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Old Jul 15th 2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

Cervid: taxidermy
I hunt elk in the national forest mountains of colorado, Its a yearly family traditon. I have gone for 8 years in a row, and have been blessed to harvest 6 elk. My question is, What does a baby bull elk (from the privious spring) look like in the fall? I see very few elk and never herds of them, just little groups of 3-5, and i have never really identified what a baby bull looks like. I have shot a calf before but it was not really small and it was a female. Do they have little "buttons" or do they grow spikes as 7 month old calves? I have seen spike bulls, but never a "button bull". Sound silly but i am just very curious. Thanks.
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Old Jan 31st 2011, 05:39 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2010
A Spiker is a year old bull. At one year old they grow spikes, after that they grow regular antlers.
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 04:12 AM   #3
 
  Apr 2009
  northeast Ohio
Bull calves from last year are just starting to get bumps on there heads on our farm from last calving season.
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 08:55 AM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
My bull calves have not started to grow yet but I can hardly wait. I have calves from Six Pack 504 SCI and a young bull called Hogan a 440 SCI.
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 12:37 PM   #5
 
  Apr 2009
  northeast Ohio
Jack it is fun to think about how the calves will do. we have calves out of Challenger 600+ @6, cletis 473@3, wilber 376 Typical @2 and jethro lll (cletis sire).
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 01:52 PM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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Wow there is a bull that goes 600"!! that is incredible, I will have to do a search for the bull Challenger and see if there is a pic of him anywhere online. Thank you for answering my question guys.
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 02:54 PM   #7
 
  Apr 2009
  northeast Ohio
Here is a pic of challanger at 6. He has more mass than any bull i have ever seen. after we cut his antlers we weighed them out at 72 pounds. he is a monster.
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Old Feb 1st 2011, 06:54 PM   #8
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  Apr 2009
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Wow, Challenger is beautiful, I though when you said about a 600" bull that he would be just points everywhere with no real nice frame, but I am wrong, that bull is beautiful. Thank you so much for the pic.
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