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Last day elk?
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Contributors to this thread:
Inshart 19-Jul-18
Treeline 19-Jul-18
Pigsticker 19-Jul-18
kscoyote 19-Jul-18
deerslayer 19-Jul-18
Lee 19-Jul-18
Kodiak 19-Jul-18
LKH 20-Jul-18
snuffer 20-Jul-18
TD 20-Jul-18
IdyllwildArcher 20-Jul-18
BULELK1 20-Jul-18
Smtn10PT 20-Jul-18
grubby 20-Jul-18
otcWill 20-Jul-18
cnelk 20-Jul-18
SlipShot 20-Jul-18
APauls 20-Jul-18
Treeline 20-Jul-18
TheTone 20-Jul-18
Inshart 20-Jul-18
Jaquomo 20-Jul-18
Kurt 20-Jul-18
DL 20-Jul-18
trophyhill 20-Jul-18
Outdoorsdude 20-Jul-18
TD 20-Jul-18
elkmtngear 20-Jul-18
Graveyard 21-Jul-18
HDE 21-Jul-18
Ski & Skin 21-Jul-18
Jaeger63 22-Jul-18
radhunt 22-Jul-18
Ski & Skin 22-Jul-18
Yellowjacket 22-Jul-18
Smtn10PT 23-Jul-18
Ski & Skin 23-Jul-18
Inshart 23-Jul-18
Scoot 23-Jul-18
From: Inshart
19-Jul-18
After reading Smtn10PT's thread about him taking his elk on the last day, just wondering how many on here have taken their elk on the last day?

I realize that, especially the solo hunters, as soon as you shoot your elk "it's the last day" - that's not what I'm asking.

If you planned a 10 day hunt and made your kill on day 10 - that's what I mean.

From: Treeline
19-Jul-18
Once. Arizona in 2008.

Killed a big 5x5 bull in Colorado the day before I drove down to Arizona. He almost killed me! Some on here may remember that one...

Hunted every day of the Arizona elk season and killed a nice 6x6 bull at last light on the last day. Finished packing him out the day after the season was over. Was into multiple bugling bulls every day and a few monsters. Best elk hunt ever!

Last year’s bull was pretty down to the wire as well. Had two days of season left.

Sometimes it takes a little longer ‘cause I’m slow!

From: Pigsticker
19-Jul-18
I killed a 6x5 bull on the last day of my 2011 New Mexico elk hunt.

From: kscoyote
19-Jul-18
2 of the three bulls I have killed in my life were on the last evening of the hunt. There are many highs and lows in a hunt. To get to experience the whole hunt and still be able take home an elk on the last day is pretty dam cool. Or maybe Fridays are just my lucky day. One thing for sure there is nothing better than seeing it all come together.

From: deerslayer
19-Jul-18
Killed on the last day of a 14 day hunt two years ago. As I stated on his thread, I think persistence is the number one skill of all when it comes to elk hunting. It can be hard to stay motivated and for that long, but you just have to grind through it because you never know when your opportunity could present itself. I actually almost went home the 14th day after the morning hunt, but it clicked in my head that it would be a waste of the previous 13 1/2 days to go home one hunt early. I decided I didn’t get up early every morning and hunt hard for two weeks only to cut it short on the last day. Thankfully it paid off. Wasn’t a huge bull, but it was hard earned, and a true gift at that point in the hunt.

From: Lee
19-Jul-18
Killed a 6x6 the last 10 minutes of a 14 day hunt! Still can’t believe it.

Lee

From: Kodiak
19-Jul-18
Yes, I shot a 5x6 the last night in Montana 2001.

Memorable trip, I was out there when 9-11 happened.

From: LKH
20-Jul-18
Once killed a bull on day 16 but still had 13 days left. Ain't retirement great.

From: snuffer
20-Jul-18
Killed one on day 30. 2001

From: TD
20-Jul-18
We always save the last morning or evening (depending on the schedule) of the trip for packing.... not hunting. Drive out and fly the last.... roughly. Killed elk that we had to cut and wrap in the walmart parking lot in the evening and freeze with dry ice on the drive to the airport..... I know two like that. Nothing like a 24 hour day.....

Just once I'd like to shoot something the first morning..... just to relax a bit and enjoy the trip..... =D That is the one thing that has NEVER happened to me yet.

naaaaaa...... the masochist in me likes the torture too much...... when you've worked so hard to get there to make it happen.... it should.... be..... hard....

20-Jul-18
My first elk ever was a Roosey in OR and I hunted the first 7 days of the season solo. Didn't get one and that tag was just burning a hole in my pocket all month. I just had to go back, so I flew up at the end of the month on Friday night after work with plans to fly back on Sunday. I only had a day and a half to hunt and I killed him on closing day. It was incredible. It was a race to get the meat to a butcher and the head to the taxidermist, but I did and barely made my flight, wearing blood-soaked camo. I got a lot of odd looks in the hippy stronghold that is the Portland airport.

From: BULELK1
20-Jul-18
Last year on my Az hunt it was the last day/morning/0715 on my Solo hunt.

I got him boned off and packed out, on ice in the 150 qrt cooler by 4pm.

It can happen for sure.

Good luck, Robb

From: Smtn10PT
20-Jul-18
TD I'm with ya on the 24 hour day. If 16 nights away from home and countless mountain miles wasn't enough to tire a guy out a 24 + hour day at the end of a trip sure makes it easy to sleep on the plane.

From: grubby
20-Jul-18
I often have to remind myself how much can happen in a very short amount of time. It gets easier to quit when you're down to the wire....don't do it!

From: otcWill
20-Jul-18
2015 I killed a bull on the second to last day and my buddy killed one on the last. I'd hunted 22 days, mostly helping friends, 400 + miles. Never worked harder for anything in my life

From: cnelk
20-Jul-18
2015 - Last day of season - Me, my son & Native Oakie - our 4th elk of the year

From: SlipShot
20-Jul-18

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2017 Last day, last 15 minutes of Colorado season.

From: APauls
20-Jul-18
I killed one first 10 minutes of the 1st day of the season on my first elk hunt ever - does that count TD? ;)

From: Treeline
20-Jul-18
Dang, Adam! That is far rarer than a last day bull!

From: TheTone
20-Jul-18
I've killed two spikes on the last day of the season, one with a rifle and one with bow. Had numerous other encounters just barely slip away on the last day

From: Inshart
20-Jul-18
We planned on hunting 10 days, then pack up on day 11 and take off by 10AM or so.

On the afternoon of day 10, 2 of the guys didn’t want to hunt so they stayed in camp and began tearing down the non-essentials to get a jump on leaving in the morning. 2 of us went out for the “last evening” hunt.

About 2 hours before sunset a nice big fat cow came strolling past so I pushed a hole through both lungs. 45-yard shot and 40-yard recovery. I gutted her out and came strolling back into camp just after sunset.

We packed her out the next morning, took her to town and had the meat flash frozen, we cleaned up the camp area, and enjoyed an afternoon of camp fire stories, fresh back straps and a few toddies, picked up the meat first in the morning and headed home.

From: Jaquomo
20-Jul-18
I've killed quite a few elk, muleys, whitetails, and a big caribou on the last day of the hunt or the season. My hunting partner calls me "Last Day Louie".

From: Kurt
20-Jul-18
I killed two CO bulls on the last day of archery season. One was late in the PM, and Trackman doubled with me the same evening. We didn't get them out until midnight, and we both had to work the next day! The other bull was a last morning bull. I've also taken n AZ Coues buck on Dec 31...as well as Dec 30 and 29th. Add in a few CO and NE whitetails too....the last day has been a good day.

From: DL
20-Jul-18
Almost every show will have that shot Him on the last day of hunting. There is some truth to that. Every animal I’ve ever shot was in the last day of my hunt. Might have also been the first day too.

From: trophyhill
20-Jul-18

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2012 just before dark. Last day. My motto? "Never give up. Ever!"

From: Outdoorsdude
20-Jul-18
Yup, last day elk are crazy --not as crazy as the mad-scramble, gotta be somewhere tomorrow, pack-out , though! I will never pack an elk out in two loads again! Not even to satisfy the clock.

From: TD
20-Jul-18
10 minutes??? Yes Adam..... that counts for sure....... dammit..... =D

From: elkmtngear
20-Jul-18
Yep, killed a cow in 2009 on the last (Friday) evening of our 10 day hunt. My buddy had killed his bull on Day 4.

Got her out in 2 heavy loads with my buddy (1 mile straight up the mountain).

I was scheduled to be back at work on Monday, so we knew it was our last day. Packed up camp and bugged out the next morning.

From: Graveyard
21-Jul-18
I've had the privilege to kill 4 bulls and 1 cow in my life time of which 3 where on the last evening. The cow was one, sitting on top of a ridge meadow after 10 days of hunting. Sun went down and I said enough, time to go home to the family. While walking down to the trail was actually picking purple flowers for my wife and daughter, not trying to be quite at all and came to a ridge where I saw a cow feeding 25 yards below me. Knelt down in the grass as she picked her head up, nocked an arrow and smoked her. Walked out to our base camp (was already packed up), met my brother and walked out to the trailhead where I met my other brother and dad. We walked back in to get her that night. They weren't happy at the time but she sure tasted good through the next 10 months. Another bull on the last night of another 10 day hunt, killed him just before quiting time, walked back to spike camp where I woke up my Dad and 2 brothers. Made them get out of the woob to retrieve him. Oh where they pissed but after we got him out all was good. Packed him and our camp out the next morning. I never give up, 3 out of 5 on the last night, no regrets guys.

From: HDE
21-Jul-18
Can't say that I ever have, but my kids have.

From: Ski & Skin
21-Jul-18

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Last day bull, Colo otc. There were 5 cars parked at the same place as I in the morning.

Two years prior I was within 40 yds of him with no shot, his chest behind a tree. It was 15 min till the archery season was over, I chased him up the hill hoping to get another chance. I got closer only to see him chasing a cow 70 yds up a scree field with his manhood going Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong against his belly! I kept laughing the whole 11/2 hike out in the dark.

From: Jaeger63
22-Jul-18

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Last day of season in Colorado . 17 consecutive days of hunting and 12 pounds of body weight

From: radhunt
22-Jul-18

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September 30th, last day of the season at 10:30 am. Never give up!
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September 30th, last day of the season at 10:30 am. Never give up!

From: Ski & Skin
22-Jul-18
Last day bull, Colo otc. There were 5 cars parked at the same place as I in the morning.

Two years prior I was within 40 yds of him with no shot, his chest behind a tree. It was 15 min till the archery season was over, I chased him up the hill hoping to get another chance. I got closer only to see him chasing a cow 70 yds up a scree field with his manhood going Dong Dong Dong Dong Dong against his belly! I kept laughing the whole 11/2 hike out in the dark.

From: Yellowjacket
22-Jul-18

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Last bit of shooting light on the last day of the season 2014.

From: Smtn10PT
23-Jul-18
Looks like the smiles are bigger on those last day bulls!

From: Ski & Skin
23-Jul-18

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Ski & Skin's embedded Photo

From: Inshart
23-Jul-18

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Rotated it for you Ski. That is a really, really nice bull!
Inshart's embedded Photo
Rotated it for you Ski. That is a really, really nice bull!

From: Scoot
23-Jul-18
2008 last hour of the last day for a 6x7

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