Knee-Deep Snow and Big Bucks

By Jared Bloomgren

Knee-Deep Snow and Big BucksJared Bloomgren
South Dakota, 2008, DIY, Public Land

On December 19, I set out with my smokepole in search of a mature mule deer buck in South Dakota. The week prior I had spotted some nice bucks the day before season, but as luck would have it, the opener was nasty with gusting winds, blowing snow, and temperatures well below zero. I was able to find a buck that I had a chance at earlier in the season and quickly began to trudge through the snow in hopes of closing the distance. Little did I know that I would come across a much bigger buck in the process...

I first spotted him at 500 yards away. Actually, he spotted me first and he made sure he put some extra terrain between us. Even so, when I saw him there was no question he was a shooter. I didn’t even have to ask myself if he was a buck that I wanted.

I finally located the buck after following his tracks over numerous ridges and through many draws, trudging through knee-deep snow with temperatures hovering around the 0-degree mark.

Knee-Deep Snow and Big Bucks

For a full account of Jared's adventure, go to page 48 in the October/November 2009 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.