I just saw....

christiechristie MemberPosts: 71 Member
...a big beautiful bull elk. First time in my life, about 75 yards from hwy.16, 23 kms west of Lanigan, Sk.

A truly majestic beast.

My breath was taken away, I slowed my truck to make sure I really was looking at an elk. He followed my truck with his head and I thought to myself how heavy those antlers must be.

I wanted to share this with you guys because it was the first time I've ever seen one that wasn't in a magazine or mounted on the wall of a big-box Lgs.


I now want to get one, and stopped at this gas station, I'm remembering how good the elk sample at a Toronto farmers' market tasted!

When I get home I'm looking up the WMU for this area and somehow I'm thinking there is no elk rifle season. You probably have to be farther North to get a tag.
Well, I'll hit the road again, I'll be dreaming of hunting that elk for a couple of weeks now!
"I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone

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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,092 Senior Member
    They have a way of getting in your blood.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,864 Senior Member
    I get to work with elk pretty regularly at the refuge....never get tired of just watching them, unless I'm watching the bison...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,284 Senior Member
    That's cool :worthy:

    I saw a few cow elk while I was driving through Banff NP west of Calgary a few years back.
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,064 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    They have a way of getting in your blood.



    Antlers and hooves?

    :tooth:
  • QuinianQuinian Senior Member Posts: 707 Senior Member
    I'm lucky enough where I live I can just flat out buy 2 elk tags over the counter for $20 each. Each area of the state has it's own rules on what you can shoot but other wise they are pretty open about it. I'd LOVE to get me an elk they are very tasty but I've only ever seen cows and I was in a bull only area.
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    They have a way of getting in your blood.
    Yes, I believe I'm lucky to have seen such a specimen. I wonder why he was by himself? Co-workers tell me they travel in herds.
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    I get to work with elk pretty regularly at the refuge....never get tired of just watching them, unless I'm watching the bison...
    Nice, you must know elk pretty good then, I've watched Saskatchewan bison a couple of times and I find them fascinating too, the two ranches I know about(one's actually in WestMan) only have these bison out periodically, not like the cattle that are left out in all elements.
    Must be fun to see them regularly.
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    That's cool :worthy:

    I saw a few cow elk while I was driving through Banff NP west of Calgary a few years back.

    What's really cool is that you've been to Banff Park. I've seen pictures only and wow, what beauty.
    Now I know there's elk there too!

    I hope forum members can tell me when they're in Western Canada, we could meet you for a range shoot or even hunting, that'd be fun.
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    Eli wrote: »
    Antlers and hooves?

    :tooth:
    :jester:
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,419 Senior Member
    christie wrote: »
    Yes, I believe I'm lucky to have seen such a specimen. I wonder why he was by himself? Co-workers tell me they travel in herds.

    young bulls and cows travel in herds, sub-mature to mature bulls MIGHT travel in small bachelor groups, big, old bulls travel alone almost always.
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Once again, please refrain from cutting short any baseless totally emotional arguments with facts. It leads to boring, completely objective conversations well beyond the comprehension ability of many.
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    Quinian wrote: »
    I'm lucky enough where I live I can just flat out buy 2 elk tags over the counter for $20 each. Each area of the state has it's own rules on what you can shoot but other wise they are pretty open about it. I'd LOVE to get me an elk they are very tasty but I've only ever seen cows and I was in a bull only area.

    Yes, you are lucky, I'd be taking advantage of that and what a low price for what looks like a lot of valuable meat.

    Don't ever move!

    You'll get your elk and post pics when you do.
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    Um, that's alot of work posting a reply to each person, LOL

    Next time I post a thread I'll reply all in one post-quick-reply like I've seen others members do.

    Thanks, btw, though.

    It's a good feeling to share an experience with people who get the same thrill out of nature and hunting:guns:
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • christiechristie Member Posts: 71 Member
    young bulls and cows travel in herds, sub-mature to mature bulls MIGHT travel in small bachelor groups, big, old bulls travel alone almost always.
    I think he was an old bull then. He looked sedate and worldly. Simply wonderful. What I really liked about him was he was checking me out as I was checking him out, noone else on the road.
    Kind of reminds me of the staring contests I've had with does on a bike trail back in Hamilton. I hope I don't sound too weird. :)
    "I couldn't be more proud and humbled by the experience"- said by a successful someone
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,015 Senior Member
    christie wrote: »
    I think he was an old bull then. He looked sedate and worldly. Simply wonderful. What I really liked about him was he was checking me out as I was checking him out, noone else on the road.
    Kind of reminds me of the staring contests I've had with does on a bike trail back in Hamilton. I hope I don't sound too weird. :)

    No wonder, you live in Wild Game Heaven. The most beautiful whitetail buck I ever saw was in Alberta. That thing must have weighed at least 300 Pounds west of Red Deer on the way to Rocky Mountain House. And the biggest elk this flat lander ever saw was up at Jasper.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,864 Senior Member
    christie wrote: »
    Nice, you must know elk pretty good then, I've watched Saskatchewan bison a couple of times and I find them fascinating too, the two ranches I know about(one's actually in WestMan) only have these bison out periodically, not like the cattle that are left out in all elements.
    Must be fun to see them regularly.

    We have a herd of about 300 bison and 100 elk on the refuge (about 3,000 acres)...Here's one of our herd bulls...

    Buffalopics011.jpg

    absolutely awesome creature...especially up close...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,092 Senior Member
    Did he look anything like this?

    e9.jpg

    I took this picture a few years ago while visiting Estes Park, Colorado. This bull was either just inside or just outside the city limits. I was about 10 ft. away when I took the picture.

    Estes Park is at the eastern end of Rocky Mountain National Park. The park has thousands of elk, and many of them leave the park to roam the streets of Estes Park. My wife and I sat in the parking lot of the local golf course and watch half a dozen big bulls being chased off by 2 HUGE bulls who were protecting their harem. They were bugling, also.

    It was quite the experience.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,705 Senior Member
    christie wrote: »
    ...a big beautiful bull elk. First time in my life, about 75 yards from hwy.16, 23 kms west of Lanigan, Sk.

    A truly majestic beast.

    My breath was taken away, I slowed my truck to make sure I really was looking at an elk. He followed my truck with his head and I thought to myself how heavy those antlers must be.

    I wanted to share this with you guys because it was the first time I've ever seen one that wasn't in a magazine or mounted on the wall of a big-box Lgs.


    I now want to get one, and stopped at this gas station, I'm remembering how good the elk sample at a Toronto farmers' market tasted!

    When I get home I'm looking up the WMU for this area and somehow I'm thinking there is no elk rifle season. You probably have to be farther North to get a tag.
    Well, I'll hit the road again, I'll be dreaming of hunting that elk for a couple of weeks now!
    That's great christi, they are truely a pretty creature in their own. We have large herds here in Eastern Kentucky(these are free roaming, not on farms, mostly on old stripmines.) and several times a few of us guys load up our ATV's and head out for a day just watching them. Look at my album and there are a few pic's there. One herd had almost 200 head in it. I counted 170, one guy counted 160 while some counted 200.(I don't know how well some can count...Just joking.) It's fun riding and look at them, throw on a cooler chest,warm clothing etc and enjoy. Just about 2 hour's from home. Several nice 7x7 have been taken lately and Kentucky has sent some to MO. and VA.to help get them started there....I think Tennesse has a herd started.
  • sarg1csarg1c Senior Member Posts: 1,705 Senior Member
    Hey christie, bueatiful country there in Sas. I was stationed there in Montana in the early 60's just a few miles from the Canadian border but never got to go to Calgary but always wanted to..I know now that I should have tried harder...
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,015 Senior Member
    What's weird, all the running around in Canada I did, renting a car and driving back roads and I never did see not even one Moose. I saw lots of beautiful elk and I mean a lot of bulls, I saw the biggest White Tail deer I've ever seen, I saw bear out the gazoo. But never one moose in Canada. And I would go out to work and the locals would be talking about seeing moose the day before and here and there. However, I did see moose in Alaska. Big moose too. But you'd have thougth I'd would have seen at least one or two in Canada. It's famous for them. In fact, my friend Bill Thomas tells a story about a rude fellow riding a bike in the park in Red Deer. He said he, Bill, had just ridden down a park path to a bottom area and there was a big moose. He said he peddled like hell to get up the hill. When he got to the top slightly winded another guy riding a bike was headed for the path he had just ridden up. Bill said, "Hey, don't go down there, there's a really big moose down there." He says the guy heard him but rudely ignored his admonishment and road down the hill. Bill said, "About a second later that guy comes peddling up the hill 90 to nothing panting like a grey hound after a race and eyes big as saucers and says, You're right! That's a damn Big Moose!!!":rotflmao:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.

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