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Location: Poulsbo, WA
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I made it out for a little elk hunting with the muzzleloader. Opening day, I
ran into a spike but didn't get a shot off. He was only 75 yds away but all
I could see was his head. Every effort I made to get closer only made him
move farther up the hill. Day two, I ran into another spike and four cows.
My buddy missed the spike from 75-100 yds. I was starting to think that elk
hunting with a muzzleloader isn't that easy. I was in an area where we are
allowed to shoot any elk. Well day three: We go out to hunt a clear cut and
see nothing. My buddy is ready to pack up camp and head back home. I tell
him I will be back in an hour or two because there are some trees that I
want to walk. I get into the trees and smell elk. I try to be as quiet as
possible but spook them. The trees were so thick that I didn't even see
them. I keep going down the trail and hear some more animals. They only move
a little farther into the trees. I still can't see them. The trail ends up
in another clear cut. I figured if anyone was hunting it, I had just chased
out a herd of elk. No shot though.
I come out of the woods and survey the clear cut. Nothing is there. Content
with my hunting experience, I say a little prayer thanking God for the
opportunity to go hunting, the beautiful country, and for actually seeing
animals. Well, someone upstairs is looking over me. As soon as I finish my
prayer, I hear some brush breaking below me. It is herd of elk. The lead cow
is only 25 yds away. I can see her eyes wide open and nostrils flaring. I
figure if she spots me, they will turn back into the trees. I also think
that I need to shoot this elk or there will be no elk. BOOM! Perfect shot,
right behind the front shoulder. She runs down the hill followed by a
raghorn and three more cows. Now, I have horn envy. I go down the hill and
see the cow heading back into the woods. (She is actually dead but leaning
on a tree that keeps her standing). The other elk are staying there running
around in circles. I chose to shoot the cow again because I don't want to spend the rest of the day fighting her out of the woods.
It was a successful hunt. This was the lead cow and she was HUGE.
She was also a war veteran with at least two purple hearts. When I was butchering it up, I found two different slugs in her.

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Location: Middle Tennessee
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Very cool! Good luck on getting a nice bull next time.

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Joined: 10/08/2005
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The hunt sounds great. Where did you go? I havent been black power hunting in colorado for 2 years and its driving me crazy. We usually do a tresspass hunt or drop camp. Did you like the area you were in and when you go back will you go some place new or try the same place. I am already trying to get the best suggestions for a drop camp for 2006

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Location: Poulsbo, WA
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I was hunting in Washington, near Trout Lake. It is just south of Mount Adams. The area was open to any elk.
I am definately going to hunt that area again. We really just stumbled onto it. We got the ranger district map and looked for areas that looked good. We really went in there blind. I guess a blind squirell finds a nut every now and then.

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Location: Deer Woods
Joined: 06/13/2005
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God always answer prayer. Even in the woods Yes Big smile

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Location: williamstown vt
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nice lookiong cow. congrats!!

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
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Congrats on the hunt!! Sometimes when you don't know an area you just gotta pick out spots and give it a shot.

That is a dark cow. What date were you hunting? I'm assuming that's a Roosevelt, are they all that color including the bulls? Rockies get pretty red in the spring but I've never seen one that dark.

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Location: Poulsbo, WA
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I shot her on the 6th of October. She is a rocky mountain elk. She is dark because of the 200 yds of mud that I drug her through.

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
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Oh ok...that makes sense. I was almost thinking you might have got yourself a moose but the way you were telling your story I thought you sounded knowledgeable enough that you wouldn't make such an elementary mistake. Congrats again!!

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