A Hidden Gem

By Brad Boulter
Montana, 2009, DIY, Public Land
A Hidden GemJune/July 2011 EHJ (Issue 125) - I had waited many years to draw this special mule deer tag in western Montana. There are a limited amount of tags available and after finding out I had drawn, I was ecstatic. Coincidentally, I went to work and found out that my friend, Ryan Knapp, had also drawn the same tag. It was looking like a had a hunting partner.

After scouting the first several days of the season and not seeing very many good bucks, I happened to drive by a Block Management Area that I had never paid much attention to before. I stopped to get a phone number off of the permission application for this particular area. As I was standing there, I noticed several deer high on the ridge – talk about a good sign.

I called that evening and was given permission to hunt that parcel of land the next day. Upon arriving early that morning, I was pleased to see several nice bucks chasing does. I was holding out for a true trophy, so I passed on several bucks that day.

I was able to get permission again several days later to hunt the same area with Ryan. We hiked to a high ridge where we were able to sit and glass the area and found several good bucks from that vantage point.

One of the bucks caught our eye and definitely stood out from the rest. The only problem was that he was in an open area 1,000 yards away with no way to put a stalk on him without him seeing us. We watched him for several hours until he moved to an area where we were able to sneak much closer after he bedded down.

Brad Boulter

For a full account of Brad's adventure, go to page 30 in the June/July 2011 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.