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12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk!
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DallanC
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Well my boy who turned 12 this year and got to hunt Big Game for the first time has had a HECK of a first year. He shot his first Mule Deer with a .50 Cal Hawkin Muzzleloader, then followed it up with two doe Pronghorn Antelope. That was alot and he was ecstatic with his success and we thought we were done for the year but "Grandpa" surprised him with a antlerless depredation Elk tag for family property as a early birthday present.

We went down Saturday and within a short hike we heard a bull bugling. We quickly crossed over to the other side of a hill to see THREE different herds of elk coming from 3 different directions all group up 350 yards below us in a meadow. Must have been easily 75 elk with one bruiser bull still screaming. We were trying to figure out a way to close the distance when they suddenly turned and started crossing a hillside only 200 yards across from us. My boy settled his rifle on a fence post and waited for a clean shot while dozens of elk were crossing his field of view. Finally one stopped in a clearing broadside and he took a shot knocking it down. I had him put 1 more shot into it to keep it down. The rest of the herd milled around across from us for another 10 minutes which was pretty cool.

High-fives all around for him! He did a great job with his shot, we'd been working on his trigger control and it paid off. It was a huge cow, butcher shop said it was the 2nd biggest they had in so far. Getting it on the ATV was pretty easy with my "tip up" trick Smile

I hiked back down for the ATV and passed at least another 60 elk in 2 different herds with 2 more big bulls bugling. I've never seen so many elk on the property.




His Savage Axis Youth model 7mm-08 (lefty). The more we use this rifle the more impressed I am with it. Fantastic gun for youth.


Happy Dad and Son


Happy Mom and Son.


My ATV Elk loading trick, turn off the gas, tip the ATV on its end, use a hand winch to pull the head and front quarters up.


Now swing the hinds over and tie them up as best you can. The higher you can get them the better.


Now just tip the ATV back on its wheels and wala, Elk is loaded. Strap it down for transport now and you are GTG.


Walked it all down to a road. Easier than dragging it!


1.5 hours later, its hanging at the butcher shop ready for processing. Elk are too big IMO for home processing... I'll do a deer at home but Elk I leave to the pros.


Great years hunting for him, I told him it would be a long time before he ever has another year like it. I've rarely had years like it! He did great and is definitely hooked. Now I gotta go shopping for a second freezer hehe.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:34 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

OUT STANDING Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Dallan, give your son a high 5 from me!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

An hour and a half later it's at the butcher shop....can't beat that.
Yeah what a year! Couple more years and it'll all be eaten. A bigo surplus like
that makes ya wanna experiment with the smoker and the BBQ. Maybe a little home canning the tougher stuff, make some corned elk brisket, oh the possibilities...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Congrats, what a great year! It will be hard to beat a year like this.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Fantastic!! Gotta say I'm a bit jealous!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Dallan...your boy deserves all the accolades us here at The Nut can throw his way...he has out hunted most of us here...and in his first year. You have trained him well mate to be a good humane efficient hunter and for that you must take the credit. Well done. Only problem I can see is you having to buy bigger and bigger hats for him mate. Very Happy Laughing

Be aware though...he has set the standard mate. Surprised Shocked Very Happy Very Happy

I reckon his first year of hunting has firmly cemented the bug in him and even if he doesn't do as well for the next few seasons, he can always look back on this one and say, "it can be done, so long as I do my part".

Your pics are good...yer not a bad lookin' rooster...and I like your idea with your quad. I'm surprised you haven't built a tip trailer with electric winch for it mate...now there's an idea. Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

That smile is going to last a long time,
Congratulations to your son.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

well done. you and your good lady have taught him well. I am very proud of you all..and a little envious too...all that steak!!!!!
great to hear the axis is a goodun.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Aah...The stories he will tell. As Joe said..."OUTSTANDING Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy "

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

A big congrats to your son and you Dallan. Memories to last a lifetime. Well done. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

Well done!!!
What a first year experience..

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 year old completes trifecta with an Elk! Reply with quote

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His Savage Axis Youth model 7mm-08 (lefty). The more we use this rifle the more impressed I am with it. Fantastic gun for youth.

The 7mm08 is an excellent cartridge !!!
That rifle will work just fine into his adult years as well...... just add a spacer or a thicker recoil pad to add length.


Job well done young man.... congratulations.

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