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  • September 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm #592958 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 72
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    I’ve had a two year dry spell, either lack of opportunity or bad luck. This year had to be different … all I needed was a co-operating Elk to put meat in the freezer, a Freezer Trophy.

    At 7:50 AM a good bodied 4X5 came in on the upper trail, about 28 yd from the stand. Now I’m only up 15′ so the elk is above me so when coming in I really can’t move until he goes past me, besides I need a broadside or quartering away shot. Once he is past me, I stand up and he immediately bolts about 20 yds and stops … gotta check that stand for creaks and squeaks. Now, all I’ve got is a small window through a maze of pine bows and dead limbs, but I see I can reach the vitals. Shot is perfect, complete pass through…the QAD Exodus performs beautifully, all blades still shaving sharp when I picked up the arrow.

    I give the Elk 30 minutes, and start trailing in about 45 minutes. 15 minutes later I see him down. I set my bow on him and take a pic. He is on about a 30º slope, and as I pick up my bow he starts sliding downhill.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_brick_wall}


    He slides about 50′ and slams up against a tree that keeps him from going still farther downhill. The major problem now is his back is up against the tree and I can’t get a decent way to butcher him. Several hours of back breaking butchering and I get enough off of him to move him away from the tree and finish the job.


    Including the trip to get out the treestand, bow, and gear, it took 7 trips,  each one a 1.6 mile round trip … that’s 11 miles with a 1000′ elevation differential, camp at 9580′. The final trip had me back in camp at 7 PM and the bull on ice. Who says Elk hunting isn’t exhausting?

    September 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm #592961 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/27/2005
    Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'is
    Excellent hunt… but Lord, that sounds like a lot of work!  I’m glad you got it done.  I bet you sleep well after a day like that!
    September 2, 2013 at 1:02 am #592965 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/20/2012
    Location: Alaska
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    Congrats on the bull!
    September 2, 2013 at 6:21 am #592973 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 3/18/2008
    Awesome job…
    September 2, 2013 at 8:12 am #592974 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 9/8/2010
    Location: New York
    most awesome,congrats.
    September 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #592976 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/22/2004
    Wow, what a lot of work to fill that freezer, Brian!  Hearty congratulations, though, on a nice shot and a fine bull! {#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}
    September 2, 2013 at 9:16 am #592978 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 72
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    Wow, what a lot of work to fill that freezer, Brian! Hearty congratulations, though, on a nice shot and a fine bull!{#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}

    Thanks, but that’s Elk hunting … You have to be prepared to butcher and pack one out and not hunt places where you can’t, even if you know there are bugling Elk down is some inaccessible hole. Its more than just physical conditioning for hiking and altitude adjustment, it becomes “mental” to see it through, especially when you’ve turned 70 with all the aches and pains that come with it. Total loads were about 60# of de-boned meat off each hindquarter, 60# for each shoulder with bone in, 20# for the two backstrap and tenderloins, 10# for the rump roast, and about 15# for shank meat, brisket, and other small cuts … Total of about 285# to pack out…plus the antlers, which weigh almost nothing.

    I see far too many guys hunt where they really aren’t prepared to get the elk out. Too bad those TV shows don’t cover how the game is recovered and meat taken care of…I think some might think twice before taking on an Elk or Moose without outfitter support.  {#emotions_dlg.mathews_whistle}

    As far as getting a good night’s sleep … Took 4 250-mg Potassium pills to stop the cramps. Now I’m sore in places I’ve forgotten about, and stiff as a board.

    September 2, 2013 at 9:21 am #592979 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 8/10/2007
    Congratulations, nice elk and a great shot.
    September 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm #593001 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    Thanks for the pictures and story.  Love it. Fine bull and that back scratcher is awesome.  The guy that got me into elk hunting always took along a couple young guys with him.   As he always called them his pack mules.  It might be time to find you a young man and teach him the ropes of elk hunting.  He could learn archery and how to hunt from you and you could use him as your “pack mule”.  I’ve helped pack out 20 plus elk the last 10 years and know just how exhausting it is.  They never seem to fall in an easy place.  Congratulations on the nice bull.
    September 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm #593002 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 3/29/2007
    Congrats on a beautiful Bull.  I’m glad you got your bow out of the way before he started to roll.
    Thats a lot of work but something I’d like to try it some day.
    Congrats again.
    September 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm #593005 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/15/2009
    Congrats awesome Bull!!!
    September 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm #593006 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 76
    Joined: 3/20/2010
    Location: Wisconsin
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    Good job Brian. Thanks for taking the time to share. I enjoyed the story and the pictures.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_applause}
    Ron /////// Archery and Fly fishing
    September 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm #593007 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 58
    Joined: 3/14/2009
    Location: Missouri
    September 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm #593009 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/20/2008
    Congratulations on a great animal, Brian.  Thanks for sharing your story.  I’m hoping to be in a similar situation in about 3 weeks.
    September 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm #593012 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/27/2010
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    Great story and pics! Congrats you deserve putting down that freezer trophy and it’s one heck of a freezer trophy. Good luck the rest of the season and God Bless!
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