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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

Yep took a surgical hatchet to the knee. Let me unfold the event, to start
we pack in 7 miles to about 10,000 on horse and foot I have hunted the area for twenty years and have taken my share of Elk from there. This year was well kinda nasty you know lots of snow and no elk. We were forced to go low to the foot hills and hunt scrub oak on sneaks and drives.
well day nine after a long day of drives and stalks , I drew my last card
I decided to go to my Honey spot. A ridge of aspens that cliffs out to dense spruce Forest below. So I left the party on foot in knee deep snow
worked my way up. About 3:30 pm I came across a vary fresh track and right after that jumped three Elk cow,cow, rag-tag. Well being that it was the last day of hunting before pack out and we hunt for the meat I figured it would be good to get four more quarters. So made sure he was legal, in my area you must shot a 4x4 or the bull must have 6 inch or better brow tines, then took him. Well let me tell ya he was so easy to gut and work on I was making great time still lots of good light. Thats when it happened ,while using my hatchet to remove the head, it deflected into the side of my knee. Well it was about 2 inches deep and was bleeding pretty good. So I cleaned out the wound with snow and backed an insert with snow and used a strap from my pack to compress it. Then I tried to raise the party on radio but no go. so the hike to camp began it was about 2 miles to our tent. from there I had to go down to the ranch some 7 miles. From the ranch it was 30 miles to the near st hospital . well when I was in camp I boiled water,drank lots , put the first aid kit to use and with the help of my family made our way out. Its been one month and Iam getting around about normal, I feel lucky and thankfully no permanent damage.
Good hunting

Elkslayer338

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

elkslayer338, Welcome to BGH. Big smile Thanks for the story and I'm glad you are doing better. Sounds like you kept a level head and made the right decisions under a very tough situation. Congrats on getting your bull.

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

glad to here your gonna make it! lol Got any pics of the bull?

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

thanks for the thought, I will be more careful next year.About the pic of the bull well with all the comotion I did not get a chance to get a pic, but here is my bull from last year's blackpowder hunt. 5x5

Thanks again and may your game poll hang heavy.

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

You're so lucky dude. Many times accidents in the mountains turn out much worse. It's good you kept you head. Nice Bull
Hank

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Location: Pocatello, ID
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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

Nice bull, glad you're all right. The worst Ive ever done was stab myself while skinning an elk. Five stitches and I was good to go.

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

Ouch

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

Sorry to hear about your accident. This is one reason that I have always preferred a saw over an axe for this kind of thing.

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

Ouch!!! Glad to hear you're ok.

Welcome to BGH! Big smile

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

wow, do you think you will trade the hatchet for a saw?

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had my first major injory during my annual Elk

yep I dread the thought of using a saw Ihave used them before its alot slower
but in the future I will use my wyoming buck saw.

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