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Elk: Heart Shot or Lung Shot?
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 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 01:35 AM
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Win 86, congrats to your brother! That's a slob of an animal!! He's gonna have enough meat to go around for a long time!

I love my venison, but elk and moose meat... There is just nothing better!



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 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 03:43 AM
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maverick you got that right, but the thing about moose is the fat is good to eat and grind for burger. yum yum 86



 Posted: Wed Sep 21st, 2016 04:07 AM
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Win, If your pictures are too big to download try this.

You can go online and get a picture resizing tool. I use this one. http://www.picresize.com/

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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 10:41 AM
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I'll go for the ELK as number 1 and then moose would be # 2 ...
When do we eat all this talking making me hungry.. again congrats



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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2016 07:04 PM
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the antelope i whacked sat. with a bow, my friends are wanting to enter it in the sportsmanwearhouse contest this fall, so they took it from me. so if they think it is good, i got a jar and going to put the perfectly shot heart with a muzzy broadhead in it and 91% isopropyl alcohol and call it mounted, :sofa: just me. 86



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Just got back late last week from my 2016 muzzle loader hunt. I killed my 50th elk opening day. 50 cal, ML, BH209 powder, 348 gr Power belt.

This was a cow,and she stopped with her head and neck behind a tree. I skinned the bullet past the tree,hit a little further forward than I like and took out her heart,She went maybe 30 yards at most, Only bones hit were ribs,but she was terribly bloodshot in shoulders. This is primarily why I don't like heart shots. A good center double lung will put an elk down in aboutv50 yards,maybe 75. Depends what they are doing when shot.

Those who profess that a double lung shot will enable an elk to travel a far distance, either hits them too far back or quartering where onlyv one lung is  hit.An elk hit such as that can travel a great distance.

 A bull hyped up on adrenaline can take some killing,but by and large,elk are not hard to kill if hit right. The only bang flop shot  that will put and elk down on the spot is one to the central nervous system. Neck, spine or head. 3 legged elk can cover alt of ground  fast.

Most animals hit with a double lung shot or heart will take about ten seconds to die. It is all a matter of how long the brain keeps being fed blood. Each will use that ten seconds differently. Some will lay down and die on the spot,some will take off.

Mostly,I don't like heart shots because of the wasted meat.Some say they would rather take home a half of an elk rather than none . I prefer to take the whole elk home and wait for a more precisely placed shot.

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Here are a few photos to get the idea.

This was a 2015 elk., a double lung and it went about 50 feet.



2015 bull,double lung,went about 75yards



Small cow,2015, double lung, Did not travel at all. Stood there and died,then fell over.
Look close and you can see a small spot where the bullet entered. Double lung.



Cow moose , 2016, double lung,but it took two shots .She went about ten feet.



2014 cow, single lung and liver, quartering shot. She went about 80 yards.You can see the bump in her hide from the 295 gr  Powerbelt



Smallish cow, about 2011, double lung,but she was  in her bed. Stood up and fell over.



This elk,I hit too far back int he lungs and she went about 300yards ,then fell in a beaver pond. Still alive when I found her, and it took another head shot to kill her.



Messy  work.



And finally another cow, double lung ,but high.I shot  her in her bed. Aain,this one stood up and fell over.



This was a 2007 bull .  Neck shot at the base , went right down. I had to put it down quick before it reached private land.That tag took me21 years to draw.





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saddlesore, good job and i agree with all your shots. i love the lung-liver shots myself, it dumps critters way faster than a hart shot. in faced the advice i give is for my friends that i take hunting, i do not like to have to track stuff(elk) in areas that they can go down in stuff that you have to take your salt and pepper shakers to eat it. hart shots are just fine if your in a spot that you can let them run 1 to 300 yrds and get to them. as i am making this message, one friend has elk in his sites as we speak, asking me what to do. told him i do want to dig one out of the corn field he is at. see if put a pic. on here. 86



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win 86 wrote:
saddlesore, good job and i agree with all your shots. i love the lung-liver shots myself, it dumps critters way faster than a hart shot. in faced the advice i give is for my friends that i take hunting, i do not like to have to track stuff(elk) in areas that they can go down in stuff that you have to take your salt and pepper shakers to eat it. hart shots are just fine if your in a spot that you can let them run 1 to 300 yrds and get to them. as i am making this message, one friend has elk in his sites as we speak, asking me what to do. told him i do want to dig one out of the corn field he is at. see if put a pic. on here. 86

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win 86 wrote:
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saddlesore, good job and i agree with all your shots. i love the lung-liver shots myself, it dumps critters way faster than a hart shot. in faced the advice i give is for my friends that i take hunting, i do not like to have to track stuff(elk) in areas that they can go down in stuff that you have to take your salt and pepper shakers to eat it. hart shots are just fine if your in a spot that you can let them run 1 to 300 yrds and get to them. as i am making this message, one friend has elk in his sites as we speak, asking me what to do. told him i do want to dig one out of the corn field he is at. see if put a pic. on here. 86
thing went little over 100 yrds.



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Congratulations on number 50 Saddlesore, good shooting. Glad you chimed in.



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I've shot and killed one elk in my lifetime. Double lung shot. He went down in about forty yards.

The heart is a small target and is easy to miss.



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