs on this fall's moose hunt.  However, I intend to try some tapered Douglas Fir arrows to see how they fly.      I have ordered some shafts from a company out on the west coast and I expect them to arrive any day now.  They offered a 12 inch taper and most of the rest only offered a 10 inch taper.  


I plan to try out the 300 grain Tuffhead I bought at the UBI.   If they work well, I will need to get some more as I only bought one set of three


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