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#7179688 - 12/13/12 elk for my 98yo great uncle
Kodiakisland Offline
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My great uncle has hunted elk out west since before WWII and killed many, but mostly for meat and not trophy. During the 70's and 80's he took a yearly trip from Arkansas to Colorado with his horses for a week or two of back country hunting. The last few years he has not been able to go. Not because he wasn't able, but because other family members couldn't go. His long time hunting partners are long gone.

This year he went to Kansas to hunt a high fence ranch hunt. Yeah, I know, but this was probably his last elk hunt. It was mostly to remember the good times over the last 70 years he has had hunting elk, plus a chance to get a trophy rack. He was happy, so I was happy.

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#7179794 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
Brad Offline
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98 YO... I salute that man!
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#7179810 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Brad]
hillbillybear Offline
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Living 98 years and still able to go hunting.

That is one heck of an accomplishment. I am glad he got to go one more time. cool cool
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#7179819 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Brad]
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Kudos is right! Good for him showing the spunk to get out there.Salute!
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#7179837 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: BobinNH]
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Registered: 01/28/04
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That is AWESOME!!! Congrats to your great uncle!

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#7179930 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Huntr]
Lonny Offline
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Heck yes! Good for him walking the earth for darn near a century is quite an accomplishment and to be healthy enough to still be hunting is really amazing.

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#7179954 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Lonny]
bea175 Offline
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I hope i will live long enough to do the same thing. He has my salute . I hope he gets to do it again next year. Congratulation on a nice Bull
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#7179965 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
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What a great deal! Congratulations to him.
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#7179990 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
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Whats really funny is he has taken to the WSM rounds. He has had several 270 WSMs and finally settle on a 300WSM as his main hunting rifle.

I took him to Cabelas last month. As usual, lots of people came up and asked him if they could help him find anything. Every single one of them he told: Yes son, I'm looking for a gentle wider woman who goes to church, can drive, and likes to eat out. Every single one of them. We went out to eat and he told the waitress she needed to sit in his lap so he could hear her better.
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#7180061 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
30338 Offline
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That is awesome. And got a laugh about the WSM stuff.

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#7180062 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
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Your Great Uncle is my hero. I want to do the same when I am in my 90s.
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#7180092 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: roundoak]
SLM Offline
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Registered: 04/10/09
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That is awesome. Tell him congrats.

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#7180101 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: SLM]
Mauser_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/28/11
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Loc: Colorado
Damn! I feel young now. I've got another 28 years if I can do as well.

Good on him.
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#7180157 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: 30338]
1tnhunter Offline
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Registered: 12/25/11
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Loc: Tennessee
God bless him!!!!!!!!

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#7180309 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: 1tnhunter]
TexasChase Offline
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Registered: 04/08/12
Posts: 588
Loc: Central TX
Great pic. And very inspiring.

BUT you left out one very important detail... what kind of gun is in the pic?!?

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#7180351 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: TexasChase]
Smokinfeathers Offline
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Loc: tx
Congrats to him!! sounds like a cutter!!

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#7180367 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: TexasChase]
Kodiakisland Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexasChase
Great pic. And very inspiring.

BUT you left out one very important detail... what kind of gun is in the pic?!?


He has several, but I think that one was his BAR with a BOSS barrel.
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#7180393 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
mitchellmountain Offline
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My hunting partners are mostly in their sixties and seventies, and I'm only in my 30's. Hope I still want to get out and go when I'm walkin' it alone. Good for him, and God bless him for his example.

MM
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#7180394 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Kodiakisland]
7mmMato Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
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Loc: Northwest Missouri
An inspiration.

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#7180412 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: 7mmMato]
hotsoup Offline
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thoroughly enjoyed the story and pic of your uncle. good for him. may he see his next elk hunt in 2014. thanks for posting.

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#7180598 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: hotsoup]
JustinL1 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
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Loc: SW PA
Thanks for posting, by the picture I thought he was a tough, ornery old bird...by your Cabela's story, I would say that's true! Congrats to him and I hope I get to have almost as many experiences as him!!!
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#7180619 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: JustinL1]
Ladymulerider Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
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Loc: Ouachita mountains, AR
That's quite a man!~ Congrats to him for gettin out there and hunting!
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#7180884 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: Ladymulerider]
CFVA Offline
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Registered: 02/19/10
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Loc: Virginia
I bet he's a card, hope to see a picture of him with another elk next year.
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#7180898 - 12/14/12 Re: elk for my 98yo great uncle [Re: JustinL1]
Kodiakisland Offline
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Originally Posted By: JustinL1
Thanks for posting, by the picture I thought he was a tough, ornery old bird...by your Cabela's story, I would say that's true! Congrats to him and I hope I get to have almost as many experiences as him!!!


That dudes about as tough as they come. Spent a lot of time as a logger in Washington before the war. Sounds like they stayed in the woods all week and raised hell in town on the weekends.

When he was in his 80's, my mom thought he was having a stroke in church. He was slumped over in the pew and not moving one of his arms. She got up to check on him and it turned out a mule had kicked him the day before and broken several ribs. He hadn't gone to the doctor yet but knew they were broke because he could feel them moving around when he breathed. When he was in his early nineties, he broke his ankle. He waited three days to go to the doc because he had stuff to do.

And the reason he wants a woman who can drive is because he says at his age he doesn't have time to be chauffeuring any women around.
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