Elk hunters?

Elk hunters?

PostBy: jjmason On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:33 pm

I know there are many hunters and gun enthusiasts on this forum so I was wondering how many of you have ever taken a trip to the rockies for an elk hunt or are planning to do so? I'm an avid hunter and elk are my favorite quarry. I've been fortunate enough to have made 3 trips so far and I'm hoping to go again soon. ( Work has been slow so I'll have to wait until 2010 at least :( ) I rifle hunted in 03 with no success and 04, taking a respectable 5x5. Then in 06 I took the next step and headed out for a Sept archery hunt. I didn't bring home a bull on that trip but it was the best hunting experience of my life! I had a bull at 15 yards bugling right at me but came away with no shot opportunity! Talk about exciting though! All my hunts have been 100% fair chase, DIY, public land hunts in unit 12 Idaho. The bull I was fortunate enough to take certainly was no trophy by B&C standards, but it brings a great deal of satisfaction when you earn a bull all on your own. Just curious of anyone else's experiences...love a good huntin' story ;)
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Re: Elk hunters?

PostBy: bksaun On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:42 pm

Went to Colorado in 97 with an Archery cow tag. Saw no elk for 4 days and on the last evening of the last day I walked in between 2 herds of about 40 each. Stood beside an aspen tree and a cow came up at 22 yards, put an arrow through both lungs, she walked calmly about 20 feet and layed down and that was that...Beginners Luck!, plain and simple.

Returned in 2000 and had one cow at 15ft but she had a late calf still nursing, should have been weaned by then, but I let her pass.Still had a wonderful time and took a nice mule deer buck home too.

Bk
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Re: Elk hunters?

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:43 pm

My brother goes every year (except this year he had an accident 3 days before he was to leave). The biggest one he has gotten was an 8x8 that was taken with a .60 caliber flintlock.
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Re: Elk hunters?

PostBy: jjmason On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:43 pm

bksaun wrote:Went to Colorado in 97 with an Archery cow tag. Saw no elk for 4 days and on the last evening of the last day I walked in between 2 herds of about 40 each. Stood beside an aspen tree and a cow came up at 22 yards, put an arrow through both lungs, she walked calmly about 20 feet and layed down and that was that...Beginners Luck!, plain and simple.

Returned in 2000 and had one cow at 15ft but she had a late calf still nursing, should have been weaned by then, but I let her pass.Still had a wonderful time and took a nice mule deer buck home too.


Cool! Harvesting an elk with the bow is my ultimate goal. It couldn't have been all beginner's luck 8-) That gave you a nice freezer full of good meat too! There is no taking of cows in the unit I hunt, but I'm not sure I could have shot one anyway with the bow. I only had one bull within bow range.

SuperBeetle wrote:My brother goes every year (except this year he had an accident 3 days before he was to leave). The biggest one he has gotten was an 8x8 that was taken with a .60 caliber flintlock.


60 caliber! :shock: I didn't know they made that big of a bore!
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Re: Elk hunters?

PostBy: gambler On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:54 pm

SuperBeetle wrote:My brother goes every year (except this year he had an accident 3 days before he was to leave). The biggest one he has gotten was an 8x8 that was taken with a .60 caliber flintlock.


I would love to have the money to do that some day.
A flintlock kill would be great as would a handgun (45 colt) kill.
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Re: Elk hunters?

PostBy: SuperBeetle On: Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:14 pm

60 caliber! :shock: I didn't know they made that big of a bore!


Oh yeah and even bigger than that. The "Brown Bess" Musket was a .75 caliber. Nothing like a 3/4" hole to make a big bloody hole.
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