Resurrection of an old old post. "Elk -A tough animal"
Enjoying some old posts the other day when I came across this gem:
Hope the original poster, gon4elk, won't mind. I wanted to add my own story and encourage other too as well. One of the things I took from the original thread is not only what tough animals elk (and other ungulates) are, but also the importance of shot placement. I know the ideal shot is hard to come by, but for me personally I gained a renewed desire to take only a shot deserving of my quarry.
My story is from just a few years back while hunting elk in western WY. One of the guys in camp shot a nice 5x5, and as we cleaned him out discovered that he had previously been shot by an archery hunter. There was no broadhead or fletchings, just about 12-14 inches of shaft left right under and perpendicular to the spine. It had been healed over with a very tough layer of callous but from what we could tell hadn't adversely affected the bull in any way. Luckily we had the presence of mind to get a quick photo, even though the weather was terrible and we were in some nasty country (imagine that).
tough critter - muzzy broadhead found in my 6x6 by the taxidermist after the rifle hu
Attachment 6168I had posted this pic as part of the comments on the strength of an elk. The muzzy broad head was found by the taxidermist after the rifle hunt.