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#3352307 - 09/08/13 11:17 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5054
Loc: Mississippi

Great bugling on 9/3... but that was only because the herd 6x and a satellite 6x were challenging each other from 800 yds apart.... each bugled about 15-20 times during the morn. Other than that day, it was still pretty quiet (typical for opening weekend).

I spent the weekend processing all the meat (and eating some \:\) ). I ended up with 30 lbs of pure deboned, ultra trimmed ground elk outta each ham. Another 10 lbs of trimmed backstraps each. The shoulders I sawed in half (for a picnic ham and boston butt) and just left them as whole bone-in roasts. I cooked one picnic ham and it completely filled a large green egg. Smoked the sucker at 225 deg for around 6.5 hours to 140deg internal temp. Was better than any roast beef I've ever had!

I pulled the pyramadilis muscle outta the ham this evening and made small grilled medallions that I sliced and topped over a green salad. I added a few wild mushrooms I picked up in the woods in Colorado to top it off and it was the best salad ever!

In total, I ended up with around 80lbs of steaks and high quality ground elk, another 3 lbs of tenderloins, and another 50lbs or so of bone-in shoulder roasts. Basically, one ham netted as much pure meat as an entire whitetail. Good eats for the next couple months!!!

Oh, and the bull ended up being only 2.5 y/o after I pulled the jawbone and boiled the skull. woulda been a heckuva elk in another 3 years :)... but no regrets, I'm still tickled pink no matter his age!

Already looking forward to next year's hunt!

#3352310 - 09/08/13 11:30 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: megalomaniac]
8 Point

Registered: 01/21/13
Posts: 1092
Loc: TN, Rhea,

I will be there in a month! This has me excited! Congrats!
We the unwanted, do the unthinkable, for the ungrateful.
In Each Other We Trust.

#3352489 - 09/09/13 08:03 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: hunter0925]
AT Hiker
6 Point

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 913
Loc: Clarksville, Tennessee

Congrats man!

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
-John Muir

#3352721 - 09/09/13 11:22 AM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: AT Hiker]
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6 Point

Registered: 12/04/07
Posts: 973
Loc: Carthage, TN

That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing. I would love an opportunity to do something like that some day.
#3353326 - 09/09/13 08:13 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
10 Point

Registered: 08/25/01
Posts: 3037
Loc: Pamelot, my farm near Catoosa

Well done. Congratulations on getting it done in the high country.

#3355992 - 09/11/13 07:48 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: ChippewaPartners]
14 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 9909
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3356022 - 09/11/13 08:03 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: scn]
14 Point

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 7637
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee

Man that is awesome! Congrats!
#3356152 - 09/11/13 09:10 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: GOODWIN]
6 Point

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 978
Loc: Shelby Co.Tn.

fine job. Congrats
NRA Life Member

#3356279 - 09/11/13 10:45 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: rrhoghead]
10 Point

Registered: 11/03/08
Posts: 3441
Loc: Tennessee

Awesome job! Congrats! Great story too.
Looking to buy a Marlin 1894 FG 41 Rem. Mag.

#3358526 - 09/13/13 07:50 PM Re: Got er done! 2013 DIY Colorado bow hunt [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4105495
Loc: TN

Very cool man.
Youth is wasted on the young.

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