Sitka Mountain Gear
2017 Elk Meat Pole
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
midwest 27-Aug-17
cnelk 27-Aug-17
EmbryOklahoma 27-Aug-17
Fulldraw1972 27-Aug-17
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Well-Strung 27-Aug-17
Well-Strung 27-Aug-17
Jaquomo 28-Aug-17
Well-Strung 28-Aug-17
Mark Watkins 28-Aug-17
cnelk 28-Aug-17
cnelk 28-Aug-17
writer 28-Aug-17
Jaquomo 28-Aug-17
12yards 28-Aug-17
tobinsghost 28-Aug-17
simek 28-Aug-17
ELKMAN 28-Aug-17
delkslayr 28-Aug-17
NorCalVineyards 28-Aug-17
TMA1010 28-Aug-17
NorCalVineyards 28-Aug-17
Pigsticker 28-Aug-17
wyobullshooter 28-Aug-17
hunt'n addict 28-Aug-17
ElkNut1 28-Aug-17
APauls 28-Aug-17
jordanathome 28-Aug-17
jordanathome 28-Aug-17
Bullhound 28-Aug-17
jstephens61 28-Aug-17
stringgunner 28-Aug-17
WV Mountaineer 28-Aug-17
Bowboy 28-Aug-17
spyder24 28-Aug-17
hunt forever 28-Aug-17
tobinsghost 28-Aug-17
Barty1970 29-Aug-17
fubar racin 29-Aug-17
elkmtngear 29-Aug-17
Bake 29-Aug-17
Rickm 29-Aug-17
straightshooter 29-Aug-17
kadbow 29-Aug-17
JakeBrake 30-Aug-17
rattling_junkie 30-Aug-17
fubar racin 30-Aug-17
PA-R 30-Aug-17
The Kid 30-Aug-17
bigbulls6 31-Aug-17
Nesser 31-Aug-17
Nesser 31-Aug-17
Brun 31-Aug-17
jordanathome 31-Aug-17
packnin4elk 01-Sep-17
Tracker 01-Sep-17
SteveB 02-Sep-17
rattling_junkie 03-Sep-17
Elkhorn 03-Sep-17
JL 03-Sep-17
HUNT MAN 03-Sep-17
rattling_junkie 03-Sep-17
HockeyDad 03-Sep-17
Royboy 04-Sep-17
Striker@home 04-Sep-17
Z Barebow 04-Sep-17
hunt forever 04-Sep-17
shooter 04-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 04-Sep-17
Bowboy 05-Sep-17
Nesser 05-Sep-17
ElkNut1 05-Sep-17
APauls 05-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 05-Sep-17
Scoot 05-Sep-17
cnelk 05-Sep-17
bugslinger 05-Sep-17
ElkNut1 05-Sep-17
stealthycat 05-Sep-17
Scar Finga 05-Sep-17
crazyhawksfan 06-Sep-17
SJJ 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
goelk 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
bugslinger 06-Sep-17
spikebow 06-Sep-17
ElkNut1 07-Sep-17
bugslinger 07-Sep-17
ohiohunter 07-Sep-17
Big John 07-Sep-17
njbuck 07-Sep-17
Outdoordan 07-Sep-17
YZF-88 07-Sep-17
Dino 08-Sep-17
Dino 08-Sep-17
Dino 08-Sep-17
Dino 08-Sep-17
Reflex 08-Sep-17
ohiohunter 08-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 08-Sep-17
spikebow 08-Sep-17
easeup 08-Sep-17
rattling_junkie 08-Sep-17
wyobullshooter 08-Sep-17
Z Barebow 08-Sep-17
sasquatch 08-Sep-17
Twinetickler 09-Sep-17
SBH 09-Sep-17
Keef 09-Sep-17
Surfbow 10-Sep-17
lariat 10-Sep-17
hunt forever 10-Sep-17
Native Okie 10-Sep-17
hoytshooter1 11-Sep-17
bigbuckbob 11-Sep-17
coonazz 11-Sep-17
mulecreek 11-Sep-17
jordanathome 11-Sep-17
bigbulls6 11-Sep-17
Jason Stafford 12-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 12-Sep-17
cnelk 12-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 12-Sep-17
jordanathome 12-Sep-17
destroyer 12-Sep-17
squirrel 12-Sep-17
Gene 12-Sep-17
jordanathome 12-Sep-17
Ermine 13-Sep-17
Pigsticker 13-Sep-17
Fulldraw1972 13-Sep-17
Barty1970 14-Sep-17
turkey talker 14-Sep-17
Nesser 14-Sep-17
Bone Collector 14-Sep-17
painless 14-Sep-17
APauls 15-Sep-17
HockeyDad 15-Sep-17
Muleyman 15-Sep-17
Lark Bunting 15-Sep-17
Muleyman 15-Sep-17
deerslayer 16-Sep-17
SBH 16-Sep-17
Bake 17-Sep-17
Scoot 18-Sep-17
COHOYTHUNTER 18-Sep-17
jordanathome 18-Sep-17
Reflex 18-Sep-17
Beav 18-Sep-17
Beav 18-Sep-17
weighttrain_2000 18-Sep-17
big Al Morris 18-Sep-17
YZF-88 19-Sep-17
HUNT MAN 19-Sep-17
Cheesehead Mike 19-Sep-17
Quinn @work 19-Sep-17
Wv hillbilly 19-Sep-17
carcus 19-Sep-17
Barty1970 20-Sep-17
otcWill 20-Sep-17
Grasshopper 20-Sep-17
Pigsticker 20-Sep-17
novembermadman 20-Sep-17
rershooter 20-Sep-17
ElkNut1 20-Sep-17
DoubleGunDennis 20-Sep-17
Bake 20-Sep-17
Bake 20-Sep-17
jordanathome 20-Sep-17
DuckhunterBrad 20-Sep-17
CO Ambush 20-Sep-17
creed 20-Sep-17
grossklw 20-Sep-17
crazyhawksfan 21-Sep-17
crazyhawksfan 21-Sep-17
Quinn @work 21-Sep-17
NvaGvUp 21-Sep-17
crazyhawksfan 21-Sep-17
crazyhawksfan 21-Sep-17
Quinn @work 21-Sep-17
wyobullshooter 21-Sep-17
ORarcheryboy 21-Sep-17
Outdoordan 21-Sep-17
Upacreek 21-Sep-17
Upacreek 21-Sep-17
LC Archer 21-Sep-17
LC Archer 21-Sep-17
JTreeman 21-Sep-17
Heat 22-Sep-17
SBH 22-Sep-17
Bugle 22-Sep-17
Ucsdryder 22-Sep-17
joehunter8301 23-Sep-17
joehunter8301 23-Sep-17
patience2spare 23-Sep-17
t-roy 23-Sep-17
cmbbulldog 23-Sep-17
Quinn @work 23-Sep-17
Quinn @work 23-Sep-17
huntabsarokee 23-Sep-17
natemullen 23-Sep-17
Gene 23-Sep-17
Matte 23-Sep-17
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CK 24-Sep-17
jtelarkin08 24-Sep-17
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MTNRCHR 24-Sep-17
Gold Miner 24-Sep-17
goelk 25-Sep-17
Bigfoot 25-Sep-17
Scoot 25-Sep-17
CK 25-Sep-17
Treeline 25-Sep-17
Grasshopper 25-Sep-17
Arrowheadhunter 25-Sep-17
Whitetail 25-Sep-17
Irishman 25-Sep-17
SBH 26-Sep-17
Irishman 26-Sep-17
SJJ 26-Sep-17
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BigRed 26-Sep-17
BigRed 26-Sep-17
zeke 26-Sep-17
Mossyhorn 27-Sep-17
loopmtz 27-Sep-17
Ski & Skin 27-Sep-17
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ohiohunter 27-Sep-17
Adventurewriter 27-Sep-17
bowhntr 27-Sep-17
SlipShot 27-Sep-17
Dreaming Big 27-Sep-17
Nogutsnostory 29-Sep-17
Treeline 29-Sep-17
houndy65 29-Sep-17
IDBowhntr 29-Sep-17
Treeline 29-Sep-17
Chasewild 29-Sep-17
Shaft 29-Sep-17
IDBowhntr 29-Sep-17
Quinn @work 29-Sep-17
NJ Elkhunter 29-Sep-17
Gene 30-Sep-17
bigbulls6 30-Sep-17
radhunt 30-Sep-17
johnny 01-Oct-17
Bugle 01-Oct-17
KyleSS 01-Oct-17
KyleSS 01-Oct-17
INDBowhunter2 01-Oct-17
houndy65 02-Oct-17
Ron Niziolek 02-Oct-17
Cut2Kill 02-Oct-17
catbacker1 04-Oct-17
catbacker1 04-Oct-17
catbacker1 04-Oct-17
catbacker1 04-Oct-17
Porcupine 04-Oct-17
IDBowhntr 05-Oct-17
ROUGHCOUNTRY 06-Oct-17
B&C 06-Oct-17
B&C 06-Oct-17
rattles33 06-Oct-17
0hndycp 08-Oct-17
deerslayer 08-Oct-17
Geno 08-Oct-17
Treeline 08-Oct-17
SBH 09-Oct-17
deerslayer 09-Oct-17
midwest 09-Oct-17
Mr.C 10-Oct-17
Scar Finga 10-Oct-17
From: midwest
27-Aug-17
Well, I know of one elk down. Hope everyone has a great season.

Post 'em up!

From: cnelk
27-Aug-17

27-Aug-17

From: Fulldraw1972
27-Aug-17
Great job Cnelk! Did you shoot that elk down under?

This is the year I get to finally post on this meat pole with a grip and grin.

From: LUNG$HOT
27-Aug-17
Hell yeah Brad!! Gotta love a day one elk in the dirt! Nice!

From: Well-Strung
27-Aug-17

Well-Strung's embedded Photo
Well-Strung's embedded Photo
2017 Archery Colorado, public land opening day an hour after sunrise this bull bugled, tore up a tree and walked by feeding broadside at 6 yards. Being less than a mile from a road, downhill it was an easy decision. Got to test out multiple of my own hand forged knives and fill one of my 4 tags. Deer bear and mountain goat left, I'm off to a good start.

From: Well-Strung
27-Aug-17

Well-Strung's embedded Photo
Well-Strung's embedded Photo
The shot was high being so close but this photo show it better.

From: Jaquomo
28-Aug-17
Way to go, Brewstro! Three more critters to go!

How far did he go and how was the blood trail with that hit?

From: Well-Strung
28-Aug-17
Luckily, he sprayed and went 100 yards. Nicked the shoulder but got lung. I gave it an hour, followed the blood trail slowly and had to put another in him when I found him.

From: Mark Watkins
28-Aug-17
First hour....congrats!!!!

Good luck with your other tags!

Mark

From: cnelk
28-Aug-17

cnelk's embedded Photo
cnelk's embedded Photo
lets try this pic since the other one disappeared

From: cnelk
28-Aug-17
Nice job Well-Strung!

From: writer
28-Aug-17
Great way to get things rolling, Strung. Ditto, cnelk.

From: Jaquomo
28-Aug-17
Bob, that's a good lesson. Your experience recovered that bull. Less seasoned, overeager hunters may have bumped him and pushed him away. Great job!

From: 12yards
28-Aug-17
Dang cnelk, that cow looks comfy laying there. Congrats on the freezer queen.

From: tobinsghost
28-Aug-17
Congrats to all! My 12 year old and I were surrounded at the Elk Spa but the Herd Cow caught a whiff of us and they were gone. Got to hear 30 to 35 cows and calf talk to each other for about 10 minutes tho! We were all smiles for the rest of the night.

From: simek
28-Aug-17
Way to get it done, guys!

From: ELKMAN
28-Aug-17
Love it!

From: delkslayr
28-Aug-17

delkslayr's embedded Photo
delkslayr's embedded Photo
My buddy connected on this nice bull at 7:15 opening morning.

28-Aug-17

NorCalVineyards's embedded Photo
NorCalVineyards's embedded Photo
Nevada Wilderness opening day Bull, DIY.

From: TMA1010
28-Aug-17
Awesome bull NorCal - it's cool to see one in velvet still.

28-Aug-17
When the wheels fell off the bus so did the velvet...

From: Pigsticker
28-Aug-17
To all, congratulations! NOR CAL, that bull is awesome!

28-Aug-17
Congrats to all those that have punched a tag. Hope to have some Wyoming elk start falling this Friday!

28-Aug-17
Congratulations to all.

From: ElkNut1
28-Aug-17
Nice job guys!

ElkNut/Paul

From: APauls
28-Aug-17
Nice work fellas!!!

From: jordanathome
28-Aug-17
Misjudged yardage on a nice 6x6 sunday morning that came in like a dang TV show to my cow call. I was blind calling next to a spring pond when I heard the crash above. I had all my gear scattered as i had been taking a snack break and relaxing. I grabbed by bow but not my range finder and ran down to a pine tree above the pond. I shot through the top of the bulls back thinking it was a bit over 50 yards and held high...it was 45. Arrow had greasy fat residue, some hair, and a tiny bit of blood. ugh....It was so perfect up until I missed.....course my legs were like jelly watching him walk up through the timber, get his drink, then turn broadside to munch on a shrub. I hate me.

From: jordanathome
28-Aug-17
I will say the ultimate predator cow stuck to my bow seemed effective. Bull was looking at me most of the time and never saw me draw, etc.

Hope to have meat to post next time! Back for a few days break then on it again.

Sorry for the thread highjack.....great work to those who scored!

From: Bullhound
28-Aug-17
congrats guys!! Norcal, that is a sweet bull!!!!

stick with it Jordan!!

From: jstephens61
28-Aug-17
Good work guys. Like the velvet on that Nevada bull.

From: stringgunner
28-Aug-17

stringgunner's embedded Photo
stringgunner's embedded Photo
Opening day, out of a tree stand, 2:30 in the afternoon. Had a bull at 30 yards at full draw at noon but he never gave me a good shot. Had 3 cows come in behind me at 1pm but no shot opportunity. Then this guy walked in at 2:30.

This was Saturday opening day. Sunday, 2 other guys in our group put down a cow in the am and a bull in the afternoon, all from tree stands, 3 different water holes. Pack frames are getting used! Eastern Oregon.

Weird, it is posting it upside down on my phone...

28-Aug-17
I'm so green with envy!!!!!!! Awesome for you all. Get 'em Jordan.

From: Bowboy
28-Aug-17
Congrats to all the elk taken so far. WY opens Friday.

From: spyder24
28-Aug-17
Congrats to all. You are killing me, but i will be on my way to Colorado next Wednesday from West Virginia.

From: hunt forever
28-Aug-17
I think it would be awesome to have a mount with the velvet halfway off the horns or hanging off!! But don't think it can be done.

From: tobinsghost
28-Aug-17
"I hate me" is my newest favorite saying!

Keep at brotha!

From: Barty1970
29-Aug-17
The ecstacy and agony, Jordanathome...keep positive; all your scouting will pay off and you'll make it happen...looking forward to your 'there I was...then...thwack!...watched him pile up XX yards away'

From: fubar racin
29-Aug-17

fubar racin's embedded Photo
fubar racin's embedded Photo
Hunt forever my buck from last year is mounted partly rubbed.

From: elkmtngear
29-Aug-17
Nice work, Gentlemen! Can't wait to get out there...

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Bake
29-Aug-17
17 days and a wakeup before I leave. You guys are driving me nuts

From: Rickm
29-Aug-17
10 days and we head back to Montana. Good start all, keep em coming.

29-Aug-17
CONGRATS EVERYONE! Funny group here. Fubar, is that a bobcat on your ceiling?!

From: kadbow
29-Aug-17

kadbow's embedded Photo
kadbow's embedded Photo
Used my birth year bow, 1963 Bear Kodiak. Man it was hot and dry.

From: JakeBrake
30-Aug-17
Well done Mark! I like your style using the bow of your birth year

30-Aug-17
Congrats guys! Getting me pumped, I leave Friday.

From: fubar racin
30-Aug-17
Yes lol ran out of wall space haha so hes on the ceiling

From: PA-R
30-Aug-17
CONGRATS, to all u guys, outstanding.

From: The Kid
30-Aug-17
GREAT WORK Gents!!! I can't wait till I try my hand elk hunting in the future!

From: bigbulls6
31-Aug-17
Congrats to all!

From: Nesser
31-Aug-17

Nesser's embedded Photo
Nesser's embedded Photo
Absolute hog 382 " off Walker Ranch this week! Jimmy Horton just sent me the pic... Cool story too! Some giants are gonna come out of there this year

From: Nesser
31-Aug-17

Nesser's embedded Photo
Nesser's embedded Photo
Another view Walker Ranch Unit 2 Colorado

From: Brun
31-Aug-17
"Some giants are gonna come out of there this year" Looks like one already did. Awesome bull!

From: jordanathome
31-Aug-17
Wowzer!

From: packnin4elk
01-Sep-17
I agree a "HOG"

From: Tracker
01-Sep-17
Was lucky enough to hunt the Waker ranch a few years ago. Sure wish I could go back one day.

From: SteveB
02-Sep-17
Congratulations everyone! Can't wait for the 13th and Arizona here I come!

03-Sep-17

From: Elkhorn
03-Sep-17
Junkie is that interlake bull he looks like a 5-4 I had on camera, nice job.

From: JL
03-Sep-17
Hat's off to you guys and gals getting it done with recurves and longbows!!!

From: HUNT MAN
03-Sep-17

HUNT MAN's embedded Photo
HUNT MAN's embedded Photo
MT 9-2-17 . 25 yards 40 yards recovery . Hunt

03-Sep-17
Elkhorn it's a 6x5 and I can assure you it's most likely not on your camera.

From: HockeyDad
03-Sep-17

HockeyDad's embedded Photo
HockeyDad's embedded Photo
Opening morning colorado. Filled the freezer. She was standing no more than 5 feet from where my 2016 elk was when I shot her, and she died 29 paces from the 2016 carcass.... Colorado Public Land DIY...

From: Royboy
04-Sep-17
I hunt an area that has 2 types of tags one is spike or cow and the other is any elk. Of course I had 2 different 6 pts at 30 and 40 yards but couldn't shoot because I had the spike/cow tag! Fred

From: Striker@home
04-Sep-17

Striker@home's embedded Photo
Striker@home's embedded Photo
Striker@home's embedded Photo
Striker@home's embedded Photo
Striker@home's embedded Photo
Striker@home's embedded Photo
Wyoming, September 1st at 7:47 pm. 30 yard shot with 70 yard recovery. Brutally steep but short pack.

From: Z Barebow
04-Sep-17
Congratulations Tim!

From: hunt forever
04-Sep-17
Awesome job!!

From: shooter
04-Sep-17

shooter's embedded Photo
shooter's embedded Photo
Idaho

From: Lark Bunting
04-Sep-17

Lark Bunting's embedded Photo
First elk! Took him at 5:20 pm on the 2nd. Packed meat until 6:30 the next morning.
Lark Bunting's embedded Photo
First elk! Took him at 5:20 pm on the 2nd. Packed meat until 6:30 the next morning.

From: Bowboy
05-Sep-17
Some great elk taken so far. I passed on a 5x5 at 12yds this weekend. I"m headed up this Friday for two weeks hopefully the big boys are playing.

From: Nesser
05-Sep-17

Nesser's embedded Photo
Nesser's embedded Photo
Another Walker Ranch beauty this week....346"

From: ElkNut1
05-Sep-17
Tom, way to go bud! I knew you'd get it done sooner or later! Awesome bud absolutely awesome! Was your son with you on the hunt?

ElkNut/Paul

From: APauls
05-Sep-17
Awesome job guys! Those pics look awesome!

From: Lark Bunting
05-Sep-17

Lark Bunting's embedded Photo
Lark Bunting's embedded Photo
Yes Paul, he was with me. :)

From: Scoot
05-Sep-17
WTG guys!

From: cnelk
05-Sep-17
Good deal Lark Bunting!

From: bugslinger
05-Sep-17

bugslinger's embedded Photo
bugslinger's embedded Photo
First traditional elk, man what an experience.

From: ElkNut1
05-Sep-17
Tom, that's even sweeter! Congrats to you both!

bugslinger, very nice sir with a longbow no less, congrats!

ElkNut/Paul

From: stealthycat
05-Sep-17
bugslinger thanks for taking the time to make a really nice photo - WELL DONE

From: Scar Finga
05-Sep-17
Very well done guys! No tag for me this year!

Keep em coming!!!

Scar.

06-Sep-17

crazyhawksfan's embedded Photo
crazyhawksfan's embedded Photo
My first elk ever. 100% diy otc public land Colorado. 3rd year out with 3 buddies and I finally capitalize. Also are 3rd bull between us. First day out called a really nice bull to 20 with no shot. Second afternoon we called bedding areas and had this lil guy and a lot bigger bull come check us out. When this one gave me a 40 yrd broadside shot I let one fly. Piled in 60 yards. Good times with a great buddy. 3 more tags to fill so we back at it. Nothing like bowhunting elk! Good luck everyone!

From: SJJ
06-Sep-17
Bullslinger...LB Bull!...lets here the story

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
Sunday morning I arrive at the trail head, gain the ridge and throw a locate bugle, of course nothing responds. As I creep up the ridge, that I believe the elk use as a crossing, I continue to throw some soft cow calls, again met with no response. That scenario plays out for 30 mins or so. As I continue up the ridge I hear timber breaking, but it sounds very localized and my initial thought was squirrels. After a minute or so I decide its a bull raking a dead tree. So I continue towards the noise that seems to be coming from a bench that is just above me, I'm thinking good thermals. I would also like to think I continued up the side of the ridge that was going to put the sun at my back intentionally, but that may just be my first bit of luck for the morning.

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
I keep heading towards the noise as quiet as possible, but every couple steps I take the noise stops. I'm a few feet below the bench and haven't herad him for who knows how long, probably only a few seconds, so I throw out a non-threating bugle and follow with cow calls, again met with no vocal response. I'm getting pretty close to having most of the bench in view, so take a couple steps, glass, repeat. Well I make it to the flat and don't see anything. I get the glass back in the harness and I'm just standing there trying to figure out what to do....and bam. I hear a noise and look and the bull walks out at around 23 yds and stops totally facing me at +/- 20 yds.

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
And so begins the face off, my bow is in my left hand no arrow nocked, and I have no idea what I'm supposed to do. We stand there for a couple minutes, the bull at 12:00 and me at 6:00, when something up the hill at 9:00 breaks some fallen limbs. The bull jumps straight up, turns and lands five yds from he was just standing and is no out of sight. I can't see him so I take a chance that he can't see me either so I nock the arrow and get my feet turned. After a few tense moments the bull walks out, now broadside facing 3:00 and still looking for the elk he thinks he should see until he looks to become bored and starts to walk away. I wait until he is completely turned and throw out a cow call and he turns around and gives me the WTH look for a second and then I he starts, I assume, trying to get my wind. He's moving towards my right and I have a tree to my right that is blocking from smoothly turning with him. Well, I know it all over when he smells me so I go for broke and lean way back and get me arrow around the tree and my body turned towards 3:00.

From: goelk
06-Sep-17
nice job!! I shoot the same arrows you do Centershot out of my recurve at 60 pounds Total weight 590 grains. 250 gr cutthroat. What broadheads are you using. I can not wait to get out there!

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
I'm looking ahead of him for a window and very quickly running out of real estate and then I see it. I'm afraid that if I cow call again he's just gonna blow up and vanish, again I'm not sure what to do. Think, think, think, oh yeah, I have the world's loudest clicker on my bow because I kept forgetting to dampen it, I'll try that. Well I've seen many times on videos where guys get ready to stop the bull and they do, but usually with his vitals covered and his head and butt just showing, so I come to about 3/4 draw and wait till he's clear and then I pop the clicker (I use it as a draw check). He stops and looks and the next thing I know the arrow is gone....and sailing over his back. At least that's what I thought. He busts out of there breaking stuff in his way, stops and break some more. I cow call when I think to and hear a noise back behind me at the original 9:00 and see nothing but antler going through the trees above me, it was another bull the initially spooked mine at first. At this point I'm and disappointed at the same time, it was a really neat experience but I lost complete control of my shot and was mad at myself. I wait a minute and start looking for my arrow, 40 minutes goes by and I can't find it. So I start walking wide paths back and forth where the arrow should be when I see blood. What, no way. Well what I thought was the arrow sailing over the bull was just the arrow disappearing in and through him. I don't feel great about the hit so I'm trying to stay positive but not get too excited.

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
goelk I'm using 250 grain Cutthroats with a 50 grain insert.

From: bugslinger
06-Sep-17
After a short 60 yard blood trail I walk out from behind a tree and there he is, motionless. I sunk to my knees and sat there speechless and very thankful. The sad part is I made a bad shot, or maybe I didn't and he spooked and the time it took my arrow to get to him caused a perfect hit to end up way, way back. I'll never know, I went blackout when I released. Ultimately I hit an artery and he was dead in less than 10 seconds. The broad head (250 grain Cutthroat) was shipped to me shaving sharp, it blew right threw and lodged in a dead log 30 yards behind the point of impact (the hill dropped of on the other side of the bull). The blood trail wasn't huge but it was certainly easy enough to follow.

From: spikebow
06-Sep-17

spikebow's embedded Photo
spikebow's embedded Photo
My first elk, Colorado public land.

From: ElkNut1
07-Sep-17
Spikebow, nice work sir! What recurve are you shooting there?

ElkNut/Paul

From: bugslinger
07-Sep-17
Great bull spikebow!

From: ohiohunter
07-Sep-17
Something about traditional gear makes me all warm and fuzzy... maybe its just envy. Well done guys!

From: Big John
07-Sep-17
Spikebow, what a great bull by any means but a bonus with a trad bow!!! Congrats

From: njbuck
07-Sep-17

njbuck's embedded Photo
njbuck's embedded Photo
Opening morning Alberta.

From: Outdoordan
07-Sep-17
Making me want to get back out after the elk. Congrats to all you guys.

From: YZF-88
07-Sep-17

YZF-88's embedded Photo
YZF-88's embedded Photo
Idaho OTC public land. Got him bugling at 5am. 2 hours later I climbed up into bow range with no shot. Did some light raking and rolled a rock down hill. That sealed the deal as he came within 15-20 yards to check it out.

From: Dino
08-Sep-17
My 16 year old boy's second elk in 2 years. Shot at 6 yards from his treestand. 55 lb Hoyt Spdyer, VAP arrows, Wasp Jak Knife Broadhead. 45 yard recovery=proud Dad and good eats!

From: Dino
08-Sep-17

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Here are pics...

From: Dino
08-Sep-17
The "pack" out...300 yard walk back to the road isn't bad.

From: Dino
08-Sep-17

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Sorry for all the posts...having trouble with multiple pic loading...

From: Reflex
08-Sep-17
Very cool, Dino! Way to go everyone. Keep the pictures coming!

From: ohiohunter
08-Sep-17
Nice YZF, really like that character on his 2nds.

From: Lark Bunting
08-Sep-17
Congratulations to everyone posting up and good luck to hose still looking to fill their tags!

From: spikebow
08-Sep-17
Elknut1 it's a Wapiti takedown by Chastain

From: easeup
08-Sep-17
more congrats for all of the successful hunters this year!

08-Sep-17

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Manitoba, September 2, called in for a 12 yard shot from a treestand.

08-Sep-17

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Shot this guy out of my treestand a couple evenings ago. Stopped him with a mew as he was following a cow and calf. It's sure nice when you hear them crash and burn within 3 sec of the shot! Congrats to all the successful hunters, and good luck to the rest! Now I get to concentrate on helping my son get his!

From: Z Barebow
08-Sep-17
Way to go Rob!

From: sasquatch
08-Sep-17

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two bulls down, back to back days

From: Twinetickler
09-Sep-17

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Say cheese......steak
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Say cheese......steak

From: SBH
09-Sep-17

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MT. Public Land. 30 yds.

From: Keef
09-Sep-17
Congrats to all of you guys. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

From: Surfbow
10-Sep-17
Great job to all you guys! I'm still sitting here waiting for my wife to deliver our daughter, my window of opportunity for this season is shrinking...

From: lariat
10-Sep-17

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My son with my DIY CO public land bull...1st morning
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My son with my DIY CO public land bull...1st morning

From: hunt forever
10-Sep-17
There is nothing better than sharing the outdoors with your children. Plus that's awesome tell him congrats!!!!

From: Native Okie
10-Sep-17
Congrats Wyo! Love it from the stand! Hope your well!

From: hoytshooter1
11-Sep-17
Atta boy Rob!!!

From: bigbuckbob
11-Sep-17
A lot of big SMILES on those faces!! Congrats guys! Some really nice bulls in there, but any elk with a bow is a trophy

From: coonazz
11-Sep-17

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First bull with my bow. Southern Colorado.

From: mulecreek
11-Sep-17

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First bull with a bow. Wyoming gen tag. 30 yd shot. My kids got to join in the hunt, and the pack out.

From: jordanathome
11-Sep-17
Some big bulls there!!!! Great job guys!

From: bigbulls6
11-Sep-17
Good Job Rob!

12-Sep-17

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Wyoming September 8th

From: Lark Bunting
12-Sep-17
I am SO jealous of you guys with elk in the open. Mine died in a dang creek and was a PITA to field dress.

From: cnelk
12-Sep-17
Great stuff & pics to the successful hunters!

I hope to add 2 more elk to this thread myself

From: Lark Bunting
12-Sep-17
Can't wait to read up on the next two hunts, cnelk!

From: jordanathome
12-Sep-17
Heck of a nice Bull Mr. Stafford!

From: destroyer
12-Sep-17

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WY- Sept 7- GEN- PL

From: squirrel
12-Sep-17

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Wy gen

From: Gene
12-Sep-17
Great bulls on the meat pole Sept 12! Jason - great photo also!

From: jordanathome
12-Sep-17
I'm seeing a pattern with these WY bulls......did ya'll kill the same bull? Pigs!

From: Ermine
13-Sep-17

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Colorado Public Land

From: Pigsticker
13-Sep-17
Ermine, Wow this is your year! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

From: Fulldraw1972
13-Sep-17

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Congrats to everyone!! Good luck to all that are still hunting.

Here is my bull I shot Sunday night. I have tried to post everyday since. Signal is terrible. Lol

My first bull and my first elk with a bow.

13-Sep-17
Congratulations to all of you!

From: Barty1970
14-Sep-17
Good man yourself Fulldraw!! A bull on my birthday...

14-Sep-17
Congrats Fulldraw on your first! Your look says it all. Pigsticker, I feel like that's said about Ermine every year. He's a straight up killer! Congrats!

From: Nesser
14-Sep-17
Every year is Ermine's year! He's a slayer Congrats Justin!

14-Sep-17

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Here's my DIY Colorado public land bull. We made a heavy pack 5 mile trip into a wilderness area to setup camp after arriving in Colorado only a few hours prior. A short nap was had after camp was set up and we headed up the mountain around 3:00. An hour later our first bugle of the trip, down into a dark timbered draw, was returned by a squeaky bugle most likely made by a bedded bull. Over the next hour we picked our way down into that draw and made calls from several locations and could tell he had gotten up from his bed and was bugling really good at this point, but still not breaking away and coming to us. We had to hold up a few times due to poor wind but finally made it to small finger ridge that ran into the draw. At this point we got an excited bugle response to our call and could then tell we were within a distance that would require some investigation from the bull. He slipped into 25 yards without almost any noise but a small stick snap made me alert that something was close. After a few minutes of the silent treatment on his end, he decided to investigate the calls coming from behind me a little further and made a move giving away his location. With his head dipping behind cover I was able to draw and was waiting for him to step into the opening at 17 yards. As soon as his front leg was visible the arrow was on its way and a few post shot cow calls stopped him around 50 yards. It was at that spot where he laid down and expired. It was unbelievable. We hadn't even been in the mountains for 12 hours and we already had a bull on the ground! An awesome 6x6 that grosses 319 3/8".

From: painless
14-Sep-17
Bone Collector, that sounds like my kind of hunt! Congrats

From: APauls
15-Sep-17
Congrats to all again, some giant bulls there! Ya I think Justin killed his first herd bull when he was in diapers.

From: HockeyDad
15-Sep-17
Nice bull Justin - You make it happen almost every year... Glad you got some time to get out this year, with all the fires it wasnt looking very good im sure.

From: Muleyman
15-Sep-17

From: Lark Bunting
15-Sep-17
Congratulations!!! Sounds like a treacherous pack out! How were the temperatures? I am glad I had help packing out mine this year!

From: Muleyman
15-Sep-17

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Idaho OTC 9-7-17 Skirted this bull and his cows for 2 hours before getting a 42 yd shot. It took 2 days and 12,500 ft of total elevation to get him out Solo. Won't forget this one anytime soon..

From: deerslayer
16-Sep-17
Seriously nice bulls hitting the ground!!!! Great job.

From: SBH
16-Sep-17
What Deerslayer said ^^^^^

Awesome bulls. Must have been a good year for growth. Seems like a lot of bigger bulls and mass hitting the dirt this year.

From: Bake
17-Sep-17

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Worst pack out of my life. I'm not doing that again

From: Scoot
18-Sep-17
WTG guys! Nice work Bake! Just remember, it only hurts for a while-- you'll have the pic and memory forever.

From: COHOYTHUNTER
18-Sep-17

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This how I found him
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This how I found him
First ever elk! Colorado DYI public land, called him in for a 40 yard shot, double lung pass thru, he went about 150 yards and fell over! Not a bad first elk, decent 6x6...

From: jordanathome
18-Sep-17
Bake...you didn't call for help.........

I can't believe I've been dogging elk with close calls (and a miss) for 4 weeks and you come in from MO and score within 24 freakin hours!!!!??? You rock dude.

From: Reflex
18-Sep-17

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My first elk taken on 9/11 in Wyoming. Excited is an understatement!

From: Beav
18-Sep-17
Congrats Reflex!

From: Beav
18-Sep-17
Congrats Reflex!

18-Sep-17

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2017 Oregon bull.

18-Sep-17

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Called this bull into 15 yds with the FOXPRO Big bully tube and diaphrams on the 10th in NM.

From: YZF-88
19-Sep-17
Awesome to see so many first time elk on here.

From: HUNT MAN
19-Sep-17

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MT 9-17-17. Hunt

19-Sep-17

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Great elk everybody, congrats!

Got this one in NM on Sept. 6th.

Also met up with a long time Bowsite buddy (and his hunting partner) who I've spoken to many times via phone, email and text over the last 5 years but never actually met until this hunt. They are a couple of great guys to share a camp/hunt with. Thanks Wyatt and Jake!

From: Quinn @work
19-Sep-17
Congrats Hunt! Did he break off some points on that left side?

19-Sep-17

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Wow! Some great bulls on here. Congrats to everyone. I posted my story on another thread, but here's a pic of my first elk. 9-4-17 otc Colorado.

From: carcus
19-Sep-17

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70 yard shot, 100 yard recovery, long season, had to fight off burn out! Exodus BH fmj arrow did the trick

From: Barty1970
20-Sep-17
Good man yourself Weighttrain!! ANOTHER cracking bull taken on my birthday... Keep 'em coming...

From: otcWill
20-Sep-17

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9/15 Colorado

Congrats to all the successful elk hunters!

From: Grasshopper
20-Sep-17
Great job will! Congrats

From: Pigsticker
20-Sep-17
Great job to all, keep them coming!

20-Sep-17

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Unit 3C
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Unit 3C
Awesome job everybody! AZ bull 9/15

From: rershooter
20-Sep-17
Awesome Cheeshead !

From: ElkNut1
20-Sep-17
Congrats all, great looking elk there! Looks like a very good year!

ElkNut/Paul

20-Sep-17
Thatta Boy otcWill!!!! Nice job brother!

From: Bake
20-Sep-17
Jordan . . . No chance to call out. And I hated bad enough to have my hunting partner feeling obliged to pack out. No kidding, a life threatening pack out from a high peak. Midway through we got caught in a hail squall. With lightning. First time in my life I've looked down at a lightning strike. One strike right above us as we cowered in a little depression on an open mountainside. Then shale slides and big slide rock.

I'll hopefully kill more elk. I'll NEVER kill an elk on that particular mountain again. I'm just never going up that peak again :)

From: Bake
20-Sep-17
I know guys on here have had worse, but 14 hours to ferry two loads just whipped this flatlanders rear.

From: jordanathome
20-Sep-17
WTG Will!!!!! I go out tonight then Thurs, Fri, Sat.......Sunday morning.......

Bake...I hear ya. I've thrown my bow away from me in those situations to reduce my "attraction" for a strike. Makes you cry like a baby.

20-Sep-17

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New Mexico, shot on September 14th

From: CO Ambush
20-Sep-17

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First Bull. Colorado 9/2/17.

From: creed
20-Sep-17

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First AZ bull. Over the years I have picked up lots of elk hunting knowledge from the guys on here and finally closed the deal. . Thanks for sharing

From: grossklw
20-Sep-17

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He won't make any score books but I'm happy all the same, southwest montana bull.
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He won't make any score books but I'm happy all the same, southwest montana bull.

21-Sep-17

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My 2 buddies I've been hunting with bulls. Are 3rd year hunting otc Colorado and we all managed to tag out. I was lucky enough to call in the one. Good times. Good times.

21-Sep-17

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From: Quinn @work
21-Sep-17
Duckhunter that's some flat elk ground and a nice bull. Congrats! Lucky you.

Crazyhawk- that's a pretty bull!

congrats to everyone.

Jordan are you ever going to kill a bull? JK. LOL!

From: NvaGvUp
21-Sep-17

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My seventh archery bull and every one in a different state. Go figure!

Washington, 2017, Idaho, 1999(?), Utah, 1997, Arizona, 2008, Nevada, 2010, New Mexico, 1998, and Colorado, 2004.

21-Sep-17
Thank you. Yeah he's a stud. My buddies first bull as well! Heres another pic.

21-Sep-17

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From: Quinn @work
21-Sep-17
Damn Crazy Hawk. Congrats to your buddy that's an awesome CO OTC bull! First bull is even sweeter. Looks even better straight on.

Just goes to show the NR's that you just have to pick a spot and go. Learn it for a few years and reap the rewards of hard work. No reason to sit home waiting on a limited tag. Hunt OTC while you're collecting points for the limited tag. Nice work!

21-Sep-17

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Here's the "little guy" my son shot on the 18th. What a year!!! ;-)

From: ORarcheryboy
21-Sep-17

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Oregon. Shot two minutes before end of legal shooting light. I had to check the time right before I drew my bow.

From: Outdoordan
21-Sep-17
So many great bulls. Got to start packing and get back out there! Congrats to all!

From: Upacreek
21-Sep-17

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On our final day I was able to bugle this bull in to 15 yards for my buddy, his first elk. What an experience! 9/15/17 - CO, OTC, public

From: Upacreek
21-Sep-17

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One more. He died pinned up against a log so picture taking was limited.

From: LC Archer
21-Sep-17

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9/17/17 CO OTC public DIY Had the privilege to hunt with a fellow bowsiter that is an elk killing machine. But shot this one solo, broke him down and back to camp myself. Tremendous experience

From: LC Archer
21-Sep-17

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Another photo

From: JTreeman
21-Sep-17

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Wyoming, general tag. 9/17/17. 40yd shot

--jim

From: Heat
22-Sep-17

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6X2 Arizona Bull
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6X2 Arizona Bull
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Praise God for His Wonderful Creation here on Earth!
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Praise God for His Wonderful Creation here on Earth!
Congrats to all on their elk! Especially you Creed! Heck of a bull there. I know you must be thrilled!

Unit 7W Arizona. My second archery bull. Killed him at 10:00 AM on Wednesday September 20, 2017. 30 yard shot, double lung penetrating both sides. Watched him die within sight. He only made it maybe 75 yards tops. What a thrill and an incredible blessing! He is a perfect 6 point on one side and a freak on the other with a sword and a club dropper. He won't score very well but he is very unique and I didn't hesitate for a second to shoot him!

The other part of the story I don't want to leave out is who I was hunting with when I killed my bull. Tim and Jeff from Wicked Horn Outfitters were guiding a Wounded Vet who received a donated tag in my unit. Fellow Bowsiter LV2HNT (Tom Wagner) who organizes these Hunts for Heros through Arizona Elk Society told me to call them before the season just to talk elk since I had never hunted the unit. Nice chat but didn't think much of it. On Monday afternoon Tim invited me to come hunt with them since they tagged out but had more hunters coming in the second week and didn't want to go home or sit in camp. I am not too proud to accept free assistance from a pro, so I took full advantage! I bought them dinner that night and agreed to let them use my pics on their website but that's it. I am so grateful for their generosity to help me! These guys are hardcore elk hunters and they have their craft down! I highly recommend them to anybody looking for help in Arizona.

From: SBH
22-Sep-17
Great bulls guys!

From: Bugle
22-Sep-17

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Montana bull. Public land.

From: Ucsdryder
22-Sep-17
Amazing the size of the bulls in Montana. If I was looking to go on a first time hunt, that's where I'd go!!!

23-Sep-17

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Solo hunt. Packed her out in 2 trips out of a canyon. Took me 3 hours to cover one mile. Twice :)

23-Sep-17

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Second elk. Solo hunt as well. Called em in stuck em twice and he made it 120 yards. I love September :)

23-Sep-17
Joe - in the last 3 seasons you have turned into an elk killing machine!!!! All of that turkey and blacktail experience has really stacked the deck to your advantage. Congrats on an amazing season!!! Pete

From: t-roy
23-Sep-17
Nice bulls guys!

Hopefully, you’re not worn out by November, Joe! ;-)

From: cmbbulldog
23-Sep-17

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My AZ bul...

From: Quinn @work
23-Sep-17

From: Quinn @work
23-Sep-17
Wyobullshooter- that's great! Nice OTC bull.

Bugle- congrats that's about a pretty as they get! Love those heavy dark horned bulls with great fronts.

23-Sep-17

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Wyoming Sept 17

From: natemullen
23-Sep-17

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Congrats to all!! First elk hunt, first bull. MT public land. 35 yard shot, 50 yard recovery. Sept 17

From: Gene
23-Sep-17
Nate, you are one happy looking guy! Congrats!

From: Matte
23-Sep-17

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Wife and I married in July decided to Elk hunt for a honeymoon. Otc Colorado almost had two bulls but one was all we got.

24-Sep-17
Troy. I never get worn out. I live for this stuff :) Pete thanks. Jus been fortunate things worked out a few times. Elk hunting is never easy

From: CK
24-Sep-17

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17 days of hunting

From: jtelarkin08
24-Sep-17

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September 22 DIY Solo New Mexico Shot him 4.5 miles from the truck. Hiked over 83 miles in 9 days. Took 3 loads to get him out by myself.

From: NvaGvUp
24-Sep-17
Way to go, JT!!!!

From: MTNRCHR
24-Sep-17
Great Bull Jesse !!! What state?

From: Gold Miner
24-Sep-17
Bugle, Awesome bull!

From: goelk
25-Sep-17
Wow congradulation on everyone hunt. I did get doe mule deer but no elk. Wind won everytime for them.

From: Bigfoot
25-Sep-17

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We had forest closures due to excessively dry conditions in southern Alberta for the first couple weeks of the season. Things opened up last week with some snow and cooler weather, so I finally had a chance to get into some of my favorite elk country. Saturday at noon this young 4x4 came in to my calling. Smaller bull, but a tough pack out, so smaller is sometimes better! With a little help and a lot of perseverance, we got the meat all packed out in two days. Very happy with this bull and the whole experience. Bowhunting elk can be frustrating and difficult, but always rewarding. They are beautiful animals.

From: Scoot
25-Sep-17
Lots of great animals here guys! Congrats to all of you folks who got it done.

From: CK
25-Sep-17
I got him in CO Travis.

From: Treeline
25-Sep-17

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9/21/17 Unit 2 Colorado, 13 days of hunting

From: Grasshopper
25-Sep-17
Whoa! We have a winner. Great job! Post up one of your stories when u find time....

25-Sep-17

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9-20-2017 Gila 16D New Mexico. Crazy exciting rut hunt!

From: Whitetail
25-Sep-17
Treeline..what a great Elk, especially with a longbow. What were you shooting and any story would be greatly appreciated. Congrats..he's special.

From: Irishman
25-Sep-17

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Montana 9/25. Had been following him for a couple of hours while he rounded up his cows. Then he decided to destroy some trees, that was a bad decision for him.

From: SBH
26-Sep-17
Hell ya Irishman. You got it done. Great bull!

From: Irishman
26-Sep-17
Thanks SBH. I was lucky because even though I hit him high, and he left no blood trail, he didn't go 100yds and was kind enough to die in the open where he was easy to find.

From: SJJ
26-Sep-17
Treeline....gotta hear your long bow hunt story...way cool

From: Quinn @work
26-Sep-17
Great bull Treeline congrats. I assumed a picture would be coming.

Irish that was nice of that big bull to drop in a picturesque setting. Pretty photo.

From: BigRed
26-Sep-17
Put my Nebraska once in a lifetime tag to good use. Solo hunt, 45yd quartering away, 70yd recovery.

From: BigRed
26-Sep-17

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Edited my pics in the earlier post and they disappeared.

From: zeke
26-Sep-17

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CO LE 9/13/2017

From: Mossyhorn
27-Sep-17

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I was finally able to take my first branch antler bull. Called him in solo too! Using techniques from Paul Medel "elknut" really helped. Listened to his recent podcast and the one single, greatest tips I took away from it was, don't give up. Sometimes it's easy to walk away from a bull that isn't being receptive or keeps moving away from you.

This bull I chased for 2 hours and he kept moving away, heading higher. I'd cut off his bugles if I was close to him, but if he moved away, I'd be quiet and just keep moving on him, throwing out a few cow calls here and there. If he responded to those, I'd challenge him.

I finally got close to him and was less than a 100 yards. He bugled and I cut him off, challenging him. He bugled again and I did the same thing. I didn't even have to time to set up and get to a good shooting point and he was coming. Just a slow walk. Didn't stop to look for me or anything. Just walked right by me at 20 yards. I didn't have a shooting lane in front of me but was able to hit him at less than 16-18 yards. Don't know how far it was, all I could see was hair in my peep, it was close! He travelled 100-150 yards and piled up.

From: loopmtz
27-Sep-17

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Got mine on Friday. Thanks to my good friend Icemann.

From: Ski & Skin
27-Sep-17

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345 if I scored it right!
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345 if I scored it right!
Colorado Public land OTC and a lot of people & hunters all season.

From: Smtn10PT
27-Sep-17

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9/23 Bitterroot bull

From: ohiohunter
27-Sep-17
Some great elk, well done men!

27-Sep-17
Tavis is my hero!!!

From: bowhntr
27-Sep-17

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My NM bull taken on the 21st.

From: SlipShot
27-Sep-17

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Not mine, I called this in for a friend last day of Colorado season, last 15 minutes of light. Over the counter Public Land. Not going to tell you anymore! 354 3/8 gross, green scored.

From: Dreaming Big
27-Sep-17

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First 6 point bull!
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First 6 point bull!
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Kifaru hunting frame, nomad and grabit II in action.
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Kifaru hunting frame, nomad and grabit II in action.
2017 Washington State Elk shot at 5 yards on September 15th

29-Sep-17

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SE Idaho taken on 9-22 on day 9 of a very rain filled hunt!!

From: Treeline
29-Sep-17
Some awesome bull guys! Congratulations!

From: houndy65
29-Sep-17

From: IDBowhntr
29-Sep-17

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My 2017 Idaho super tag bull. DIY on public land

From: Treeline
29-Sep-17
Totally AWESOME MONSTER BULL IDBowhunter! Congratulations!

From: Chasewild
29-Sep-17
Unreal bull.

From: Shaft
29-Sep-17
Wow! IDBowhntr that bull is something special! Congrats! What kind of broadhead is that sticking out?

From: IDBowhntr
29-Sep-17
Thanks guys! It's a Tooth of the Arrow 1" 125grn head

From: Quinn @work
29-Sep-17
Holy @#$% IDBowhunter. That's a monster! Congrats. Not that it matters at all but what does that pig gross score? That's gotta be pushing 400" of antler eh?

Some great bulls on here in the last 2 weeks.

From: NJ Elkhunter
29-Sep-17

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SW MT Bull taken 3 hours into first day on silent entry Friday 9/15.
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SW MT Bull taken 3 hours into first day on silent entry Friday 9/15.
SW MT Bull came in silent to our Bull/Cow Calls 3 hours into our first day Friday 9/15. Snowed all week and bulls didn't bugle until day 6 and they moved lower to 7,800 feet level, we finally chased a big one last day 9/21 but couldn't close him out .

From: Gene
30-Sep-17
IDBowhntr - Wow, What an awesome bull !!! Congrats to you and all the other successful Bowsite hunters.

From: bigbulls6
30-Sep-17
Congrats to all great Bulls!!

From: radhunt
30-Sep-17

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Another September in the books. What an awesome month it was.
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Another September in the books. What an awesome month it was.

From: johnny
01-Oct-17

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First Elk for me! Wyoming Sept. 21, 2017
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First Elk for me! Wyoming Sept. 21, 2017

From: Bugle
01-Oct-17
I can't believe the amount of HUGE bulls going down this year! Looks like the perfect bowhunter's storm. Congrats to EVERYONE who's posted their elk on here. In my book...ANY elk with a bow is a well earned trophy! Keep it up!

From: KyleSS
01-Oct-17

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Our client was able to take his first bull elk with us. Alberta Canada

From: KyleSS
01-Oct-17

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And his hunting partner was able to take his biggest bull elk to date. Alberta Canada

01-Oct-17

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Wyoming, September 19

From: houndy65
02-Oct-17

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Montana Bull elk 2017
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Montana Bull elk 2017
My 13 year son Dylan, myself and a friend had a fun week here in Montana. Shot this bull at 50 yards, 100 yard recovery. My son was cow calling behind me when I shot.

From: Ron Niziolek
02-Oct-17

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Wyoming, September 25th. 30 yards.
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Wyoming, September 25th. 30 yards.

From: Cut2Kill
02-Oct-17

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MT elk 9/25 and 9/27. My sons first archery bull (17 yards) and my largest (35 yards). Awesome week!

From: catbacker1
04-Oct-17

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Had an epic hunt this year! Shot my bull on day 8 of a tough hunt. Passed on several small bulls only to move areas and got on this guy. Camped on him all day and got in position for the evening feed. When he came out, he got in a fight with a 310ish bull about 80 yards from me. I ran in on the fight at full draw and shot this 365" monster when they separated at 15-20 yards. Double-lunged him and he went 60 yards and tipped over! What a pack out. Got back to camp at 4 in the morning! Definite hunt of a lifetime.

From: catbacker1
04-Oct-17

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04-Oct-17

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From: catbacker1
04-Oct-17

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From: Porcupine
04-Oct-17
Awesome bull catbacker, what state?

From: IDBowhntr
05-Oct-17

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
06-Oct-17

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Montana BLM public land bull........stalk and intercept:)

From: B&C
06-Oct-17

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From: B&C
06-Oct-17
9/6 NM

From: rattles33
06-Oct-17

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Sept. 20th, WY

From: 0hndycp
08-Oct-17

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One the more difficult years I've had hunting MT public land.....2' of snow early pushed elk on private with no access, and little rutting. I had to resort to spot and stalk in the sage brush sea. Belly crawled 300+ yards to get in range. Not biggest bull but will be delicious!

From: deerslayer
08-Oct-17

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10-06-2017

Montana

Started hunting that morning at 6:45am and didn't stop until I killed this bull at 5:40pm. Dogged the herd all day and snuck into the edge of the herd with 20 different bulls bedded around me. I had no water with me, but decided to wait them out anyway and stood under a big pine in the freezing wind for 4 and a half hours waiting for one of the herd bulls to give me a shot. I finally decided to climb the tree to get warm and get a better view of what was above me on the hill. At about 4:30 they started moving off and I had to make a move. I decided to risk bumping some of the smaller bulls in order to get in a better position to intercept the herd. They grouped up and began moving along the edge of a rocky ridge line. I quickly made my way down the rocky outcroppings, feeling more like a sheep hunter than an elk hunter. I finally caught them transitioning over the ridge with this bull standing in the open and didn't hesitate. By the time I got him boned out and back to camp it was 1 am only to find the wind had pulled my stakes out of my tipi and blown it, and my stuff, all over the place . By the time I got it all put back together it was 3 AM. I had got up that morning to head out and hunt at 5 am so from the time I woke up till the time I hit the sack was 23 hrs, hunting, hiking, or working the whole time. I Don't think I've ever put in that long of a day in the woods before. One of these days I'll learn to kill my elk in the morning!

From: Geno
08-Oct-17
Deerslayer, that's a really nice bull!

From: Treeline
08-Oct-17
Great Bull! Congratulations! Well done!

From: SBH
09-Oct-17
Nice work Justin! Great bull!

From: deerslayer
09-Oct-17
Thanks guys, it was a blessing for sure!

From: midwest
09-Oct-17
What a hunt, deerslayer!

From: Mr.C
10-Oct-17
all nice bulls way to go fellas

From: Scar Finga
10-Oct-17
As I said before, very impressive bulls guys!!!

Congratulations to all!!!!

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