Three hunters hire a pilot to fly them into the northwest mountain country on an elk hunt.
They were very successful in their venture and all bagged a big bull. The pilot came back on the pre-arranged day to pick them up.
They started loading their gear into the plane, including the three large elk. But the pilot objected.
"The plane can only take two of your elk; you'll have to leave one of them behind."
The hunters argued with him. The previous year they had all shot elk and the pilot had allowed them to load them on the plane. This plane was the same model and capacity as the one they were in the year before. No one wanted to leave his trophy behind.
Reluctantly, the pilot agreed to put all three elk aboard. But when the plane tried to take off, the pilot struggled to get it airborne and above the trees. But they didn't clear the trees and crash-landed into the wilderness forest.
Climbing out of the wreckage, one of the hunters said to the others, "Do you guys know where we are?"
"I think so", replied one of the other hunters, "It's about the same place we landed last year!"