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Huntelk
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Sep-10-16, 
04:39 PM (MST)
"What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

We were out hunting this morning and was able to hit an elk. We had a quartering shot at 50 yards. We found the arrow and it had about 16 inches of penetration. There was bubbles in the blood which comes from the lungs. We tracked the bull for about a half a mile and left him and backed out not wanting to spook him. The cows he was with didn't follow him and the bull was not able to go uphill. He started uphill but turned back after about 20 yards and continued downhill. He went into the thick pines and we hoped he bedded. We are going in to get him i was just curious what you guys thought? Will he die?

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: What are y...  dgwoody      Sep-10-16   1 
 RE: What are y...  kybuck1      Sep-10-16   2 
  RE: What are y...  ElkManDan      Sep-10-16   3 
   RE: What are y...  inarcher      Sep-11-16   4 
  RE: What are y...  DW      Sep-11-16   5 
   RE: What are y...  N_Corey      Sep-11-16   6 

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dgwoody
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Sep-10-16, 
04:49 PM (MST)
1. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

If there is a way to watch the last place you saw blood from a distance, I would suggest setting someone up to do just that when you go in for him. He's probably dead, but if he's not the wound will be scanned over enough that if you bump him again you might not ever find him again. If nothing else, set someone up on his exit route to watch for him if he does get up and try to move again. Good luck!

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kybuck1
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Sep-10-16, 
05:24 PM (MST)
2. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

Bubbles don't necessarily mean lungs----more important is the blood color. Real bright red will be lung and dark/maroon is liver. You didn't specify quartering to or from either, so you may have clipped one lung and got liver. Having said this I would give him the night and look in the am. You're meat may be spoiled, but at least you'll find the animal. It's a tough decision in this heat....hope you find him.

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ElkManDan
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Sep-10-16, 
07:36 PM (MST)
3. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

from the sounds of it, it does sound like a lethal shot and I really hope you recover him. How long did you give him after the shot before you started tracking him? If I am unsure or think it could be a single lung/liver shot I wouldn't even think about tracking before 2 hours. On an obvious gut shot I wait 8 -10 hours before even starting tracking. This will make the difference between finding or losing an animal.

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Sep-11-16, 
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4. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

As has already been mentioned, bubbles in the blood doesn't necessarily mean lungs. The fact the bull refused to climb is a good sign. You did the right thing by backing out. Hopefully you will find him today...laying dead in his 1st bed. Best of luck!

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Sep-11-16, 
03:05 PM (MST)
5. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"


> You didn't specify quartering
>to or from either,


Last time I responded with this point unclear I took more arrows than the buck. Hope you find him huntelk.

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Sep-11-16, 
06:45 PM (MST)
6. "RE: What are your thoughts? Archery Elk"

Definitely best to give plenty of time especially since he's already covered 1/2 mile. When you attempt a recovery I'd try to go very slow in case he isn't dead he should be pretty stoved up and may provide enough time for a follow up shot before he can take off. If it's somewhat open terrain I'd also suggest a spotter on another ridge that can let you know if they see something moving while you follow the trail. Good luck.

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