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Title: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: zendog on October 12, 2009, 11:45:10 PM
Got my first bull elk in Colorado first rifle season.  I bowhunted elk there 6 years and the first time I rifle hunt I shoot an elk at 45 yards.  Go figure.  Anyone have any different processing suggestions besides the usual sausage, brats and steaks?

(http://www.blacksunsecurity.com/img/bull1.jpg)

(http://www.blacksunsecurity.com/img/bull2.jpg)
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 13, 2009, 02:19:46 AM
That is FREAKIN STELLAR!  Great job!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 13, 2009, 02:20:59 AM
Several sausages (breakfast, italian, sweet) and chorizo.  I've done the chorizo sausage with moose and it rocked hard!

BP
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 13, 2009, 09:11:49 AM
Man, that'll fill a freezer!  Congrats & good job.

I'm with BP...chorizo.  That's about my favorite kind of sausage, well that & boudin.  Might as well try your hand at elk jerky or biltong too, since you're going to have a ton of meat. ;)
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: thechadders on October 13, 2009, 10:19:08 AM
NICE BULL! Congrats man! Was it cold up there? I think I lucked out with going with second season as far as weather goes!
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: jetta2337 on October 13, 2009, 02:40:33 PM
Mine opens this weekend!!!!!!!!! I cant wait!
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 13, 2009, 03:19:46 PM
Wow - Nice elk - where'd you take him?   As a hunter and a wife of a hunter I have helped butcher and process my share of Elk, Buffalo, Deer and Antelope.  As a prepper/survivalist I worry about freezing all my meat in case the electric goes out- as it is prone to do so in my neighborhood.  So we freeze some and can some.  Canning meat is easy and SOOOO very tasty. I know you're thinking Spam - NOT! - think pot roast cooked slow for days to where it falls apart - that is canned elk or whatever species it may be.  I can small roasts and chunks and then you heat and eat or add to other stuff (ie - pot pie, beef and noodles, etc.). I usually freeze the t-loins and the burger and sometimes I go ahead and brown a bunch of the burger up and freeze it already cooked making dinner quick when needed. When we had electricity troubles all the time I pulled the frozen buffalo meat out of the freezer and thawed it and canned it just to be safe as I was afraid I would be gone and it would thaw and go bad. If you are thinking of canning and need more info give a shout.  TBM
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: zendog on October 15, 2009, 08:42:53 PM
Thanks for all the advice.  I ordered up some chorizo sausage.

TwoBluesMama, really great advice on the canning.  I am going to do that to a couple of the roast cuts I made.  Any advice you can give or some resources would be great.

Good hunting jetta2337!

thechadders: Yep, it was cold.  Here's the brief lay of events:

I got to camp Wednesday outside of Walden, CO and it was about 55 degrees out, no snow and sunny.  I was the only one there and after a short walk went to bed.  Woke up to about 2 inches of snow Thursday.  Went out glassing and walking the mountain sides Thursday and Friday.  A lot of hunters showed up Friday.  I knew where the elk were and in order to get any action I needed to be the first one out.  Saturday was opener and I woke up at 3:30am and started to walk at 4:30am.  I was the only hunter out of about 35 other in the camp and it was blizzard snowing.  Halfway where I was headed I ran into a huge bull elk but it was too dark to shoot so I laid quiet for 30 minutes or so I wouldn't spook him.  He left the area and I kept walking.  I then ran into a HUGE moose in the logging road and had to scare her away.  When I was almost where I wanted to be I heard three bugles (yep, the rut was late this year) and decided this was the spot.  I cow called and every time I got a bugle back.  This was my first year rifle hunting elk but have been bowhunting this area for six years so my mindset is to call them in close.  Well, I ended up shooting this bull at 45 yards.  He ran another 35 yards and fell and in 15 minutes he was dead and laying about 15 yards from the logging road.

The quick back story is my father passed away last January from mesothelomia.  He has been my hunting buddy for years.  I made the decision that I would still hunt this year but I just didn't have the vacation time to bow hunt so I got a rifle tag.  I drove from Minnesota to Colorado myself, hunted myself, gutted and deboned myself and hauled it out myself.  I have never been on such a physically demanding hunt.  When I pulled that trigger I felt my dad's hand on my shoulder steadying me and making me take a clean shot.  This was his bull that he never got.  I also buried some of his ashes there.
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: Beetle on October 15, 2009, 09:07:57 PM
How much was an out of state tag? 30-06? Great job!!!
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: zendog on October 16, 2009, 09:27:45 AM
How much was an out of state tag? 30-06? Great job!!!

I got an either sex tag which was $556.  This sounds like a lot but this is my vacation each year.  Some people like Disney Land and would spend a lot more there, I like hunting.

I used a Remington 700 Buckmaster Edition in 300 Win Mag (http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire_rifles/model_700/model_700_SPS_Buckmasters.asp (http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire_rifles/model_700/model_700_SPS_Buckmasters.asp)).   Ammo was Federal Vital-Shok Nosler Accubond (http://www.federalpremium.com/products/details/rifle.aspx?id=279 (http://www.federalpremium.com/products/details/rifle.aspx?id=279))
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: punkin on October 16, 2009, 11:22:38 PM
WOW!  What a nice bull.  Sorry for the loss of your dad.  Im sure he had a hand in bringing it in so close and maybe even a chuckle of two ;)
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: PaCoTx on October 17, 2009, 08:31:24 PM
ZenDog,

Nice Bull.  Great story.

I just got back from hunting 1st rifle season south of Walden, near Rand.  Fun area to hunt.  Those moose can shock you in the dark.  I saw lots of bulls but only had a cow tag.
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: endurance on October 22, 2009, 04:35:24 PM
Nice rack!  Beautiful take.  I've never seen anything that big during big game season in my entire life (although I usually do on the drive home, after the season is over ::)).  What a treat!

I'm just getting back into hunting this season after 11 years off for various reasons and missed my elk season due to other plans that suddenly popped up, but have been working on second season doe tags in Summit & Grand county.  Last weekend was too warm and everything was really high.  With the recent snow, this weekend holds promise.  We shall see.

As for the concerns about the freezer from the response posts, my answer has been to buy a 12/24v DC Freezer and run it off a 200w solar panel with three deep cycle batteries as a back up (and a charger, just in case we get a streak of 3-4 cloudy days).  Grid be damned, inverters can fail, I'm keepin' my meat!
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: ZedHead on October 22, 2009, 11:35:31 PM
Congrats on a fine animal.
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: zendog on October 23, 2009, 08:43:44 AM
Thanks GMad, endurance and ZedHead.  It was a fun hunt.

endurance, I like the freezer setup.
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: zendog on March 19, 2010, 07:56:13 PM
And after several months, the final product:

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_i2vbKpO7NJg/S6QV0PCwC-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/vCXxILz5NlU/s800/p_00246.jpg)
Title: Re: First bull elk in Colorado
Post by: endurance on March 22, 2010, 01:34:56 PM
That'll take up some mantle space!  Very nice.