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2015 meatpole

Postby foxvalley » 08 19, 2015 •  [Post 1]

Paul, is it to early to set up the 2015 meatpole? There has been some really nice spring bears posted on the site earlier,and just looking for some 2015 kill pics!!!
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Re: 2015 meatpole?

Postby ElkNut1 » 08 19, 2015 •  [Post 2]

Heck no, let's do it! Show any big game animal here, doesn't matter if it's with a Bow, MZ, Rifle or slingshot! (grin) Good luck to all! Let the season begin!!

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Re: 2015 meatpole?

Postby ElkNut1 » 08 19, 2015 •  [Post 3]

Here's the 1st this year for the ElkNut Crew, it's Clayton's Antelope, (joeh2o) It's a stud for sure, I believe it was a 40 yard shot accompanied by a great open country stalk! Congrats dude!

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Re: 2015 meatpole?

Postby TENFIVE » 08 19, 2015 •  [Post 4]

Here we go!!! I leave in 2 weeks. It has been a long year since we starting making our archery elk plans!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elkaholic » 08 20, 2015 •  [Post 5]

nice work Clayton! Awesome Lope
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Mike_Parson » 08 20, 2015 •  [Post 6]

Beautiful Lope there!!!!! I hope to get a chance at one here in NM next year.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Elkboy » 08 22, 2015 •  [Post 7]

Great looking antelope!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 08 22, 2015 •  [Post 8]

Got this one last weekend in Colorado. Not the biggest we saw, but the meat actually tastes great.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Fridaythe13th » 08 23, 2015 •  [Post 9]

I did a fast count, there was around 17 more picture's in 2014 compared to 2013 lets see if we can do better than both of those years. Great start with the speed goats, nice job.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 08 23, 2015 •  [Post 10]

I'll see what I can do to help that, Friday ;) ! Those are some cool lookin lopes! congrats guys!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby 2011bullyelk » 08 24, 2015 •  [Post 11]

Here is my goat I shot yesterday (August 23rd). I was able to maneuver through open country to shoot him in his bed at 30 yards. 2015 is off to a solid start!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby vertical limit » 08 24, 2015 •  [Post 12]

Nice looking goats guys!! 24 more days til my bull hunt starts.....
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Trophyhill » 08 26, 2015 •  [Post 13]

awesome guys! it has begun!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 08 27, 2015 •  [Post 14]

Sweet! Way to start this year off with a bang guys!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby otcWill » 08 30, 2015 •  [Post 15]

Congrats on the lopes guys!

Colorado opening morning 6:28am. Good start! Now for some elk huntn :)
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Raghorn_Reaper » 08 30, 2015 •  [Post 16]

Awesome start and awesome buck!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby vertical limit » 08 31, 2015 •  [Post 17]

Nice buck otcWill!!!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby michiganelkfever » 08 31, 2015 •  [Post 18]

Nice Lopes and a beauty buck! Im counting down until we leave michigan for colorado.....9 days 3 hrs...28 minutes!! Chasin Chuckles by next thursday! God luck gents! Shoot strait!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 08 31, 2015 •  [Post 19]

Will, way to go, nice velvet buck sir!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby js80138 » 09 01, 2015 •  [Post 20]

Congratulations otcWill. Looks like you did your homework way before Saturday.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elkmule123 » 09 01, 2015 •  [Post 21]

I've been lucky this year. I was able to tag out.
This is the mule deer
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And I was helping out a buddy with his LE tag and decided to use my archer's choice this cow.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby 2Rivers » 09 01, 2015 •  [Post 22]

Well done.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elkaholic » 09 02, 2015 •  [Post 23]

elkmule123 wrote:I've been lucky this year. I was able to tag out.
This is the mule deer
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And I was helping out a buddy with his LE tag and decided to use my archer's choice this cow.
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Nicely done! First elk on the Elknut newsfeed!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Passin Thru » 09 02, 2015 •  [Post 24]

Wow! Nice,but he still has velvet. Are you sure it's not spring there! LOL. I have a whitetail buck hangs here with 3 smaller ones but he has a beautiful rack. Hope to save him for seed.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elkmule123 » 09 02, 2015 •  [Post 25]

That's one of the nice benefits of the Utah archery hunt. It starts generally around the 20th, but this year it started on the 15th. There was one lucky guy that harvested a nice 6 point elk still in velvet.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Stick » 09 02, 2015 •  [Post 26]

Awesome guys. Hope everyone has the best of luck! 7 days till I will be in the elk woods, whopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ponyboy_jonas » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 27]

Shot this five point on Friday.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

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Re: 2015 meatpole

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby powderhogg01 » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 30]

first bull on the pole, nice work!!!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Huntrgathr » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 31]

I got beat by a day !? Nice job Poneyboy. Stay Golden.

Took this guy Saturday morning in the middle of a thunder blizzard. Caught him sparring with another bull. 34 yard frontal shot. 10 yard recovery. One down for the freezer - next one's for the wall ! The rut's just barely starting here.

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ponyboy_jonas » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 32]

Thank you powderhogg and nice elk huntrgathr!!! I shot it on the opener only about a mile from the truck. We made friends with a group of bow hunters that stayed at the same campground as us. And once I had the elk on the ground they offered to come out and help us haul the meat out. That was a huge help because while my dad and I were quartering the elk, his dull knife slipped and he gave himself a pretty good cut in his thigh. Good thing we brought extra game bags, because that's what we wrapped up the cut with. lol. That made him not able to carry much weight, but it only resulted in 6 stitches and he is doing fine now.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby powderhogg01 » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 33]

sounds like an awesome experience for the memory bank no doubt. I carry a hunter specialties skinning and gutting knife as well as a small ceramic stone and their sharpener. been there with the dull knife.. not again..
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ponyboy_jonas » 09 06, 2015 •  [Post 34]

haha we in fact just threw that knife away. He used a big buck knife that was sharp right away then quickly got dull.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 07, 2015 •  [Post 35]

Way to go guys, things are looking up, bulls are starting to fall, great job! 34 yard frontal shot, wow! You must have ice water in your veins! (grin) Heck of a shot bud!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 09 07, 2015 •  [Post 36]

Thats cool how Huntrgathr's bulls eye guard goes down! Congrats guys!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby BrentLaBere » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 37]

Congratulations to everyone successful so far.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 38]

So I called this in for my buddy and let him shoot it since he never shot an elk with his bow. I regret the decision now. Knew he was big when I saw him from a distance, but not his big. This is a pic of me with the bull.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby slick trick » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 39]

Dang how close was he , I see the KUIU vias camp. Was that in Colorado??????
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 40]

Called him to 35 yards. I told my buddy he will stop there..amd he did. Crazy. This is Wyoming. I like the Vias camo, really breaks things up.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby slick trick » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 41]

He is ruined now and you sure spoiled him for a first elk. There's a lot of people that will never see bulls like that. Tell him way to go ....
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 42]

I know, it will haunt me now. Crazy thing is that I saw another as big as him that evening on my hunt. He is a little more call shy. Will give it another go here in 2 weeks.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 43]

whitingja wrote:So I called this in for my buddy and let him shoot it since he never shot an elk with his bow. I regret the decision now. Knew he was big when I saw him from a distance, but not his big.


Horse of a bull Jason! Congrats to you and your buddy.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 44]

Thanks Phantom. Probably will never see one that big again up close like that.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 08, 2015 •  [Post 45]

Jason, very sweet bull sir! Congrats to the both of you!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby whitingja » 09 09, 2015 •  [Post 46]

Thanks Paul. Your DVD's came in handy.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Trophyhill » 09 11, 2015 •  [Post 47]

Awesome everyone! Keep em coming!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Clip-Shot » 09 14, 2015 •  [Post 48]

whitingja wrote:So I called this in for my buddy and let him shoot it since he never shot an elk with his bow. I regret the decision now. Knew he was big when I saw him from a distance, but not his big. This is a pic of me with the bull.


Things like this have a high value in my viewpoint, and you will be remembered by your buddy forever for being so generous.
I'm equally happy that he made a good shot!

Congrats to you both!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby welcher83 » 09 15, 2015 •  [Post 49]

My buddy arrowed his first elk Saturday evening (a cow) - I tried to put up a picture but can't figure out how to do it.

Great trip but too short! Aside from killing that cow, we found what we think is a good spot for the future. Got into lots of elk and made our moves to get into two other close encounters (first one, my buddy shot over a spike's back, and the other I had a raghorn at 15 yds. but couldn't get a shot opportunity). We hunted hard in some tough country and we're super stoked with the experience and to be able to take meat home.

Big thanks to many of the members on this sight for their advice and tips. Big thanks to Paul for providing this forum. I learned a lot from the playbook and also the videos. Also, Big thanks to Indian Summer for his help on PMs for scouting advice on topos and such. I wouldn't have thought to look at this area without his expertise - thank you so much. My hunting partner and I really stepped up our game this year and a huge part of that was this forum and the wealth of knowledge. Couldn't thank you all enough!

Already pumped for next year! I was in pretty good shape for this hunt but I want to be in better shape next year. I also want to shoot more (and hopefully get some newer equipment). Only 364 more days to go!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 16, 2015 •  [Post 50]

Paul II scores again! (grin) Story on Elk Forum!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

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Arrowed this 4X4 on 9/9 at 28 yards. He came in totally silent to a few bugles. To the best of our knowledge the bulls were already with cows and very reluctant to respond to any calls. All in all not too shabby for a bunch of "tenderfoots"! :D
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Re: 2015 meatpole

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ElkNut1 wrote:Paul II scores again! (grin) Story on Elk Forum!

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Way to go!
Glad to see your dad also made it in the photo he posted on the thread: "Any Success Yet?"
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Clip-Shot » 09 17, 2015 •  [Post 53]

Chuckles wrote:
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Arrowed this 4X4 on 9/9 at 28 yards. He came in totally silent to a few bugles. To the best of our knowledge the bulls were already with cows and very reluctant to respond to any calls. All in all not too shabby for a bunch of "tenderfoots"! :D


Looks good to me!

I have yet to hear one bugle this season where I have been hunting.
Fresh sign, and bumped a couple cows, but no bulls.
Heard a couple howls from wolves the other evening though, so this may be why the bulls are keeping quiet.
I decided a long time ago that I prefer hearing the bugle of elk...
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby powderhogg01 » 09 17, 2015 •  [Post 54]

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Shot this fella at 30 yards. Found him in his bed, he jumped when I got to the 30 mark. I froze, for 10 minutes we were stalemate before he calmed down. He stepped out from a tree and stepped right over his bed. I went full draw and he jumped again but only went a few feet.. we sat locked for what felt like forever before he finally offered a shot.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby chiledog » 09 17, 2015 •  [Post 55]

Nice bulls Paul II and Chuckles.
Haven't heard any bugles either. Got several nervous grunts from one bull but he stayed stuck in cover.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Csrbowhunter » 09 17, 2015 •  [Post 56]

Nice bull paul ll. I'm sure there's a good story to go with that bull.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ironman » 09 18, 2015 •  [Post 57]

Great animals guys! I'm running in to a dead silence in the wood nothing is talking, Why!.....

I read above maybe it wolves in the area that are making elk so quiet? Maybe the hot weather? I don't know...
But to you folks that have been successful this year, my hat is off to you. Great job, to get it done with these conditions is outstanding.!.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby mcnje032 » 09 19, 2015 •  [Post 58]

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Hey Paul,
I wanted to give you a big thanks! This is my second elk in as many years. This year I called in 4 bulls before this one. The closest was 6 yards, which I managed to screw up. You are an inspiration and a true professional. Congrats to Paul the Second on his bull. Hope you are out pulling back on yours now.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby powderhogg01 » 09 19, 2015 •  [Post 59]

looks like more then a few frontals this season. Good work out there.. time to go put my elk on the ground
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Re: 2015 meatpole

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James,

I recently purchased one of your elk decoys for my AZ elk hunt. It was one of the essential items I carried each day in the field. As you can see from the picture, I was very blessed with a bull of a lifetime. Thank you for such a great product... lightweight, durable, and extremely effective! Can't wait to try your other decoys on future hunts.

Thanks again for a great tool in my hunting arsenal
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby mcnje032 » 09 19, 2015 •  [Post 61]

ElkNut1 wrote:Paul II scores again! (grin) Story on Elk Forum!

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That's a beauty. Great job!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby nwilt » 09 21, 2015 •  [Post 62]

First Archery Bull for me - I'm pretty excited. Thanks to Paul and everyone else for the tips and strategies. By myself at the time, he responded to a locate bugle, and kept bugling and coming in.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Chuckles » 09 21, 2015 •  [Post 63]

That's a great first bull nwilt! Congratulations! Shot my first this year too! Gets the heart going just thinking about it! :D
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tigger » 09 21, 2015 •  [Post 64]

Thanks to what I learned on this site and the Playbook, I had 2 really cool encouters. The second time I connected on a nice 6X6! He bugled, my buddy responded with pleading cow calls, he chuckled and we let him call us right in until we couldn't close the last few yards we needed! My buddy did a great job convincing him to move the last few yards for my shot. Shot him at 40 yards!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 21, 2015 •  [Post 65]

Fantastic!! You guys are all doing awesome!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby CurlyTail » 09 22, 2015 •  [Post 66]

Back from Colorado. My cow muzzleloader tag went unfilled. However, we accomplished out main goal of getting my brother his first archey bull. Called this guy in on the last hour of our last day in the deepest, steepest, nastiest valley in our area.
Did the Caller/Shooter tag team. We had been in this valley all day, and this guy finally answered after perhaps my 20th Bugle. Once he answered, he responded to every noise I made, and was shot broadside at 18 yards in less than 3 minutes. Shot placement was not ideal - pass through liver - but he was dead in 60 min and only went 75 yards. Epic hardship on the carry out. This week I made a couple of observations - Bugles are more effective than cow calls, and proximity matters. Made some great memories this past week.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby iHunt » 09 22, 2015 •  [Post 67]

Tigger wrote:Thanks to what I learned on this site and the Playbook, I had 2 really cool encouters. This was the result of the second! He bugled, my buddy responded with pleading cow calls, he chuckled and we let him call us right in until we couldn't close the last few yards we needed! My buddy did a great job convincing him to move the last few yards for my shot. Shot him at 40 yards!


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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby welcher83 » 09 22, 2015 •  [Post 68]

Good job curly tail! Your brother looks really happy.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby CurlyTail » 09 24, 2015 •  [Post 69]

I still can't believe we got it done at the 11th hour. Harsh realities of work and responsibilities setting in this week after an amazing 8 days Elk Hunting. What an amazing addiction. Now maybe I can start thinking about chasing ducks and geese this fall.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 25, 2015 •  [Post 70]

Loving the photos folks, keep them coming! Congrats to you guys!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 25, 2015 •  [Post 71]

Bull down for the Doc of the ElkNut Crew!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby CurlyTail » 09 27, 2015 •  [Post 72]

Congrats Doc! Nice Bull
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Stick » 09 27, 2015 •  [Post 73]

My bull took Sep.12. Huge body so my back says. Story will follow.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Mukbowhunt » 09 28, 2015 •  [Post 74]

Nice mature bull there!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby flystrait » 09 28, 2015 •  [Post 75]

My 18 year old son's first bull, what a great experience this year for him. He went out one night by himself and called in 5 bulls and had the big herd bull at 20 yards twice with no shot due to the brush and 2 days later on the 15th I called this 5x6 into him on a string he cow called and stopped him at 30 yards. We had several other opportunities with 2 other misses between me and my partner mine being the worst at 15 yards still trying to figure that one out. But leave it up to the young buck to get it done.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Wyo67 » 09 28, 2015 •  [Post 76]

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Wyoming 5x5 DIY public land. 45 yard shot with about a 200 yard recovery.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ponyboy_jonas » 09 28, 2015 •  [Post 77]

Stick wrote:My bull took Sep.12. Huge body so my back says. Story will follow.


Man that is a big body. Congrats stick! And congrats to everyone else!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 09 28, 2015 •  [Post 78]

Damn stick thats a stud!
Congrats to your kid flystrait!
Good job Wyo67, do I spy an Elknut Checkler bugle in that pic! :D
Congratulations to The Doc and tigger and everyone else.

I've had the craziest deer season so far, but I havent taken anything yet - waiting my turn! 8-)
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 29, 2015 •  [Post 79]

Good stuff guys! Craig, great first bull for your son! I'll bet he was excited!

Stick, sweeeet!

Wyo67, nice bull & bugle! (grin)

Here's a bull I took the 19th.

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby chiledog » 09 29, 2015 •  [Post 80]

Nice bull there Paul (and nice bugle, hehe).
Congrats to all that put meat in the freezer.
Due to setup mix ups, silent elk and an assortment of other screw ups, didn't get to even draw back and only saw 1 bull this year.
It's a process and Paul's playbook and advice can make a difference.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby otcWill » 09 30, 2015 •  [Post 81]

Big congrats to all the successful hunters!

9/22 CO OTC; not my biggest but most likely the oldest elk I've killed. Teeth were worn to the jaw bone
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 09 30, 2015 •  [Post 82]

Wow, some great harvests for all the Elknut's this year! Here's my 2015 Idaho bull; I'll post the story of the hunt later after I get all my gear cleaned up and put away. He'll be some good eating this year; already has been (smile).

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby ElkNut1 » 09 30, 2015 •  [Post 83]

Rory, way to go sir! I'm sure it's well deserved, can't wait to hear the story!

Will, that bull looks like a dinosaur, great job!!! Hope to read about your story too?

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby IdahoD » 10 02, 2015 •  [Post 84]

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Story on the main board. I guess I'll throw the pic on the meatpole too, because I'm that excited. Shot on the 26th. 30 yard shot and dropped in 40 yards. First archery elk. Incredible morning. The backstraps have been delicious! Still haven't wiped that stupid smile off my face :D
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 10 06, 2015 •  [Post 85]

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the story is on the deer forum, but this is my first animal of the year! :D
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby dadof4 » 10 09, 2015 •  [Post 86]

Sept 15 Rifle hunt 20-30 minute breeding sequence, was an awesome experience raking and screaming all the way to 25 yds. Was able to share with my brother and cousin, thanks Paul and congrats everyone
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 87]

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Story of this 3-point buck on the deer forum. :D
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tireguy » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 88]

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 89]

Dang Tireguy, thats a beast! Congratulations, will you post a story? I bet you got a good one to go with that trophy!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tireguy » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 90]

GobbleFarmer wrote:Dang Tireguy, thats a beast! Congratulations, will you post a story? I bet you got a good one to go with that trophy!


Thanks sir! I wish I had a great story to go with it! I shot him with a 30-378 Wby Mag loaded with a 210 grain long range accubond and he fell on the spot. He was only 150 yards away, but it was by far the most difficult shot at that distance I have ever taken. Seeing something like that through a scope can be really intense!! I could barely hold the cross hairs on him haha. It didn't help that I am not in shape and was not prepared for the elevation change or the unusually high September temperature. It's amazing how an animal that size can be so elusive. We didn't see much the first few days, I guess because if the high temp, but this guy showed up on day 3 and I was able to get him. I was very surprised I got him, I was shaking nearly uncontrollably haha. It was an amazing experience!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 91]

Rifle hunting in September? crazy! Are you getting him mounted and do you have a score on him?
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tireguy » 10 11, 2015 •  [Post 92]

Yes, Ill do some kind of shoulder mount...probably on a pedestal somehow. Sci typical 450 4/8
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Toothy » 10 13, 2015 •  [Post 93]

How about dove?

Do they they fit on the meat pole? Man, I can't wait until next week.


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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elk.addict » 10 14, 2015 •  [Post 94]

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Shot this bull on 9/16. In the picture with me is my friend Terry. He's never hunted elk so it was my goal to help him get a bull.
This elk walked right past him but he wasn't able to draw his bull since he was pinned down (he was like 7 yards away). The bull got nervous and turned around, at which point I drew my bow. As he was walking away I stopped him with a cow call 30 yards from me and about 15 yards from Terry. I glanced over at Terry and he still wasn't able to draw his bow, so of course I let an arrow fly. I think this was the first time I have shot at an extreme incline. I thought I had heard the bull go down but wasn't positive. So we waited 30 minutes before looking for blood, but we found the bull almost within 5 minutes (big relief). Turns out I did hit him high, but it did the trick!
This was a VERY easy pack out. The bull was small bodied and the pack was only .87 miles. We had it packed out and were back to hunting by 3 pm.
It is always fun hunting with a newb; I think he was more excited about me shooting a bull than I was. He also came real close on 1 small 6x6, 1 5x5 similar to the one I shot, and 1 6x6 that probably was in the 360 range (my heart skipped a few beats when I realized how big he was). Unfortunately, none of the opportunities panned out and he went home empty handed - but that's elk hunting. Still had a great time together.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby YZF_88 » 10 18, 2015 •  [Post 95]

My first elk with a rifle. Hunt lasted less than 15 minutes. It was fun to try something different but its back to bow hunting for me.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Lefty » 10 18, 2015 •  [Post 96]

My daughters first year archery hunting" I knew I could make it dad" Frontal shot at nearly 30."

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I just got to thinking I havent killed anything this year ;) ah a moose picture coming soon
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby hornart » 10 19, 2015 •  [Post 97]

Here is the bull that I got on my mobility impared muzzleloader hunt in New Mexico
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 20, 2015 •  [Post 98]

Dandy bull Steve. Share the story if you get a chance.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby hornart » 10 21, 2015 •  [Post 99]

Here is my story on my muzzleloader bull hunt. We got to camp a few days early, and cut our firewood and set up the tents and got everything ready for the hunt. The wife brought the horses up on friday evening and we had the solar fence up for the horses in a good grassy area near camp. Opening morning was windy and it was going to make it difficult where I was headed, I tried to use the terrain but the herd of elk winded me anyway. I hunted down thru a big meadow that I like and heard a small bull bugle above me, a short while later he emerged from the timber but was out of my range, I thought that I could catch up so I went after him but got too close and he busted me and took off. I heard some shots in the canyon so I headed that direction to see what they scared up out of the canyon. I saw some cows and a couple of spikes and a 4x4 and a good 6x6 bull that came out, I got closer and a couple of the cows were starting to head back into the timber when the 6x6 jioned them, I shot and hurried to reload, I went to where he had been standing and he was above me on the ridge, he ran about 30 yards and slowed to a walk, I knew that I had hit him, he made his way to the other side of the ridge and a lady hunter put him on the ground, congrats to her. I offered my help to her group as they had just filled a cow tag and a bull tag within minutes. they declined my assistance. The next day was windy again as well, the only bull that I saw was a small 4x4 . The third morning was better, the wind had laid down in the night and today was going to be a good day, I heard some bulls bugling down in the canyon, I headed into the canyon after them, they managed to keep ahead of me in the timber, when I got to where another canyon met, I headed up the other canyon with the wind in my face, hoping to find some bull up there. I made it to the start of the canyon and heard some cow calls, I kept looking and saw some other hunters on the ridge, I deceided to head back down the canyon as to not mess up there hunt. I made my way down the canyon and heard a couple of bulls still bugling in the timber. I knew they were gonna be bedding down on the northface they were on. I figured that I would wait by the big old log all day if I had too to wait until they got up for the evening, a short while later I heard some commotion up the canyon and here comes some cows and calf, I figured that maybe a bull would be behind them,but no bull, just 3 hunters. The other hunters never saw me even though I was in plain sight, they sat down in the canyon below me and were talking and coughing and making me mad at there messing up my ambush spot. About 30 minutes after the hunters showed up, my bull came out of the timber at the top of the meadow, he was running down the hill and coming straight in my direction, it scared the other hunters when I shot as they hadnt seen me and thought the bull was gonna be theirs, my shot was perfect and he made it just into the trees when he fell. One of the other hunters came up and offered to let my camp know where I was, I thanked him and told him to tell the wife she would have to come down the packtrail with the horses to get to my location. He was kind enough to do this for me even after I had made the other 2 hunters mad at killing their bull. Here is a picture of the pack out
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Re: 2015 meatpole

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 10 21, 2015 •  [Post 101]

Damn awesome Steve. Thanks for the story and pics.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby elkstalker » 10 28, 2015 •  [Post 102]

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I ran out of battery for my camera by the time I harvested my cow on this hunt, but we had a great hunt. I had a good friend I used to hunt with come and hunt with me (I usually hunt alone), boy I forgot how much more fun it is to hunt with a friend who shares in your passion, hunts the same style, and can keep up physically! Hopefully we can make it a yearly occurrence. I harvested on the second day of the hunt, and had to go back about 2.5 miles to get away from the yahoos (who thought they were long range shooters :roll: ). Had a blast.

Then it was off to a different mountain range to hunt a few days with my daughter, she had opportunities, but just couldn't connect on a deer. But we made some great memories in the mountains.
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And lastly I had a few days to chase my own deer and was able to harvest this nice little buck. Great year.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby under H2O hunter » 10 29, 2015 •  [Post 103]

Here is some fresh meat for the pole... I just got back from a very very long stint in the woods. I'll post all the animals here but as a group we took 6 elk, 4 deer, and a bear. I also post one extra elk that a buddy of mine from the mountain asked me to help him recover so I am tossing that on here as well.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 10 31, 2015 •  [Post 104]

Congratulations to you and your group, James! Thats awesome! :) And you too, elkstalker! One heck of a season!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Heartwood » 10 31, 2015 •  [Post 105]

Here's my Idaho archery bull, taken September 17. Thanks to my good friend Twinkieman for doing an expert job calling and for sharing the backpack work with me. Look for story of the hunt as a separate post on the forum. Timer on the camera took us by surprise, so no smiles but, we sure were happy. :)
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 02, 2015 •  [Post 106]

Dandy bull mister. Congrats to you and your caller!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby wawhitey » 11 09, 2015 •  [Post 107]

Nov 7th washington buck
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby bikemtn » 11 11, 2015 •  [Post 108]

Another successful hunt for me this year in western Montana
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 12, 2015 •  [Post 109]

Dandy bull bikemtn! Would love to hear the story of your 2015 hunt. RJ
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby dougthechug » 11 15, 2015 •  [Post 110]

First year hunting elk and harvested this 5x5 on a DIY Idaho public land hunt. Thanks to paul and the dvd's.
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby GobbleFarmer » 11 16, 2015 •  [Post 111]

I shot another deer today, a doe. a small doe. I was thinking her ears looked big when I shot, but everything happened so fast, I didnt have time to realize her ears seem large because the rest of her is small... On the bright side I now know that 30-30 penetrates very well and not to take a frontal shot again... :oops:
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Lost Dog » 11 19, 2015 •  [Post 112]

Got a nice 4 point bull during second rifle season in CO. Public land.

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Lost Dog » 11 19, 2015 •  [Post 113]

Look at that backstrap!

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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tireguy » 11 22, 2015 •  [Post 114]

I shot this guy in Missouri last week with my .257 Wby...191 inches
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Tireguy » 11 22, 2015 •  [Post 115]

A better picture....
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 11 23, 2015 •  [Post 116]

Congrats on some fine harvests guys!

dougthechug -Way to knock down a nice bull the first year out! That's a huge accomplishment in itself.
LostDog - Nice backstrap surgery! Makes me hungry and reminds me to take out some meat for this weekend!
tireguy - Holy hell, what a season you're having! You follow up that dinosaur bull with a toad of a whitetail. Congrats mister.
Gobble - Sounds like you're slowly but surely filling your freezer up. Congrats on deer #2!
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Ridgernr » 11 25, 2015 •  [Post 117]

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I shot this little guy bedded watching me walk in on him, It was kind of crazy. I was slipping up an old road bed and looked up to my left a saw this guy staring at me , I turned, shoulder me rifle and found him still there at 50 yards, OK if he,s not going to bust I better shoot. As soon a s I shot a doe busted out and he just laid over in his bed. Love those tracking jobs
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Re: 2015 meatpole

Postby Lefty » 11 26, 2015 •  [Post 118]

After a lot of days hunting this was the biggest bull we had seen. I was getting desperate after the snow and not seen any bulls
I took this fellow on the run, a perfect shot, he dropped like a rock Unfortunately I was alone and the moose was too big for me to manage a decent picture
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