Gutting an Elk in Tight Places

by Dave- ElkHuntingTips.Net
(Montana)

Risky Place to Field Dress an Elk

Risky Place to Field Dress an Elk

Risky Place to Field Dress an Elk
Larry's Bull

There were no "horns" in the herd I stalked on opening day of rifle season, just meat. I filled my cow elk permit at first light. It was a huge cow that has our freezer demanding that I make some sausage!


I REALLY don't like field dressing an animal in tight spots. This elk managed to wiggle into some thick jack pines before dying. (See photo.)

It's bad enough to have your butt in the air, as you bend over the strong smell of an elk's insides in bear and lion country. Add to that risk of no visibility, no partner to act as spotter and it's down right spooky! I kept walking out of the brush to look around.

Some buddies had one bull in the herd of 80 elk they set up an ambush for. That six point ended up in my truck next to my elk for the trip out. Their bull died in the wide open spaces for them.

It was a great opening day of rifle season!

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Oct 28, 2012
camo
by: Elkwisperer

Dave love the picture of the two elk in your truck. It was a good day. I liked your comments about blaze orange. You are spot on. Also, it should be noted that your picture of the elk in the truck were just that, dead elk in a truck. The hunting was over. I had my orange on while hunting but took if off for the photo opportunity. Safety is paramount and so is following the game laws.

Larry

Oct 28, 2012
Camo
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.net

Hi, Pat. Good to hear from you again! We hunt in an area where there are very few hunters. I simply won't hunt where there are lots of hunters. We have to walk a full mile just to get to the trees. I usually go another 1 to 3 miles on bike or foot before daylight. I saw one other hunter out where I shot my elk on opening day. He came by out of curiosity after the shot. The other two guys didn't see any other hunters but me, and they were a mile closer to our rigs.

Good hunters, like you, don't shoot unless they are sure of their targets and animals never wear blaze orange. "Bad hunters" don't go where I go.

Elk are not completely color blind and patterns make a big difference in what they see. That's why I am sold on ASAT camo (and sell it on this website). I cover my ASAT up with camo blaze orange as little as legally possible!

Oct 27, 2012
Great Hunt!
by: Pat Cassidy

I hope you had your rope with you to hold the animal in position! A meat saw or hatchet helps cut away brush but adds weight...choices, choices.

I like the blaze orange camo but I sure wish people wouldn't wear full camo during a rifle hunt. I like to see and be seen and the Elk are color blind.

Sorry about being critical but I don't wanna shoot anyone by not seeing them.

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