I've never seen what I consider a shooter buck in the area. I have little doubt they are present, and it seems some of the other guys have seen some good ones. But all I have seen are yearlings and have never harvested one, or even deer hunted in the area.
I was talking with the game wardern in that area and he told me that the elk last year calved in private property in wyoming just northeast of dempsey dome. 2nd season had a good amount of snow. Next year upper cherokee park will hopefully have some more animals, Forest service burned 1,200 acres for wildlife habitat. But it is effecting this years hunter because of the smoke.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...