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2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 04 24, 2016 •  [Post 1]

Figured it was time to make a place for our 2016 game harvests. ;). Here's the place to post up our 2016 Big Game critters whether they're taken with bow, rifle, smoke pole, hand cannon, spear, or slingshot.

The previous year meat poles are all located in the Archived Tips section if you wish to view them.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Heartwood » 04 24, 2016 •  [Post 2]

Sorry, not big game. 2016 Gobblers.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 04 25, 2016 •  [Post 3]

Ha, no worries. Great looking gobblers!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby wawhitey » 05 11, 2016 •  [Post 4]

Wa spring bear. Was calling with a little rabbit blower and this sow snuck up behind me. Heard a tiny noise, looked and she was 10 yards away staring at me.
judging by tooth wear its an older sow in the 8-10 yr range. Surprised a wise old veteran fell for my crappy rabbit call! :lol:
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby NYSureShot » 05 12, 2016 •  [Post 5]

In some states like Maine, turkey is considered big game. Nonetheless.....Nice
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 12, 2016 •  [Post 6]

Damn pretty bear Dean, congrats!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Ryan Conkle » 05 24, 2016 •  [Post 7]

2016 Ohio Spring Gobblers'
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby JordanMOFLCO » 07 19, 2016 •  [Post 8]

I kilt me my first Merriam Turkey this year. See my profile pic. I was pretty stoked. I found it on my own, kilt it on my own, first time trying and those dang birds ain't easy to find with all the ground they can cover and all that is available to them in the Mtns. It was a real thrill even if he was still pretty much a Jake. Hope I find 'em again next Spring!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby JordanMOFLCO » 07 19, 2016 •  [Post 9]

Oh wait.....that's me choking Alice Cooper......see my avatar for Tom the dead turkey.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 07 20, 2016 •  [Post 10]

JordanMOFLCO wrote:I kilt me my first Merriam Turkey this year. See my profile pic. I was pretty stoked. I found it on my own, kilt it on my own, first time trying and those dang birds ain't easy to find with all the ground they can cover and all that is available to them in the Mtns. It was a real thrill even if he was still pretty much a Jake. Hope I find 'em again next Spring!


Congrats on a fine looking Merriam Jordan. But......, why are you choking Alice Cooper? :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby JordanMOFLCO » 07 20, 2016 •  [Post 11]

'Cause he asked me to. LOL Part of his backstage meet and greet routine is to send you home with a weird remember me photo. Sometimes he chokes....sometimes he gets choked. I felt kinda bad as I think I was into it a bit too much and could have gone lighter......LOL Great guy though.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby MidwestHunter » 08 03, 2016 •  [Post 12]

JordanMOFLCO wrote:I kilt me my first Merriam Turkey this year. See my profile pic. I was pretty stoked. I found it on my own, kilt it on my own, first time trying and those dang birds ain't easy to find with all the ground they can cover and all that is available to them in the Mtns. It was a real thrill even if he was still pretty much a Jake. Hope I find 'em again next Spring!


In some states Alice Cooper might be considered big game lol ;)
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Ben Nicholson » 08 27, 2016 •  [Post 13]

C'mon kids! CO has been open for somewhere around 8 hours, and no pics?!?!? You kids are disappointing me! LOL
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby TurkeyBowMaster » 08 28, 2016 •  [Post 14]

So far 2016 has been a fairly strong year. Killed a small buck in February, followed by turkeys in March , April and May...10 total. Beard length added up to exactly 100 inches. All bowkills. Elk will be next and hopefully will kill at least one on my trip out west.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby CurlyTail » 08 31, 2016 •  [Post 15]

First Archey Elk for me - I used to be a muzzleloader guy. Not any more!

I was invoice 0001 at the meat processor in Denver.

Meat in the freezer.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Stick » 08 31, 2016 •  [Post 16]

Congrats! First elk on the board! 8-)

Man I bet he will taste GREAT!!!!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby sojurner 65 » 09 01, 2016 •  [Post 17]

Nice, but don't give up the smokepole!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 09 01, 2016 •  [Post 18]

Congrats Jim! :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Ilikefire » 09 01, 2016 •  [Post 19]

Here is my nice little Oregon blacktail that I harvested this morning. Had a great shot at 30 yards, he ran about 45 more yards before he was down. Great morning now time to get after the wapiti!

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby oldnovice » 09 02, 2016 •  [Post 20]

Way to go, Ilikefire!
Old guy getting back into hunting after 40 year layoff!

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby six » 09 02, 2016 •  [Post 21]

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My first archery elk.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 03, 2016 •  [Post 22]

Sweet! Way to get it done guys.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby mandrroofing » 09 03, 2016 •  [Post 23]

Aug 28 .a group of 30ish cam in and i decided to take this cow.yumyum! Holding out for a bull next year.

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 05, 2016 •  [Post 24]

Dandy elk Matt. That's a freezer filler! Way to get er done.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Mathewsz7-elkridge » 09 05, 2016 •  [Post 25]

Congratulations, wow looks like you pick the bigger one!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Ridge Ghost » 09 07, 2016 •  [Post 26]

Labor day bull down. This guy came in to cow calls and stood broadside at 25 yards. Of course he had to run down hill and die in a steep, nasty jungle just to keep things interesting.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 07, 2016 •  [Post 27]

Great bull Ryan, congrats! Yep, it seems like the elk get the last laugh sometimes with the places they decide to go down.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ishy » 09 08, 2016 •  [Post 28]

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First morning called to thirty yards, ran 100.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby six » 09 21, 2016 •  [Post 29]

Ryan

Nice bull. I love the looks of a non typical. Any more pictures of that set of horns.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Ben Nicholson » 09 22, 2016 •  [Post 30]

Are pictures of tag soup appropriate for the meat pole?!?! LOL. Congrats to all who were more successful than I was!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Sask hunter » 09 22, 2016 •  [Post 31]

Goodjob guys! I need to hammer a couple deer or I will be starving this winter lol
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby elkh00nter » 09 24, 2016 •  [Post 32]

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Colorado OTC archery. First archery bull. Was in a drought-ridden area with no sign for first week, then moved to another unit and had some good timing.
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Postby mottlet » 09 25, 2016 •  [Post 33]

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby sojurner 65 » 09 26, 2016 •  [Post 34]

Nice elk gentlemen! Heading west in 11 days!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Stick » 09 27, 2016 •  [Post 35]

Congrats guys! Nice animals. Will post mine as soon as I get the pics sized correctly!
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Postby Stick » 09 28, 2016 •  [Post 36]

Killed Sep. 9th after a short but very intense call in!
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Postby under H2O hunter » 09 29, 2016 •  [Post 37]

Colorado DIY

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Mathewsz7-elkridge » 09 29, 2016 •  [Post 38]

Those are some beautiful animals guys congratulations!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby redtop » 09 30, 2016 •  [Post 39]

Yesterday's rifle bull. 5X6 43" wide about the same tall. 40 yd shot. Once you learn to hunt like an archer you can't do it any other way.
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Postby cazador75 » 09 30, 2016 •  [Post 40]

Cow elk that I was able to get on September 21st. DIY Wyoming, public land hunt. It's been quite a while since I've been successful in taking an elk, so I am am very happy.
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Postby GobbleFarmer » 09 30, 2016 •  [Post 41]

I love it every time I click on the meatpole I have to scroll down further and further! Congrats to all who have put an animal down! Some nice bulls for sure! :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Huntrgathr » 10 01, 2016 •  [Post 42]

Passed on this guy earlier in the season but with only two days left... He had to get an arrow :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 01, 2016 •  [Post 43]

Great job folks, lots of full freezers this year and some wapiti hunt memories to last a lifetime! Unfortunately, I have nothing to add to the meat pole yet (perhaps the late WA season will be fruitful). My early season WA permit hunt provided opportunities but no harvest. My ID hunt provided very few close encounters this year so I may be in search of a new area for 2017. Both great hunts but no arrows found their mark. Again, congrats on all who have been successful this year (so far) and thanks for taking the time to share your pics and stories. I'm certain their are many more to come! RJ
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Brendan » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 44]

I'll post a story separately, but day 11 success in Wyoming....

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Postby 82ndreddevil » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 45]

Took me 6 days to get this guy on the ground. Lots of lessons and missed opportunities.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 46]

Brendan, 82ndreddevil,

Great looking bulls guys, nicely done! And the first BBQ will be when? :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ewade73 » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 47]

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If this actualy works you should be looking at my 2016 north Idaho diy bull and saying wow. That is what i thought when i walked up on him for the first time. For a couple of flatlander californians to be able to come up north every year and be able to get on elk is a true testimant to this forum and all who contribute. So first things first, THANK YOU. I have been following "ELKNUTS" tactics now for 4-5years and can truly say it is why we where so sucsesful this year. The information and knowledge he is willing to share with all who want to listen is priceless and very much appreciated. To all who have contributed and shared there stories and knowledge of these amazing creatures so freely on this forum it is from you that i have learned and become so confident in making decisions in the woods. I only get to spend the last 2 weeks of sept. each year with the elk so my time spent "lurking" around here is where i truly learn my way around elk.This year however we only spent 5 days in the woods(guess i'll have to do some extra "lurking" this year to cacth up). Our first day hunting brought this big guy 20 yards past my dad (he said he didnt see it) and 26 yards broadside past me(I saw it). I dont get to see alot of bulls that close so i wasnt quite sure what i was looking at but i knew he was at least a spike wich met my minimun requirement. My dad saw him when i shot and he turned and ran back past him at 20 yards again i was able to stop him at 50 yards from me but could not get another arrow in him. He was 35 yards from my dad but facing straight away from him so he wasnt able to get a shot. When i walked up to my dad he said sorry he didnt shoot but it was a bad angle so i asked him why he didnt shoot him at 20 yards broadside the first time he walked by and he said "I didnt see it". I told him "Well i did" and walked over to where the bull was when i shot and found my arrow with good blood. my dad had no idea i had even took a shot. As we waited it started to rain so we got on blood and the bull only went 80 yards. I cant even describe walking up on the bull of my life but this was for sure him.
I got this bull on Monday(our first day hunting) spent tuesday packing him out, took my dad back out on wedsnday and he killed a great 6x6. packed all day thursday and left camp on friday to head to my cousins house to take care of meat.Again wanted to THANK all of my teachers out there wich is you if you are reading this. Would love to send more pics. and the rest of the story just not sure if this is the right thread
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ewade73 » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 48]

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Here is a couple more pics. The big bull was an 8x6 with mass that pics. dont do justice to. It was hard to get good pics. because he died in a big hole from a root ball and we could not move him without cutting him up. Sure would have loved to get some better pics. of him but we did what we could. It sure seemed like bulls love to make you work for them once they die. this one in a hole and my dads was upside down in his own horns. You really forget how big these animals are until you need to move them a couple of feet.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

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Truly a hunt we will never forget. WE got to hunt for 2 half days and pack meat and horns for 2 AND ahalf full days. For me the hunting part is what makes my year and it was extremely short this year. It was amazing to have family to share such great experiences with. My dad is 69 years old and made it to both kill sites but was not allowed to pack any meat. It was his first bull and i may have enjoyed packing his out more than mine(maybe).
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Brendan » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 51]

ewade73 - that bull is a stud.... Wow is all I can say... Good job!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 52]

Holy catfish Edward, a beast of a bull. And, to have your pop knock one down on the same hunt is absolutely what dreams are made of. Congrats to both you and your pop and a great hunt and fine bulls. And yes sir, please tell us more about your hunts in whichever forum you wish! RJ
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 53]

Brandon27665 wrote: Had a good day out hunting opening day in Wyoming. Got this beautiful mule deer with my 300 win mag.


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Congrats Brandon on a great Wyoming buck! Brandon is one of my nephews from the Cowboy State and I'm darn proud of their love for hunting. Best of luck the rest of the season Brandon. Uncle "R".
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Stick » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 54]

Holy jumpin Jehoshaphat!!!!!! :shock:

That big bull is a MAN.

I like odd racks like that, could put a tinge of envy in a guy. Great hunt really happy for ya!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Swede » 10 03, 2016 •  [Post 55]

Some great looking critters here. I am jealous. Congratulations to all who managed to get one down and into the freezer.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ishy » 10 04, 2016 •  [Post 56]

"at least a spike"! Ewade you just got the quote of the year. I'm not sure that thing is all elk? What a bull-great job.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby CurlyTail » 10 04, 2016 •  [Post 57]

Got my Nebraska Elk!

Missed a Monstrous Bull with Archery equipment first weekend of the season. Ended up shooting this young Bull with my Rifle at 70 yards a last light. By this time I was wearing out mentally and just ready to have the 2016 Elk season in the books. Great year for me - first Bull with a bow, first bull with a rifle. Smallest Bull (spike), biggest Bull. Enough Elk meat to share. Feel very fortunate indeed.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 04, 2016 •  [Post 58]

Way to go Jim! You're an elk's worst nightmare this year.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby kmiller_56 » 10 04, 2016 •  [Post 59]

Hey all wanted to share the 14 years of waiting and 14 years of doing it all wrong. My once in a lifetime hunt.
This was self guided, hunted alone, and would like to think I was the reason (my calling) he came in looking for me.
With the help of Paul and all his videos along with his field guide book I was finally able to pull it all together this year.
Many times I thought what would Paul do at this time. Breeding sequence video helped me out for sure.
Also thanks to Brian an archery hunter that put his unit 61 hunt off for a day to help me pack my elk out.
One heck of a man if you ask me. I feel a little guilty now after knowing he was not able to fill his tag.
I hope that we have gained a life long friendship after bumping into each other enjoying the thrill of the sport.
I will never forget it and wish him nothing but great hunting. I can't say enough.
This was my first elk ever and my first bull. I do nothing but archery hunt so its taken a while.
I hope all the mess ups that happened over the 21 days will help me on the OTC market in the future.

August 22, 2016 will always be on my mind.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby OregonTK » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 60]

Congratulations to all the successful hunters so far...lots of great animals!

Here's my bull from northeast Oregon that I killed September 8th.

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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 61]

A couple more great bulls Kmiller and OregonTK (and with a stickbow at that for you Oregon). What kind of recurve is laying on that pretty six point?
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby BrentLaBere » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 62]

Congrats to everyone! Good looking thread. Mr. Wade, amazing looking elk and story with your dad. Awesome job guys.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby OregonTK » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 63]

Phantom16....thanks! My bow is a Blacktail made by Norm Johnson in Reedsport, Or. I build wood arrows for myself and other folks. The arrow I used for the shot was douglas fir, the two in the quiver are douglas fir footed with wenge.
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 64]

OregonTK wrote:Phantom16....thanks! My bow is a Blacktail made by Norm Johnson in Reedsport, Or. I build wood arrows for myself and other folks. The arrow I used for the shot was douglas fir, the two in the quiver are douglas fir footed with wenge.


How cool is that (beautiful bow by the way). Always something I wanted to get into (TRAD archery). Dabbled in it when younger but never took the big dive. Makes the harvest something above special while using arrows you made yourself I'm sure.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby kmiller_56 » 10 06, 2016 •  [Post 65]

Thanks Phantom16. I agree a lot of nice animals people are sharing.
Glad to see the success that others have and are having.
Keep them coming.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ishy » 10 07, 2016 •  [Post 66]

+1 That's the coolest. That has to be a tough choice knowing it limits shots in a sport that gives you no guarantees that even with a compound you'll get a shot.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby ewade73 » 10 07, 2016 •  [Post 67]

Oregon TK that is a geat picture with a beautiful bull. I'm with ishy it is hard enough with a compound and tons of practice but traditional. Wow. Good job.
Kmiller56 awsome bull. If you keep learning from Paul and the guys around here I'm sure it won't be your last. Good luck
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Lefty » 10 16, 2016 •  [Post 68]

Some great pics,.. more of you fellas need to post your story!!!!

Over the years I think Ive been more thrilled with my daughters hunts than they were

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Hoyt59 » 10 17, 2016 •  [Post 69]

Montana 2016.... last few minutes of the last day of a week long hunt!

Felt very blessed to put one in the crease at 35 yards and doubly blessed to watch him go down within 50 yards!

Is the 2017 Elk season almost here yet?!! :D
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 17, 2016 •  [Post 70]

Great bull Hoyt59! Looks like he fell to the music of one of the new Wapiti River Outdoors Rump Shaker Tubes ;)
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Postby chipick » 10 17, 2016 •  [Post 71]

Got my first bull this year been doing the archery thing for 4 years now, got this 5x5 from 3-4 yards in the reprod
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Postby Hoyt59 » 10 18, 2016 •  [Post 72]

Phantom 16.... that's exactly right! :D
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Wapiti » 10 20, 2016 •  [Post 73]

Hoyt59 That's a great picture. Congrats on a successful hunt !! Yes the agony of waiting till next September is on !

Absolutely love the picture with you and your elk sporting the Rump Shaker bugle tube !! Well done.

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Kessler10 » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 74]

Big Old Nebraska Whitetail Doe.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby TonyOI » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 75]

I have been trying to make a post like this for 5 years now!! Seriously!! I haven't been able to connect in the past for a boat load of reasons that every other hunter is already aware of. I always get a OTC tag for archery then a cow rifle tag as my last opportunity for the year. This year I hunted 1st Rifle in Colorado and the second day of the season happened to be my day!

Quick Story- I got into elk pretty good on opening morning (Saturday) but just couldn't get a shot off (cleanly). I'm not one to just sling lead or throw arrows and hope for the best. I've learned this lesson the hard way in the past unfortunately and who really likes making the same mistake twice?! Anyways, Sunday morning I decided to go back to where they were on Saturday in hopes of the obvious. My plan was to just sit tight for most of the day and see if other hunters would push them around and hopefully in front of me. I woke up late Sunday morning like a goober so I literally ran through the woods to get to where I wanted to be at first light. I slowed way down once I got close to the area where I was going to sit. After easing into this bottom where it starts to open up I saw something out of the corner of my eye!!! Elk!!! The wind was not in my favor as I saw a lone cow feeding directly toward where my scent was blowing. I looked for other elk to blow me out... none (that I saw). I dropped my pack, pulled out my tripod and camera (I've been filming) and eased a little closer for some footage and a shot. I got to a lay down and assessed my lanes for an opportunity in hopes that she would continue on her same feeding path. I began to calm myself down. I get the fever pretty bad, on cows, does, bulls and bucks. It doesn't matter. It always gets me going and I LOVE IT!! After about 3 minutes of me filming and waiting for my shot she stepped and stopped in the first lane I had. I pushed my safety forward, got my breathing under control, picked my spot and slowly squeezed it off. YESSS!!!! She went down right there and expired very quickly! My shot was 65 yards and even though I knew it was over I gave her some time. I thanked the Lord for the opportunity to do what we do and for putting that beautiful animal in front of me. Then I called for backup!! A buddy came to help me pack her out after I had her in game bags. It took 8.5 hours after the shot till we got her back to the truck. We did it in 1 trip and I'm a little guy!! Worth every minute and second of the entire process and hard work it took to properly respect and honor this animal. I am very grateful for the little tid bits and large chunks of info and tips I've picked up from here.

Not to be preachy but I've truly tried to fill this tag for the last 5 years, on my own, on public land in CO. I always say, "there is only 1 guarantee that can be made in hunting, you won't kill one if you don't try." I told myself this throughout the previous season's lows. I have to try! You have to try! Hard work does pay off, then the real hard work begins!! Thanks for listening folks and best of luck to the remaining tags this year!! I am truly blessed!!

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 76]

Luke, conrats on that tasty WT! Tony, way to go mister! They'll start coming easier now that you've knocked down your first, trust me.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Brandon27665 » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 77]

Went out last day of Bull in General and managed to Tag me a 6x5. Little bit of snow on the ground and some wind but was able to nail him at 571 yards. More meat in the freezer. Hit him in the lungs than managed to get a direct hit to the heart so he was down!!!! Thanks to my two brothers who have taken me out and helped me pull him up out of the canyon.
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 78]

Way to go Brandon; my nephew strikes again! 571 yards is one hell of a shot! Your mom told me she had to get a new freezer ordered up to hold all the wild game you're bringing home this year ;). Uncle R.
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Postby Brandon27665 » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 79]

Thanks Uncle R. I have one more Tag to hopefully fill than off for Pheasant hunting!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Deanmac » 10 21, 2016 •  [Post 80]

Brandon great bull and shot, that is a long ways
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 28, 2016 •  [Post 81]

Should be some more rifle elk rolling in soon 8-)
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby buglebuster » 11 02, 2016 •  [Post 82]

Here is my season. Washington archery mule deer, washington OTC muzzy bull, and Idaho general season whitetailImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Brendan » 11 02, 2016 •  [Post 83]

Some of you may laugh at this but suburban Eastern hunting at its best. (Not my most preferred hunting location, but easy to get out a lot). Small forky for the freezer, one buck tag and 4 doe tags left if I choose to use them all, plus a trip to PA with the rifle...

Spot the hunter...
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Grunted to stop him in front of a second camera.
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Found him....
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby unclefish » 11 02, 2016 •  [Post 84]

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Tagged my buck on opening morning then 2 days later got my cow elk. colorado
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 03, 2016 •  [Post 85]

Trophy season buglebuster! Really like that last pic with the kids.
Nice freezer filler Brendan; how cool is that you were able to get your shot while he posed by one of your game cams!
Unclefish - Nice! What a great year and man, that's a really nice/tall MD buck.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby elkstalker » 11 03, 2016 •  [Post 86]

Had a great year this year, hunted for 9 days with my daughter on a limited rifle elk tag, had numerous encounters with bulls, the closest was at 100 yards with a bugling bull. She caught a case of bull fever and missed just under him... But a great hunt with lots of firsts for her, first bugle heard, first time hearing wolves howling, first time hunting with her grandpa, and first time getting a truck stuck :roll: I managed to get out on the general hunt and lucky enough to tag a spike. Also connected on a little mulie. Now time to help a buddy with a once in a lifetime moose hunt.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Navesgane » 11 03, 2016 •  [Post 87]

30" SW CO 2nd rifle mule deer taken with bow
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby CampCreek » 11 07, 2016 •  [Post 88]

Didn't get close to an elk on my first ever elk hunt this September in Colorado but was able to connect on this great Nebraska whitetail in late October.
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 08, 2016 •  [Post 89]

Holy heck Navesgane and CampCreek, I guess both your mottos are "go big or stay home"! Both really nice bucks!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby RAMMONT » 11 08, 2016 •  [Post 90]

Well after 18 days and a lot of walking up and down mountains I finally got my first Montana elk.
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He's not big but he sure put the hurt on me with all the work I put in to it. What I really enjoyed was taking him with a SOCOM M1A .308 rifle with open sights at 110 yards. I learned a lot about elk in Montana and it seems like things are a little different than it was in the other states I've hunted in (Utah and Arizona).
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 10, 2016 •  [Post 91]

Congrats on a great bull RAMMONT!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby lamrith » 11 11, 2016 •  [Post 92]

RAMMONT wrote:Well after 18 days and a lot of walking up and down mountains I finally got my first Montana elk.
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He's not big but he sure put the hurt on me with all the work I put in to it. What I really enjoyed was taking him with a SOCOM M1A .308 rifle with open sights at 110 yards. I learned a lot about elk in Montana and it seems like things are a little different than it was in the other states I've hunted in (Utah and Arizona).

Very awesome, great to see an M1A out there getting work done.
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Postby RAMMONT » 11 14, 2016 •  [Post 93]

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Very awesome, great to see an M1A out there getting work done.[/quote]

Thanks guys, this is actually my very first elk by myself. I've only actually taken one other elk years ago and that was an assist. My dad made a tough shot and I had to finish the elk off with a second shot. Not only was this my first elk by myself but it was a diy hunt on public land around my new home in Montana using my short barreled M1A SOCOM 16 and I got the elk on election day - talk about a real humdinger of a hunt, nothing but firsts all the way around.

A couple days later I went back to the place where I took the shot and I impressed myself even more, I'm not sure if I got lucky or if I'm just a good shooter. The circle is where the elk was when I took the shot.
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Lots of branches and uphill at about 30 degrees and 300 or so feet above my position.

The rifle is heavily modified with an aftermarket carbon fiber stock and a rail over the barrel. I removed the Nikon scope that day because of how close everything was.
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Without optics the rifle weighs right at 7.5 lbs so it's pretty easy to carry in the field. I built it with the idea that I wanted a semi-auto with enough umph to take elk, moose, and bear out to a couple hundred yards and still be robust enough to be able to handle some field abuse without breaking down. I'm pretty happy with how it performed.

Oh, and by the way, I used my 168gr TTSX handloads and that elk dropped in his tracks. The bullet went right through the bottom of his heart. The bottom half of the heart looked like somebody had sliced it in to four sections with a knife. The bullet went completely through after perforating the offside rib without any expansion (the hole in the offside rib was perfectly round and the rib was not shattered).
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Indian Summer » 11 20, 2016 •  [Post 94]

I found one. :D
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Postby Hoyt59 » 11 20, 2016 •  [Post 95]

Great Bull Joe! Congratulations!! Be talking to you soon! :D
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Postby Trumkin the Dwarf » 11 27, 2016 •  [Post 96]

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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 28, 2016 •  [Post 97]

Beautiful bull Joe! Dandy muley Malachi!
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Postby Lost Dog » 11 30, 2016 •  [Post 98]

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Found this guy in the pines on the sixth day of the hunt. Conditions were hot and dry (Oct. 27) so we didn't spend much time taking pictures. Shot him at 1:15 pm and had him dressed and packed out by 6:30 pm. Pack out was work.... 3 guys, 2 miles, 2 trips, steep and brushy.

Western Colorado OTC Public Land. Lots of hunters and elk were scattered in small herds or singles.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Lefty » 12 18, 2016 •  [Post 99]

We haven't had any new postings on the meat pole for a while.
So here is a pic!!
For a number of years my daughters and I were putting 100-125 geese in the freezer, more meat than most elk!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Rangerz » 12 31, 2016 •  [Post 101]

Dec. 29, OTC Arizona archery. Had been hunting for 3 days and not seeing much.

Was still hunting thru the Junipers and saw this guy at about 35 yards. Luckily the sun was in his eyes and he didn't see me. Ended up with a 26 yard shot. Not a giant , but it was my first archery mule deer and the freezer was empty.

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby wawhitey » 01 01, 2017 •  [Post 102]

So this isnt my kill, i was the caller, my friend the shooter. But im damn proud of it, and half the meat is mine, so im putting it on the meatpole. I generally dont like doing the "hero shot" grip and grin thing, but it felt right on this occasion. December 30th, stevens county, washington. Shot right at noon.
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Postby WapitiTalk1 » 01 06, 2017 •  [Post 103]

Dandy cat whitey! That's gotta be a hoot calling one of those critters in.
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Heartwood » 01 09, 2017 •  [Post 104]

Rachel's first Bull. Exciting call in for a 30 yard shot. His name is "The Raker"!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Elkduds » 02 25, 2017 •  [Post 105]

Hunting w my nephew and a friend who hunted this same RFW property in CO last year. Right after Thanksgiving 2016, my team found this double-drop buck the 1st afternoon we hunted. 3 days later, he was still the best buck out of over 100 seen, and we caught him chasing does. Hope he made a few love connections before I harvested him with my 2 amigos looking on. His genetics deserve to continue. He has nice mass, 8 total points including 2 drop points on the passenger side, and 7 points w a matching earring dropper on the driver's side. An OIL buck for me, thanks to my amigos.

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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Deanmac » 02 28, 2017 •  [Post 106]

Elkduds wrote:Hunting w my nephew and a friend who hunted this same RFW property in CO last year. Right after Thanksgiving 2016, my team found this double-drop buck the 1st afternoon we hunted. 3 days later, he was still the best buck out of over 100 seen, and we caught him chasing does. Hope he made a few love connections before I harvested him with my 2 amigos looking on. His genetics deserve to continue. He has nice mass, 8 total points including 2 drop points on the passenger side, and 7 points w a matching earring dropper on the driver's side. An OIL buck for me, thanks to my amigos.

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very impressive, Congrats
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 107]

Holy catfish, just saw your MD buck Mark. A huge congrats, that's a DANDY MD!
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Re: 2016 Meatpole

Postby Muzzyvselk » 06 17, 2017 •  [Post 108]

Congratulations to all you guys. Great pics especially the elk. Iv taken my share of game but none gave me the feeling of my son shooting his first turkey at 9yrs old. Wish me luck to get this kid a nice buck this fall. IMG_0407.JPG
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