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Old 10-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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Got started on the season with a Buffalo hunt this past weekend. Hunted from dusk 'til dawn on Saturday, put a ton of miles on and found nothing. Sunday morning started by waking up to find the herd coming out of the canyon from Hidden Basin. They came right to us. Picked what looked to be the biggest bull and Marshall squeezed off his .45-70 dropping him about 80 yards from the tent.


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Old 10-09-2012, 04:50 AM   #2
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Good eatin' and lots of it!
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Now that's a gut pile......
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Been processing for the last two evenings. Marshall took half back to Homer with him yesterday, and I got the other half.

Last night we processed 81 lbs. of meat from the backstrap, tender loin and all the garbage meat (neck, shoulder and belly). 51 lbs. of breakfast sausage, then 14 lbs. of burger, and 16 lbs. of steak from the b/s and loins.

Tonight we burgered all the rib meat and the entire front quarter. Ended up with exactly 50 lbs. more burger.

I also de-boned the rear quarter. Cut all the different muscles out individually. Filled another cooler. Guessing about 70 lbs worth. Will get it all cut into roasts and steaks tomorrow night.

Should end up with about 200 lbs total in the freezer just from half of the animal.

When we were done packaging burger tonight there was just enough left to make one big burger patty. No seasoning or nothing added. Mmmmmmm!!!

Btw, I don't recommend hauling an entire buffalo, including the head and cape, 20 rough trail miles in the back of a TJ. Bouncing off the rear bump stops the whole way REALLY sucked. Took about 3.5 hours to get out. Climbing up Cobble Stone Alley was quite the slow painful crawl!
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Been processing for the last two evenings. Marshall took half back to Homer with him yesterday, and I got the other half.

Last night we processed 81 lbs. of meat from the backstrap, tender loin and all the garbage meat (neck, shoulder and belly). 51 lbs. of breakfast sausage, then 14 lbs. of burger, and 16 lbs. of steak from the b/s and loins.

Tonight we burgered all the rib meat and the entire front quarter. Ended up with exactly 50 lbs. more burger.

I also de-boned the rear quarter. Cut all the different muscles out individually. Filled another cooler. Guessing about 70 lbs worth. Will get it all cut into roasts and steaks tomorrow night.

Should end up with about 200 lbs total in the freezer just from half of the animal.

When we were done packaging burger tonight there was just enough left to make one big burger patty. No seasoning or nothing added. Mmmmmmm!!!

Btw, I don't recommend hauling an entire buffalo, including the head and cape, 20 rough trail miles in the back of a TJ. Bouncing off the rear bump stops the whole way REALLY sucked. Took about 3.5 hours to get out. Climbing up Cobble Stone Alley was quite the slow painful crawl!
mmm buffalo burger

I'm not a hunter, but if I were to go after any big game it would be one of these beasts. That's a lot of tastey freezer filler off of half a kill.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #9
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Finally done. Processed 61 lbs. into roasts, stew meat and steaks. Lost a solid 10 pounds to taint, so I was right on with the guess of 70 lbs. worth of rear quarter. Ended up with 191 lbs. in the freezer.

Nate, deer will be tough to come by. Winter kill was 35-40%. We did bring home one button buck Saturday, and a second one got into the brush before we could get a second shot off. There's more back there in my spot though.

A buddy had a sow steal a 3x3 from him Saturday afternoon. He shot it, and before he could do anything she ran out of the brush, grabbed it and carried it about 20 yards back to the edge of the brush and dropped it in front of her two cubs. Then she turned around and charged him. I asked him how close she got. He said, "I thought she was gonna knock my hat off with her breath! My pants are still out there where I took them off!".
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Climbing up Cobble Stone Alley was quite the slow painful crawl!
I bet that ****in sucked.
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and 16 lbs. of steak from the b/s
=Ball sack? Must have had HUGE balls.

Looks like fun, good to hear you had a successful hunt
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #12
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So, they went back in Wednesday. Evidently, he fired a round when the sow charged him. He didn't have a clue whether he'd hit her or not. When they got up there, they found what was left of the deer. About a 2' diameter piece of hide, a small handfull of scattered bones, and the skull cap with both antlers still firmly attached! Turned out to be a solid 4x4!

Also, they found his battered and chewed up hat about 50 yards away. Evidently, there was something to her blowing his hat off with her breath.

Talk about the coolest mount ever! A busted up European mount with a raggedy arsed chewed up ball cap hanging off of it. The fact that the story behind the thing being completely true would make that raggedy arse mount worth more than anything any high dollar taxidermy work could ever come close to.
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hell yeah, hang the hat from the rack and be tickled pink every time someone asks why it looks so ragged
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Exactly! Memories last a lifetime, and there's the proof right there!
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if only there was a fur rug to hang on that same wall...
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Congrats on the hunt Eric. These photos of you popped up on my Facebook feed recently. I "Liked" them.

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #18
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LMAO! Good times! Still got those little antlers in my office.


Well, Sleddy came back from Anchorage with me. Hunted for deer for the first two days. 40%+ winter kill last year really hurt us bad. The first day we went high and stomped around the alpine in a couple inches of snow all day and only saw one old set of tracks. There just wasn't anything up there. The second day we went out to Saltery Cove and covered my secret spot from dawn until dusk. Nothing. We found one little pile of pellets. Other than that, no sign whatsoever.

Then came the opener for bear. Opening day we went out to Miam. Showed up on the lower half of the Miam River a day late and a dollar short. Only bear we saw all day was the solid 10 footer two guys from the mainland had just finished skinning out. Big bear! The second day........... Well, let's just say we lost an opportunity. The third day was completely ruined by inconsiderate fly fisherman that I guess figured the riverbed belonged to them.

Three things learned:

1. Deer are in short supply in Kodiak right now. Tough hunting. 5 days out in the woods and the only deer we saw was on the side of the highway at the airport well after dark.

2. If you're sure a bear is gonna zig, he'll zag. Don't give him the opportunity.

3. If they ever start issuing tags for selfish, elitist fly fisherman, I will be first in line to get mine.
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