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Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:30:15 AM »
Date/Time: 15 September, 2017/8:45 AM
Location: Somewhere in the elk woods
Hunt Pressure Status: Minimal
Hunt: Solo Hunt
Tag: Archery tag; any bull

So far, so good.  You marked two vocal bulls about 500 yards up the hillside from where you started at daylight this morning.  To this point, you have not made an elk noise yourself.  As you got closer, working up through the pine hillside using available elk trails, it sounds like there may be a satellite and possibly a herd bull.  Within 60 yards, you make the determination that it may be too thick to do a calling setup (minimal openings/shot lanes) and decide to just crawl in, using the thermals to your advantage, and see what pans out.  As you get within 40 yards, you hear what sounds like a few cows and again, two bulls.  Now, you hear what sounds like a bull raking a tree and crawl towards that sound.  At the point you see antlers knocking the beegeezus out of a small tree, you quickly get within 25 yards of the commotion.  You are now at this point in time, on your knees, with the bull visible and continuing to rake the tree (you can hear cows up a bit on the hillside but cannot see them).  If you slowly stand up, you will have the visual/angle on the bull you see now.  Thoughts on how to proceed here to possibly have a successful hunt?
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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 10:47:40 AM »
Shoot....aim just above the low branch should clear the top branch

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2017, 11:19:47 AM »
At 25 yards, will your arrow have that much arc?   That's probably 6-8 inches between branches  :dunno:

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2017, 11:22:02 AM »
I wouldn't take that shot.  When he's done raking, you gotta hope that he looks back at his cows to check and that's when I would sidestep to the right and shoot.

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2017, 12:37:42 PM »
At 25 yards, will your arrow have that much arc?   That's probably 6-8 inches between branches  :dunno:

Depends how far away from the branch you are.....if it's close then you gotta think about your arrow being lower then your sight....if it's like 12 yards ya gotta think about where your ten yard pin  would be...which for me is alil higher then my 20 

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2017, 02:01:30 PM »
Shoot....aim just above the low branch should clear the top branch
:yeah:
Dead bull! Depending where I think the limb is in relation to the elk I am most likely putting my 20 yard pin right below the limb.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2017, 02:57:57 PM by BULLBLASTER »

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2017, 02:10:24 PM »
If i could side step about a foot or two then, id twack him. With that current sight window - I just don't feel comfortable with the shot...

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2017, 02:13:44 PM »
It depends a lot on whether that branch above my mark is right next to the bull or closer to me. If it's closer to me, then no shot. If it's close to the bull, thread the needle and get out the onions.
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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017, 12:10:16 PM »
id stand and draw ,give him a cow call . when he looks up and turns drill in front
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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2017, 05:45:37 PM »
Thread the needle. Practice shooting over/under 1" pvc pipe at various distances to the target. Make a stand for it and practice. It helps knowing you have this shot in your bag.

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Re: Elk Tactics 2017 - Episode #5
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2017, 02:58:02 PM »
Shoot....aim just above the low branch should clear the top branch

Urrrrrr,  that red dot looks very close to dreaded gut shot if he moves a fraction forward  - ouch gut bag.

 

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