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Oklahoma walk-in draw success #8290717 06/10/21 05:24 PM
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Hello all, I was lucky enough to draw a cow elk tag for the walk in hunt on Wichita mountains NWR, my dates are Dec 13th-17th....anyone hunted this before want to share some advice or any help? Just starting to begin researching and planning so anything is helpful at this point. Thanks!

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They just started the walk in hunts I think last year.

Congrats. I’d get a good frame pack, I image they will be pretty accommodating intel on cows since they are usually the least sought after highest abundance

I’d call and ask about using a mountain bike


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Yep, I think last year was the first year. Where the regular hunt they drop you off and pick you up, the walk in hunt, you are on your own and well, walk in from a gate. The regular hunt your assistant can't hunt with you and has to wait in camp until you kill one. The walk in hunt, your helper can accompany you. The walk in hunt there is no driving in to drop you and your gear off, no driving in to help to pick you or your animal up. You pack it out to where you entered the hunt area. I think I read that bicycles and game carts were not allowed during the walk in hunt, but I would ask about that. You and your assistant are going to need good packs or frame packs to get your animal out. I would pick up some big game/meat bags as well. Good luck. I wish I was going, but being a once in a lifetime hunt I only put in for the bull hunt so the odds are always against me despite having several points.

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Thanks, have a couple of frame packs, and like Sniper said in his comment I believe carts and bikes are a no go...Have some good game bags and gear from a previous mule deer hunt

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Originally Posted by TexasATC
Thanks, have a couple of frame packs, and like Sniper said in his comment I believe carts and bikes are a no go...Have some good game bags and gear from a previous mule deer hunt


You are golden, if I wasn't mule deer hunting week before I'd volunteer to help, just so I could learn the area better. Good luck. Good news is a Cow pack out wont be to bad.


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Thanks, have a couple of frame packs, and like Sniper said in his comment I believe carts and bikes are a no go...Have some good game bags and gear from a previous mule deer hunt


You are golden, if I wasn't mule deer hunting week before I'd volunteer to help, just so I could learn the area better. Good luck. Good news is a Cow pack out wont be to bad.



On that same note, if you get closer to those dates and don't have a helper or they have to back out for some reason, feel free to ask me to volunteer. If I don't have some other hunt lined up, I am sure I could drive up there for the experience to learn more about the area and hunt.

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Man, that's awesome, I certainly appreciate it. If my dad or my backup backs out, I'll definitely give you a shout. I think we will try and get a scouting trip up there around September. You're right, my first thought was, well a cow should be an easier pack out. Of course in this case "easy" is relative.

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Originally Posted by TexasATC
Man, that's awesome, I certainly appreciate it. If my dad or my backup backs out, I'll definitely give you a shout. I think we will try and get a scouting trip up there around September. You're right, my first thought was, well a cow should be an easier pack out. Of course in this case "easy" is relative.


Hang whole to cool, bone out to haul. With two people you could do it in one trip but it’s going to hurt, two trips boned out, easy pezzy. Don’t over think it. Those dates mean you can take your time.


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What do you figure a mature cow in that part of the country is going to weigh?

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Originally Posted by TexasATC
What do you figure a mature cow in that part of the country is going to weigh?


400-500lb on mature cow, 140 -180+- lbs of boned out meat depending on how clean you get it.

For most people 50-60lbs is safe weigh to pack with a good load transfer to hips pack. You can do more but it will take a toll on most people.


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Okay, thanks. That's about what I was thinking. I've done 70 pounds before and it was rough but doable. My dad is in good shape, but in his early 60s, so 50 pounds probably sounds about right for him. From what I can tell with some luck on our side we could be hiking in some pretty flat terrain for most of the trip.

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