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Old 12-19-2016, 12:16 AM
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Cold today and when I arrived at my planned elk hunting area, I didn't expect 30-40 mile per hour winds but that is what I got....After spotting around a dozen elk bedded down 800 + yards away, I planned my stalk. It took two hours to get into position, On my first try, I rounded the hill and found myself 400 yards below them still; so I backed out and climbed further and came out just below them while knee crawling to the edge for a shot at 180 yards. I was almost blown off the mountain several times while fighting the wind....Seriously steep and slippery. I laid my backpack down in front of me and steadied my rifle across it while I was in prone position....I couldn't have placed the shot better.
Well, I thought it was going to be easier than it was to get this animal out and into the truck but I earned every morsel...Both hands ended up with a slight case of frostbite and I can't hold them under warm water for long because of the pain....it was 10 degrees when I got home around 5:30 this evening....
I put in for this late season cow tag because I wanted to have time to heal up from a planned surgery in June; as it turns out the Obama careless act had compromised my Medi-Care to the point of being denied....Need less to say I am going to pay a high physical price for this elk but we needed the meat and I am so thankful that we were blessed with success, oh my aching neck and low back.....ouch ouch and ouch.....
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Old 12-19-2016, 12:40 AM
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Elk are always work, but worth it in most cases. I hope your hands heal up soon.
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:34 AM
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Thank you weasel; they are still sensitive to warmth and the nerve damage in my right hand makes it more susceptible to freezing; I have such physical problems it makes it hard to do what I used to do all the time; but I do what I can, and many times such as this one; I pay dearly....I have been praising the Lord for having a warm basement to cut and wrap this elk up away from the cold we are experiencing here....This morning it is 9 degree but with 15 mi. winds it feels like -7 according to the tv....
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Old 12-19-2016, 07:18 PM
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Sounds like a great but tough hunt. You should be proud of yourself for pushing through the pain and bringing the prize home. Congrats and take care of yourself.
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:36 PM
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Thank you tberry; my hands have improved today but my lower back is about to give out and I just about go to my knees when I try to straighten up....it will take time but this fine meat was worth it....Thank you for the well wishes...
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