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With all the questions lately, I’d like to know total distance, (shot+recovery) of elk killed this year.
Mine was a 5 yard shot and it ran 30 yards, so my total is 35 yards. My lowest yet. Kind of like golf, low is good!
36yd shot and 65yd recovery. He went a little farther because he was running downhill. Total 101.
12yard shot 70 on the recovery for 82 yards.
30yd shot, ~100yd recovery.
5-7 yard shot and I think he’s still runnin’!
Fortunately the only thing wounded was a dead lodgepole.... LOL
45 yard shot, 80 yard recovery. 125 yards total.
That being said, about 75 percent of my elk, have been killed at 20 yards or less.
Well, I missed the shot by missed judging the distance, so...she is still about 1015 miles away (according to map quest. Give or take a few miles of course. Great hunt with my son on his first elk hunt in northern CO.
42 yard shot. 8 yard recovery. It just stood there and then tipped over. Easy blood trail!-)
7 yard shot, 40 yard recovery, 200 yard pack down to a county road. National Forest, zero point unit.
21 yds, 30 yd recovery, heard her fall
19 yard shot, recovery in 60 yards.
25yard shot. 275 yard recovery. Great blood trail.
105 yards, died within 1000 yards not a lot of penetration. The night before I super glued my sight back together. When I went to adjust my sight for 100 yards it was glued and I had to break the glue free to get it it move. Had quite the arc on the shot but smoked him. :)
18 yd shot, 75 yd recovery. @ 95 total
This year it was 35 yd shot and 40 yard recovery so about 75yds total...
25 yard shot, 40 for recovery...= 65
17 yd shot, 104 yard recovery according to OnX.
49 yard shot, 35 yard recovery
25 yd shot pass thru, died within sight 80 yds from me.
12 yrd shot, close to 1/2 mile recovery. Good thing I track like an aboriginy...
25 yard shot, under 20 yard recovery
43 yd shot Ran 50 before tipping over
36 yard shot.....25 yard recovery.....total of 61 yards.
32 yard shot 250 yard recovery. High lung shot
Lots of close range shots and short tracking jobs!!! Good job guys!
9 yards,,, and the last 3 have all been within 15 yards,,, its called patience and having the time to hunt, and no need to fill a tag.................... you can do that when your retired
42 yard shot, about 100 yd to recovery
30 yard shot, went approximately 25 yards after the shot. Top of the heart.
15 yard shot, 90 yard recovery. Long pack out, ebike helped once packed out of the hole he was in.
28 yard shot, 40 yard recovery
35 yard shot and 50 yard recovery
So far, with 27 bull elk killed, the average shot range is 27 yards. This sure debunks the 100 yard kill shots that some might believe are happening on a regular basis. my best, Paul.
37 yards to me still seems far.
Did you know that Bowsite has already done the math for shot/recovery for elk? Just look at the Harvest/Photo Album details
Shot Details: Average for B K (all shots) (26 yards) Average for All (for Elk) (30 yards)
Recovery: Average for B K (all hits) (55 yards) Average for All (for Elk) (145 yards)
Avg shot distance on this thread is 27 yards, not 37.
Interesting stats there, didn't know they existed!
My Son & I did the best we could to calculate shot distance on 63 elk taken, the shot average distance was 23 yards. Didn't do a recovery distance but that would be interesting as well.
We shoot different weight arrows, he shoots around a 405 grain total weight arrow @ 70# & I shoot closer to 430 grains @ 65-66#. Next year I'll most likely drop a few grains in a new setup!
last elk was 12 yards and 50 yards recovery. Traditional bow complete pass thru with a 250 gr.Cutthroat broadhead.
Bet the shot distances would be different if this question was asked on the mule deer forum and honest answers were given.....
I know a guy (has the NA 29, BTW) who is telling his friends that he hit a bull in the shoulder blade at 105 yards this year and the arrow "bounced out so the bull was really lucky". We've been friends for nearly 50 years, hunted together growing up, and I don't know what to say. He thinks its ok because he practices at that distance and sees guys do it on video "all the time".
50 yard shot, 60-70 yard recovery.
Jaq, sounds like a rage shooter!
57 yards and another arrow at 65.....first shot was lethal but when he only took 5 steps and stopped I put another arrow in him. He probably went 4-500 yards but was easiest blood trail I’ve ever followed!
My hunting partner shot his same day at 24 yards and went about 30 yards. His shot was high and back but hit something good.
If both entrance holes were shown you’d guess that distance to recovery was opposite. You just never know I guess.
27 yards is the average, NOT 37 yards as I reported. Paul
46yds for me this year with a 125yd recovery. It was the longest shot I've taken at an animal and also the longest recovery on an elk.
30 yards and 80 yard recovery.
12 yard shot 35 yard recovery. Heard him fall and break a log the size of my leg. The sound of the air escaping from his lungs sounded like a car tire going flat!
50 yard shot. 50-60 yard recovery, mostly downhill. It was so steep that I had to tie him off to quarter him.
This yr was 42 yd shot, 14 yd recovery.
1st elk bull 23 yrd shot recovery 45 yrds ish 2nd elk cow 45 yrds shot recovery 100 yrds ish
Shot my bull at 25 yards with the first shot...he had no clue what happened and ran out about 55 yards or so , where I proceeded to shoot 6 more times (hitting him 4 of those 6 times at ~80 yards). He walked about 10 more yards and bedded down for 20 minutes, got up, walked 5 more yards, and bedded back down and expired after another 15 minutes.
So I guess you can say 25 yard shot, 75 yard recovery.
You shot him 7 times and it took him 20-30 minutes to die?!
No, shot him 5 times. All the shots were quartering away and three of the five that hit him that were most fatal (including the first) caught liver and off-lung. The other two caught his off-front leg and the other was more gut shot.
I always believe in shooting them until you can’t anymore... I guess I’m most impressed you had 7 arrows!
32 yards 120 yards run then tipped over.
30 yards, walked a few yards, 2nd shot 35 yards. Both shots passed through. First time I ever quadruple lunged anything. He just went a few more yards after second shot.
Shot was 44 yards Bull trotted 10 yards, and coughed up blood and lung Then he ran 20 yards and fell dead So 74 yards total
15 yard shot, 40 yard recovery. 55 total.
First FRONTAL at 20 yds. He ran 45yds but in an arc and was 35 yds from me, so...
Mine was 8 yard shot, 30 yard recovery (follow up shot in spine), 38 yards total.
Bull #2 was 15 yard shot, and a 50ish yard recovery for a total of 65 yards.
Bull #3 was a 20 yard shot, 90-100 yard recovery, so figure around 120 yards.
Grossklw, you got a big freezer? ??
30 yd shot, 60 yd recovery. Pass through with a NAP Spitfire 3-blade mechanical, in great condition ready to hunt some more.
23 yard shot. 40 yards to tipping over.
@Dale. Haha, I do. But we had 4 guys in camp and split meat so I was ok.
52 yard double lung shot. He then ran back 12 yards and stopped hunched over. I think he would have gone down right there, but I put a second arrow through him and he ran another 20 yards.