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Elk Down! dealing with hunters remorse

sad Four years ago I picked up a bow and self taught myself how to hunt. How to get into the woods and back out again. Finally everything came together and I shot my first Elk ever. It was a huge 6x6 and I was hunting alone. I filmed a lot of it. http://www.livevideo.com/video/406E42B4FE584C9BB39053849818E313/oregon-e...

Now that its over and the meat is hanging in the cooler....I can't shake the hunters remorse. I watched the elk die 10yds from me staring me in the eye. The sounds it made haunt me...uggg I've tried so hard and put in the time to do exactly what I did Friday......I want to shake the feeling but am having a tough time.

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Elk Down! dealing with hunters remorse

Rifle hunters put a second round in to end things.

Also, if this is your first big game animal, great job, but you are doing things backwards. Most hunters work themselves up to by taking smaller game first. For instance, I worked myself up from frogs as a kid, squirrels, rabbits, grouse, etc....working to deer and then elk. By the time I got to elk, not a big deal.

Remember this, and this is what I have reminded my wife...(not the religous convention that they were placed here for man, but...) all animals die, this death may have been more humane than what may have happened in nature. With my rifle, it's bang, and then possibly again...lights are out. Quick. In nature.....starvation, exposure, injury, predation, these are not necesarily a fun way to go. Long duration mostly...Your death may have been quick in comparison. Honor the animal in all ways you can, and you have done your job, waste none of it...

Congratulations...

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Welcome to BGH bitterroot Big smile
That was a great Elk Thumbs up Your buddy was right, it may take a while to top that!

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That is a fabulous animal. The `sounds' didn't come through on the clip. I would hope that as hunters we don't really like to kill - but it is a part of hunting - and it is certainly a part of eating. I would agree that death by arrow(s) is probably a lot better way to go than a whole host of alternatives.

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And CONGRATS!!!

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I had to move the video to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdyArppJcA

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Re: Elk Down! dealing with hunters remorse
bitterroot wrote:
sad Four years ago I picked up a bow and self taught myself how to hunt. How to get into the woods and back out again. Finally everything came together and I shot my first Elk ever. It was a huge 6x6 and I was hunting alone. I filmed a lot of it. http://www.livevideo.com/video/406E42B4FE584C9BB39053849818E313/oregon-e...

Now that its over and the meat is hanging in the cooler....I can't shake the hunters remorse. I watched the elk die 10yds from me staring me in the eye. The sounds it made haunt me...uggg I've tried so hard and put in the time to do exactly what I did Friday......I want to shake the feeling but am having a tough time.

It's when you ddon't have remorse that you have to worry.
Just knowing that it's not going to waste and you are going to use it helps you come to terms.
Nature in it self is alot more cruel than what we do as hunters.
My 2 cents F.K.

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As Fisher King said, the day you don't feel remorse, you might not want to hunt anymore. I always hunt with respect for the animal, and always give thanks when I harvest one....

As for your elk, that's a heck of a specimen you got there. Congrats!!!!!!! Yes

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Welcome to the site bitteroot.

WOW! Zero whack'em and stack'em posts. That's one of the things that make this place special. There was a time when I had no remorse but I've grown up. Now it is important that I do my part as best I can. When I can no longer shoot well enough to make clean kills, I will shoot only with a camera.

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Excellent Bull! Congrats!

I'm curious, would you feel the same kind or level of remorse if you had shot, it had scrambled for 30 yards, tumbled, tried to get up once, kicked once or twice, and expired?

To track after an hour, jump it twice, and have to dispatch it again and STILL wait for it to put its head down... that's not the norm. That's an unfortunate shot, or broadhead performance, or something. You did very well to find it and get it into the truck! They know how to hide and how to lose you! You're to be commended for that... Good job sticking to it and finishing the hunt properly.

Was the remorse due to the slow kill? Or the fact that the animal died?

The slow kill was too bad, and I feel for you. Just know that's not normal, and every ethical hunter regrets when that happens.

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