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Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Walking up, pushing bull and cows
« on: September 12, 2021, 02:49:29 PM »
If he hung around a bit and eventually wandered off I would say he isn't spooked too badly, but Elk Noob is right. He could be 2 mountains away and still be in his home range.
I would go back and hunt that area until you confirm he is gone and then I would look into other areas. I would probably start one or two drainages over and call to see if you can locate him or other elk again. They might not come in but they should be willing to respond to a call right now.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2021 Elk Meat Pole
« on: September 12, 2021, 02:45:22 PM »
Congrats.

Season started good for me with elk encounters every day but now the only tracks I am seeing are 4-wheelers. (which aren't supposed to be there)
I've exhausted my first 3 areas so now it's on to plan D. 2 days of work next week and then I can go back to wandering the woods.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: arrow penetration on big bull
« on: September 12, 2021, 02:42:54 PM »
I'm far from a pro but I know they can live a long time with one intact lung. If placement was good on a broadside bull I would guess it must have hit a rib and turned. I can't tell from the photo. Is the blood on the ground frothy? I think one lung is enough to be fatal but it might take a while. He will probably have to cough up blood that is leaking into a lung even if he isn't bleeding on the outside.
If he bleeds enough he will eventually need to replace that fluid and will get thirsty so if you don't have any luck trailing him and have to start grid searching I would poke around the nearest water source first.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2021 Elk Meat Pole
« on: September 08, 2021, 08:53:48 PM »
Congrats fellas.

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Maybe I spoke too soon. I didn't draw that tag two years in a row with draw odds of 75% and 83% but I drew it this year in the second drawing for unclaimed tags. They haven't released the draw odds for that yet but it's usually less that 20% on the second drawing.

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Idaho big game draw results came out today and once again I swung and missed. I put in for a really great elk tag so wasn't surprised not to draw that one. I also put in for an extra antlerless whitetail tag and didn't draw that one either. Last year the odds on drawing it were really high. Something like 85%. Everyone I know that put in for it drew it except me. This year I don't know what the odds on drawing were yet but I do know that everyone I know who put in for it drew it. Except me. (9 people)

I've drawn 4-5 extra doe tags but every time I've drawn one the drawing odds have been 100%. I've put in for several others with drawing odds ranging from 75-90% and haven't drawn a one.
I also have been putting in for a buck tag for several years now that statistically I should have drawn 3 times and I've drawn it 0. I also know several people that have drawn that tag multiple times. It's kind of annoying.

I did draw a moose tag after 8 tries that statistically should have taken 8 tries so I'm happy about that.
Anyone else cursed on drawing in areas that have no preference or bonus points?

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Dealing with left overs in Grizzly Country
« on: February 28, 2021, 01:45:06 PM »
We burn it. I like the idea of removing the smell altogether rather than hanging it back in a tree to advertise to bears.

I think the mountain house packages and most other food items would have less odor before opening them and would smell more enticing after they have been cooked.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Getting over fear
« on: February 23, 2021, 10:14:58 PM »
My dad shoots a genesis bow from Mathews (I think that's who makes it). I think it's for kids getting started in archery. The bow has no draw weight or draw length. You just pull it back and shoot. It's way to light to hunt with but he uses it to try to get over target panic. It might be a good way to start off shooting real light poundage and work your way back up to your hunting bow.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:17:58 PM »
Do you have a link to a video if there is one. I would like to check it out. I have been wanting one of these for a while but most of the places I hunt they aren't allowed so I haven't spent the money on one yet.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Decoys
« on: December 11, 2020, 11:53:29 PM »
I've used mine many times and have only had one positive experience with it.

We were hunting in an area that had been full of elk the day before and weren't having any luck locating anything so we sat down to do a long cold calling sequence when someone eventually spotted a spike walking down to us. He was coming right to me but I wasn't interested in shooting a spike that early in the season so I switched places with someone else and I called and got out my decoy. Mine is the elk butt. The spike came down and the shooter missed right under him. I didn't know what happened so I kept calling and he came back and the shooter shot under him again. He ran down hill right to the other shooter who shot right over him. He ran down farther and I kept calling. He came back up and the second shooter shot right under him. 4 misses in about 5 minutes but he didn't want to leave. He stayed where he could see me for several minutes while I called but wouldn't come back down. After a few minutes a cow and calf came down and the calf spotted me and ran straight at me and stood in the brush about 5 feet from me. The cow came down and looked things over and left taking the other two with her. It was a pretty cool experience but it's the only good one I have had. I have had a lot of other elk look at the decoy but that was it.
I carry mine all elk season long without the legs. I put a clip on it so I can hang it on a limb which works pretty well. The decoy itself weighs very little. The legs are fairly heavy.

I keep thinking I should try one of the decoys that attaches to your bow and you shoot through it and look through it but I haven't yet. I think that would result in a lot of frontal shot opportunities if they are coming in focused right on the shooter.

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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2020 Other big game meat pole
« on: November 19, 2020, 07:23:08 PM »
Here is a deer I shot a week ago. I passed on 4 mulies the last few times I had been out. Three of them were 3x3s and one forky.  This guy made the mistake of being 400 yards from the truck. The mulies were miles back in the woods.

It would be a better story if I was using all my hunting skill to shoot this guy but the real story is I was sitting next to a fire I had built and was screwing around on my phone and stuffing things into my back pack getting ready to leave because I had no faith that there were going to be any deer around any time soon when I noticed that this buck was 3/4 of the way across the clearcut I was supposed to be watching.

He has a giant body. Normally after skinning one out I can lift it up onto the hooks in our walk in cooler and it was all my Dad and I could do to get this one up on the ceiling. He had so much fat in his body cavity I had to cut out a ton of it and dig through it to get to his tenderloins. Must have been a good year for plant growth.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Spooking a heard
« on: October 06, 2020, 10:16:52 PM »
I agree. They are either still there or they're not but you won't know if you don't go back. I Generally quit hunting a place after I have rustled them up pretty good and can't locate them the next day but I have bumped herds and been right back into them the next day or later the same day.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 12, 2020, 01:53:43 PM »
Moose after shedding velvet

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 12, 2020, 12:54:57 PM »
No elk photos but had several more encounters. I called in a 6 point bull to 4 yards and hit the only stick between him and me and shot over his back. I don't know how many people have missed a broadside bull at 12 feet but I managed it. The next day I called in a spike to 30 yards and promptly shot under him.

Heard a few bugles the next day in a different area but I'm not convinced they were elk. They didn't quite sound right but I have been fooled before. I will be back there next week. It was hot and the bugling I did hear quit early when it was warming up which sounds more like elk than hunters but I'm still not convinced.

Then the next day I went to a different area and was getting a little discouraged by the lack of elk sign. I got no responses to my calling at the first spot I stopped, so I moved to another spot that was a couple hundred yards above some wallows. I called there for a minute and didn't hear anything. I convinced myself that nothing was around and I wanted to get out to a ridge to glass before it got hot so I started to move off and spotted a 5x5 sneaking in about the same time he saw me from 80 yards.

I have seen and called in bulls 4 out of 6 days and have had a blast. I have to work for the next couple days so I won't be back out till Tuesday. I did get to watch a small bull moose shed his velvet. I will post pictures of him if I can get them off my phone.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: What about last week of season?
« on: September 12, 2020, 12:42:27 PM »
The latest I've shot one in our archery is Sept. 29th. It was a satellite and he and the herd bull were bugling like crazy.

Like others have said I've heard fired up bulls well into October.
 

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