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Bulls down: I'm all out of tags

I ended up deciding to buy an elk tag... now I really have no freezer space! The group consisted of my dad, my brother, one of my childhood friends, me and my dad's uncle and cousin who are from Michigan. This is the first time that our camp has ever harbored a non-resident. It was neat watching their reactions as they went through the elk hunting experience.

Me and my brother got our bulls on opening morning. I promise I wasn't trying to shoot the world's smallest raghorn but I was hunting thick timber and was able to call in a 6x6 and this little guy. I don't know what the 6x6 told this little bugger but he took the fall for the bigger bull.

My dad quit hunting after me and my bro got our bulls down (freezer space dillemma) and started guiding the Michigan boys. He then got them on a group of 6 bulls and the video that came out of it is rediculous. Let's just say that the Michigan boys got a strong case of elk fever! A bull did go down but there was a much better bull in the group. If my dad had his rifle with him I'm confident that the 6x5 would have hit the ground. The other guy who didn't fill his tag had opportunities but everything from coyotes to frozen trigger mechanisms kept him from shooting. He just wasn't meant to kill a bull this year... or any year for that matter. He wants to write a book entitled, Bucked Up: Confessions of a Failed Elk Hunter. haha

Temps were cold and we got a hefty amount of snow... LIFE WAS GOOD FOR AN ELK HUNTER!

I'll post a pic of my bro's bull after he sends me one but it was a raghorn too. Lots of great meat was hanging on the pole though!

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Impressive!  Getting a bull

Impressive!  Getting a bull elk to round out the year you have already had is very impressive!  Congrats on the successful hunt and thanks for sharing the pictures.  

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Very Impressive !

hawkeye,

A "HUGE" congrats on an amazing year and congrats on a great 'little" bull (jk Big smile ) ! Congrats to your brother also ! Thumbs up Thanks for sharing the great stories and pics throughout the season.

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Congrats to all of yyou on

Congrats to all of yyou on filling the freezer.  So what is with the picture of the swollen hand??  What happened??

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Congratulations on a great

Congratulations on a great hunt and a great year. In my opinion any bull elk is a good elk but then I hardly ever get one myself. You had a great year man. It will be hard to top in the future but that's part of the fun.

And I second the question about the swollen hand. My dad's looked like that last year after an odd shot and although no longer swollen it honestly has never healed and will swell up again. Somrthing about the small bones being broken or something,

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You guys are right about it

You guys are right about it being a year that will be hard to top... especially if I can find myself a permanent job sometime soon!!

We aren't sure what happened to my dad's hand but it all of a sudden swolled up like that. He doesn't remember any specific event that set it off. It was really wierd. 

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Good job this year, You took

Good job this year, You took some fine animals.

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That's one way to cap off a

That's one way to cap off a great season Hawkeye!  You have one memorable year, to say the least.  A huge congrats on the final elk, and to your brother as well!!!  Job well done!

Oh, and maybe we could arrange to have whirlpool or frigidaire sponsor next months contest.  We could go for a large stand-up freezer for you.... Wink

Just awesome!!!

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now that would be useful!

now that would be useful!

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Congratulations Hawkeye, you

Congratulations Hawkeye, you have had a fantastic year. What a great way to end the year with a nice bull. Your freezer or freezers must be packed full with all the meat you have taken this year. No chance you will run out before next season. Now that all the hard work is doen it is time to relax and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

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hawkeye congrats on the

hawkeye

congrats on the bull.  It looks like you have had a great season, congrats.  Howcome no stove pipe sticking out of the teepee? 

Also don't rush the job, it sounds like you are just out of college.  One thing i learned was if you have no money, you have lots of time.  If you have money, no time.  Don't rush the job and go play. 

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