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And the quarters are hung.... More pics added

Postby cnelk » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 1]

Well that didn't take long...

Wow. How quick success comes!

I will try to post a pic
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Re: And the quarters are hung....

Postby diggerson » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 2]

Good job, buddy! Got your text. Just smirked a knowing smile when I saw your name come up, before I saw the pic :)
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Postby bnsafe » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 3]

great job brad, u da man
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Postby pikemaster » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 4]

Been talking to cnelk all night he got a nice bull. He ask me to post it. all I can say is wow!!!
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Postby cnelk » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 5]

Thanks Jarod!

I'll be over tomorrow to put the meat in the cooler!

Maybe I'll shoot a cow while I'm packing the quarters in the morning ;)
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Postby fm » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 6]

Nice bull Brad. Congrats cant wait for the story.
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Postby Jaquomo » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 7]

Great job, Brad! I had to pull over to look at the text when it came in - knew what was on it! ;)

Big congrats, buddy!
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Postby bnsafe » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 8]

super nice bull,
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Postby cnelk » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 9]

Here's the story.

Roll into camp at 3pm

Jump out and hear bugles

Set up a small tent.

Still bugling.

Change clothes

Leave camp at 3:40

Shoot bull at 3:55

Told everyone it can happen fast
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Postby Backcountry » 09 20, 2013 •  [Post 10]

Awesome bull!
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Postby ElkNut1 » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 11]

Brad, very nice sir, well done! Now let's have some details how it came together! Calling, no calling etc.? (grin)

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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 12]

It's 5am.
I slept in ;)
Waiting for daylight to go get the meat.

The key to my success starts with one thing.
You gotta know the terrain.

As I made my way to the bugles, I knew exactly where the bull was.
And there wasn't just one, but 3.

Wind was pretty good. I Eased closer and closer to the bull on my left.
There was a bull to my right and one in front of me but he was further out.

I was within 75 yds of the left in thick cover.
He and the bull on the right were singing to each other and the middle bull joined every once in awhile.
The bull on the right was getting closer and I knew that I better set up for a front row seat soon.

I found a place, 20 yds shooting MAX!

Since I am right handed, I faced the right bull as its easier to swing left than turn right, not really knowing which bull would present first

I gave a mew and cracked a couple branches.
All 3 bulls went nuts.

I waited and did it again.
This really pissed them off.
The bull on the right was coming in hard.

I see him at 25 yds , no shot.
He is looking for that cow.

He closes to 20 yds, I draw and he gives me a frontal opportunity ( I'm thinking BRazz would like this ;) )

But the bull turns to the left at I dust him at 15 yds

Off he goes. I cow call to slow him down

The other 2 bulls are still bugling.
I marked my spot on GPS and just hang out for a bit.

I call again, suddenly the middle bull ( a nice 5x6) comes in looking for me.
It's cool to watch elk when you don't have to worry about shooting one ;)

He drifts around at 20 yds but not seeing the cow he moves off.

I find my blood trail and give him some time.
I found him about 100 yds away.

The other 2 bulls bugled the whole time I worked on my bull.
They stopped right after dark.
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Postby Indian Summer » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 13]

Sweet Brad! Last year I had a bull bugle the entire time we quartered mine. Makes it seem easy huh on days like that. Nice job.
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Postby bnsafe » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 14]

what is this bugling you speak of :roll:
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Postby Coveyleader » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 15]

Very nice bull! Now that you're tagged out, you should go back and look for all those arrows from the first week ha! Just "hacking on ya".
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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 16]

Ha ha !!!!
Love that! ;)

I'm not tagged out tho.
Got a cow tag and a bear tag yet.

But the weather is warm today, got to get to Laramie and then home.

One more pack trip now, just go get the head

This packing is a chore by yourself
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Postby Moose Man » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 17]

Major congrats, that sure is one impressive bull!
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Postby Broken arrow » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 18]

Awesome bull Brad!!!!! :D
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Postby baddaddy » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 19]

Nice Job Brad. Congrats.
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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 20]

This is how I 'hung' my quarters over night.

The T shirt is to ward anything that may wanted a taste :)

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Postby bnsafe » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 21]

so do you bone it out before you come out then or carry quarters. im gonna need to know by tomorrow ;)
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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 22]

Maneuvering an elk is real chore by yourself!

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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 23]

bnsafe wrote:so do you bone it out before you come out then or carry quarters. im gonna need to know by tomorrow ;)


That depends on how far and what the weather is doing.

Here is the heaviest load I took - 2 front quarters and 2 backstraps - pushing 100lbs

Notice the 'Clip-Shot' attached to my camera in the second pic

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Postby cnelk » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 24]

The elk is ready to field process

Game bags, knife and saw

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Postby ElkNut1 » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 25]

Brad, awesome! Thanks for the story too!

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Postby JGH » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 26]

Great story ... that's the way it should work!
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Postby bnsafe » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 27]

nice, I wouldn't wanna carry a 100 lbs very far
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Postby Buglemaster » 09 21, 2013 •  [Post 28]

Nicely done Brad! Sounds like your in need of a real good "bone cracker" this weekend. I'm still hurtin from our pack out this week... & there were 3 of us.
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Postby cnelk » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 29]

Dave
I AM SO SORE THIS MORNING!!!

There is nothing I know of that wrecks your body like packing meat.
A guy has to get real creative when attempting to get a heavy loaded on your back.

But you know what?
Im headed back up on Thursday with PIKEMASTER! :)
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Postby >>>---WW----> » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 30]

Congratulations and a great job Brad. Good way to get those quarters up so the air can circulate around them
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Postby pikemaster » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 31]

Hopefully my bow don't misfire like my muzzleloader last year :o
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Postby BRazz » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 32]

Unreal. Between your fish fry and your elk encounters, I need to hunt with you to learn a couple things. Well done!!! Awesome bull!!! And props to you for the solo pack-out!!!

cnelk wrote:He closes to 20 yds, I draw and he gives me a frontal opportunity ( I'm thinking BRazz would like this )
Thanks for the shoutout. I recall you saying that you were looking forward to somebody taking this shot for the first time, I'm hoping it'll be me in a week's time.

cnelk wrote:But the bull turns to the left at I dust him at 15 yds
Even better...
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Postby cnelk » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 33]

Thanks for all of the replies everyone.

But once an elk is down, the work isnt done.

But Im working on that part... :)

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Postby JGH » 09 22, 2013 •  [Post 34]

A labor of love, I see!
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Postby BrentLaBere » 09 23, 2013 •  [Post 35]

Oh thats awesome! Persistence pays off. Congrats on a nice elk.
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Postby cj5280 » 09 23, 2013 •  [Post 36]

Congrats bud, great bull.
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Postby Huntography » 09 30, 2013 •  [Post 37]

Dude! That's a pig of a bull.

Congrats Brad!

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Postby Washington Wapiti » 10 04, 2013 •  [Post 38]

cnelk wrote:Here's the story.

Roll into camp at 3pm

Jump out and hear bugles

Set up a small tent.

Still bugling.

Change clothes

Leave camp at 3:40

Shoot bull at 3:55

Told everyone it can happen fast


And I thought I gave the cliff-notes version of my story! LOL, thanks for filling in the details . . . pretty exciting action there, and a great bull!
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Postby Swede » 10 04, 2013 •  [Post 39]

Great story and great bull Brad. I had just the opposite experience this year. It was a very long hunt and no elk in game bags to show. Ah, next year.
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Postby Herb » 10 04, 2013 •  [Post 40]

The good old "Quickie."

One of the most sought after bulls, hard to find, and well deserved after a tough first week out.

Nice Job buddy.
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Postby Triplebhunters » 10 08, 2013 •  [Post 41]

Nice. Very nice. Yep late reply still getting acclimated to being home, back to work, reading stories, etc.
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Postby ORelksniper » 10 08, 2013 •  [Post 42]

I don't know how I missed this thread, cnelk. Awesome bull, man. A short story with a happy ending...my favorite.

By the way, thanks for the invite to hunt with you next year. I'll check my calendar and make sure the dates work. :D. How many arrows should I bring? Sounds like a lot of flinging going on.
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Postby cnelk » 10 08, 2013 •  [Post 43]

Sniper
My hunt dates next September are the 15th - 25th.
I will be doing a DIY fly in Alaska moose hunt.

Do those dates work? ;)
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Postby ORelksniper » 10 08, 2013 •  [Post 44]

Oh yeh, those dates are fine. Of course, I was yanking your chain...like you are efing with me. Again, really nice bull, young man. Is that your biggest to date?
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Postby cnelk » 10 08, 2013 •  [Post 45]

Last year's elk - was bigger

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