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I am an avid outdoorsman and shooter. I grew up hiking, camping, and shooting every kind of gun imaginable. I have hunted varmints and predators several times and pheasants once. I have never gone big game hunting. It has never really appealed to me, for no particular reason.

A close friend wants me to go elk hunting with him this year, should I do it?

Why do those of you who hunt big game do it? How can I make it fun? What advise would you give me?

I have all the gear I need and many firearms suitable for the task, this is mostly just a philosophic debate I am having with myself.
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In my opinion, go if you eat elk and would enjoy spending the time with your friend, don't go if you don't eat elk.
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I donít think there is a right or wrong answer. If you arenít sure, why not just tag along. You can help your friend with spotting, proecessing and carrying the game out of the field. My guess is youíd join him in the hunt on any successive hunt.
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It will be a lot of hard work for possibly no payoff.

I don't think elk meat is that great. When you process an elk, the smell is terrible. I mean really awful. Once when I was outside, I could smell elk but I couldn't see them. It's that strong.

And the meat has a little bit of that smell.

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I am an avid outdoorsman and shooter. I grew up hiking, camping, and shooting every kind of gun imaginable. I have hunted varmints and predators several times and pheasants once. I have never gone big game hunting. It has never really appealed to me, for no particular reason.

A close friend wants me to go elk hunting with him this year, should I do it?

Why do those of you who hunt big game do it? How can I make it fun? What advise would you give me?

I have all the gear I need and many firearms suitable for the task, this is mostly just a philosophic debate I am having with myself.
If you want to go then go. There are usually ways to get the meat to those that want it. There is noting wrong with making a trophy. The only time it is wrong is when it is illegal. All states have good game management today. Hunting is part of that management plan.
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Id go.even if I didn't bag one.it'd still be a good hunting experence.especially seeing how i probably learn something from it.and like it was said in a bove post.you can help your friend with his if he bags one.even if neither one of bags one. That's some well spent time with a friend.
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Its a contest. You against nature. Do you have the discipline to only take a good clean kill shot - you owe them that. Have you ever shot big game? Seen a fare number of folks that when it came right down to squeezing the trigger they couldn't do it. Some that could shoot and kill it didn't do so well at gutting, skinning, butchering.

I packed my first one out in quarters maybe a mile and a half. I shot all the rest where I could drive to them.

I don't hunt deer because I don't like the taste. I only shoot cow elk, they taste way better than the herd bull with the big rack.
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I have tried elk and deer a few times over the years and I can't say I am a big fan of the flavor. I am looking at the opportunity as a good excuse to go camping for a few days and also to expand my skillset. However there are lots of other ways I can get out camping for a few days.
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I can't speak to elk but the taste of deer has everything to do with how it's prepared. You may like it a lot better if prepared and cooked differently.

I would go, spend time with a friend and learn something new.
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Best meat in the world. All depends on if the animal is killed before, during or after the rut and how the carcass is treated from the time it is killed until it is placed on your plate.
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I have been Elk hunting and I can tell you from my own personal experience that there is nothing like it...and its addictive. The work doesn't really start until you harvest an Elk.

Nothing like back-pack camping for 7-9 days in the mountains, in all its elements, and the humbleness of not being 'Top Dog' in the woods is in a way freedom like that you have never experience elsewhere.

But agree with others, if you don't like/eat Elk meat, then go hunt something you like to eat.
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Best meat in the world..
Tied with buffalo.
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Best wild game I ever had was elk.... nuf said
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Thatís a simple answer. Yes you should go elk hunting if you enjoy the outdoors. The question should be what rifle do I take elk hunting.

I prefer my 7mm Rem mag with 150 grain Nosler Partition.

Some of the best memories a person picks up along this journey through life are made with family and friends sharing time in the great outdoors. Donít look back at missed opportunities, look back on fond memories.
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Thatís a simple answer. Yes you should go elk hunting if you enjoy the outdoors. The question should be what rifle do I take elk hunting.

I prefer my 7mm Rem mag with 150 grain Nosler Partition.
I was thinking 30-06, 180 grain barnes TTSX with 57.2 grain Superformance @2775fps.
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Tied with buffalo.
Bison meat is fantastic, I have eaten more of that than elk and deer combined.
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Bison meat is fantastic, I have eaten more of that than elk and deer combined.
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There are some restaurants that serve it here. There are a few small herds of bison in my state and some of the animals are harvested and put into the food chain. I have never shot one myself.
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I was thinking 30-06, 180 grain barnes TTSX with 57.2 grain Superformance @2775fps.
Yeah that should do the job just fine. Iíve shot a lot of elk and they are by far the toughest animal Iíve hunted. Seen them run 200 yards a double lung shot and a heart that is turned inside out.
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