John and Todd take a moment to celebrate. John took this bull with a Mossberg 4X4 topped with a Zeiss Victory scope Remington 180-grain Bonded Core-Lokt bullets. His elk took 10 steps and toppled over.
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Breakfast, like all of the other meals at Kessler, is just incredible. Even at 4:30 in the morning you can count on fresh baked muffins a crackling fire and more. Read DAY 2 HERE! Read DAY 1 HERE!
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Mornings were made brighter thanks to Surefire’s Saint Minimus headlamp and Aviator handheld flashlight.
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Morning starts at 5:00 with the boys gathering to discuss tactics.
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Bull down! John walks up on his bull, which passed within 35 yards before he was able to make a shot through a small opening in the brush.
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Guide Lance Bade and Grand Slam winner, John Stanley have a chance to celebrate after wait this bull out. He finally passed within 35 yards.
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Look at the body size of this bull. Guide Lance Bade estimated him to weigh 900 pounds, perhaps the heaviest bull to come off of Kessler Canyon Ranch this year.
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John and Todd take a moment to celebrate. John took this bull with a Mossberg 4X4 topped with a Zeiss Victory scope Remington 180-grain Bonded Core-Lokt bullets. His elk took 10 steps and toppled over.
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John’s elk was down in the bottom of a steep canyon. Fortunately we were able to get a Ranger in to pick up his bull once it was field dressed, then it was a long slog out then down the mountain to the cooler.
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Chef Lenny was a gourmet chuck wagon cook before coming to Kessler Canyon Ranch. What this guy does with fresh ingredients is simply incredible. He also plays a mean guitar as well as being an expert in reciting cowboy poetry.
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Lenny give the grilled veggies a quick burst of fire. Every meal was first-class and Lenny’s after-dinner serenades were a hoot.
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John gets a shooting lesson from his guide, Olympic trap shooter, Lance Bade.
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One of the many art pieces her at Kessler Canyon Ranch.
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The lodge at Kessler Canyon is big enough to hold large corporate retreats but quiet and cozy. Accommodations and meals are truly 5-star.
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Grand Slam winner, John Stanley (right) tells the story of his elk hunt to Kessler hunt manager Tim Curry (left) and ranch manager Gregg Harper. Truly a day to remember and there is still bird hunting, clays shooting and trout fishing yet to come. Read DAY 2 HERE! Read DAY 1 HERE!

BULL DOWN! Outdoor Life’s Grand Slam Sweepstakes winner John Stanley scores on an awesome bull elk on this 3-part journey to Kessler Ranch in DeBeque, Colorado.

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