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Old 04-19-2017, 10:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Here's a couple off the Manti 2 years back. In the 1st photo they are hard horned. A few minutes later, they both rubbed off. Pretty cool.
That is way cool. Almost like they looked at each other and decided to go rub then came back to check each other's progress. Haha.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:46 PM   #22 (permalink)
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So its a .001 chance?..

I've only seen a handful of mature velvet bulls harvested on the regular arhery ever.
The OP said nothing about "mature".



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Ya, well,
I guess you're right,
Spike elk hold velvet into September.

Killing pisscutters and spikes just isn't even part of my thought process.
So it never even crossed my mined.
For elk meat, we eat cows, young ones.

About 5 years ago, I did see a beautiful 6x6 bull taken on Beaver, archery opener.
It was the best velvet bull I've ever seen.
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Ya, well,
I guess you're right,
Spike elk hold velvet into September.


For elk meat, we eat cows, young ones.
Two questions:
A. What's the difference between a young cow, and a young bull (spike)?
B. Other than size, how do you tell the difference between a young cow and an old cow prior to shooting?



I have no problem at all pulling back on a spike when the opportunity presents itself. I also have no problem pulling back on a cow / calf if it's closer.
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Calves and yearling cows are the best elk meat on the planet!
Spikes are ok table fair,
But I'd rather let them grow up so someone has a chance to put them on their wall. Enjoy that animal for a lifetime.
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Fair enough.


I have both of those spikes hanging in my garage. I think I'll enjoy both for a lifetime. I'm proud of the effort that was put into both of them, and enjoy reminiscing about those experiences. They certainly were not easy!

As far as table fare go -- I can't tell the difference between those spikes and any other cow / calf I've killed. As far as I am concerned, 2-year old elk taste the same whether male or female.
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To this very day I have the first spike elk I ever harvested (1977) hanging on my wal.

I'm past that stage now,
But I'd certainly let my kids shot one if they wanted to.
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I'm past the trophy stage. But I'd let my kids shoot a mature bull if they wanted to.

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I ate my tag last year but the experience of me getting outsmarted by the big BULL i called in 2 weeks earlier was well worth it. He had me chasing his ass 15 miles from my truck and wore out my boots.

I loved every minute of it
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