Done for the season


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skiking
November 29, 2013, 01:16 PM
Last Saturday I got a little 5x5 elk. Shot him about 8am and started packing. Didn't have any help and managed to have him boned out and back at my jeep at 4:40 that afternoon, he was only 1.5 miles in. Hung the meat in my parents garage because I don't have any place to hang that much meat.

I drove to my parents house thanksgiving morning and with the help of my sister and brother in law we were able to get him all processed and in the freezer before dinner. We got 227 pounds of meat off him. It felt really good to put that much meat in the freezer, and be set for the winter.

My original plan was to head out this weekend and shoot the first legal buck I saw, but after all that work I am done. It would be great to put another 80 pounds in the freezer but I am just going to call it a season and be thankful for being alive and having a bunch of meat in the freezer.

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TNBilly
November 29, 2013, 02:26 PM
Congrats...... elk is delicious! Hope you enjoy the "fruit of your labors" this winter!

Robbins290
November 29, 2013, 03:16 PM
Congrats

Patocazador
November 29, 2013, 04:22 PM
Good deal.

Get a good night's sleep and go after the deer tomorrow. Next year is a long way off.

skiking
November 29, 2013, 05:18 PM
What I need to do is finally learn to stop elk hunting by myself so getting one out and processed isn't such a daunting task. That and a bigger meat grinder.

Bush Pilot
December 2, 2013, 08:17 PM
What I need to do is finally learn to stop elk hunting by myself so getting one out and processed isn't such a daunting task. That and a bigger meat grinder.
You should make friends with someone that has horsies, I'd rather lead them than ride. You must be the only one that scored in Mt this year. I've been hearing from my hunting buddies in Missoula that F & G check stations didn't see many elk come thru, thanks weather and to the tree huggers and their damn pet wolves.

skiking
December 3, 2013, 12:09 AM
I don't think wolves are to blame for low harvest numbers this year. I saw lots of deer and elk this year but almost all were does or cows. Places I usually see 6-7 bucks a day I saw nothing. My coworker shot the only buck I saw all season and I shot the first legal bull I saw. I know a few places in MT got hit hard by blue tongue.

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