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#7800504 - 06/07/13 12:18 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: AndySpencer]
BrentD Offline
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Registered: 09/20/02
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Loc: MN, WI, IL, MI, KS, GA, AZ, IA
Originally Posted By: Scopolamine
I guess my worst mistake was just having a cow tag, and having opportunities to shoot bulls. I've enjoyed learning from all the mistakes.


I did that once - but had I put in for bulls, I would probably have been sitting home with no tag at all. I had 7 really nice bulls in bow range before I got my first (and only) chance on a cow.
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#7800547 - 06/07/13 12:31 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Diyelker]
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Hunting where there are no elk.. elk had left the area due to too many hunters flying up and down the roads.
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#7800697 - 06/07/13 01:14 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: mtnsnake]
340mag Offline
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Registered: 11/12/03
Posts: 2208
(1) never go on an out of state elk hunt with several guys you don,t really know,for at least a year or more, and guys you have hunted with locally, because without fail at least one of them will be a lazy cheap bastard that won,t pull his weight or do his share of the work or pay his share of expenses as PREVIOUSLY AGREED TO IN EXPLICIT DETAIL, LONG before trip started.
once your on the out of state hunt , the circumstances tend to bring out the best or worst personality traits

(2)a good many times I could not afford both an elk and mule deer tags, and on those years when I just got the elk tag alone, it was almost an iron clad guarantee Id see a few real wall hanger mule deer.
but If I purchased a mule deer tag Id see dozens of crappy quality 3 and 4 point deer.

(3) not having snow chains and elastic cord clips almost always insured getting heavy snow.

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#7800719 - 06/07/13 01:20 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: rost495]
kass Offline
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Registered: 12/16/12
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#1 picking a waiting spot that I "liked" verses a spot they like
#2 looking left, right, left when I should have looked left, right, right.
#3 failing to realize that a mature bull can walk behind a thin tree and never come out the other side

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#7800736 - 06/07/13 01:28 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: kass]
prm Offline
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Originally Posted By: kass

#3 failing to realize that a mature bull can walk behind a thin tree and never come out the other side


I will add, the bull doesn't come out even when a cow elk, that the bull was following, did walk out the other side of said small tree only moments before.

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#7800812 - 06/07/13 02:05 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: prm]
Otter6 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/12
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Loc: PA
Not "Hunting" every step of the way. Walking to a predetermined meadow and not hunting my way in cost me a chip shot at a herd bull. You have to assume there are elk every step of the way. I didn't in 2011 and walked up on the bull and his cows. They got a face full of human scent and made short work of picking them up and setting them down. Had I hunted my way in,watching the wind,things would likely have been different. But,I was headed to the meadow for my evening watch and figured it was too early in the evening to actually see elk. Won't make that mistake again!
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#7800870 - 06/07/13 02:28 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Otter6]
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Registered: 05/30/08
Posts: 227
Loc: South West Colorado
Trusting my mare to let me walk up behind her on the narrow trail to turn her around. this happened going in to camp 2012

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#7800914 - 06/07/13 02:50 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: CoElk101]
BrentD Offline
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Loc: MN, WI, IL, MI, KS, GA, AZ, IA
Oh DAMN! CoDave - you win. Hands down!
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#7801227 - 06/07/13 04:56 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: BrentD]
huntinaz Offline
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 1198
Loc: Flagstaff AZ
Biggest mistake I've made (off the top of my head) is staying too long in an area that doesn't hold many elk. It's hard (for me at least) to leave an area that is historically good or has been good early in the season, even if I'm not seeing elk anymore.

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#3 failing to realize that a mature bull can walk behind a thin tree and never come out the other side


Yeah, big bucks will do that to. Hell, little bucks will do it if I've decided I'm going to shoot them when they come out frown


Edited by huntinaz (06/07/13 04:58 PM)
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#7801294 - 06/07/13 05:14 PM Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: huntinaz]
superdave Offline
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Loc: grand junction, co
Had several not-being-ready-to-shoot facepalms. Can think of two different times that a cow stepped out w/i 100 yards of where I walked out onto a point just "to glass a bit" with a cow tag.
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