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#7835826 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: muygrande1]  
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#7836021 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: rost495]  
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Originally Posted by rost495
Never put in for cow tags because of the cow/bull ratio vs what you figure you'll see..

Now I"m scared to put in for a bull tag. But no worries, my hunting days in CO are over anyway.



THIS!!!!!


Third morning I'm 10 yards from a bedded bull. Watched him for several minutes before the wind just slightly swirled for a split second. Then he stands up and looks at me for several more seconds before slowly trotting off 15 yards. A cow call turns him around and brings him back - broadside at 10 yards again - for several more minutes as we stare at each other. I could have shot him 1,000 times! Too bad I bought a cow tag because of the sex ratio in that unit.



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#7836269 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: AndySpencer]  
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I went on my first elk hunt in 1978. I didn't hunt elk in 1979. That was the worst mistake that I've ever made regarding hunting elk. I've made lots of minor mistakes since then but I've never again made the mistake of not hunting at all.

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#7836348 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Cocadori]  
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Originally Posted by Cocadori
Not expecting the unexpected.


This x 1000

Deal breaker..


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#7836375 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Shag]  
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My worst "mistake" was shooting two elk (Dad and I) at last light, in the rain, several miles from camp on a steep hillside. We fought mud, rain and elk for several hours to get the elk quartered. The elk would start sliding in the mud. Both of us working together we couldn't stop the momentum until we lodged it against a tree.

We arrived back at camp several hours after midnight, soaked and smelling of elk. The next morning my Dad reminded me of his bad back - which he was sure would go out if he packed any elk. I spent the next two days packing out two elk - 12 miles each day.

I'll never shoot two elk at the same time again. At least not at last light, on a steep hill in the rain.

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#7836451 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: brymoore]  
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Originally Posted by brymoore
My worst "mistake" was shooting two elk (Dad and I) at last light, in the rain, several miles from camp on a steep hillside. We fought mud, rain and elk for several hours to get the elk quartered. The elk would start sliding in the mud. Both of us working together we couldn't stop the momentum until we lodged it against a tree.

We arrived back at camp several hours after midnight, soaked and smelling of elk. The next morning my Dad reminded me of his bad back - which he was sure would go out if he packed any elk. I spent the next two days packing out two elk - 12 miles each day.

I'll never shoot two elk at the same time again. At least not at last light, on a steep hill in the rain.


I presume you and your dad's last name is Hemingway.

I've done a few last light of last day killings of elk and whatnot but had better luck than you did getting them out.


Save an elk, shoot a cow.
#7837270 - 06/21/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: BrentD]  
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Getting invited to a late season Elk hunt, had my bags packed and was out the door for the drive to Colorado, no problem, I always keep a bag packed for such things. I took my new Ruger # 1 that I had rebarreled and reworked for 330 Dakota, Got to where I was going and well the ammo boxes I had at the time were all the same color. I had ammo alright, 338 Winchesters. Lucky for me I had left a box in the truck from a range sighting it a few days earlier. I had 4 rounds of 330 Dakota, I was lucky the gun shot right where I wanted it to, and I had three left to hunt with. Not good, my comfort level is to have at least 10 on hand. My friend had plenty of guns and if I needed to one could be used. It didn't matter much shot a cow on the third day and it was less than 60 yards. I never hunted with that rifle since. Sold it some time ago. Learn a lesson. Decide what rifle you are going to hunt with for the whole season, and put a box or two of ammo in you pre packed bags or some place in your car. Or stick with the common cartridges.


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#7890442 - 07/11/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: AndySpencer]  
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Worst mistakes...I failed to make the shot.


Muzzleloader season 2000: Worked down a hill through some timber hoping to see a bull before he saw me. Jumped a bull right at the edge, down and to the left of starting point. He moved off into the aspens further to the left. Milled around trying to get a glimpse of him when I hear a close up bugle in the direction he went. Seconds later, a throaty bugle answers from below me and to the right, maybe 100 yds or so. I begin moving to my right through the timber. After about 80 yds maybe, I hear the bugle again, but back the way I came and now closer to me on the uphill/downhill aspect of the ridge. So I backtrack 20 yds and see elk heads beginning to filter into the timber ahead of me back at the edge where I originally jumped the bull(I was now at the lower end but kinda in the middle). Several bulls that look like 6pt or so. I stop and watch, next thing ya know they all bail out of the timber downhill and are obscured by intervening trees, brush, ect. I can hear them sidehilling in my direction though. So, by now the adrenaline is flowing madly...I move downhill and to my right a bit.

Elk hair between trees/brush below me...Just a little more...there, that big spruce tree up ahead...right below it is the opening the herd is moving through...get to that tree damn it!!!...you can shoot then...almost there, step out next to the tree, and...ah, [bleep]!!!...g*d d*mn spike bull right there and he nailed me!!...

Spike makes a funky noise and launches like a rocket through the mass of elk walking across the small opening.

Ah chitt, the jig is up!! That 6 point is gonna hit high gear now...Shoot! Shoot!...dang it, his chest is behind a pile of rocks...Shoot! Shoot!...his neck is above the rocks and shootable, cool...can't miss at this range...shoot he's gonna run!!!!!!

BOOOOOOM!!! And the rocks go flying.

The bull and two cows jumped/ran directly ahead and uphill about twenty-five yards and stood there looking around like "WTF was that". I had another smaller spruce between me and them, so I began to reload with shaking hands. Most of the powder got into the barrel. smile Just started to ram the bullet down the barrel when they got tired of standing around and disappeared over the edge in the direction they were originally traveling. Finished reloading and couldn't find them again. Guess I got bull fever on that one.


Same trip a few days later. Stayed up too late (no, alcohol wasn't the problem...don't drink. BSing about guns and hunting half the night on the other hand) and got up late the next morning. Well after sunup when I got into the area where I might see something. Couldn't believe that a bull would be out in an opening munching grass at 8:30 in the morning. Sure as schitt, I'm walking the trail, rifle slung over my shoulder and what do I see (way too late) as I come around a finger of trees extending into the park...6 point bull with black horns and white tips, head down munching grass like all get out. Course he saw me at about the same time. The rifle came off my shoulder and stayed there, I can tell ya that!


Muzzeloader season 2008:Got into a bunch of elk at close range in timber. Cows almost ran me over, thought I was going to have to move outta the way, but they veered around me at the last second. Bull on the other side of some blown down timber, can't see him but I know I saw horns when I first got there. Finally, 5 point bull and several cows come back down the hill and clear the tangled mess in front of me. I pull up the Knight rifle and BOOOOOOOOM!!! ...Missed that sonofabuck at 25 freakin' yards. I cussed myself for the rest of the trip 'bout that one.


You see in this world, there's two kinds of people my friend; those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.


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#7893006 - 07/12/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Lee_Woiteshek]  
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Hunting with a road hunter that was glued to the seat of his bronco. Two separate seasons I drew on the area just out of Yellowstone on the Idaho side for a cow. He didn't even want to stop and glass. Just drive, drive, drive...what a waste of time. I saw 0 elk those years. But boy, I know Eddie Rabbit's and Alabama's greatest hits by heart, even 25 years later!


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#7893651 - 07/12/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: ppine]  
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Originally Posted by ppine
Not getting in good enough shape, especially after age 55.
Under-estimating the critter.
Hunting in popular places full of non-resident goofballs. No offense but Texans in Colorado can be a problem as a group.


How about voting for an anti-gun, anti-hunting Muzzie wanting to destroy your country?


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#7893660 - 07/12/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: ppine]  
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Originally Posted by ppine
For those of you not used to hunting ahorseback, check your zero on your rifle after a few days of carrying a rifle in a scabbard.


Unless you have a quality gun, scope, mounts, and are a real American hunter, rather than a true POS Muzzie lover.

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#7894265 - 07/13/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: eyeball]  
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Hiked in a few miles and camped close to our usual opening day spot. We got up at 5am and moved into position. We literally put our sleeping pads down and laid there all day. Not a beast in sight all day. It was cold as hell and we were frozen. Finally at 5 minutes before dark, we got up to head back to camp. We stood up and started stuffing our nick knacks into our rucks. We looked over and there was a dozen elk with 3 legal bulls looking at us from 75 yards away that literally must have rounded the bend in the canyon we were watching 15 seconds after we got up and there was still enough light to shoot. Busted and gone!

I just groaned and headed back for an MRE.


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#7894781 - 07/13/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: eyeball]  
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Originally Posted by eyeball
Originally Posted by ppine
For those of you not used to hunting ahorseback, check your zero on your rifle after a few days of carrying a rifle in a scabbard.


Unless you have a quality gun, scope, mounts, and are a real American hunter, rather than a true POS Muzzie lover.


I've had a rifle change zero after being in a scabbard; no scope or mounts involved. An open sighted rifle with a rear sight that had a spring under it. You turned the screw up or down to change the height. Spring kept the sight up against the screw. The scabbard pushed the sight down and the screw turned out (because it was now unloaded) due to the jostling from the horse. Missed a four point bull at 80 yards because of that; shot right over his back. These types of rear sights show up on a lot of guns, best thing to do is locktite them, but it can make changing the zero a bitch, depending on how much glue one puts in there.


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#7895140 - 07/13/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Larry in Colorado]  
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Not shooting the spike and holding out for a bigger bull....then going home empty-handed. Only did that once....then 2 6x6 bulls in consecutive years.


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#7925963 - 07/24/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Calif. Hunter]  
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1. Loosing focus during midday in the dark timber. Busted them out of there beds.
2. Wind, not keeping it in my face
3. Forgetting my sleeping bag. Even early september nights get pretty cool at 9k feet. Hard to get a good nights rest.

#7930065 - 07/26/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: hunttolive]  
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Moving away from a state that actually has elk hunting. And one of the best at that (Arizona)!!!

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#7930944 - 07/26/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: John_in_MS]  
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Not a road hunter, but I am sure I have driven past more elk than I will ever see out in the open...

More than once I have been up at 0400, driven up the forest road and hiked for an hour or two, then hit the previously driven road only to come across elk tracks obliterating my tire tracks.

Made the usual mistakes, been scented, rushed through bedding areas, distracted hiking rather than hunting, misses at close range, bumped scopes, etc.

I always say "that is why it is called hunting, not killing."


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#7935241 - 07/28/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: superdave]  
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Responded earlier about getting three animals down 3 miles from the truck. After some thought, I've decided the worst mistake I've made was not going at all, something that has happened maybe twice since 1982 when I got started.

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#7937086 - 07/28/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: 3584ELK]  
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Not actually Elk hunting, but on our way to Colorado to hunt Elkone November, I was driving and we would alternate drivers when we switched gas tanks,a chevy with saddle tanks. We stopped on the backside of the Baker Grade outside of the California/ Nevada state line,walked around the front of the truck when we changed drivers because we were pulling a utility trailer. Unbeknown to us was that my brother who was "asleep" in the campershell had gotten out for a pitstop, and we drove off and left him,Bare foot, levis, t shirt and light windbreaker, didn't realize it untill we reached Las Vegas for a gas fill up. We turned around and went back to where we had switched drivers and found him curled up on a big flat rock trying to keep warm. Do I need to tell you he wasn't very happy....


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#7937173 - 07/28/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: Malloy805]  
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#7951142 - 08/03/13 Re: The worst mistake on your elk hunt? [Re: BCJR]  
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not befriending someone who is a good elk hunter and who has a good place to hunt elk.

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