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Solo Elk Hunt

How many on here have attempted a solo elk hunt.  I am all for hunting solo, but that seems almost impossible to field dress and pack out an entire elk alone.  I am in the process of recruiting co workers to help with camp chores and packing if needed.

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It's all i've ever done, and

It's all i've ever done, and i'm old now. Something that's hard never stopped me.

 

I do think about how far I am from my Jeep more now than I did when I was younger.

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That's pretty much all that I

That's pretty much all that I have done the last 10 years here in Colorado.  The big thing is the mind set that after you have the animal done you need to get to work no matter how far off of the trail or how far you are from where you can get a vehicle to.  If I get one a ways off of the trail I will usually bring a front shoulder out with me when I head back to the vehicle to get the game bags and pack frame, then it is usually another 3 or 4 trips to get the rest of the elk off of the mountain.  The last few years I have decided not to take a elk just because of where it was located at in respects to where the roads were but in my younger days it didn't matter.  It takes more time but one person can do it if you set your mind to it. 

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I always dress it out right

I always dress it out right away. Then for my first trip back to my Jeep I carry the tenderloins and backstraps.

That way if a critter, or two foot critter gets to the meat. I've got the good stuff.

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i hunt both ways

I hunt both ways, if i don't have a hunting partner, i still go out west every year for 2 weeks Elk hunting, but being 59 years old, i do pay more attention to how far i am from my truck when i am hunting alone.

Kevin

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I know what ya mean

I'm 62 now, last time out with muzzleloader cow tag I had the chance to pick from small, medium, or large cow. I picked medium, and was glad after four trips down a 2 mile trail that I didn't pick a big one! Even when younger, that packframe was heavy. I saw my buddy fall in a stream one time with a big hinder on his frame; he couldn't get up so he he just laid there laughing till I rolled him over. I'd get horses of my own if I could afford all the upkeep and related stuff!

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you just let me know plumdog,

you just let me know plumdog, and i'll cut you a deal on some horses and equipment real cheap. I'm getting out of "horses". at least scaling back, anyways. i'll keep one for me and my wife, the other 14 are going. i work all day from when i wake up to 3 pm, then work from 4 pm to midnight... every day. getting pretty old.

you just have to come to kansas to get them!  :thumbsup1:  Thumbs up

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I'm 10 years older Bucky.

I'm 10 years older Bucky. It's getting pretty hard now.

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Yep

Yep, i know what you mean, and my Wife isn't very happy when i go alone, but i love Elk hunting.

Kevin

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Well, as of now, I still have

Well, as of now, I still have not found anyone who wants to hunt with me next year, so I might be doing one solo.  I am not intimidated by the gutting/packing, more by the unfamiliarity with the land..........

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You will be

Once you quarter a Elk and pack it out by your self, you will be intimidated Big smile , there is nothing easy about packing out a 600 + pound  Elk by your self.

Kevin

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