Sharp points

Steamboat native makes legendary kill on local ranch



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Jeannie Jo Logan holds up the seven-by-seven, 320-point bull elk she killed on Oct. 25 on her parents' property off Routt County Road 44 near Deer Mountain.

— Jeannie Jo Logan was born and raised on her father's 400-acre ranch north of Steamboat Springs near Deer Mountain.

But after the family sold Joe Zimmerman's property recently, they decided to take advantage of their final chance to hunt on the land before moving. They had harvested bull elk from the land's residential herd throughout the years, but Logan had a feeling the big one was out there during the Oct. 21 weekend.

"Knowing he was up there, I wanted him," Logan said after spotting and missing a pair of six-point bulls that Saturday.

The next morning, Logan hit her target and spent the rest of the day tracking the blood trail of the bull. Her search was fruitless.

Three days later, on Oct. 25, Logan took out her all-terrain vehicle to scout an area where she suspected she might find the bull. At about 2:30 p.m., Logan spotted a giant pair of antlers poking out from the oak brush.

"I called my husband and said, 'Hey, I think I found him, and he's big!'" Logan said. "And he just said, 'Well, shoot him.'"

Propped from a tree 200 yards out, Logan felled the elk with a pair of shots from her Remington 270 rifle.

As they elk hopped up and bounded a fence, Logan said her body trembled as she saw the full size of the animal limping into the woods.

"It's an image that will never leave me," she said. "The whole majestic beauty of it - so big, dark and beautiful."

Logan located the wounded elk after enlisting the help of her father and friend Damon Labriola. Nine shots later, the elk finally gave up its fight.

"In its last movement, it was coming up with horns at me and a look in his eye like, 'I'm going to get you,'" she said.

Logan felt her "hunt of a lifetime" in her father's company was a fitting and bittersweet way to end the Zimmerman family's 36-year stay on the property.

Logan's bull had a seven-by-seven set of antlers. It registered a Safari Club International score of 320 7/8 points.

Tom Cox, manager of M & M Elk Ranch, is an official measurer for the Safari Club International. As one of two methods for officially measuring a rifle-harvested elk, Cox said SCI awards a point for every inch of measured antler to the closest 1/8-inch.

The score is a basic added measurement of a bull elk antlers' main beam length, length of tines, four circumferences taken at specific places and a spread distance credited to the widest point between beams.

Cox said only one SCI trophy elk (one that scores over 345) comes out of Colorado every three years. He said any catch over 300 point is exceptional.

"But of course, a 'trophy' is in the eyes of the beholder," Cox said.


Mark Traum 10 years, 5 months ago

9 shots!!! I do not see how that is "beautiful". Perhaps I don't know all the circumstances, but 9 shots!! That seems to me to be allot of pain and suffering for a 'majestic" animal and appears to lack the respect the hunted and the hunter deserves. Shouldn't there be a requirement that the hunter know how to shoot prior to getting a license.


JazzSlave 10 years, 5 months ago

A quote from one of my favorite blowhards - Charles Barkley, after having been attacked by PETA for endorsing a burger joint: "Animals are only good for two things: eatin' & wearin'."


OnTheBusGus 10 years, 5 months ago

No real requirements. This is America, anyone can get a gun. Taking the time to go to the range and practice and become familiar with your gun, that's another story. It's almost the same with driving a vehicle...


Brian Smith 10 years, 5 months ago

I would suppose that last shot when it was looking at her and she thought it was thinking of gettting her, it may have been thinking, could you please just shoot me in the head and get this over with? Doesn't seem so beautiful to me.


LoveStmbt 10 years, 5 months ago

Way to go Jeannie Jo! It's great to see friendly faces in the paper. What a great story for you and your family to always remember throughout the years! Hope you get it mounted as a chance like that may never come again. YOU GO GIRL!!!!


teleguy 10 years, 5 months ago

I agree with traumm, 9 shots?!?! "3 days" of suffering, not "beautiful"


elkhunter 10 years, 5 months ago

First, congratulations! You've harvested an amazing animal and a trophy of a lifetime. I hope the steaks are as delicious as the taste of victory.

Second, ignore the detractors. I'm proud that you continued to search for the bull you shot and finish the job you started. That's the hunting ethic we all need to aspire to.

Last, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Walk a mile in the shoes of an elk hunter working to feed his family before you pass judgement on this or other hunters.


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