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Old 07-17-2010, 09:57 PM
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Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

I'm looking for some of you that might have drawn a tag in Oklahoma for either sex Elk in the Wichita Mountains. I'm sure there was thousands put in for one of the approx 65 tags drawn this year. I have been putting in for the draw for 35 years. I'm going to hold out for a bull until the last moment, not wanting to eat a once in a lifetime tag. I won't know what area until the day before the hunt but do any of you have some ideas or methods you used hunting there? I will be hunting Dec 7,8 & 9th.
I using a TC Encore in 280 with 160 Accubonds and Burris Ballistic Plex scope. I have taken deer and some hogs at some pretty good distances with it.
I have heard you might get a 50 yd shot or a 300+yd shot and I should be ready for any of them with my range finder and choice of firearm.
I have had plenty of buddies volunteer to help me get the elk out after taking it. I'm sure they are cleaning out a spot in their freezer before they make the trip to help.
I have hunted Elk 18 yrs in Colorado with my longbow and flintlock so I'm pretty sure I will have no problem finding them.
I sure wich I could use one of my XP's but it just not going to happen.
Any help would be appreciated.

Mike
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:15 PM
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

Thats a rare tag alright, wish I had some info for you but Ive never hunted anything in OK.
I also have a once in a lifetime bull tag this year to hunt elk in my home state of
Arkansas. After 13 years of waiting I finally get to do it! Right on the Buffalo National River I have about an 11 mile stretch all to myself in the Sept rut.
Good Hunting. Keep us updated.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:45 AM
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

Congratulations on the draw hunt. I have been through some of that country you will be hunting. I work for Oklahoma Gas & Electric and work in Clarksville and around Russelville some and have taken that highway north through Compton to Branson MO and on to Springfield when I used to shoot muzzleloading competition.
That is some tuff country, just like what the elk love. The area I will be hunting in SW Oklahoma is mountains, canyons and oak patches with giant boulders everywhere around Ft Sill military base.
Sept is a great time for hunting elk. The get a little stupid when it comes to calling them. When I go to Colorado for bow or muzzleloader I always hunted the third week in Sept, usually during the rut there.
Good luck with your hunt. What part of AR do you live?

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Old 07-18-2010, 07:27 PM
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

Flintlock,
I live just west of Conway so its only about a 2 hour drive to my hunt area.
I have zone 4 which is from woolum down to tyler bend (hwy 65 ) if your familiar with the buffalo river. Through the years I have floated the river several times but never really left the water to go exploring. This year is different of course. There are the towering bluffs and hardwoods but I have been amazed at the network of field systems that are in the river corridor that the park service has been improving to keep the elk off of private land as much as possible. There are numerous glassing points from bluffs overlooking the river and field systems that I plan on using.
I am really not familiar at all with OK elk program but I know it is gonna be a special hunt for you. What are your expectations for the hunt? Is it public land or private? What dates do you have? Will your buddies get to help with the spotting? Sharing special hunts with friends makes it even better.
Good huntin.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:50 PM
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

The hunt is a once in a lifetime draw. I have been putting in for it for 35 years. Finally, got it. There is only 65 tags draw per year with thousands from Oklahoma, TX and other states applying for them. Last year out of the 65 tags, there were 57 nice bulls killed and 8 cows. The tags are either sex. You get an area of about 8000 acres for your hunt for three days.
The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is 59,020 acres established in 1901 in SW Oklahoma. Very rugged country. There are Bison, Elk, Whitetail and Longhorn, running wild on this place.
The Elk drawing has been going on since the early 70's to keep the herd in check. The rangers and help at the hunts do everything they can to help you fill your tag, without shooting it for you. They draw areas you have to hunt and then they tell you where they have been seeing the elk. You can take as many friends to the camp area to hang out with but you hunt alone. It is centerfire Rifle, 270 caliber or larger and you only can take 5 shells to the field per day.
I really wanted to hunt with one of my long range pistols but it won't happen.
I expect I will get an elk, not sure what size but I have been told that if you see what you think is a good one, shot until he is down. The weather may change or they just disapear and you might not get another chance. My hunting partner was drawn two years back and took a 300+ class bull on the first day, three hours into the hunt. The next two days it snow, sleeted and rained while he waited for his Dad, which drew, to kill one. The Rangers drop you off at the area you drew and place and flag where you get out of their truck. If you kill one, you stand the flag up. They patrols the roads all day checking for flags. They take you back to camp, get your help and take you back to get the game out to the truck. They have a central gathering area at the camp that all elk are brought back to and a biologist takes samples and measurements of each elk for records. Lots of photos are taken and then it's time to load up and go home. It is a three day hunt, Tues, Wed and Thurs, and my hunt is Dec 7,8,9. I have a few guys that are taking off and going with me. One is bringing his camp trailer to stay in.
Hope you do well on your hunt. I love hunting elk in Colorado with my longbows. I will stay as much at 10 days in the woods in a small camp, walking all day and chasing them.
Good luck on your hunt.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:38 PM
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

Great, sounds like 100% success there last year. Maybe you'll get one of the big boys on your hunt. Sounds like you will have plenty of help also, thats a good thing when you get one on the ground. After hunting CO with a long bow and flintlock this should be a piece of cake with a modern rifle! Keep us posted.
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Re: Drew one of the rare Oklahoma Elk Tags...Help..

Congrats, good luck, and happy safe hunting. Enjoy!

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