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Offline Duckgtr

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First elk!
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:34:10 AM »
Tuesday afternoon i planned on deer hunting is what I told my buddy Seymour because we hadn't seen any elk since sunday. We left camp around 230pm and parted ways about 3/4 of a mile from camp. I go walking up out all these fingers and dead ends and end of legal shooting light is coming so I start to make my way back to meet up with Seymour where we parted ways. On the walk down still during legal light I see tan cruising up the road feeding towards me. At first I thought it was a doe until the big dark head moved and realized I had elk feeding towards me. No real cover to be found so I get in the drainage ditch next to the road next to a fern that had a piece coming out in front of me so I'd have a window to shoot. The elk keep moving closer just about when it reaches my window I try to pull my bow back but can't due to excitement. I retry and get it back just as the cow reaches my window and only 10 yards away! I take aim she faces me feeding and no shot. She then eats on the far side of the road giving my a quartering to me shot within the last 5 minutes of legal shooting light! Don't be silly I sent it! My arrow went all the way to the fletchings so I knew penetration was good. Of course the rest of the elk scatter. I back out to go to camp and find blood so I mark it and continue to camp to get us food as Seymour had a 2 mile hike to get to me so chow was important to us because we knew we had a long night. After I got back because it took an hour we start to look for blood and proceed to do so the next few hours until we were at a loss and couldn't find blood any more. So we break to eat around 1130. Before we eat I ask  Seymour if he wants to see where I was when I shot and on the way up bedded in the drainage ditch was a cow so I cover my head lamp and back off. We're hoping it's her and try to figure out what to do to finish her quickly but there wasn't a way  with how she was laying In the ditch and we weren't exactly 100%  sure it was her so we sat for 3 hours in the rain, wind and Misty fog waiting. We go to check her at 2am Wednesday morening and she had expired and the real work began. The next 4 hours was spent skinning, gutting quartering her for the pack out. After 5 hours of packing we had her all in the truck by 130 pm Wednesday.

She was my first elk and I really wanted to get it with my bow. Granted it's not a bull but since I started elk hunting last year I had my mind set on taking the first legal animal I had an opportunity to shoot. Can't eat antlers any way!

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 10:52:09 AM »
Great job!  Way to stick it out until the wee hours.

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 10:52:47 AM »
Congratulations! You'll never forget your first.

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 11:22:46 AM »
Congrats :IBCOOL:
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Re: First elk!
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2018, 11:27:20 AM »
Nicely done, Congrats!

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2018, 11:32:48 AM »
Very cool congrats.Thanks for sharing
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Re: First elk!
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2018, 11:37:07 AM »
Nice first elk. Congrats.

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2018, 11:38:56 AM »
Great hunt, thanks for sharing. You are certainly tenacious for staying up all night. Congratulations.  :)

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2018, 11:42:19 AM »
What broadhead? Rage?

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018, 11:54:10 AM »
Well done! Every elk is an accomplishment.
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Re: First elk!
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2018, 12:02:57 PM »
 :tup: Congrats! Thats awesome!
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Re: First elk!
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2018, 12:16:50 PM »
Awesome! Congratulations.

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2018, 12:46:46 PM »
What broadhead? Rage?

Rage hypodermic +P

Thank you everyone. It was a long nerve wracking night just waiting.

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2018, 12:51:15 PM »
Congrats!

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Re: First elk!
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2018, 01:27:50 PM »
Way to go! 

 

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