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Old 10-09-2018, 05:26 AM
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Boca, me too. Yep, I am taking the 45-70. Hopefully I will have pics to post.
My dad took a cow elk with a .45-70.

Hit her like a hammer and spung her around onto her back.

I've been applying for 7 or 8 years now. I figure I may have 50 (that may be a little optimistic) more years of hunting. So I hope to eventually be drawn.

I always apply to either sex any unit. And when I do draw I'll also hire a guide.

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Old 10-09-2018, 06:00 AM
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After you knock one down and walk up then you realize just how big they are. The first few we killed we field dressed like we always have done to the deer around here. Not a good time and it gets kind of messy. We quickly learned about the gutless method and have done so after that. Seeing how you have a guide I am betting they will be well versed in that way to get the animal cleaned up and quartered.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:12 AM
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I will be taking it out whole to go to the check station, then we will be hanging and quartering it then next day, maybe hang it longer if it is cold enough. The outfitter I hired has a friend with Percherons. The elk is rolled onto a sled and hooked to the horse and it is pulled out.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:00 AM
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I will be taking it out whole to go to the check station
Must be a lot easier elk country than I grew up in. I've taken 25 elk and been in on the taking of more than 100 others and I doubt I've seen 2 or 3 that could have been taken out whole. We either qtr them or bone them where they hit the ground. Are you required to keep the carcass in one piece? Just curious.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:24 AM
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I am sure it is, it won't be in canyons and such like the west has, it will be in clearings or timber. Same elk though, they came from out west originally to replace the Eastern elk that were extirpated.
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That sounds like an interesting field recovery. Post some pics when you're back. Percheron is a very cool breed of horse.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:53 AM
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Between Rob, Dave and I plus a few others we have taken a few dozen elk hunting out of Robs place in Colorado. Almost all were packed out. I had a 6X6 we were able to get a truck to and there have been a couple others. We never had access to horses not that I would have been much use trying to ride one.
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Ahh, that other time tested method. Bringing lots of friends to help.
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My last elk a 6X6 was a group effort. Rob and I quartered and took care of that part and some of the other guys figured out how to get close via a road and hiked in. All I had to lug out was the rack.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:39 AM
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I hope to do just that Cal.
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