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#3622112 - 03/21/14 09:11 AM Why eastern elk are bigger
Doskil
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I was reading the other day that one major reason elk in eastern states like TN, NC and KY are bigger than elk out west is in the east elk have a steady diet of acorns and nuts to get fat on.

That would seem to make some sense.

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#3623775 - 03/23/14 07:16 AM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: Doskil]
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 Originally Posted By: Doskil
I was reading the other day that one major reason elk in eastern states like TN, NC and KY are bigger than elk out west is in the east elk have a steady diet of acorns and nuts to get fat on.

That would seem to make some sense.


Bigger as in what? Antler, weight...

A lot of the western low country elk have tons of food, but very few acorns in comparison. Plus eastern elk do not migrate like their western partners. Nor do they contend with the stresses like the western game. Could be a perfect recipe.
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#3625934 - 03/25/14 03:46 PM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: AT Hiker]
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Elk are good for Tennessee .
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#3627592 - 03/27/14 09:11 AM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: Locksley]
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Also zero winter kill in east as opposed to West. It takes a lot of very deep snow to hamper elk, but it does happen some out west. You can bet that eastern elk will always go into spring in better shape than their western kin.
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#3628856 - 03/28/14 11:29 AM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: tellico4x4]
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Anybody remember the report from a few yearsago with TN elk dying from malnutrition? There were some low body weights in there.
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#3629088 - 03/28/14 03:44 PM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Anybody remember the report from a few yearsago with TN elk dying from malnutrition? There were some low body weights in there.


The smokies elk herd had some tough times I think. Is this the same thing your speaking of?
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#3629206 - 03/28/14 05:50 PM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: AT Hiker]
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Anybody remember the report from a few yearsago with TN elk dying from malnutrition? There were some low body weights in there.


The smokies elk herd had some tough times I think. Is this the same thing your speaking of?


This was the Royal Blue herd. I have the report on my home computer.
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#3629765 - 03/29/14 11:11 AM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Anybody remember the report from a few yearsago with TN elk dying from malnutrition? There were some low body weights in there.
I remember. Tn's elk will never be as successful as KY's elk herd. Ky has alot of mountain top removal coal mines which creayed alot of grass land.
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#3630765 - 03/30/14 12:30 PM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: cecil30-30]
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 Originally Posted By: cecil30-30
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Anybody remember the report from a few yearsago with TN elk dying from malnutrition? There were some low body weights in there.
I remember. Tn's elk will never be as successful as KY's elk herd. Ky has alot of mountain top removal coal mines which creayed alot of grass land.


Well, I'll gladly trade an abundant Elk herd in order to keep our mountains.
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#3631782 - 03/31/14 02:11 PM Re: Why eastern elk are bigger [Re: Doskil]
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Not a good picture, but here's some TN elk I ran across while turkey hunting this morning. I didn't want to get my good camera wet while hunting this weekend, so I left my camera bag at home and didn't think to throw it back in with my turkey hunting gear when I got home. I wish I would have now. It won't happen again. I'll see more elk and hopefully get some better shots over the next month.


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