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#3289800 - 09/09/09 03:26 PM Average elk weight...
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Out of curiousity, what is the average weight of elk, bulls and cows respectively?Living in Ohio, I've never had the opportunity to hunt elk (no matter how much I want too),but I work with a group of guys who have.One guy today told me he has seen cow elk killed that weighed 900 pounds and bulls that weighed 1500.I said he's full of it.If I'm wrong, somebody set me straight and I'll apologize to him tomorrow.I would believe those weights if we were talking moose, but elk?
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#3289802 - 09/09/09 03:27 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: Ruger # 1]
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Nad I'll add that although I haven't hunted them, I have seen elk in the wild, and that is what I'm basing my incredubility on.
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#3289827 - 09/09/09 03:38 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: Ruger # 1]
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IME, for RM elk, average cow will run 350-550, average bull run 500-750.

a really big cow will be 550-600, a really big bull will go 800-900.

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#3289845 - 09/09/09 03:43 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: Ruger # 1]
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Coastal Roosevelt are the biggest, The only one I weighed was a spike at 125lbs a quarter on the hook. Add the hide, head, guts probably 800-900 live. I've shot a few rag bulls that were ~30% bigger and have seen a few big bulls that were more like 50% bigger. My guess is Rockie MT are probably 20% smaller.
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#3289850 - 09/09/09 03:44 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: Ruger # 1]
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RUGER # 1 - "One guy today told me he has seen cow elk killed that weighed 900 pounds and bulls that weighed 1500."


Not to say there might be a cow elk or bull somewhere in the many States and Canada where they live that might weigh that much .....

I've hunted elk in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, in many camps. I've never shot or seen either that'd weigh that, nor have I talked with any elk hunters who've ever seen any that large.

Just my experience.

I will say I'de surely love to see a 1,500 pound bull!

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#3289852 - 09/09/09 03:44 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: UtahLefty]
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Same IME...except when they are dead and a mile or more from the truck...by the time we ( notice I didn't just say "I"...)get them there, I'll sign any affidavit that the elk weighed the mythical 1000pounds! Easy....
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#3289868 - 09/09/09 03:49 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: ingwe]
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Yep, and that is per quarter!!! smile

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#3289869 - 09/09/09 03:49 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: ingwe]
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oh dude, you'd never guess how much I thought my first moose weighed by the time I got all of it back to the truck.... shocked grin

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#3289875 - 09/09/09 03:53 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: UtahLefty]
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Originally Posted By: UtahLefty
oh dude, you'd never guess how much I thought my first moose weighed by the time I got all of it back to the truck.... shocked grin


Moose weigh more than a ton..don't they??? grin
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#3289907 - 09/09/09 04:06 PM Re: Average elk weight... [Re: UtahLefty]
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Originally Posted By: UtahLefty
IME, for RM elk, average cow will run 350-550, average bull run 500-750.

a really big cow will be 550-600, a really big bull will go 800-900.


Thats about what I thought.Thanks guys.
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