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Caveman show????

Anyone see that yesterday on Discovery Channel?  They took 10 people out of the city and put them in the woods for 10 days, in furskin clothes, and only able to use stone tools that were available in the stone age.

Anyway, they let them "evolve" midweek to an atlatl and dart combo.  They went out, and one guy was able to shoot a bull elk in the neck.  it went down after a minute, and they ran up and stuck it a couple more times as it was laboring to breath on the ground.  Huge bull, and huge accomplishment.  It was probably mid-way grown and still in velvet, antler wise, so I would guess it was around June or so when they did this.

On a side note, I can't believe how huge that animal was.  The heart looked as big as the guys head.  Maybe I am underestimating what it will be like to clean and quarter one... lol

Check it out if it's on again.  It's called "I, caveman"......

 

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Ca_Vermonster, I am

Ca_Vermonster, I am originally from the East coast where we pretty much just hunt Whitetails. I have seen Elk up close running down roads and on the side of the highway and realize they are large.  It wasn't until I had my hands around one trying to get it in the back of a pickup did I realize how massive they are.  We had a 500lb cow down and when I walked over to it, I swore it was a horse.  Its head was massive and I could barely wrap my hands around its ankles.  It took 4 of us to barely get it in the truck after it was gutted.  I can't imagine an 800lb Bull. 

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elk size

Until you are standing next to a dead one it's hard to realize how big they really are. It helps to have a partner with quartering and the hauling. a good size comparison is a medium sized horse.

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Missed the show

Missed the show; I'll have to look for it on the reruns.  Shot and killed an elk with a dart during primetime?  That surprises me even more.  Gotta say, fresh elk would make for 10 days of pretty good eatin', whether I'm in furskin clothes or not.:yes:

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Yep.  Not only that, but they

Yep.  Not only that, but they showed them gutting it, rolling out the stomach, and the liver.  Talked about the liver being one huge hunk of meat.  Then, they all smeared blood on their faces, and even shoved the heart onto a stick to roast over the fire... lol

I was really surprised.  The elk got hit, went down, and they showed it laying there, breathing really heavily.  Struggling to get up.  A chick finally hit it one last time, and you actually heard the audible last gasp.  They stood there crying and holding each other.

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I missed the show, It sounds

I missed the show, It sounds like it would be pretty interesting though. When was it on? I'll have to look for it and DVR it. I'd probably be laughing my butt off at some city folks who have no outdoor experience. It would make it better if they took woman who have never been to the outdoors and have them do that for 10 days, I could only imagine the cat fights that would insue. That would be great enterainment. Anyways sounds like a good show thanks for the heads up Sean. Hows the hunting going?

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Missed that show too but it

Missed that show too but it sounds somewhat funny. Hope to catch it on a re-run. As for the size of an elk, yep they are big. Have a good friend from Ohio who hunted for years and killed several whitetails and bears. One archery season he connected on his first cow. Once she was down we walked up to her and he just stood there dumbfounded. Finally he got it together as he was amazed at how big she was. He must have said 100 times "Man this isn’t no whitetail"! He also tried to manhandle it which he found out you cannot do with a 500 plus pound critter. That was 15 or more years ago and he still talks about that day. Here is another thought, if you think elk are big wait until you’re working over a moose at twice the size of the average elk. Can you say HUGE!

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I grew up in the northeast,

I grew up in the northeast, so I have seen my fair share of dead moose up close.  However, with elk, it's always been alive, and from a distance.  Never been next to a dead one, preparing to skin it..... Wink

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Thanks for recommending this show

Vermonster, after I saw this post, I found this show and recorded it.  For a reality-style show, it was rather entertaining.  

It looked to me like the producers intentionally chose people that did not have much of a hunting, or even a camping/outdoors background.  If it were not for the one bowhunter on the show, I really don't think they would have been as successful as they ended up.  He seemed to be the only one capable of making usable stone tools.  Also, I am rather confident that none of the others would have known what to do once they had the elk on the ground.  

While I am still incredibly impressed that they were able to bring down an elk using an atlatl, it was an elk on a game ranch.  For us hunting types, I think it is an important distinction to make. For starters, the entire hunt would have been illegal if the animals were wildlife and not livestock.  Then, during the hunt, the elk actually approached the people, stood around after one guy missed, and then still hung around while they butchered the animal.  These elk were used to a human presence.  

However, for all my criticisms of the show, it was still worth while.  There are definitely worse tv shows out there, so check it out if you get the chance.  

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I saw it last night.  It was on the science channel.  I thought they might have been farm raised elk.  In fact that was one of the largest bachelor herds of elk I'd ever seen.  Nothing but bulls.  I'm sure it was all set up for them on some private preserve or something.  I actually was in the process of searching for a show I DVR'd and was planning on watching.  I just caught that glimps of the caveman show.  Didn't seem too impressive to me.  I've seen shows like that before.  They are so far from reality it's pathetic.  We have to keep in mind that mankind learned and aqcuired skills over time with trial and error and all aspects of life were extreamly hard for primative man.  Only the smartest and the strongest survived and it took years and even generations to master the techniques they had.  You can't just take a bunch of spoiled city boys and throw them out into the wilderness to survive and think it's going to be a genuine representation of how cavemen life actually was.  These controlled experiments are a total joke if you ask me.

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  Here is a link to the video

 

Here is a link to the video on the caveman hunt - http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/curiosity-a-meal-to-feast-on.html  That is awesome what they accomplished.

Here is another link to the videos of the show - http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/i-caveman-videos

Pretty darn neat what they did here.  I could not find the next airing of the show though.  This was filmed here in Colorado - two hours from steamboat springs is what they say - that is a wide circle though.  These were not all "city" people.  If you read below the vidoes the one woman had special ops background.  They also had a special permit to kill the elk and other wild game currently not in season.

 

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