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I applied for MO first elk hunt and obviously didn’t win.  I’ve been seeing lots of deer posts but where are the Elk hunters at?  There was one nice PE elk hunt post but not successful.   I have to live vicariously through someone. 

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My elk hunt is apparently round filed at the Fish n Game office - both my public controlled elk hunt draw and landowner appreciation elk hunt draw were air balls, whiffs, complete misses.  So were my deer hunt draws....and my Super Hunt entries.  0 for 9 in draws this year.  I'm jealous of the tag soup guys!! 😂

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My elk hunt was the only one I got to go on this year.  Archery season evaporated with work not letting me off.  Sort of understandable since my time off was not formalized.  Antelope evaporated because of work.  That one was planned and approved until management "requested" that I take part in a project that conflicted.  Figured OK, I'll be a team player....especially since layoffs were kind of rampant around the organization.  I still had a deer and elk hunt.........then we had three forest fires in the unit for my deer hunt so needless to say they closed down the area.  Whew, when it came time to leave for elk hunting I was going come hell or high water.  Had a great week.  Didn't bring anything home but saw more animals than I ever have in this area before and we sat on a group of 4 cows for an hour trying to get a clear lane through the brush but they moved off before we could get a clear shot.  It was a grand hunt and I'm grateful for the time I got to spend in the woods.  Moral of the story.....heck if I know but next year I doubt I will be so accommodating to work when it comes time to head into the woods/grasslands.

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I posted it in the Montana Elk thread.  Got it a week ago Thursday.  Two years in a row I have gotten trophy size elk.  The only two elk I’ve ever shot.  I had to watch him coming towards me for 15 minutes before I got the shot.  I had to keep reminding myself to stay calm.  I was a wreck. 

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15 minutes ago, Big Al said:

I posted it in the Montana Elk thread.  Got it a week ago Thursday.  Two years in a row I have gotten trophy size elk.  The only two elk I’ve ever shot.  I had to watch it him coming towards me for 15 minutes before I got the shot.  I had to keep reminding myself to stay calm.  I was a wreck. 

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WOW Al, that's a dandy. I missed the other thread and will look it up. Congrats!

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My elk hunt this year was a draw for a cow in one of the N ID units. It lasts until the end of December, so I'll let it calm down a bit when the deer season ends Dec 1st and the droves of deer hunters are out of the woods. I didn't score on a whitetail this year and will not be going out over the next few days due to other commitments i.e a SD pheasant hunt I'll be leaving for tomorrow morning. Oh well, I do have the MT mulie in the freezer and am fairly certain I can find a cow to shoot before season end.

 

Retirement sure is sweet!

 

Nice bull by the way, Al!

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55 minutes ago, Up North said:

My neighbor actually shot this young bull, but half of it is in my freezer.

 

 

I need better neighbors.     Anyone need to store some elk meat?     I'll also consider waterfowl and quail. 

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1 hour ago, molliesmaster said:

 

I need better neighbors.     Anyone need to store some elk meat?     I'll also consider waterfowl and quail. 

Well we were hunting together butchered it together and packed it out together, but yes a good neighbor.

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As I mentioned a bit earlier in this thread, I had a cow elk tag for a local unit. I talked with a farmer a bit south and he said at one point he had around 100 elk out in some timothy grass field he owned and to go ahead. Well i finally got out, drove to where he indicated the elk were hanging out and arrived to the spot about 15 minutes before legal shooting time. A friend and I sat in the truck for about 10 minutes and headed out across the field. The field has a rise to it and we couldn't see on the other side if the elk were in the field. It was still fairly dark from being overcast when my friend took a look through his binos. He indicated he saw around 1/2 dozen, so we stopped and waited for 5-8 minutes and then he took another look. The cows had moved to the backside of the rise, so we crouched down and slowly made our way to where we could peek over the rise. When we could see over, we slowly stood erect and I couldn't see anything, but he being 5-6 inches taller than I said "there they are...closer than we thought." I crawled and pushed my pack the final 15-20 yards to the apex of the rise and peered over.

 

Standing below were about 40 head grazing in the grass. I spotted a cow standing off by herself, located her in the scope...she looked like a good cow, so I zeroed in behind her front shoulder and let one fly. At the shot, I didn't see her go down from the recoil and the others were milling about, so initially I though I'd missed. I asked my friend if he saw her drop and he indicated "like a rock!" Finally the others cleared and I saw her downed in the field. Paced off 225 paces from where I shot, with my old style Ruger model 77 300 Win mag, shooting 200 gr Nosler partitions. 

 

We walked back to the truck to get the sled and on a whim, I called the farmer to ask if we could drive across his field to pick it up. He said if it's got a good freeze on it, go ahead and in the course of our conversation, he said last week there about 170 head of elk in the field. Fortunately it was frozen solid, so we drove out and picked her up. We thought we could load her in whole after dressing her, but weren't able to, so my friend got the sawz-all he brought along out and we cut her in half to get her loaded. 

 

Shot her at 0700 am and got her skinned and hung in my friends unheated shop and back home by around noon. About the easiest elk I've ever shot and thankful for it!

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