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#2735645 - 10/27/14 09:46 AM Montana Wolf
tjones Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
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Loc: Hamilton Montana
Saturday was open day for the general rifle season here in Montana. My son has been living out of state the past few years but had moved back this past spring. We have hunted together since he was old enough to go. He would tag along the years before he was old enough.

Thanksgiving week 2011 was the last year he was a resident and he shot an elk that week and that was the last year we hunted together until this year. It was great to be headed to the hills with him again.

It was a typical opening weekend, mild temps and lots of hunters. We headed to one of our old spots that had been good to us on opening day. We had some rain this past week so at least going was quiet.

We hunted the way we use to, staying together till about mid morning and he headed back to get the Jeep and drive to a spot and pick me up. There was not much elk sign, but it was a beautiful day and the start of a long season.

Shortly after splitting I heard what I thought was a wolf howl. Now I have heard a lot of wolves howl but this one sounded a bit hokey. At first I thought it was a guy. I sat tight till I heard it again but still wasn't convinced it was real. I thought what the heck and voice howled back. Sure enough I got an answer, so I howled again trying to imitate the howl. This time the whole canyon lite up. I could pick out at least 4 different howls above me and close.

The wind was perfect, steady down hill, so I howled again and moved slightly so I had a good view. I knew if they came in they would try and get down wind and I wanted to make sure I had both routes covered.

One more howl and I could hear them coming on the run. At about 70 yards I could see them flashing through the Lodgepole. I had a good opening to the left and as luck would have it that's where they were headed trying to get down wind. I could see two silvers coming hard. When they hit the open spot I howled again to try and stop them. It worked. The first one was behind a small tree, but the second was broadside at 50 yards. Up went the rifle and off went the shot. The wolf went down immediately and never twitched. A Triple Shock through the shoulders.

I could not believe what just happened. I have been hunting wolves since they got delisted and have had close calls but never a shot. I chalked it up to having my son back as a good luck charm.

I howled right after the shot and for about 30 minutes with my wolf laying there the rest of the pack howled back at me. Very cool. They moved back up the hill and I could tell there were 4 left. One of the best days I have had in the field. I hiked out, got my son and went back for pics. We decided to pack the wolf out whole so we could get it on a scale. 3 hours later we were headed home, all smiles.







Edited by reb8600 (10/28/14 10:56 AM)
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#2735652 - 10/27/14 09:58 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
OGSix Offline
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Registered: 01/15/14
Posts: 110
Loc: Nebraska
That is AWESOME! Great story and even better you got to do it with your son!

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#2735656 - 10/27/14 10:09 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
220_Swift Offline
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Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 15653
Loc: Central Oklahoma
Great looking wolf.

Congratulations!!!!!
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#2735657 - 10/27/14 10:11 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
batman1262 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/13
Posts: 358
Loc: W KY
Congrats!! That is a true trophy! I have always said, you gotta be there to get lucky.

What did it weigh?


Edited by batman1262 (10/27/14 10:11 AM)

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#2735658 - 10/27/14 10:16 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
tjones Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 3332
Loc: Hamilton Montana
Anyone want to take a guess at the weight?
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#2735660 - 10/27/14 10:23 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 5055
Loc: stuck in a fence
holy smokes. what a great looking wolf. congrats mr jones. wow.

116 pounds

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#2735663 - 10/27/14 10:24 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
reaper4 Offline
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Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 1902
Loc: maryland eastern shore
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#2735664 - 10/27/14 10:26 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
WhoCares Offline
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Registered: 08/21/09
Posts: 540
Loc: Magnolia, Texas
So did u weigh it? And did u measure it? I'm really curious cause it looks huge. Beautiful just Beautiful. I think it would be a bit concerning knowing 4 or 5 of those huge animals were running around hungry in the woods with me! Something I really never think about down here in Texas.

My guess 150


Edited by WhoCares (10/27/14 10:27 AM)
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#2735666 - 10/27/14 10:30 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
batman1262 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/13
Posts: 358
Loc: W KY
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#2735676 - 10/27/14 11:11 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
220_Swift Offline
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Loc: Central Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: tjones
Anyone want to take a guess at the weight?


Real Heavy!!!!!
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#2735680 - 10/27/14 11:21 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
catwhacker Offline
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Registered: 10/07/07
Posts: 6482
Loc: west michigan
Nice write up and wolf Tony!! Nice to see you hunting with your son again!!

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#2735682 - 10/27/14 11:24 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
lyotehunter Offline
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Registered: 02/23/02
Posts: 1787
Loc: roy,ut.,u.s.a.
great wolf,my buddy weighed his last one and it was 172lbs.that one looks like it could go 145 hard to tell by pictures
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#2735684 - 10/27/14 11:29 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
crittr gittr Offline
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Registered: 08/31/12
Posts: 1304
Loc: UTAH
Congrats on a very fine trophy. 135 lbs?
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#2735687 - 10/27/14 11:33 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
Kiyotes Offline
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Registered: 10/04/11
Posts: 120
Loc: Upper, Mi
Nice one. 110 lbs

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#2735690 - 10/27/14 11:37 AM Re: Montana Wolf [Re: tjones]
AZG Offline
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Registered: 09/23/13
Posts: 183
Loc: Mohave County, Arizona
I sure do enjoy these wolf stories. I would love to hunt a wolf. Really like to get me a black or white one. Pretty awesome photos. Great job!
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