The term nice elk is quite an understatement. What a bizzare accident for such a magnificent animal. I would have probably made a call sooner just as I have done when a deer is still alive after being hit by a car. It's a shame to slowly watch him die over a couple of days like that.
Let me start off by saying I am not a farmer.
I am a deer hunter and I do own a tractor and have all of the equipment - but that does not make you a farmer any more than standing in the garage makes you a car - well, you get the picture!
Having said that - and with most of my ineptitude fairly well hidden - I do think that buckwheat is one of the most under rated cover crops out there.
I say cover crop because I see mixed results as it relates to the deer eating the plants.