First elk! Have y’all ever seen one like this?

Bc1992

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Got to Colorado and set up camp Friday. Listened to a bull bugle all night until about 5:30 when a truck drove by. Headed to a meadow making soft cow calls along the way. Say down at 7:10 made a couple of cow calls and at 7:15 3 cows came trotting down the hill we had just walked down with a bull not far behind. Dropped him with the 30-06 at about 100 yards. After high fives me and my buddy walked up on the bull and discovered this huge tumor or abscess. Anybody know what it is? I helped a friend skin a buck last year and he cut into a small abscess and it ended up with him taking a shower in puss so I was careful to not cut it while skinning him.
 

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Bc1992

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Congrats! Great first bull.

That bulge is actually where their reproductive organs are. I would hike back up there and cut it open to make sure it’s a bull.
Lol I have another picture of it but can’t get it to download. The bulge would definitely keep him from doing any reproducing and you could see the frustration in his eyes as he trailed the cows.
 

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First, congratulations on the bull. Second, you were able to cleanly skin around it? You never poked once you had him broken down, just for curiosity’s sake? I wouldn’t have been able to not do a little investigating—that thing is just too crazy!
 

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First, congratulations on the bull. Second, you were able to cleanly skin around it? You never poked once you had him broken down, just for curiosity’s sake? I wouldn’t have been able to not do a little investigating—that thing is just too crazy!
I really wanted to but after the puss shower and the smell from the one my buddy cut last year I couldn’t bring myself to do it without a place to take a shower.
 

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I really wanted to but after the puss shower and the smell from the one my buddy cut last year I couldn’t bring myself to do it without a place to take a shower.
I had that experience on the cow I killed last year. It’s really something.

 

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We killed a bull opening morning on rifle a few years back it had a abscess as well and with further examination there was actually a chunk of arrow shaft and a broadhead in it. The smell was nothing short of horrific.

That being said I would've went full on doctor pimple popper on that sum bitch to see what your working with. Nice bull!
 

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