USA: Rifle Elk Hunt With Rising Son Outfitters In Montana October 2020
Another Montana elk hunt with Rising Son Outfitters is about to start for me. In 2017, I took son-in-law #1 on this same hunt (https://www.africahunting.com/threa...on-outfitters-in-montana-november-2017.40896/ ) and this year it’s son-in-law #2’s turn. I was actually hoping to do this hunt in 2019, but when I contacted Randy and Dena Petrich at Rising Son (http://www.huntinginmontana.com/ ) in early 2018, they were already booked solid for both 2018 and 2019. They graciously offered to open their 2020 calendar for me, so I booked the opening week of rifle season, Oct 24-30. I think this will be my 9th hunt with Rising Son, with my first hunt being back in 2001. You could say I like hunting with them!
As with any hunt, planning and preparation plays a big part. My son-in-law, Iggy, has done some deer hunting in Louisiana and Mississippi, but this will be his first venture out west. Iggy’s deer gun is a left-handed Browning A-Bolt Medallion in 270. My other son-in-law also shoots left-handed. I am left-handed, but shoot right-handed. We started a load development using 150 gr Swift A-Frames and H4350. Then a funny thing happened: I stumbled across an identical left-handed Browning A-Bolt Medallion in 300 WM that was a screaming good deal, so I latched onto it. Our load development switched gears to 180 gr Swift A-Frames for the 300 WM. While the 270 would have worked, the added punch of the 300 WM will be reassuring if a longer range shot is required. I will be carrying my 338 WM, with 225 gr SAF.
Fast forward to 2020 and the world is dealing with the COVID pandemic. Additionally, the US is dealing with hurricanes, wild fires, civil unrest, etc, etc. I just want to go hunt!
Coinciding with the start of this hunt is the end of my 39 year career as a petroleum engineer. What better way to start retirement than with a really nice hunt? I couldn’t have scripted it any better and I thank the Lord for blessing me, both with a great career and many, many great hunts. Hopefully many more great hunts to come, as I transition into my retirement!
In August, I booked our flights to Bozeman via DFW on American Airlines. I no sooner booked the flights and American sent me a flight change. Instead of a leisurely departure time of 8:30 am, they cancelled that flight and I now have a 6:30 am departure. Not a big deal, given all the havoc the airline industry is going through. The plan is to fly to Bozeman on Thursday, Oct 22, and overnight in Bozeman. I have found going up a day early really helps to get acclimated to the altitude. Plus, Bozeman is just a cool town to visit. We’ll get picked up Friday, Oct 23 and it’s about a 45 minute drive to the ranch. Saturday, Oct 24, is opening day. The weather forecast is looking pretty good, so another fun Montana adventure is about to happen.