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Elk Down - Day 1
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Native Okie 26-Aug-17
huntingbob 27-Aug-17
Fulldraw1972 27-Aug-17
WV Mountaineer 27-Aug-17
Crusader dad 27-Aug-17
deaver25btb 27-Aug-17
Gene 27-Aug-17
Brun 27-Aug-17
otcWill 27-Aug-17
Jaquomo 27-Aug-17
midwest 27-Aug-17
pav 27-Aug-17
Bowboy 27-Aug-17
Don K 27-Aug-17
hunt forever 27-Aug-17
wyobullshooter 27-Aug-17
Native Okie 27-Aug-17
Don K 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
JTV 27-Aug-17
Deertick 27-Aug-17
Jaquomo 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
drycreek 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
Dino 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
hunt'n addict 27-Aug-17
Jaquomo 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
LBshooter 27-Aug-17
Shaft 27-Aug-17
LKH 27-Aug-17
elkmtngear 27-Aug-17
wild1 27-Aug-17
Hackbow 27-Aug-17
Whip 27-Aug-17
midwest 27-Aug-17
Nesser 27-Aug-17
Sean D. 27-Aug-17
yooper89 27-Aug-17
bud 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
BULELK1 28-Aug-17
pav 28-Aug-17
Mark Watkins 28-Aug-17
Bowfreak 28-Aug-17
APauls 28-Aug-17
BOWNBIRDHNTR 28-Aug-17
GhostBird 28-Aug-17
Z Barebow 28-Aug-17
Southern draw 28-Aug-17
LesWelch 28-Aug-17
cnelk 28-Aug-17
OFFHNTN 28-Aug-17
Well-Strung 28-Aug-17
Old School 28-Aug-17
loopmtz 28-Aug-17
CurveBow 29-Aug-17
Butternut40 29-Aug-17
From: Native Okie
26-Aug-17
cnelk strikes early. Just got an InReach text from cnelk and he has filled his B List Cow tag. Headed up early in the AM to help pack it out.

From: huntingbob
27-Aug-17
Sweet!

From: Fulldraw1972
27-Aug-17
I had a feeling he would connect today. Congrats Cnelk!

27-Aug-17
He gets it done.

From: Crusader dad
27-Aug-17
I've been refreshing all day waiting for one of you killers to post! I knew someone would get it done early.

From: deaver25btb
27-Aug-17
Nice! Congrats!

From: Gene
27-Aug-17
Congrats! Time to start the 2017 meatpole thread!

27-Aug-17
Congrats

From: Brun
27-Aug-17
Congrats Cnelk.

From: otcWill
27-Aug-17
No surprise there. I predicted that Thursday night over beers. Congrats buddy!

From: Jaquomo
27-Aug-17
Yep, when he told us his strategy Thursday, figured it would happen quick.

I always tried to get my B cow in the freezer opening weekend too. Now Brad can concentrate on helping Okie and Midwest score!

From: midwest
27-Aug-17
2 lopes, an elk, and it isn't even September yet....congrats Brad!

From: pav
27-Aug-17
The man is a predator.....

From: Bowboy
27-Aug-17
He's a killer. Congrats!

From: Don K
27-Aug-17
Congrats!

From: hunt forever
27-Aug-17
Awesome!!! Hopefully pictures will follow soon. I will be getting an inrwach soon. Just waiting for an better model with a mapping GPS system

27-Aug-17
Never a doubt! Congrats, Brad!

From: Native Okie
27-Aug-17
I just got back home from helping Brad. I left at midnight and caught a few Z's off the NF road. Met Brad at 545AM. It was a really nice, big cow and he made a great shot. We made short work of it in one load out each.

He wasn't far behind me coming out.

From: Don K
27-Aug-17
That's what friends do, love it!! Help each other out whenever, and wherever.

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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Just got back home. Here is a pic of some 'cow porn' :)

I'll write up the the opening day's events soon

Special thanks to Native Oakie for taking time out of his busy schedule and help with the pack out

Shoot straight guys! The elk are ripe for the picking

From: JTV
27-Aug-17
Cool, good news ......

From: Deertick
27-Aug-17
Awesome, Cnelk! That freezer is filling up quickly.

From: Jaquomo
27-Aug-17
I'm disappointed you didn't ask me to help pack.. :( This old guy could at least carry out the tenderloins and antlers!

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
Maybe someday Lou, I didnt want to hurt you for your upcoming WY elk hunt :)

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
Okay... here is the recap of my Opening Day 2017

Wait... I need a beer...

From: drycreek
27-Aug-17
Great !

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
My expectations for opening day were pretty low. It was way warm and I had never killed anything on opening archery elk.

I guess I cant say that anymore :)

I was in the woods long before daylight Saturday morning, listening and checking sign. Not a sound was heard and after putting on 6 miles, with no elk contact made, I headed back to the truck

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
Napping and camp chores tok up the rest of the mid-day. At 4pm, it was 74 degrees! Yuck.

So I jumped in my truck and drove to higher elevation. 20 mins later & 1,100 ft higher the temp was 64 degrees

Thats better

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
Left the truck and made my up into the timber. We had a couple trail cams set up, so that was my first stop.

They showed very little recent elk activity - damn

I continued with my decision on how I was gonna hunt this spot. [I had discussed this with Lou & otcwill on Thursday night]

[Something I have always done is make a plan, stick with the plan and only let ONE thing deter you, and that is elk]

I just set up on a small opening about 530pm. The breeze was really squirrely due to the flat terrain

At about 615pm, I started mewing. Nothing real loud at first and only sparingly.

At 640pm I hear thump, thump of elk walking. I got ready and saw a tan hide slip thru the timber about 40yds away. No idea what it was, but the wind was still not very good and I thought the chance was blown

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
I continue to call. A couple minutes later I see an elk standing about 40 yds away in a different spot. A nice big cow! No shot.

She sticks her nose in the air and suddenly bolts. Damn I call some more

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
A couple mins later, I see her again! She was just out there in the timber, just dickin around. She would right at me every once in awhile.

When she turned away I would call and stomp my feet. She would turn back toward me and look again

From: Dino
27-Aug-17
Awesome stuff! Congrats!!! Our season starts Fri. Thx for posting

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
She soon tired of this game and drifted away...

Then, a couple mins later I see her again!

I decided it was time to make a play. It was about 7pm, no or never.

I could see her standing there thru the branches of a tree. I took 3 steps to my left to get a clear opening for a shot

I ranged her.... 60yds... wide open space...

I drew and held on her back rib as she had turned quartering away

I dropped the hammer...Thwack!

Off she went...

About 6 seconds later I heard her crash!

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
I visually marked the little tree she brushed by when she took off.

I did my due diligence and went to that tree, marked it with TP. and then started the search for blood.

I soon found what I was looking for [no, not my arrow] plenty of blood

I followed it for 30-40 yds and looked up and saw her laying there.

Upon inspection, my arrow had made a complete pass-thru

[More on that later]

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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As she lay

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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By now its about 720pm. After a couple 'hero pics', I got out my trusty Cutco and went to work on this big ol dry cow

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
750pm - 10.200ft - and its getting dark. I had her all quartered up [gutless method] and only needed my headlamp for the removal of the last tenderloin

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
I sent Aaron [et al] a quick InReach message and off I went with the loose meat in my SuperDay

The trek back was about .70 mile so not too bad

A little longer than my usual tho :)

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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Aaron arrived at camp at 545am and off we went back up to retrieve the rest of the meat

When we got to the 'scene of the crime' I wanted to look for my arrow

We found it about 20 yds from where she was hit, laying 2ft up on a pine bough

27-Aug-17
Congratulations on your 1st opening day elk!

From: Jaquomo
27-Aug-17
Awesome job! Did you use the "lame cow with a stillborn calf" call?

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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We had frost on our boots as we were hiking in so the meat cooled down perfectly

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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We cut off the legs and loaded up the packs - each taking a front and hind quarter

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

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From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
After getting the meat home, here are the weights of an early season dry cow - bone-in, legs cut off at the knees

Loose meat - backstraps/loins - 23lbs

Front quarter - 34lbs

Hind quarter - 51lbs

Total = 193

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
I realize some may not shoot cow elk, but they are some fine table fare and fun as hell to hunt!

The same techniques of shooting a cow are the same of shooting a bull. Sometimes you gotta push the limit and make it happen... if you want it to happen

I hope everyone has a great season, I have 2 more elk tags to fill now

From: LBshooter
27-Aug-17
Congrats, looks like some good eating heading your way.

From: Shaft
27-Aug-17
Great job! All that practice paid off!

From: LKH
27-Aug-17
Hope you have another tag. My best elk was taken on day one when I had 3 weeks to hunt. Happy but disappointed at the same time.

Congratulations and eat well.

From: elkmtngear
27-Aug-17
Nice work, Brad. Brown and down!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: wild1
27-Aug-17
Congratulations! Very tasty!

Can you tell us what two meat hauler packs were being used, thanks!

From: Hackbow
27-Aug-17
Awesome Brad....congratulations!

From: Whip
27-Aug-17
Beautiful! Nothing eats finer than an early cow elk. Congrats, and good luck on the rest of your tags!

From: midwest
27-Aug-17
Nice shootin, Tex!

From: Nesser
27-Aug-17
Awesome Brad! Congrats!!

From: Sean D.
27-Aug-17
Awesome! I have not shot one opening day but the last 2 years I killed on my first day hunting. I will be getting out there tomorrow afternoon so will probably get out tues morning and try to make it 3 years in a row. Doubt that happens but you never know!

From: yooper89
27-Aug-17
Nice work, Brad!

From: bud
27-Aug-17
That's a nice one man! Keeping me motivated. Thinking about tenderloin breaded in Kentucky colonel flour and slow fried in olive oil. Then cut up an onion on top of it when its almost done. Excellent work scouting and preparing.

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17
Thanks for all the replies! Fun stuff.

Aaron's pack is the Exo Mountain and mine is a Kelty Cache Hauler.

From: BULELK1
28-Aug-17
Very cool

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: pav
28-Aug-17
"I realize some may not shoot cow elk, but they are some fine table fare"

First elk meat my wife ever ate was cow elk. Ever since, when leaving for an elk hunt, she always reminds me it would be OK with her if I brought home a cow instead of a bull.

From: Mark Watkins
28-Aug-17
Congrats!!

Nothing like early success to get the season rolling!!

Mark

From: Bowfreak
28-Aug-17
Nice job Brad! I can't wait to get to elk country this year.

From: APauls
28-Aug-17
Right on congrats!!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
28-Aug-17
Awesome hunt, Congrats!

From: GhostBird
28-Aug-17
Congratulations!!!!!!!

From: Z Barebow
28-Aug-17
Nice job Brad! Now help that Iowa guy whack one.

28-Aug-17
Congrats !

From: LesWelch
28-Aug-17
Congrats guys!

Brad, what InReach are you using?

I just picked up the Explorer+ yesterday. Need to activate it today and start playing with it.

From: cnelk
28-Aug-17
Les

I bought the Delorme SE last year

You're gonna love it

From: OFFHNTN
28-Aug-17
CONGRATS!!!

From: Well-Strung
28-Aug-17
We are definitely elk blood brothers now since we both filled in opening day. Congrats

From: Old School
28-Aug-17
Congrats Brad - thanks for posting those actual weights as well.

--Mitch

From: loopmtz
28-Aug-17
Great, Congratulations!

From: CurveBow
29-Aug-17
Congratulations!

From: Butternut40
29-Aug-17
Congrats. That's the way to get it done.

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