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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    i was hunting Elk
    Tell us about that hunt? How far did you pack in? Weapon? Solo? What did you see? Thanks MM!

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    Lets just call it a learning experience! It was a general rifle hunt. I packed in 2 or 3 miles i think. I saw 1 elk, a smaller 5x5, the wind was not doing what i thought it was doing and I completely misjudged it. It was so cold the bolt in my gun was sticking enough it fired 3 shots out of I dont know how many (always take your bolt apart and clean and dry lube it). I hit this bull 3 times to far back since the wild was blowing were i was but not where he was (figured this out when I was looking for blood). Couldnt get bolt warmed up enough to shoot anymore. He made it out of where i hit him at and I backed out to give him some time and some other hunters found him and claimed him. I hunted there a couple more days and went to the Gravelys the last couple days where I saw some cows and spikes but nothing exciting. Killed a deer in eastern MT before that. It was a good hunt and my first backpack hunt but i made a couple mistakes that cost me a nice bull. I guess thats how we learn.

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    I couldn't claim an animal that somebody else shot first if I bumped into them later. That's a tough situation MM

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    Quote Originally Posted by wapiti66 View Post
    I couldn't claim an animal that somebody else shot first if I bumped into them later. That's a tough situation MM
    I know someone else that had a similar thing happen in the same general area in MT. maybe it was for the best. Maybe I wouldnt have found the elk? Atleast I know the elk was found and not wasted and didnt suffer very long. Bottom line is if I had cleaned my bolt properly I could have finished the job when he walked by at under 200 yards after I hit him, but all I got was click click click. Most helpless I have ever felt while hunting.

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    My experience in Montana has been similar. If you wound an animal and he runs over a ridge and another guys kills it. It's his or hers.

    MM, how did you find out someone else got the elk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdeere View Post
    My experience in Montana has been similar. If you wound an animal and he runs over a ridge and another guys kills it. It's his or hers.

    MM, how did you find out someone else got the elk?
    Herd a shot right where he went for starters and talked to another hunter that said some hunters camped below me were bragging about the elk they got "that was just standing there".

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    Granted this thread isn't meant for this topic, but thought I would chime in and say I had a similar experience in Minnesota with a doe whitetail believe it or not. I was in stand on private land when I shot it and it crossed onto state land where I watched it drop. I watched a guy walk up to the deer and shoot it between the eyes. Now this guy shot at a deer about an hour earlier in the day so when I walked up to him he told me "I'm not sure who got it first." I shook my head and said it's yours and I walked away.

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    Amazing that people would claim an animal they know they didn't shoot, or know someone else wounded. I have had a bead drawn on me over ducks that I shot, so I guess anything is possible

 

 

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