Quaking Aspens & Wild Mulies

By Kyle Jones

Kyle JonesKyle Jones
Wyoming, 2009, Guided

My hopes of connecting on a good mule deer buck were high. It was my third time hunting with R&K Hunting Company in southwest Wyoming in a good area. I knew my quest was possible because in 2007 I harvested a 170-class buck, which now adorns my wall - but I had seen bigger ones.

The evening before the hunt began, my guide Jason Rindlesback informed me that we would be hunting the same area as the previous two years. This really pumped me up because I had seen some real boomer bucks there. The bucks I harvested the previous two years were nice, but shots at the great bucks eluded me. Increasing my excitement was the fact that the weather had just turned colder and there was fresh snow, which made perfect deer hunting weather.

We crept up the hill toward our destination early in the morning. At the top of the hill, we came upon a doe and had to wait for her to wander into the trees. After a few minutes we were able to creep to the edge of the hill overlooking our spot, which consisted of a sagebrush bowl and a quakie-covered hillside.

During the first hour of glassing, we spotted a dozen 3x4s and 4x4s, but no shooters. Jason decided he would leave me there to glass while he went to check out the area below the opposite side of the hill. He wasn’t gone ten minutes when I heard rapid footsteps and heavy breathing; I knew Jason had found something. Sure enough, he began to explain how he had spotted a group of 11 bucks with two shooters; a 30-incher and a 25-inch nontypical, and we had to go now!

On the other side of the hill now, I found Jason looking intently through his spotting scope. He quickly showed me where the group of deer had crossed a fence and disappeared into a patch of trees. I set up my own spotting scope and anxiously waited for deer to materialize.

Kyle Jones

For a full account of Kyle's adventure, go to page 38 in the February/March 2010 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.