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With a 12 gauge slug gun? I know the slug is capable of the job, just wondering if anyone has done it.

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Not an elk, but my daughter shot a cow moose near Wasilla, with a tag that required a shotgun! She said it went down, started to move and she shot again! That was four years ago, her first Moose. Elk aren't any bigger! Shotgun should work!

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People do it every year on a portion of the national elk refuge near Jackson WY.

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Originally Posted by Heym06
Not an elk, but my daughter shot a cow moose near Wasilla, with a tag that required a shotgun! She said it went down, started to move and she shot again! That was four years ago, her first Moose. Elk aren't any bigger! Shotgun should work!

Same with my nephew... keep it under 100 yds, use a good slug (in his case it was a Brenneke Black Magic Magnum), and the moose went down just fine.


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I don’t even personally know anyone that’s killed an elk.

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Not an elk or moose but I know a few people who have killed bears with 12 ga slugs

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Originally Posted by Dan700mn
Not an elk or moose but I know a few people who have killed bears with 12 ga slugs


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I have buddies that kill Roosevelt (big) elk every year in NW Oregon with 12ga slugs. Nary an issue...


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Several elk hunts here in Oregon mandate shotguns with slugs. Salmon River estuary hunt for one and Findley NWR for another. Most of the elk I have killed I could have taken with a shotgun with slugs. That is both Roosevelt and Rockie Mountain species.

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Took 2 with a bow and 1 with a ML.

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Not that it wouldn't, but in all the years I have hunted elk I have never known a single person who hunting with a slug and shotgun.

I do know of 3 that killed them with smooth bore flintlock muzzleloaders however. All 3 were with round balls and 2 of the 3 were 62 cal with the 3rd being a 66 cal.

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Had a kid ask to borrow the farm 12ga to go elk hunting one year, must have been '93 or '94. Didn't think much of it, young guys gotta go out and figure things out for themselves. He came back with a six point. Not what I expected, but he and his family ate well that winter.


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Told to me as a true story, and I also heard it around a campfire....from the mouth of the shooter:

Buddy of mine had an older friend that didn’t want to move around too much when hunting.... I think he was afraid of wandering to far from his bottle....anyway, he set up with a chair on a ridge overlooking a canyon......up near Leadville..... He had a 300 WM, a 243 and a 12 ga shotgun with him. After sitting there for hours he sees a bull across the canyon and shoots the 300, hits the bull but doesn’t put it down....bull is running down into the canyon so he commences “rapid fire” with the 243.... allegedly hits the bull again... and then...wonder of wonders......, the bull comes running up the hill toward him and he puts it down with one shot of the 12 gauge.

So, yes I have heard of one bull killed with a shotgun.



Btw.... I once saw a good sized muley buck get hit with buckshot at about 30 yards..... one shot, dropped in his tracks.

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F&G and wildlife troopers regularly have to dispatch moose. bears and an occasional bison with slugs.....no problem!

F&G did a bear eradication project a few years back and killed over 100 from a heli. The bears were taken to villages
where they were butchered and meat distributed. The locals complained that the Brenneke slugs ruined too much meat so
they switched to Foster slugs and locals claimed they could eat up to the hole. The shooter required more shots per kill.

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Killed one years back with a 20 Gauge and Lightfield slug.

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Has never dawned on me that people would hunt big game with a shotgun , never heard of such thing. Learn something every day.


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Several states require shotguns for their deer seasons but I have never heard of hunting elk or moose with a shotgun. Interesting information here.


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