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Old 10-03-2012, 20:29   #1
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Anybody Kill Anything Yet?

Most places have archery open already, has anyone here killed anything yet?

I just got out for the first time today even though archery opened this past Saturday.

I've been busy with work, trying to sell my bike and life in general so I only got to tune my bow up with the broadheads today.

I also sighted in the crossbow I got off my buddy last year.

I had no intention of hunting but then I got my stuff tuned and I was already where I hunt so smelling of cigarettes, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt, my smelly old work boots and all I set out.

Walked around for a few hours, the wind was not in my favor until 6:20, 15 minutes before dark. I snuck up on this herd in an open field like a lion in the Serengeti. I got to thirty-five yards away and I shot her right in the ticker with my arrow gun.

I still think my recurve and compound bows are more fun, but this is an an efficient meat harvester.

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Old 10-03-2012, 21:05   #3
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Shot a 3rd on a friends tag when he failed to connect on his stalk, but aside from the shot, nothing really worth making note of.

Got 2 first time hunters on caribou. Didn't get a moose, but I've still got bear and 5 deer tags to fill, possibly a late season musk ox, or buffalo as well.
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Old 10-03-2012, 21:08   #4
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Not yet...been too damned hot to pack out. HH
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The Okie Corral

The Okie Corral

Shot a 3rd on a friends tag when he failed to connect on his stalk, but aside from the shot, nothing really worth making note of.

Got 2 first time hunters on caribou. Didn't get a moose, but I've still got bear and 5 deer tags to fill, possibly a late season musk ox, or buffalo as well.

Wow those are impressive!

I got a bear tag last year but didn't have much luck.

This year I know where a good place would be but I just bought a new motorcycle so a taxidermy bill isn't in the cards for me.

For big game all we have in PA are bear and deer, and some elk out west via lottery. Heck I think they even call turkey big game here.
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Shot a 3rd on a friends tag when he failed to connect on his stalk, but aside from the shot, nothing really worth making note of.

Got 2 first time hunters on caribou. Didn't get a moose, but I've still got bear and 5 deer tags to fill, possibly a late season musk ox, or buffalo as well.
Alaska is the BOMB!
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Shot a 3rd on a friends tag when he failed to connect on his stalk, but aside from the shot, nothing really worth making note of.

Got 2 first time hunters on caribou. Didn't get a moose, but I've still got bear and 5 deer tags to fill, possibly a late season musk ox, or buffalo as well.
Very nice. Congrats!
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Got my first bow kill/first buck on Saturday...
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Got my first bow kill/first buck on Saturday...
Congratulations! How did it feel compared to a rifle kill?
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And I'm butchering my deer now. I stabbed myself in my finger already and now there's a thunderstorm. Nothing like butchering a deer on an inclined surface in the pouring rain.
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Old 10-03-2012, 21:53   #12
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No archery here, but I'll be going with a rifle in a few weeks for Mulies and Whitetail. Gonna try to bag at least one with my new AR. Grouse after that.
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Not yet. I really need more hazelnut saplings to make proper arrows.
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Gonzoso, nice work on the impromptu doe hunt. Kind of proves the point about the work just beginning once the animal is down.

AK_Stick, beautiful caribou in beautiful country, I'm envious! Someday I'm going to hunt Alaska....


I've got a pronghorn doe tag for a season that begins this weekend in NW Colorado. It'll be a quickie meat hunt but good prep for the more rigorous elk, deer & bear season coming in three weeks.
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I've got a pronghorn doe tag for a season that begins this weekend in NW Colorado. It'll be a quickie meat hunt but good prep for the more rigorous elk, deer & bear season coming in three weeks.
This morning I got up at 3 a.m. and drove to the grasslands of NW Colorado to hunt for pronghorn. Went through some beautiful country on the way and watched several herds of elk and deer. The area I hunt pronghorn is a patchwork of private and public land, so one has to study the maps carefully to stay on public ground. It was 3 days after the season opener and there were no other hunters around. Pretty soon I spotted four animals moving about a half mile away. I drove on another half mile and planned a stalk to head them off, walking down a gulch, then up over a hill.

The animals had bedded down about where I expected them to be. Pronghorn are very wary, able to detect movement at great distance. I crawled on my belly about 90 yards until I could barely see them from a prone position. Four does were positioned so each was looking in a different direction. Suddenly, two were looking in my direction and I knew it was time. I shot the biggest doe in it's bed at 210 yards. The 180 grain .30-06 Nosler Partition broke the shoulder and clipped the heart. She got up and ran with the others about 70 yards, then collapsed. It was 8:02 a.m. I'd been hunting for 30 minutes. Oh, well.

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The quarter mile drag to the road was an easy one. The location was about a half mile from where I'd taken a Pronghorn buck last year. That hunt was a little more involved for a one day hunt, but also more rewarding.

On the way home I drove up the beautiful Williams Fork River, up Ripple Creek Pass, and onto my elk camp outside Buford near the FlatTops Wilderness. The combined elk, deer, bear season begins in less than two weeks. I can hardly wait.
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This morning I got up at 3 a.m. and drove to the grasslands of NW Colorado to hunt for pronghorn. Went through some beautiful country on the way and watched several herds of elk and deer. The area I hunt pronghorn is a patchwork of private and public land, so one has to study the maps carefully to stay on public ground. It was 3 days after the season opener and there were no other hunters around. Pretty soon I spotted four animals moving about a half mile away. I drove on another half mile and planned a stalk to head them off, walking down a gulch, then up over a hill.

The animals had bedded down about where I expected them to be. Pronghorn are very wary, able to detect movement at great distance. I crawled on my belly about 90 yards until I could barely see them from a prone position. Four does were positioned so each was looking in a different direction. Suddenly, two were looking in my direction and I knew it was time. I shot the biggest doe in it's bed at 210 yards. The 180 grain .30-06 Nosler Partition broke the shoulder and clipped the heart. She got up and ran with the others about 70 yards, then collapsed. It was 8:02 a.m. I'd been hunting for 30 minutes. Oh, well.

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The quarter mile drag to the road was an easy one. The location was about a half mile from where I'd taken a Pronghorn buck last year. That hunt was a little more involved for a one day hunt, but also more rewarding.

On the way home I drove up the beautiful Williams Fork River, up Ripple Creek Pass, and onto my elk camp outside Buford near the FlatTops Wilderness. The combined elk, deer, bear season begins in less than two weeks. I can hardly wait.
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(The orange thing on the left-front leg, is that the tag for your area?)
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(The orange thing on the left-front leg, is that the tag for your area?)
Yes, that's the carcass tag which has to be signed, punched and attached to the animal immediately after the kill. It's tied with orange baling twine. I always carry about 50 yards of baling twine while hunting. It's cheap, compact, lightweight, and strong enough to drag a deer or goat down the mountain or across the prairie. For big heavy game like elk, it is invaluable for tying back the legs for field dressing, or keep a beast from sliding down mountain. Baling twine can save the day when you have to maneuver and prepare a 400-500 lb. animal by yourself.

Last year's bull rolled down a slope and piled up against some oak brush where it was impossible for me to move him. Eventually I got his legs tied back to nearby shrubs so he could be field dressed, skinned and cut up for packout.

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Elk are big animals, too big for most men to move more than a few feet. There's no dragging an elk back to camp, even with a horse.

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Neatly held with baling twine, this one at least fell on level ground....

The Okie Corral

I got 'er cut up ready to pack out the next morning, but a bear chomped on much of the back straps by the time I arrived the next morning....

The Okie Corral

A bear also ate part of my 2010 elk. I had cut it up into 7 pieces ready to pack out and laid them out on the snow for a morning packout. I tried to foil a bear by tying all the pieces together with baling twine to make it harder to carry away. It worked! The bear dragged a leg and all the pieces followed but the tied parts kept him from getting away with anything but the unsecured liver.

The Okie Corral

Can you tell I like hunting elk?

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My 2012 elk hunt begins in one week, wish me luck.
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Rifle season ended several weeks ago out in most of CA! Crazy...
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I've shot two raccoons and two skunks in the last week, wasn't good eating though.
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Rifle season ended several weeks ago out in most of CA! Crazy...
Holy cow! Rifle doesn't start here until the Monday after thanksgiving.

I kinda dread it a bit. I hunt a large private piece of land, only myself and 2 other guys hunt a thousand acres.

Rifle season comes and I "hunt" it but mostly I spend my time keeping off trespassers and poachers.
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I just planted my fields this weekend. Its still hot, humid, and swarming with biting insects down here.

Cant wait though, got a nice buck on the property I didn't get a shot at last year. Hoping to find him this year.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:29   #22
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Picked up my tags yesterday, got the rifle cleaned up, sighting in this afternoon. Heading up to elk camp in 5 days. Hoping for some meat this year, seems like a late rut so we may be in luck. Either way, going to take a whitetail down as well this year, I hope.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41   #23
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I had a beautiful compound bow a few years back but had to sell it (awesome trophy pics by the way!) and am looking to find a good 30-06 for deer hunting up here in New England. Any suggestions anyone?
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Nice job there stinky boy! Nice story. Wish you had video of the crawl.
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