Hey black powder elk hunters out there. While archery hunting near Keystone last week I found a dead small 6x6 bull elk that someone had shot perfectly and somehow still didn't manage to track it down. It had been dead at least 3 days and was shot right behind the shoulder. There was snow on the ground and the animal was frozen solid. I almost tagged and butchered it myself but I decided the meat might be to risky being there for so many days. My guess is a rookie or an uneducated hunter took a shot at this bull hitting it well but he must of thought he missed and then didn't follow up to check for a blood trail. Perfect shot like this should have been a no brainer. Then again I wasn't there but there was snow on the ground for tracking so I don't know how they couldn't have found this animal. So if anyone knows of anyone who shot at an elk in the keystone area during muzzeloader season you might want to let them know. I left the antlers on it and the teeth in it. I didn't dare take those at this point. If anyone wants to fill me in on CO laws for finding dead elk and taking antlers that would be appreciated. I might go back there and get them later myself.
If the person does get in contact with me he will get an earful on tracking and following up after a shot if he doesn't have a real good story. I don't take losing an animal lightly even if it's not mine. If you shoot at an animal with a rifle of any kind you always check for blood even if you think you missed!
I'll post a photo soon hopefully.