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gon4elk
10-16-2011, 10:05 AM
2 weeks ago I was able to harvest a really nice bull in Wyoming with my bow. Friday went to get my meat from the butcher and he said he found my broadhead. I told him I found my broadhead after the kill in the chest cavity. He said this broadhead was buried in the front lower shoulder, just above the elbow. When I was qrtring him on the hill I noticed a hole in his shoulder with a growth around the hole and just thought it was wound from another bull in the past. I guess that was a broadhead instead. It must have been there for a year or two, he walked with no noticibale limp and when he bolted after the shot he moved just fine. Tough animals. By the way it was a Muzzy head, blades bent some from hitting the bone.

I've heard of others finding old broadheads in elk before but this was a first for me.

Steve
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Drhorsepower
10-16-2011, 11:27 AM
That's crazy I have never heard of that! Do you have pictures of your elk?

brokenarrow
10-16-2011, 11:48 AM
I shot a bull that had a broadhead and part of the arrow shaft crossways through it's nose. It had healed over and the bone had regrown through the blades on the broadhead and healed on the shaft side. Found out later that the people camping next to us knew who shot the bull the year before. The guy told them he hit it in the nose and they didn't believe him. The elk was fine when harvested, just had a bump on the nose where the head was protruding. I'll try to get a picture of it posted but I'm not the best computer user!

MT backcountry hunter
10-16-2011, 12:35 PM
That is way cool, for you not the guy who wounded it. Shows some history behind the bull and a neat story to tell. Congrats on the bull.

sjsmallfield
10-16-2011, 06:42 PM
Not an elk story, but a few years ago one of my friends was rifle hunting for deer in Utah. He was able to take a nice buck on the third day of hunting. When he was cutting up his deer at home he found a broadhead and part of an arrow shaft stuck in the spine. Like the elk mentioned above the bone had grown around and through the broadhead. My friend ended up boiling and bleaching it and made a cool little display to set it on. If I can get a picture of it I will post it on here for everyone to see. Just a crazy story!

Fink
10-16-2011, 08:04 PM
It's amazing how tough animals can be. A few years back, my cousin shot a 160+ whitetail during gun season. Later that night, we noticed something barely sticking out of his shoulder.. It ended up being a broadhead. The arrow had spun free from the head, leaving just the threads exposed. The head got less than 1.5 inches of penetration into the shoulder. The shoulder stunk, and was very infected, but the buck didnt really show any adverse effects, I'm sure by next season the shoulder would have completely healed.

One of the neighboring farms had stuck the buck about a month earlier.

Umpqua Hunter
10-17-2011, 01:21 AM
gon4elk: That's pretty incredible. I have never found that, but we have shot elk with scar tissue healed around a large caliber bullet, and also bird shot in a deer.

sethkuhl
10-17-2011, 11:07 AM
I saw an elk with about 6" of another elk horn broke off in a hind quarter. scar tissue healed around it fine also.

RUTTIN
10-17-2011, 02:37 PM
gone4elk, was the broadhead in the left shoulder? If so, that may be the reason why your bulls antler on the right side grew so weird, from the injury. Neat story thanks for sharing.

gon4elk
10-17-2011, 06:33 PM
Ruttin - don't remember which shoulder it was but he had a broken base (grew straight out to the side rather than up) thus the weird antler. Pic of the odd ball side. This guy had more problems than a married man, he probably came in to commit suicide.

Drhorsepower
10-17-2011, 09:17 PM
More problems than a married man. Lol. I like it.

Jon Boy
10-18-2011, 11:12 PM
Yes elk are really tough animals. I heard of a bull shot that had a round ball in his hind and broadhead in his shoulder!

Skybuster1329
10-19-2011, 10:47 PM
Cool Story thanks for Sharing !!

gman1
11-29-2011, 04:52 PM
Shot my 6x6 elk in Wyoming this fall and noticed that he was blind in his right eye from a fight... so I thought. When I got back home the taxidermist called me and asked if I wanted it scored for P&Y! I told him I would love to but I shot it with a rifle. He then asked what that muzzie broadhead and 3" arrow shaft was doing in it's eye??? Yup, an archery hunter is either a very good shot or shouldn't be taking a head on shot at any elk!! I was thankful that I could harvest the elk to take him out of his misery and the broadhead in the eye of the skull mount is an interesting talking point.

gon4elk
11-29-2011, 09:00 PM
GMAN would love to see some pics of that bull with the arrow in eye.

gman1
11-30-2011, 08:11 PM
gon4elk:

Will send a pic but will take awhile so hang in there!! We had a great hunt and will try and send some other pics along with "one eye."

gman

gman1
12-04-2011, 12:13 PM
Here you go!!

gman1
12-04-2011, 01:00 PM
A pic of "one eye."

gman1
12-04-2011, 02:39 PM
My son's elk. He was running with " One Eye."

gon4elk
12-04-2011, 02:59 PM
GMAN - Great picture!!! That is a neat and unique trophy for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Steve

Ikeepitcold
12-04-2011, 07:14 PM
21142113211621172115My buddy and I were on his elk hunt. He killed a 350 bull. When we go to him we saw how bad of shape he was in. We decided that he was in a bad fight with another bull or Mt lion. He had multiple puncture wounds in his chest and front legs. He was very sick. When we quartered him it was pretty gross. But we felt we had to take everything and pack him out. We had to make the decision to call Fish n Game and tell them what happen and try to get maybe a cow tag since the meat was greenish and was just sickening and risk them taking the head, horns, and meat and give him a new tag. We decided not to call if fear of them taking the whole thing. You can see in the pics he was skin and bones. We couldnt tell he was sick from were we saw him. We waitede for 2hrs for him to stand up out of his bed before my buddy shot him. I guess the bright side is he didnt have to suffer anymore.
We didn't find any broad heads but we though he may have been shot with a rifle. There was a big scab on his right shoulder but we couldn't tell for sure.

Ikeepitcold
12-15-2011, 08:44 PM
Last year I saw a 3 legged mule deer in ID. He was a young deer and still alive so I couldn't tell if it was shot off or something tried to eat it off.

purebowhunting
12-29-2011, 07:12 PM
My buddy shot an elk with about eight inches of another elks antler shoved through its skull behind its eye into the roof of its mouth. It is believed to have been there from the previous year, makes for a very cool euro mount. Ill try to get a picture next time I visit.

Ikeepitcold
12-29-2011, 10:05 PM
My buddy shot an elk with about eight inches of another elks antler shoved through its skull behind its eye into the roof of its mouth. It is believed to have been there from the previous year, makes for a very cool euro mount. Ill try to get a picture next time I visit.

Wow that is really cool. I would like to see a pic if you can get one.

brandenbowhunter
12-29-2011, 10:14 PM
My dad killed a bull in '91, I remember the year, because it was the year before I could hunt....Anywho...this bull, that my dad shot with his bow...had been shot thru the lungs with what looked to be around a .243-6mm bull...both lung were fused together and fused to the ribcage too...the bull still in the hyde on the off side...my mom still had it somewhere...
I killed a bear 5 years ago that had a broadhead and part of a carbon shaft in between the shoulder blade and rib cage...bear was fine...still have that broadhead!

Ikeepitcold
12-29-2011, 10:18 PM
My dad killed a bull in '91, I remember the year, because it was the year before I could hunt....Anywho...this bull, that my dad shot with his bow...had been shot thru the lungs with what looked to be around a .243-6mm bull...both lung were fused together and fused to the ribcage too...the bull still in the hyde on the off side...my mom still had it somewhere...
I killed a bear 5 years ago that had a broadhead and part of a carbon shaft in between the shoulder blade and rib cage...bear was fine...still have that broadhead!

Really makes you think that some of those bad shots and never being able to recover the animal that they may have made it to live another day and didn't run off and die somewhere to be a waste.

HuntWYODon
01-05-2012, 05:18 PM
I was helping skin this guy's deer in Utah about 6 yrs. ago and found a broadhead and part of shaft in it's skull.
It had gone into it's skull behind the eye and was poking out the roof of it's mouth. He shot it during rifle season so I fugured it had to be in there for at least a month. It was in a downward angle so maybe from a treestand. It was a small 3x3. Man, reading your stories...Animals can take and live with pain better than humans. Can you imagine any of these inguries to a human and doing nothing for it ?

purebowhunting
01-09-2012, 07:42 AM
Below are a few pictures of my buddies elk with the antler tip throgh it's skull. This was shot in Idaho and the injury was from the previous year.

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k490/purebowhunting/Elk4.jpg

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k490/purebowhunting/Elk3.jpg

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k490/purebowhunting/Elk2.jpg

http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k490/purebowhunting/Elk1.jpg

purebowhunting
01-12-2012, 11:28 AM
http://photobucket.com/wbiggame

I tried to post these pictures earlier in the week and it said I needed a moderators approval, probably don't have enough posts or been a member long enough to post pics which is understandable. Hope this works, it's pictures of my buddies elk with about an 8" antler through the skull behind the eye to the roof of it's mouth. This was from the previous year. Also is his mule deer, the side that is no deformed scored approx 110".

Ikeepitcold
01-12-2012, 11:54 AM
Wow that is insane! Great pics!