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General Elk Hunting / Re: Which state is the toughest?
« on: October 02, 2019, 02:50:27 PM »
Texas. Elk arent considered a game animal here and we dont have all that much public land.

More seriously:
Ive only hunted elk once, in CO last season OTC archery. We didnt fill tags and the hunting pressure was pretty high, though I dont have anything to compare it to so definitely take that with a grain of salt.


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General Elk Hunting / Re: First Elk, First Archery Anything
« on: September 20, 2019, 07:11:39 AM »
Congrats!


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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2019 Other Big Game Hunting - meat pole
« on: September 03, 2019, 12:52:47 PM »
Got into the public land pigs again. Scored my first double on the hogs.



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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!
« on: August 02, 2019, 07:33:37 PM »
Zero days this year so Ill approach this one like its 2020.

7-10 days
40%
55%


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: June 14, 2019, 04:35:38 PM »
Texas
Maybe two weeks
If its all just general public land, 35%. If I get a draw hunt, 80%


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:43:33 AM »
Probably the Raging Bull palate plate call with a close runner up going to the mellow yellow.

That style of call fits my mouth better than anything else Ive tried.


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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2019 Other Big Game Hunting - meat pole
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:30:00 PM »
I think I already had a thread about my Super Bowl Sunday pig, but here he is again.


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:09:29 AM »
Since I failed to notch my only elk tag so far Im not sure how much weight this will carry, but here goes nothing.

Dont be afraid to improvise when circumstances are different than you planned for. On my OTC Colorado archery elk hunt we found much more human competition than we expected. After finding sign, but no elk we determined they may be in a small island of thicker growth that was being overlooked by other hunters.

We still hunted this area and both came as close as we could to filling tags and found more elk than during those two days than during the rest of the 11 day trip combined.  The elk were in there and with a little more luck we would have filled a tag. Thats not even close to how we planned to hunt elk, but sometimes you just have to find a way.


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Fluorescent Orange Laws
« on: February 25, 2019, 12:47:31 PM »
No, I havent heard that.

That said Id say that packing out is definitely part of hunting and I suppose I can see why theyd try to enforce it that way. I wonder if putting the vest on the animal (maybe attached to the antlers) would suffice. Though what if you were on a second or third trip/didnt have antlers and werent carrying a hunting weapon? Probably still a good idea to have orange on, especially if a firearm season is open...


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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Frontal shot-results
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:44:39 AM »
Congrats! Looks like some good eating right there  :clap:

It will be, I packed out the whole pig so I can do smoked feral pork ribs. I just have to figure out what else I want out of it. I might grind everything but the loins and make some more bratwurst since Im running low on wild game brats.


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Other Big Game Hunting / Frontal shot-results
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:53:13 AM »
Im not sure where exactly to put this so if the Mods want to move go ahead.

Living in Texas has some benefits. While I dont have tons of public land to hunt on what I do have is usually open to hunting of feral hogs. Much of the public in my area open to hunting is bow only for pigs and thanks to the patchwork of properties I can do it year round if I choose.

Spot and stalk pig hunting is fun, sometimes exciting, and often frustrating. Finding them often involves thick brush and if I were allowed a shotgun Id stack those tasty invasive critters on much more regular basis.

Now that the basics are covered Ill get back to Super Bowl Sunday. I finish my loop on this section of land along a lake and come to my final decision. I elect to wait and listen and sure enough after 15 minutes I hear pigs. I move and set up where I might get a shot just to watch them jog through one tiny opening. After another 30 minutes or so of cat and mouse games with fleeting 40 yard shots in the brush Im presented with an opportunity.

The pigs are working back towards me in a stand of young trees and my only chance is a kneeling shot so I might find some shooting lanes under some of the taller ones. I pass on a couple of chances at quartered on shots when a nice chocolate pig starts to stare me down head on.

I judge this pig around 20 yards (turns out it was probably 18) and think that maybe his face is high enough and Im low enough to try a frontal shot. Its a pig, Ive been looking for a real life volunteer to test my new setup so I decide to send it.

I watch my arrow hit where I intended, and the the fletching fishtail to the right. Im momentarily puzzled and the wounded boar turns and runs with a decent amount of arrow sticking out of his chest. I figure my arrows a lost cause and hear a snap as he flees into the brush.

After watching him and the others run off to my left and then the other pigs come back left to right, but no chocolate hog with them Im feeling pretty confident. I find blood almost immediately (a little unusual for hogs) I slowly work the trail on the muddy pig trail. After crawling through the pig tunnel I find him dead 40-50 yards later.

The broad head struck him just left of center on his face, tracked along his cheek and punched through one side of the thick round base of the shoulder blade, broke a rib, made a big cut through the left lung and proceeded to chop suey his liver. The stomach also had a hole in it, but I cant be certain if that was at impact or after hauling him up for cleaning.

My arrows weigh 475 grains and leave my bow at 256 FPS. Im using 125 grain Magnus Buzzcuts and I dont plan on changing anytime soon.


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!
« on: February 03, 2019, 06:13:13 AM »
I run cameras for various animals and even took a couple on my elk hunt last fall. When scouting for deer I like to know what there and basically when they are moving as the season approaches. I use them some for feral hogs as well. It gets hot here and I like to have an idea what part of the day they are hitting a water hole so I can try to be more efficient.


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Campfire / Re: Did Some Processing
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:32:02 AM »
I agree with cnelk on the casings. I have some collagen left over, might use them for snack sticks at some point, but I think Ill stick to hog casings for most of my sausages.


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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2018 Other Big Game meat pole
« on: December 26, 2018, 04:42:30 PM »
Congrats Army of Dad. I use my grandfathers rifle as well. It has a fixed 4 power scope that I have wanted to update to a 3-9 but I can't bring myself to change it. I guess I need to convince my wife to let me buy another rifle.

Yeah, Im toying around with upgrading the glass on there myself. Of course just getting a whole new rifle and scope package would be pretty cool as well...


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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2018 Other Big Game meat pole
« on: December 21, 2018, 03:31:04 PM »
I shot my first ever deer last night on a public land hunt organized by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Best part is I was able to use a rifle that once belonged to my maternal grandfather. Really awesome to hold that heirloom and use it for my first deer. Its definitely not the first deer to fall to that rifle, I have no idea how many grandpa took with it before it made its way down the line to me.



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