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Big Game Hunting => Elk Hunting => Topic started by: Doublelunger on August 01, 2021, 09:56:00 AM

Title: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Doublelunger on August 01, 2021, 09:56:00 AM
Hate to see this. I was doing a little elk scouting and came accross this disturbing situation. Apparently this wallow looks pretty inviting to elk but once they're in they can't get out. Deep mud and a steep bank are a bad combination. At least 3 dead elk in there.
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Doublelunger on August 01, 2021, 09:57:43 AM
Elk
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: ThurstonCokid on August 01, 2021, 09:57:46 AM
Is this area tidal?


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Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Doublelunger on August 01, 2021, 10:00:24 AM
Is this area tidal?


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Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: hunter399 on August 01, 2021, 10:00:37 AM
I was gonna say that remaining elk can now step on the dead ones.
But looking at pics ,looks like that bull was a fighter and wanted out.
So that sucks.
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: ThurstonCokid on August 01, 2021, 10:01:27 AM
Is this area tidal?


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Sad to see.. Iíve seen bones in tidal areas thatís why i ask.


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Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: fishngamereaper on August 01, 2021, 10:31:30 AM
Sux to see ..

Throw some dead fall in it. I've done it before with really soft wallows. Criss cross some 4-8" stuff gives em a chance to get out if they go in.  :twocents:
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: headshot5 on August 01, 2021, 11:48:46 AM
Or cut some steps in to make it less steep.   That's a real bummer.


Edit to add:  That's the quicksand we were all worried about as kids from the Western movies. 
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: pianoman9701 on August 01, 2021, 12:40:15 PM
Nature's a fickle B#$%@.  :yike:
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Axle on August 01, 2021, 12:41:01 PM
That wallow needs a small work party for one day. There's no reason why it shouldn't be modified to keep the elk out.
You could post the location and perhaps a few good-natured folks will take some time to fix it.
Or keep the location quiet and take a work party up there yourself.  :hello:
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Tbar on August 01, 2021, 01:54:59 PM
I would guess they died of poisoning. Either toxic algae or possibly heavy metals. 
https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/livestock/cyanobacteria-poisoning-blue-green-algae#:~:text=Drinking%20water%20from%20stagnant%20ponds,all%20livestock%2C%20wildlife%20and%20humans.
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Doublelunger on August 01, 2021, 03:56:06 PM
That wallow needs a small work party for one day. There's no reason why it shouldn't be modified to keep the elk out.
You could post the location and perhaps a few good-natured folks will take some time to fix it.
Or keep the location quiet and take a work party up there yourself.  :hello:

I think a work party with some of my hunting partners might be in the works. No need for elk meat that could be in our freezers to rot in the mud. :tup:
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on August 01, 2021, 04:21:40 PM
I betcha if you got a hold of your local RMEF chapter, they could work it out with volunteers and get that death trap fixed.  That's a horrible way for such magnificent critters to die.  :'(
Title: Re: The wallow of no return.
Post by: Igottanewknee on August 01, 2021, 05:04:27 PM
Wow! Hate to see that.
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