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.