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A Cow Comes Home With Me

It's been awhile since I've talked to you gentlemen & women - Family obligations, work & doctors have kinda kept me busy!  Good to see familiar and new names on the site.

This years muzzleloader cow season was more than I thought to ask for!  After spotting a nice herd of elk - while hunting for a doe antelope for my wife - I went back to see if I could relocate them & relieve the herd bull of a little stress by taking one of his cow.  No small choice as I was forsaking a known high density elk area for and are where I doubt an elk has been killed in September in years.

My buddy & I located a small herd (one bull, 5 cows, 3 calves) a little before dawn perhaps a mile and a half away from the parked ATV, played hide & seek with them for about 4.5 hours in country more likely to be hunted for sage grouse and when they stood up mid day to stretch & get back under the shade of a ridiculously small patch of willows, put 320 grains of lead through a 2.5 yr old's ribs at a lazered 114 yards.  Would have prefered to have got closer for the shot but the service berry bush I was behind was the last cover taller than the low sage & Idaho fescue between me & the elk.

An absolutely perfect hunt.  I just wish my wife & oldest daughters doe antelope hunts would have been more than a series of educational moments. But that's a subject for a different time & place.

Oh, & if I draw a buck antelope tag next year I know where I'll be going - saw a smoker of a buck on a small plateau above the elk of all places!

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Sounds like a great time and

Sounds like a great time and always even better to cap it of with a harvest of a great tastonf cow elk!!  Not that it matter just curious what state you were huting in?  Now getb that antelope tag abd go back and give him a ride in the truck!  Congrats on a sucessfull hunt.

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Congrats on the cow, now

Congrats on the cow, now you'll have some fine eating this coming winter. 

I would never be surprised on where you would find a antelope.  I know of a area in Utah where I have seen antelope hanging right with the elk and in the pines.  But then it is nice and cool in them.  I have even seen them on a hillside that would give a mountain goat trouble.   

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Congratulation on a

Congratulation on a successful hunt and filling the freezer. Thanks for sharing the story and hope you draw that buck tag next year.

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Congrats !

Hal Fast,

Sounds like a good hunt with an even better outcome ! Congrats on a nice cow and some good eats ! :yes:

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A Nevada Girl

This hunt was in NE Nevada, about two hours from the house - which for around here is practically across the street close; we routinely drive that far for a day chuckar hunt.

Isn't it crazy where you can find antelope!?  The biggest buck I've ever seen was on top of the Pine Forest Range south of Denio, NV in big sage, bitterbrush and mountain mahogany.  My first sight of him was just his horns floating barely above the sage.  Twenty years later I still shake my head at the thought of how big he was.

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 Good to have you back and

 Good to have you back and Congratulations on your cow and getting the freezer filled. I usually get to hunt closer to home than that but a 2 hour drive is not out of the question for a day hunt here as well.

I'm not sure but didn't you draw one of the bears tags as well that came out this year? Or maybe you just applied for it, I can't remember.

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Bear Tag

NDOW in their infinite wisdom decided that I didn't need a bear tag this year.  It's actually the first year Nevada has ever had a bear season so it would have been pretty neat to have one of the first tags if not one of the first legal bears taken.  Maybe next year!

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Very nice Hal!  A big

Very nice Hal!  A big congrats on filling up the freezer with some great eats!  Cow, bull, whatever, it's all good grub!!! Wink

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Sounds like she'll be mighty

Sounds like she'll be mighty tasty! Congrats on the elk and the new prong honey hole.

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You Betcha She's Tasty!!

One of the joys of processing your own game is that you can (and should) stop every so often, put some bacon grease in a hot skillet and fry up some freshly cut pieces.  My daughter came home from church, spotted the skillet on the stove and instantly accussed me of high grading the best cuts.  As she loves to help cut & wrap game & especially loves to sample the product I could only reply with a sly grin and ask for a tooth pick.

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