After the Hunt
NOTE: Tim Hooey, the host of "North American Fish and Game Outdoor Magazine,"
has hunted avidly since childhood. One of the lucky ones, he's turned
his love for hunting into a 10-year career. His show runs in syndication
in several cities and the Outdoor Channel runs his show on cable on Tuesdays
at 8 p.m. EST.
In September 2000, Tim Hooey took a monster elk with
his bow in New Mexico. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the hunt
on the next season of Hooey's show. This week, he gives visitors to Mossy
Oak's website the inside scoop on how he took this elk.
OK, so you've killed the elk. What did you do next?
ANSWER: Well, I took the bull about two hours before dark, so I
didn't have much time to prepare. I knew I didn't have time to get that
big elk out of the woods. We field-dressed him by way of lantern and flashlight.
We covered him with all the leaves and stuff we could find. We lit a fire
and took turns maintaining a vigil overnight. I was going to keep this
elk, and I wasn't letting any bears or anything else get it from me.
We finally got through the night. The next morning, we
skinned, caped and quartered the animal. Then we wrestled with that elk
nearly the whole day to get him out of there.
How big was the elk?
ANSWER: It gross-scored 382 2/8-points. The world's record was
417. The scorer was amazed at the size of that elk. He told me that because
the animal had his fourth and fifth points deformed, my score was lower.
If the points of each side of the rack had been symmetrical, the scorer
told me he could have scored the elk between 405 to 410 points. I'm still
real proud of my 382 2/8-point score.
QUESTION: What kind of bow did you use on this
ANSWER: As always, I used my Mathews Solo Cam Conquest Pro.
And what arrows did you shoot?
ANSWER: I always use Game Tracker carbon arrows and a Game Tracker