Never Shoot an Elk in Water or Near Canyon
Think before you shoot is a valuable lesson to be learned. I recently came across a down to the bone near fully intact 6x6 that we found in a deep cattle tank. What it seemed like to me was that the elk was shot while it was in the tank and it never moved. The tank was off a pack trail too rough for a jeep even, but was reachable by a ranger. There had been ropes attached to the carcass as if someone tried to pull it out by hand, because there was no room for a vehicle to get near it.
The Elk was completely wasted. Most Moose hunters know not to shoot them while in the water, well the same thing needs to be said about Elk. I have seen way too many videos that hunters shoot while the Elk is in a tank. A right turn or left turn by the Elk is all that stands in your way of spoiled meat.
We have all seen some shots taken while an Elk stands at the edge of a canyon. Again a right turn or a left turn is all that stands in the way of a wasted Elk.