By Chris Gaines
-- My son Kevin Gaines completed his hunter safety course last year and wanted to hunt in 2009.
He got drawn for an either sex elk and an off-range oryx here in New Mexico. I am so proud of him.
On Oct. 5 we stalked a herd of elk in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico and were able to watch them for about five minutes. They started to graze away and I told him to take his shot on a cow.
The lead bull was moving too much to get a shot. He took the cow with a 50-yard shot with my grandfather’s .300 H&H magnum. Within five minutes the lead bull bugled and all we could do is look at each other and laugh. She weighed 275 hanging in the freezer.
On Nov. 3 he took a mule deer doe on an either-sex hunt at Brantley WMA just north of Carlsbad, N.M., at about 150 yards with the .300 H&H magnum. He had to comment that it was so small.
Then on Nov. 21, he took a 26-inch oryx bull south of where we live in Alamogordo, N.M. He took it with a single shot at about 200 yards from the same .300 H&H magnum with some homemade shooting sticks. He was shaking a lot when he took the shot but still managed to take it down.
I am so proud of him! I had to brag!