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elk size ...any idea?

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  1. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    So anyone have enough experience with elk to give me a rough idea what kind of growth these bulls ...especially the 6 by whatever will be have this year over what is seen in the pic? Pic is crap and im not looking for a down to the inch. Just trying to gauge what class they may fall into this fall. Conditions have been above perfect for antler growth if that helps.
     

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  2. callinfowl

    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    About 3/4'' all four of them.:l
    Heck you can't even see the antlers hardly.:doh
     
  3. oneshot maybe

    oneshot maybe Elite Refuge Member

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    Looks like all raghorns, in other words, no size, just teenaged bulls.
     
  4. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Definitely between 280 and 400.
     
  5. jcneng

    jcneng Senior Refuge Member

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    Real tough to tell. I did save the picture and enlarge it. I can't see the antlers at all on the top bull, the lower right bull appears to be a 6x on one side (can't tell on the other side), 300" best case, young bull. The other two are raghorns, young bulls. My $.02 worth!
     
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    icebreaker12 Elite Refuge Member

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    I was going to say 280" tops. The top smaller, the other two smaller yet.
     
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    widgeon Elite Refuge Member

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    My estimate is that they will be somewhere else.
     
  8. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    The "big one" looks under 270 tough pic the front two look crab-claw, and like mentioned, raghorns

    I hunted these three hard. following them a couple days; I got a shot opportunity on the 5x5 at 21 yards.
    The big one was crippled and I think killed by wolves the 2nd week of Sept last year. I spent more time looking for his head/horns than I did hunting
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  9. sdkidaho

    sdkidaho Decoy, Gun Dog, Christian, Idaho, Montana/Wyoming Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Should be good eating. :D
     
  10. Alamosa

    Alamosa Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty unusual angle. From an aircraft?
    To me they look busted up. Looks like a winter photo, long after the rut has ended.
    The one that did all that damage to them appears to be missing.
    I think 3 of the 4 would be nice trophys next fall if you could take them early season before they fight so much. Wherever this is it looks like a high bull/cow ratio.
    Lower right looks most mature judging by the mane. He is already heavy. I'm surprised he is not already the herd bull. I don't think he is herd bull yet because he is with the other bachelors, because he's busted up (I think), and because 4 bulls this size together indicates lots of competition.
    By next season look for him to have that sagging back and pot belly and be a really heavy 6x or possibly 7x.
     

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