It took two years, but Adam Ford did it, and on his own.
The Allegheny Township man traveled west to hunt elk last fall, with no success. He never even saw one of the animals. This year he tried again, going to San Juan National Forest, near Bennett Peak in southwestern Colorado.
He had no guide, no one to show him the way, just a camp site.
And he scored.
Ford shot a 6-by-6 bull that green scored 350 and weighed 900 pounds.
He got it on the first day of that state’s second rifle season, at about 12,500 feet, on the edge of “the dark timber,” he said. It was near dusk when he brought the animal down with a single shot from his .300 Magnum at about 125 yards.
Long an avid whitetail hunter, with four sons who hunt with him often, Ford did himself proud with his massive bull.
Adam Ford with his Colorado elk.