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Alone a lot...

I have hunted alone a lot the last few years, and enjoy it immensely! As mentioned though, that first elk alone will test ya! Mine was in a white-out too! No GPS, just compass, made for a long zig zagging trek, which was several hundred up-hill yards off-course in the end! Now, I have a GPS and extra batteries! (Of course that compass is still in the pocket!) I have had a couple end up on a steep side-hill slope, that made it pretty tough single-handedly. Definately doable, just a ton more work envolved.

 

Sure is something about being out there and doing everything completely alone though!! Kinda surreal really. Extremely satisfying!

 

 

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Solo hunts

I've hunted elk almost every year for the past 40 or so years. The bull that I killed last year was my 34th elk and I killed him on a solo hunt, as were at least half of the other elk that I've killed. Most of my elk were killed on public land in Colorado and Montana.

A few of them I was lucky enough to get out whole, a few others I packed out on my back, I dragged a couple out on a sled or sheet of heavy plastic, one bull I brought out in a wheelborrow, I've dragged several more out as quarters or halves over the snow, and the rest I packed out on my horses.  Unfortunately, I no longer have horses, so I hunt uphill as much as possible.

I also have gone on quite a few solo hunts for big horn sheep, moose, black bears, and mountain goats and killed and packed out at least one of each of them by myself. Back when Montana still sold grizzly tags I would buy one every year and went on solo hunts for them also. Unfortunately, I never ran into a grizzly during the open seasons.

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I elk alone all the time.  It

I elk alone all the time.  It is possible to field dress and pack out an elk by yourself.  It is alot of work, but can be done and there is some self gratifaction by doing it all by yourself.  I would rather have help with the field dressing than the pack out.  Bad thing about packing them out alone especially in warm weather is getting them back to camp or in some shade ASAP.

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one other things sucks

It's really hard to get a good picture when you're in a hurry to start deboning.  Especially if you don't go back and look at the results in good detail. 

 

 

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Great bull Ex!  Just curious,

Great bull Ex!  Just curious, you guys are all talking about deboning.  I can do that, cause my Dad and I have always boned out our deer for our own butchering.  Got pretty good at it actually.  But, I have not done it in the woods, so that would be interesting. 

I have one question though.  Do you need to keep a proof of sex attached to one of the hind quarters, or am I thinking of another state.  Thought I heard that somewhere.  If so, do you leave one hind quarter whole for the trip out?

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yes on evidence of sex

You can leave the twigs and berries on a piece of meat naturally attached and still remove the bones.  Some guys put it in a plastic bag too with the meat, but still attached.

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Okay, so it is a law in

Okay, so it is a law in Colorado then??

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yes

I believe it is a law in every western state to keep the evidence of sex naturally attached.  Probably the one thing most people get written up for every single year.  A detached head is not evidence of sex.  That could be a second animal.  It is only evidence of sex if the animal is whole.

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head antlers

I've sometimes brought out antlers to back-up the so-called twigs and berries on a piece of hind quarter, though I'm sure it was never nessesary. I've often left antlers in the field too because I'm a meat hunter.

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My back hurts just looking at

My back hurts just looking at the size of that bull. Thanks for reminding me why I got a cow tag this year.  Big smile

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