Sunday, November 18, 2007
Steamboat Springs Peter Doran
Occupation: Guide and outfitter, Quarter Circle Rocking D Ranch
Years hunting: 44 years, 10 as a guide
Guide/outfitter name: This one was for myself
Club measurement: 6-by-6 bull, 327 (Boone and Crockett)
Weapon used: 7mm Magnum, Browning A-Bolt
Distance out: 300 yards
Time and date: Nov. 9, with about 15 minutes left in the third rifle season
Area: Along the Elk River west of town, in Game Management Unit 214, on some private land of my neighbor's
The third (rifle) season was drawing to a close, and it was looking like I wasn't going to go out.
But I had just had four guys out for eight days, so I decided to take some time for myself.
He came out of the oak brush and stepped about 100 feet out into the fold. I was on one knee about 300 yards out. Then he winded me and turned and started to run back into the brush, so I screamed, "Stop! Now!" and he turned and looked right at me.
I tell you what, I wish my wife would listen to me like that.
I pulled the trigger and hit him right in the shoulder, right in what I call the boiler.
He never moved.
He dropped right there, about 50 feet from the brush.
I was excited - about half the neighborhood showed up after I made one cell phone call to help me pack it out.
I've never shot a 6-by-6. I've probably gotten 20 to 30 5-by-5's through the years, but this is my first 6-by-6.