Well.. NOT really sure... The message asked if I wanted to Help pack out an elk... then said "Just kidding", then "Just wanted to call someone"... So, that meant that either 1-pointer got one down and wanted to Ask me to help (Which being in Pocatello I might have gone over real quick but couldn't get back ahold of him) and said he was kidding about me coming over and helping or he just left a funny message and I missunderstood it..
Hell, if I'd a known you where in Pokey I'd had you come down! Getting those bastiches out by yourself sucks.
This hunt had been a bit discouraging as I hadn't seen any cows, but 13 bulls (5 of them 6pts). When I got to the area on Sat. morning, the two roads I'd been using to access the area were closed, but one was still open to ATVs/Snowmobiles. Sorta ironic, yes? Sat. I saw four bulls, no cows. Sunday I spied some cows crossing at the top of a basin, of which I was at the bottom. I headed them off but couldn't get a shot, so I head across hill and spotted them going up the adjacent canyon wall. Laser read 309yds on the last in line, knelt shot. She stayed on her feet so I shot again and she rolled down the hill. This was about 2mi in from where I'd parked. I after gutting her, did you know the stomach is a highly pressurized organ that when ruptured will spew stuff quite a ways
, I dragged it down hill to a creek and realized it wasn't coming out whole. I boned half and hiked it out. A buddy from nearby got my messeage and we got the other half out via the ATV trail and his ATV.
I learned a few things elk hunting this weekend.
1. Elk (even cows) are much bigger than any whitetail I've been around.
2. An elk's stomach is a highly pressurized system when full. If ruptured it will shoot grass-goop up to 15' away.
3. Dragging an elk out whole by yourself is basically a no-go proposition
4. Hunt where friends are near to help out.
5. Find out about road closures early in the hunt!
Sorry, but I don't have any pics, I forgot the camera.
Congrats 1 Pt. I think it`s great that you mentioned the atv, nothing wrong with being "honest" and it was "legal" them elk are way way to big to drag out, and you probably brought home more meat with the atv than if you had to bone the whole thing out, Good job.