Ripcord Arrow Rests
SENIOR MOMENT PART 3, THE END
Elk
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Paul@thefort 03-Sep-19
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Jeff Holchin 03-Sep-19
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From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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Needed to start Senior Moment part 3, the end of the hunt. Be sure to read Senior Moment Part 2 if you have not-

So here we go with PART 3 and a Colorado dead bull elk on the ground. NOW WHAT?

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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TIED THE LEGS BACK
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TIED THE LEGS BACK
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REMOVED HIDE FROM ONE SIDE
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REMOVED HIDE FROM ONE SIDE
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removed front shoulder. had to make a decision to gut or guttless. tons of flies so I will gut and attract them farther away to the gut pile.
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removed front shoulder. had to make a decision to gut or guttless. tons of flies so I will gut and attract them farther away to the gut pile.
Part 3.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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took off the rear quarter first before gutting. Still thinking about taking the ribs home.
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took off the rear quarter first before gutting. Still thinking about taking the ribs home.
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one rear quarter off and bagged
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one rear quarter off and bagged
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next the back strip on one side. Same on the other side.
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next the back strip on one side. Same on the other side.
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gutted and removed all meat and decided not to take the bone on ribs but just the rib meat. Last item, the antlers.
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gutted and removed all meat and decided not to take the bone on ribs but just the rib meat. Last item, the antlers.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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From start to finish, 3 hours. but all meat was safely stored in game bags and ready for preposition. Away from the gut pile and the bear I had on the camera.
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From start to finish, 3 hours. but all meat was safely stored in game bags and ready for preposition. Away from the gut pile and the bear I had on the camera.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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all the meat was transferred in a couple of hours. I ended up deboning the rear quarters as that thick meat might never cool down in time.
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all the meat was transferred in a couple of hours. I ended up deboning the rear quarters as that thick meat might never cool down in time.
It was getting very warm and if the meat was not cooled down I might loose some of it. I owed this fine animal, to save all of his meat. This is why we hunt. So just down stream from the meadow and in the shade I would build a log bridge and place the bagged meat on it. the shade and the cooler water will help like a refrigerator and tonight when it really cools down, the meat will all be saved.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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quite a 12 hour day. I was exhausted!!
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quite a 12 hour day. I was exhausted!!
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a couple of these will help. Later I took a pan shower, finished off a Mt House. I had made prior contact with an outfitter to take the meat down but not my camp
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a couple of these will help. Later I took a pan shower, finished off a Mt House. I had made prior contact with an outfitter to take the meat down but not my camp

From: WYOBIRDDOG
03-Sep-19
Time for a cold one now Paul, great story!

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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I broke down camp that evening, except for tent and sleeping bag. I wanted to get an early start in the morning, to hike down and contact the packer. In the morning I had it all broke down. and down the trail 2 miles, I went.
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I broke down camp that evening, except for tent and sleeping bag. I wanted to get an early start in the morning, to hike down and contact the packer. In the morning I had it all broke down. and down the trail 2 miles, I went.
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Sam the packer and I gathered at the trail head getting ready to retrieve the meat and camp. A three hour round trip is planned.
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Sam the packer and I gathered at the trail head getting ready to retrieve the meat and camp. A three hour round trip is planned.
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and headed up. It was now 24 hours since I killed the bull.
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and headed up. It was now 24 hours since I killed the bull.
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and arriving at camp in an hour. I usually takes me hiking up 2.5 hours.
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and arriving at camp in an hour. I usually takes me hiking up 2.5 hours.
That same evening, I broke down camp but left the tent up for last night. At 5 am I rechecked the meat and all was good. I covered it up with another tarp for insurance.

After I rechecked my gear back at camp that morning I decided to leave every thing, hike down and drive to the outfitter and tell him of my luck and request a riding horse for me and another pack animal for the camp equipment. Arrangement was made on the spot. It was now only 7:45 am. and by 9 we should be going back up the hill to camp and meat.

03-Sep-19
Congrats Paul! Well done, in every aspect, as usual!

From: drycreek
03-Sep-19
Still my hero Paul, you have what it takes ! Congrats on number twelve !

From: Chief 419
03-Sep-19
Congrats Paul! Always great story telling. I'm glad you had early success.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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within the next hour we had camp and meat horse bound and down.
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within the next hour we had camp and meat horse bound and down.
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this was more than i wanted to back pack down by myself.
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this was more than i wanted to back pack down by myself.
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Sam was a great help, yea, young and strong.
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Sam was a great help, yea, young and strong.

From: Dirk Diggler
03-Sep-19
Well done Paul! Who was the outfitter?

From: Paul@thefort
03-Sep-19

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ON the way down I asked Sam, "do I now rank as a cowboy?" He looked at me and stated with a smile, "NOT REALLY". Damn I thought.

So there you have it, my Senior Moment this year while elk hunting in Colorado. Who knows that the future holds for me, but I will keep trying, and keep hunting and just keep placing one foot in front of the other. One more heart beat, one more big breath of air. Wild elk are special as the places they live. Now I have to wait eleven more months for my next elk hunting adventure so stay tuned, maybe there might be another senior moment.

I just finished processing the elk meat into burger, back straps, tenderloins, stew meat, and other cuts. Cowboy from Wyo will lend me his meat grinder so I will do all of the burger at home.

From start to finish it has been another adventure to share with my Bowsite friends. Thanks for following along and all of the kind words and encouragement

What else to say, well I hope you enjoyed this adventure and maybe I offered a few tips and hunting experience for your next elk hunt in the high mountains with bow in hand.

My best always, Paul

From: elkmtngear
03-Sep-19
Fantastic...hope I can have a "Senior Moment" this Season as well...

Great Story and pics...Congrats Paul!

From: RTJ1980
03-Sep-19
Paul, your threads never disappoint. Congratulations on the fine bull and good luck on the rest of your adventures this fall. I can't wait to read the recaps.

From: kota-man
03-Sep-19
Very nice. Congrats Paul. And as alway...great story.

From: Glunt@work
03-Sep-19
Way to go Paul. Great elk and a well told story!

From: Trophy8
03-Sep-19
Excellent story Paul...Big Congrats!!

From: Marty
03-Sep-19
Great job Paul!

From: Fields
03-Sep-19
Always look forward to your hunts!! Congrats!!

From: Bowboy
03-Sep-19
Now that's how to pack out an elk! Congrats an thanks taking the time to post you story.

From: Deerplotter
03-Sep-19
Fantastic-congratulations on a great Elk!!

From: bigbulls6
03-Sep-19
Congratulations!

From: Ghost425
03-Sep-19
Great story, great hunt, and great bull from what seems like great guy. Way to get it done Paul. Congrats

From: Grunter
03-Sep-19
Very nice job Paul! You are the guy I hope to be when I'm getting older. As always your story and pics are great. Congrats on a dandy bull!

03-Sep-19
Love it Paul! Again, you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing to us all.

From: The dream
03-Sep-19
Well done sir ??. Awesome story.

From: trublucolo
03-Sep-19
Congrats Paul, and well done sir.

From: Old School
03-Sep-19
There’s nothing left to be said.

Congrats again Paul. I’m thrilled for you!

-Mitch

From: zabwelch
03-Sep-19
Awesome story Paul! Congrats on the bull!

From: Predeter
03-Sep-19
Congrats again, Paul. Thank you for taking the time to take great pictures and write everything up for us. Another Bowsite classic to add to your many!!

From: fastflight
03-Sep-19
Congrats Paul.... I dont know you at all but I would rather hunt with you than anybody but the two guys I go with now. Everything you do seems like such an adventure. always a great attitude too.

From: Drnaln
03-Sep-19
Tremendous accomplishment & Great thread to read...You are a wonderful inspiration for Us youngsters....I turn 66 this month & I'm in awe of you!

From: Beav
03-Sep-19
What an excellent thread! Great job on the recap Paul!

From: elmer@laptop
03-Sep-19
Excellent adventure

From: Twinetickler
03-Sep-19
Awesome! Thanks for sharing and congrats!

From: sitO
03-Sep-19
Good for the soul to see a real hunter on here now and then, thanks for sharing the journey sir!

From: Wirehair
03-Sep-19
Congrats! Always a good read!

From: cnelk
03-Sep-19
What’s the going rate for pack service these days?

From: DL
03-Sep-19
Funny how elk triple in size after they are shot. My legs have gotten longer. I used to be able to touch them.

From: Paul@thefort
04-Sep-19
Brad that can vary for sure depending on the outfitter and distance to pack out.

My pack out of the meat was reasonable. One wrangler, and two pack horses, = $250

One other horse and pack animal for my camp was, =$200 ie, $100 per horse

Round trip about 4.5 hours from start to finish.

I tipped the wrangler and outfitter $50 each.

Outfitter can only pack in those units assigned to them

If I had to have done it all, the hospital bill would have been 10 times that ,and most likely no more senior moments..

From: Treeline
04-Sep-19
Awesome job my friend!

Well done from start to finish!

Certainly provide buckets of inspiration to many of the young up and comers :-)

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences with us here !

04-Sep-19
Inspiration to me for sure! Thanks! I know you appreciate every day! God Bless the archer!

From: Matt
04-Sep-19
Congrats, thanks for sharing.

04-Sep-19
That's excellent Paul, congrats...

04-Sep-19
Nice reading, thanks for taking the time to send it out.

From: Russell
04-Sep-19
Paul, You are a true inspiration to all of us here! Thanks for making the time and sharing this awesome adventure with us. Enjoy the back straps and elk burgers.

From: Scar Finga
04-Sep-19
Congratulations Paul!!!

I always enjoy your stories and adventures, thank you taking us along!

God Bless and Keep on, keeping on!

From: Whip
04-Sep-19
A perfect ending to a perfect hunt. Congratulations again Paul!

From: Boreal
04-Sep-19
Awesome, simply awesome! Congrats and thank you for doing these threads for us Paul!

From: oake
04-Sep-19
Well that ended quickly....

Great story, and congratulations Paul !

From: Bou'bound
04-Sep-19
such a great story and event. well done paul

From: Carcajou
04-Sep-19
Incredible!

From: PoudreCanyon
04-Sep-19
Thanks for sharing Paul - great bull! You really are an inspiration!

From: 12yards
04-Sep-19
Great job man!

From: Grubby
04-Sep-19
Paul@thefort- the original beast! Good job! I love hearing about your hunts!

From: midwest
04-Sep-19
I don't think it gets any better. I smiled through every word and photo. Congrats again.....sir!

From: Brotsky
04-Sep-19
Well done Paul! Congratulations on a fine bull and another excellent memory! If I ever grow up I hope I can be doing the things Paul does each year! Save some elk burger for Chase my friend. Thanks for sharing your pictures and story as always! God bless!

From: SBH
04-Sep-19
Loved every minute of that one. Thanks Paul.

From: JMG
04-Sep-19
Awesome story Paul. I give a lot of credit to you and others like you that take the time to take the pictures and tell the story. Thanks for sharing.

From: lewis
04-Sep-19
Congrats on a great hunt and a great story thanks for sharing Lewis

From: elkster
04-Sep-19
You're an inspiration to us seniors who may think we are too old to keep chasing elk.

And you generously take the time and effort to post.

Much appreciated.

From: bwhntr
04-Sep-19
Thanks Paul. Enjoyed the read!

From: dakotaduner
04-Sep-19
Congratulations Paul. Like all the others have said. You not only inspire me but also motivate me. Regardless of age we all need to be aware of our overall health and fitness to enjoy family and all of our hobbies hunting or not. Thankyou for taking us all along on your hunt. I'd share my campfire with you anytime.

From: WHOCARES
04-Sep-19
A fun story and talk about creating a memory with those pics, particularly the hit elk with you in the background! Wow! Congrats again ,Paul.

From: Z Barebow
04-Sep-19
Someone borrowed my thoughts. When I grow up, I want to be just like Paul!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
04-Sep-19
Congrats again Paul. All 3 chapters were terrific to follow along with. Will there be any more Senior Moments to share with us prior to hunting geese with Chase? Stay well, Jeff.

04-Sep-19
Well done all the way around!!

From: Grasshopper
04-Sep-19
just got back to town last night - what? no 30 days in the woods this elk season. Nicely done, but what are you going to do for the rest of September?

I hear the fishing is good..

From: GhostBird
04-Sep-19
Congratulations Paul. Thanks for taking us along.

From: Big John
04-Sep-19
Thanks for sharing Paul, I've always enjoyed your flare for story telling along with the help and inspiration you provide here on the Bowsite... Many Congratulations

From: Drahthaar
04-Sep-19
Awesome Senior moment my friend. Forrest

From: Well-Strung
04-Sep-19
Very COOL Paul! Sorry we missed you at camp I heard you stopped by and chatted a bit. Drew got his bull the day you came through. I'm back up at it this weekend to fill my tag! Hope the luck holds for all 3 of us.

From: Paul@thefort
04-Sep-19
Good luck Bob. It was good talking with your dad. I understand he has a ML tag. I was told you were up hill somewhere packing. Tell Drew congrats and good luck to you also. I missed his breakfast burritos. I know you know how to get it done. Keep me advised. my best, Paul

From: Paul@thefort
04-Sep-19
Bowbirdhuntr. I have a eastern Colorado archery deer tag for this fall , Maybe a story will follow. Just might have to use the stick this time. Paul

From: Photohunter
04-Sep-19
Very nicely done! That was great. Thanks.

From: sticksender
04-Sep-19
Good job Paul. So great to see you hangin' in there and enjoying these wonderful hunts.

From: GF
04-Sep-19
Now go get one with a stick!!!

From: GF
04-Sep-19
Now go get one with a stick!!!

From: Mitch
04-Sep-19
Congrats Paul, great job!

04-Sep-19
What a great read Paul! Truly inspired and can't wait to read about your next adventure!!

From: Kurt
05-Sep-19
Paul, excellent hunt, photos, write up and I bet meat in the freezer! Can’t beat it! Thanks for posting and giving us “younger old timers” motivation to keep at it into our 80’s.

From: t-roy
05-Sep-19
I’m glad I was out of the country till just recently. I wouldn’t have gotten anything done, rechecking to see if any updates had been added!

Congrats on yet another terrific hunt, and an even better story, Paul! Like many others have stated, you are truly an inspiration to so many on here. Can’t wait to read the recap on your Eastern Colorado deer hunt as well. No doubt, the deer are in trouble!

From: arlone
05-Sep-19
Let me add another congratulations and a big thank you for taking us along with your pictures and narrative! It's almost like I got to do everything except get the sore muscles! Good luck the rest of the fall/seasons!!

From: BULELK1
05-Sep-19
John Wayne didn't have much on you their cowboy! haha

Thanks for sharing Paul

Good luck, Robb

From: Owl
05-Sep-19
Paul, I failed to follow instructions by reading Part 2 first... (lol) but I am impressed with how much effort you put into caring for the meat. More so, you awe by being disciplined and deliberate enough to preserve your health for future hunts. That's my take away from this thread because it's a difficult concept for a lot of guys to grasp me included. Great hunt and congrats.

From: ki-ke
05-Sep-19
Great storytelling Paul! Always a great pleasure to follow your adventures!

From: GBTG
05-Sep-19
Your the best! How high was your treestand?

From: Paul@thefort
05-Sep-19
GBTG ie, Dave, the treestand was only 8 ft off the ground but tucked back just a little.

There was a 15ft pine tree 12 ft in front so if an elk came from the left or out in front in that direction, and passed behind I had a great chance to draw. From the right, the side the shot was, I had another tree on that side but plenty of room to draw and shoot as was the case. Also good back cover and mostly in the shade. I ranged most of the area and felt comfortable that I might get a 30 yards or less shot. In this case it was 18-20 yards and quartering away. The bull did not have a clue I was in the area. Fun when it ALL comes together and you are presented with one of those "slam dunk" shots. I am glad I held it all together. Thanks for the question. Paul

From: Vonfoust
05-Sep-19
The only problem I see is that I was expecting to use up much more work time reading day after day of updates. Barely had time for a chipmunk to clean out a bowl here:)

From: buci 313
05-Sep-19
Paul, Your senior moments are a heck of a lot better than mine !

Congratulations to you.

From: TD
05-Sep-19
One of the coolest parts was you could see him go down. All that adrenaline could then pour into great feelings instead of slowly souring into anxiety, even when it finally turns to relief.

Nice to skip all that and go right to "did that really just happen?" and "wow...." before it gets to "what have I just gotten myself into....." =D

From: Mark Watkins
05-Sep-19
Another great "Paul at the Fort Adventure!" (and dead critter)!!!

Congrats and good luck on eastern CO deer!!!

Mark

From: badbull
05-Sep-19
Tough, honest, and real is what you are Paul! Your stories are a gift......badbull

05-Sep-19
Great story Paul. And Congratulations!!!

From: uteangler
05-Sep-19
Nice work Paul! Very cool that you still do all this. Congratulations!

From: Paul@thefort
05-Sep-19
Badbull, Yea, "Tough, Honest" but the "real" part of this hunt is that after 5 days I have just recovered physically from the endeavor. All good though, and I hit the gym this morning at 7 am. and even better, I just woke up from an hour cat nap. :) my best, Paul

From: great white
05-Sep-19
Well done

From: carcus
05-Sep-19
Congrats paul, thanks for sharing

From: Heat
05-Sep-19
Thanks for sharing Paul! You once again hit one out of the park!

From: JRABQ
05-Sep-19
Thanks for taking us along on your hunt, always enjoy your writing style and photos.

06-Sep-19
Congrats Paul!!!!

From: PA-R
06-Sep-19
Great job, Paul, you did good, outstanding. Peter.

From: Deerplotter
06-Sep-19
You are a great incentive to keep after it! Thanks for the inspiration and great hunting stories. You are rare good fellow.

From: OFFHNTN
07-Sep-19
Impressive Paul! Thank you for taking the time to take pics....something I struggle to do enough of on a hunt!

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