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#6524078 - 11/02/16 04:50 PM NM Elk hunt success story
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Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 373
Loc: Portales, NM
Hello THF,

Last night I returned from a late season solo elk hunt in unit 36 in New Mexico. I started hunting in the more moderate terrain thinking it would be easier to get a downed critter out by myself but there were far too many hunters down that way. I ended up in the White Mountain wilderness, which, if you've never been there is a very intimidating place. The pictures really don't do the place justice. Funny how I didn't see a soul up there in all the walking I did.




After seeing about 30 elk my first trip in there, I realized I was on the wrong ridgeline, so the next morning I hiked up the ridge I had identified the night before. I found a lone bull bedded behind a huge burned pine tree. I waited about an hour and a half for him to stand up and I took him at 343 yards with a CA 300 Win Mag. He did a 180 and crashed 4 feet from where he was shot. He's not the biggest bull in the wilderness, but it was my first elk and I'm dang proud of him. After 8 straight hours of butchering and packing 4 heavy trips out (my feet and back still hurt) I headed home. Honestly, the pack out was RELATIVELY easy being it was mostly all downhill. I finished skinning the head today and will make a European mount out of him. My dad told me to hire horses if I ended up getting one because packing an elk out on horses is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I respectfully disagree, because I believe packing an entire elk out of the wilderness by yourself is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once you do that once, you will NEVER do it again! Thanks for looking. -Scott

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#6524089 - 11/02/16 04:55 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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cheers up

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#6524091 - 11/02/16 04:55 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Congratulations on a nice elk and a freezer full of real good eating cheers
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#6524092 - 11/02/16 04:56 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Congrats
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#6524096 - 11/02/16 04:58 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Stub]
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Registered: 07/24/09
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Loc: Portales, NM
Originally Posted By: Stub
Congratulations on a nice elk and a freezer full of real good eating cheers


I about messed myself when I saw how big the backstraps are on those things! Steaks for days!! and thank you.
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#6524146 - 11/02/16 05:21 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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upCongrats good eating

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#6524160 - 11/02/16 05:29 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Congrats Scott, the hard work paid off.
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#6524188 - 11/02/16 05:44 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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You did a REAL hunt.
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#6524219 - 11/02/16 06:14 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Registered: 11/13/15
Posts: 249
Loc: San Saba
Very cool! Congrats!

After reading various threads like this I know I have to go to the hardest area to get to on one of these hunts. I like a challenge.

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#6524244 - 11/02/16 06:26 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Excellent sir. Congrats on the hunt and doing it solo. It is sort of a "right of passage" I think. Huge success.

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#6524248 - 11/02/16 06:31 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Registered: 05/05/08
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Loc: Bandera County
Awesome! Very nice Country, and a spectacular Bull Elk.

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#6524262 - 11/02/16 06:39 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: don k
You did a REAL hunt.


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Congrats!!! Well done!!! pack out and all. Highly impressed

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#6524292 - 11/02/16 07:00 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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up Your dad is right

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#6524306 - 11/02/16 07:05 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Congrats. Your right about the Once in a Lifetime experience. 3 of us packed one out about 15 years ago. Had about 2 miles to the truck. Thats the last time I will do that.
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#6524326 - 11/02/16 07:12 PM Re: NM Elk hunt success story [Re: Scooterb]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Excellent and congrats! I have carried out quite a few, it is an experience you wont forget, but horses sure are nice as well, well done sir
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