More Elk hunting tips

by Pat Cassidy
(Pilot Rock, Oregon)

Some more tips for Elk hunters

In addition to all the techno-gizmos you probably don't really need, add 15 feet of 1/4" poly rope.
If you have ever killed an elk on a steep hillside you know how difficult it is to field dress it. The darn thing keeps sliding down the hill! Just get out your rope and tie the elk to a tree, bush, etc. and have at it. No more sliding.
On the odd occasion when you can drag an elk whole, try this out. Tie the rope around the base of the antlers, take the rope down the head to the nose and tie it again using a half-hitch. The nose tie-off will keep the head in line with the pull, preventing hang-ups. Now take the end of the rope and tie it to the center of a stout piece of limb. You get on one side of the limb and your buddy on the other side and push together. Really works great, especially if there is a little snow.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to see three different rifles with damaged barrels caused by debris in the barrel when fired. Not a good thing for accuracy! I said I was lucky ... they weren't mine.
I learned from this tho, and for many years I have covered the muzzle of my rifles with black electrical tape. The bullet never notices.
More tape stuff: wrap a foot or so around the barrel of your rifle so you will always have some to replace the muzzle cover. Use the tape to secure your tag to an antler. If anyone asks what the tape is for, tell 'em your barrel is split.

Notice that red stuff on my knife? Red flagging ribbon, one of the handiest tools you can carry.
Use it to mark the sites when tracking an animal as pointed out on this website.
Mark forks in a trail or the place on a ridge you want to find later ... well you get the drift. Just be sure to remove it when you come out of the woods.

You may have wondered what that black tube on my 'scope is. That is a piece of 1.25" PVC pipe painted flat black inside and out. This simple (and cheap) tube cuts virtually all glare when shooting into the sun. Especially effective morning and evening, it enables you to take a shot you would never be able to without it.

That's all folks. Put some of yours on, I need all the help I can get!

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Mar 10, 2012
Sweaty Shirt Trick
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

I love that idea, Bowzman! I could do that when I get off my bike after a dark ride in. When I get off that bike, I'm often hot, sweaty and it's pretty cool. That's not a good way to start a hunt. I hate to take all those outer clothes off in the cold air, just to get rid of the sweaty inner layer. Neat trick!

Mar 05, 2012
Sweaty walk?
by: Bowzman

Ever get all sweated up getting to a stand site then have to stand with cold wet shirt? Cut the sleeves off a old t-shirt or sweatshirt, then cut it from the bottom up to arm pits. Put it on first then when u reach your stand site simply grab the collar and pull it out and put in a plastic bag.

Sep 17, 2011
flagging tape
by: Anonymous

Use an empty electrical tape container to carry flagging tape, keeps it from unrolling.

Aug 09, 2011
A hide bag?
by: Pat Cassidy

Good idea Jarrod, I have never seen that method before. It is amazing how much weight is removed when you bone an animal out.
On whole animals I remove the entrails and then sew up the hole to prevent dirt from getting in.
Thanks for the idea, I need all I can get.

Aug 09, 2011
by: Jarrod

Excellent suggestions, especially the tape on the barrel. These tips sound like they have come from personal experiences - thanks for sharing. One other use for the rope (from my own personal experience); if you are in a position to be able to drag down hill or fairly level, I have skinned the elk in the field, boned it and layed the meat on the inside of the hide, then sew the hide shut around the meat and use as a sled to pull your bounty from the woods. Not a perfect means of transport but effective. Thanks again for sharing.


Oct 04, 2009
Excellent Tips
by: Dave

Great tips, Pat. The tape is on my list now. Also, the half hitch on the nose works well. I helped a guy drag a small cow moose like that once. We didn't have enough sense to use a stick, though!


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