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Old 11-05-2020, 02:38 PM
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Default PA elk down

Season started this past Monday and at 12:15 I was able to put my cow tag to use. The day started out brutal. Wet snow then changed to freezing rain and 30-40 mph winds. Did a lot of hiking checking out the food plots but didn't see anything not even a fresh track. I assumed the weather had them hunkered down somewhere. About 8:30 it stared to clear up and by 9:30 it was turning out to be a nice day.
Angling down the side of a mountain from a food plot heading toward my truck we were about 200 yards from the road and I froze in my tracks and my buddy stopped right behind me. Elk I whispered, right in front of us. About 80 yards away, a cow and what I think was her calf from last year were staring us down. I knelt down and settled the crosshairs of my Tikka T3 30-06 just left of low center of her brisket. At the shot she sort of rocked back a bit then turned and took a couple steps as I was cycling the bolt.She started running and I hit her with the second shot through the lungs but she still kept going. My third shot went in just behind the right shoulder and destroyed the left shoulder.
During the skinning process I found the Barnes TSX that broke the shoulder outside the body cavity just under the hide. If fell out as I was skinning her. My first shot was perfect and ripped right through the center of the heart splitting it right in two as if it was hit with an axe. The second shot also did a number on her lungs and was a complete pass through.
I'm happy I got her within 100 yards AND uphill of the road. It made dragging her to the truck a lot easier with just the 2 of us. And at the road there was a high bank that I could back right up to and drag her onto the truck without any lifting. At the check station she weighed in at just under 350 lbs.

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Old 11-05-2020, 02:41 PM
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well congrats to you, on a fine Elk and some great eating there too boot!
well done
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Old 11-05-2020, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mrbb
well congrats to you, on a fine Elk and some great eating there too boot!
well done
You got that right mrbb. I just had a salad and grilled a steak and had it with some sauteed onions and mushrooms..... ummm ummm good
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:09 PM
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Nice going bronko. Great story. Got all my elk with 180 gr Barnes TSX out of a 30-06.
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:18 PM
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Congrats! I know how you are feeling after taking your cow. Enjoy the feeling and the meals you will get from your prize.
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:47 PM
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Looks like those bullets did the job. Can't beat that for an easy recovery either.

Glad you got one!

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Old 11-05-2020, 05:04 PM
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Congrats! That’s some of the best tasty venison right there.
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Old 11-05-2020, 05:28 PM
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bronko if anybody deserved a elk it would be you buddy & again congrats
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Old 11-06-2020, 02:55 AM
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Shooting one close to the truck is good planning. Well done.
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Old 11-06-2020, 11:57 AM
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congrats on collecting a nice cow elk.
yeah, that Barnes TSX seems to have worked rather well
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