Hunt of the Week for Oct. 21

Amanda Ellis



Courtesy Photo

Amanda Ellis with the bull elk she shot in northeast Utah.

Amanda Ellis

Age: 31

Occupation: School teacher/mom

Years hunting: I started hunting when I met my husband eight years ago.

Guide/outfitter name: My husband, Miles

Club measurement: No official measurement taken, my guess is 310-320, Boone and Crockett Club

Weapon used: .270 Winchester Short Magnum, ammo was Winchester Supreme Elite, 150 grain

Distance out: 250 yards

Time and date: 5 p.m. Oct. 5

Area: Three Corners Unit, northeast Utah, public land three miles north of the Green River

Hunt details: The first morning we hunted, we found a herd with a bigger bull than the one I ended up shooting. But I didn't want to take that elk and have my hunt end so soon. My parents were babysitting our two-year-old son, and I was enjoying the much-needed break. We spent the next several days hunting hard but didn't see many good bulls, and I began to grow worried that I made a big mistake not taking the one I passed up.

We decided to try a new spot. It was raining hard when we arrived at the new area, so we dressed accordingly and headed out. Looking over a cliff band, down into an old burn scar, we spotted several elk. Taking a closer look, we spotted several bulls. We had to pick our way down the steep slope through the rocks and cliffs. The rain helped cover our approach.

I was able to get on the same contour as the herd. There were five bulls in the group. I took my time and waited for the biggest bull to turn broadside and took him. My first shot hit him in the heart, but he took a few steps, fell down, rolled down the hill and popped back up again, so I put a second shot in his heart/lungs and he dropped for good.

We packed the elk out the next day with several inches of new snow on the ground. I got a European mount at Bullseye Taxidermy in Craig and they did a great job. It was an awesome hunt!


Wayne Eller 9 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful to hear stories where husband and wife enjoy things together. Way to go and congradulations!!


kneedropper 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm all for hunting, and eating elk, deer, moose, skunk or whatever but....The picture of the severed elk head with eyes open is a bit much. I bet if it were a story about yampa valley beef and you put a picture of someone holding a severed cow head you'd get quite a reaction. Please keep the photos clean.


Slapper 9 years, 6 months ago

oh yes clean. if the reality of the process of putting meat on the table was shown vegetable poduction would go up big time. as like the butchering of humans in war the two look alot alike. take the clean away from that aspect of butchering and there would be less of it.


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