Elk/Red Deer

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by J.G.W, Nov 8, 2018 at 4:36 AM.

  1. J.G.W

    J.G.W Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    80
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    44CCFC43-B27E-4B8F-B89B-FAA6500BA028.jpeg I’ve been seeing all the photos recently of guys in the US taking cow elk, making me kinda jealous that we don’t have elk here in Australia. I shoot three or four red deer every year for meat, imagine the ammo I’d save if I was putting elk in the freezer!
    Took this hind last weekend with my three girls. She’ll keep us eating venison till about March.

    Rifle was a Remington 700 .223 using Hornady 60gr V-max.
     
  2. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    315
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    That’s awesome. I’d love to hunt in Australia. And it’s really nice to see your kids involved.
     
    Backcountry_IDN likes this.
  3. Capt RB

    Capt RB Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    789
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    It's great that you can have your family involved! Thanks for sharing
     
    Backcountry_IDN likes this.
  4. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    315
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    Something else I like, is that you killed that big deer with a little rifle. So many people think you need some type of cannon to get the job done. Are red deer tasty?
     
  5. J.G.W

    J.G.W Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    80
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    That’s it Johnnie, 60gn smashing into the brain box at nearly 3000fps will do it every time. I use a .30 cal when I’m hunting stags though. Yes they are good eating, rusa are probably a little better but only just. We hang them in a cold room for 10 days before I break them down. I’ll take some photos this week while I’m butchering.

    What’s on your critter hit list in Australia?
     
  6. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    315
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    I’ve killed a lot of white tailed deer with my 22-250 the same way.
    Stag have always fascinated me. Although, I met a couple from New Zealand one time out in Colorado who made fun of rich Americans traveling to New Zealand to hunt farm raised stag. But that type of thing happens in the USA as well. To be honest with you, it really wouldn’t matter to me what I was hunting. I would just enjoy being someplace different, taking in the area and culture, and seeing critters I haven’t seen before.
     
    jjmp likes this.
  7. J.G.W

    J.G.W Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    80
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    Each to their own but those big farmed stags do nothing for me, I’d rather a big heavy even free range stag (what we call a bush stag).

    Let me know if you’re ever thinking about heading out and I’ll hook you up with the right people.
     
    jjmp likes this.
  8. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    315
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
     
  9. J.G.W

    J.G.W Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    80
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    2F83DF37-95EE-4FF2-89EB-A1BF0C5AE586.jpeg BFAA92A3-C9F8-49C2-A672-7107A7A4302B.jpeg 57080561-E0FA-4F5E-B9E1-EC318E39317F.jpeg 0DAF981C-9F6D-4321-B5BE-0F7C3A587D97.jpeg 0076C1D9-A8E1-419C-AB26-3E5207167A8B.jpeg I butchered this morning. I cut the best of the hind quarters into steak but made mince of most of it (what the chef ordered). There’ll be backstrap on the table tonight!!
     
    jjmp likes this.
  10. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    315
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    How much does one of those things weigh? The meat looks really nice
     
  11. J.G.W

    J.G.W Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    80
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2018
    250lbs would be a really big hind, this one was probably around 150-160. A mature wild stag will weigh around 350lbs. A massive stag grown behind wire will top 500lbs but it would be rare.