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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:44 PM
Got back today from our hunt in Nevada. Conditions were very tough for hunting hard-horned bucks, being that it was 80 degrees during the day at 9-10,000 feet and not much cooler during the night. Half the quakies leaves hadn't even turned yellow yet. The deer were very holed up, in fact we saw very few deer all together. We knew there was weather coming, but in the form of a nasty storm that was going to make hunting conditions even tougher but on the other end of the spectrum. We packed in the day before the season and didn't spot a single deer that whole afternoon/ evening. I won't write a long winded story as the pics will be worth thousands of words, or so they say. Basically we ended up killing the 2 best bucks we saw the entire trip, and we hunted and glassed very hard. I think we were fortunate as we never heard of or saw another hunter with a buck down. All in all we saw just 13 bucks. Our two plus two other 22" bucks that we passed on were the only 4x4 or better bucks we saw. The rest were dinks.

Now for the pics. I left out a lot of scenery photos to keep recognition of the area to a minimum. Some of you might recognize a peak or two... but out of respect for us and others who might hunt that area, lets keep it under wraps!

Camp the night before the season- 9,660 ft.

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Camp night 2, a few miles away from night 1 after being less than impressed with our original spot.

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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:44 PM
Looking at a big 6x6 bull and 8 cows at 10,000+ ft morning 3.

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Can you say steep????

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My buck. Couldn't pass up the opportunity after looking at nothing but small bucks and a few does. Very happy with him!


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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:45 PM
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Now looking for my dads buck.

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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:46 PM
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FOUND HIM... KILLED HIM!

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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:47 PM
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Got him quartered and hung. Had to pack mine out first and then come back the next day to get his out. These were LONG, GRUELING, HEAVY packs... but totally worth it.

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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:48 PM
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We were too wore out to take many pics of the second full day up and down the mountain for my dads meat to take many pics, but we did get some funny video with the GoPro HD camera that I'll try to post up. Here we are back at the truck.

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BigSurArcher
10-05-2011, 10:49 PM
(tags were with the meat)

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Drhorsepower
10-05-2011, 10:55 PM
Thanks for sharing. I love your dads buck. Character. Along with yours. Great bucks and a great hunt
It sounds like.

NDHunter
10-06-2011, 04:35 AM
Cool pictures. Looks like 2 great bucks. Congrats!

BOHNTR
10-06-2011, 06:26 AM
Good job BSA.....pops looks like he got a good one! Congratualtions to both of you.

blucrikmuley
10-06-2011, 07:14 AM
great bucks great pics

Bitterroot Bulls
10-06-2011, 07:24 AM
Awesome!

Those photos do tell the story.

I was havin' flashbacks with that duct-taped heel pic!

Congratulations!

Looks like the Kowa is serving you well.

RUTTIN
10-06-2011, 07:49 AM
Great job BSA! Love the photo story, pictures are worth a thousand words. Looks like you got to celebrate with a cool one too! Congrats!

Doe Nob
10-06-2011, 08:39 AM
Outstanding!

jenbickel
10-06-2011, 08:58 AM
Love all the pictures! Looks like a very fun hunt and the two bucks are great bucks!! Big congrats to you!!!!!!

Pronghorn73
10-06-2011, 10:06 AM
Looks like you two had a great time. Once in a while everthing falls into place, and it looks like it did for you guys, congrats!

ffd061
10-06-2011, 10:31 AM
Awesome deer and pics! Nothing better than a tall, cool beverage after a successful hunt.

larrylur
10-06-2011, 02:12 PM
By the looks of that country, I'd be happy to cover ground let alone make a good shot on a deer. I'd be stoked with either one of those bucks.

fatrooster
10-06-2011, 05:58 PM
You guys did a great job. Most people don't do that well when they come here. Wish I could've met up with you two for a beer. Maybe next time. fatrooster.

A3dhunter
10-06-2011, 08:19 PM
Congrats, nice bucks.

IL Hntr
10-06-2011, 09:06 PM
Congrats to both of you on 2 very nice bucks

BigSurArcher
10-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Thanks fellas!

Bitteroot: Yes! Really enjoying the Kowa. Couldn't ask for any more from a scope. I wouldn't change a thing about it.

dewey
10-06-2011, 09:18 PM
Congratulations to both of you on two great bucks and thanks for sharing the pictures and the story.

Dewey

sjsmallfield
10-07-2011, 01:05 AM
Great bucks BSA. Love the pics.

Elkcrazedfrk
10-07-2011, 10:27 AM
Awesome story and great bucks. Next time get some moleskin..lol..your feet will be so much better off. Way to hunt hard. Its always worth the effort in my book.

dhershberger
10-07-2011, 08:09 PM
Wow, two huge bucks and great pics. Backpack hunting is the way to consistently kill trophy animals. Great job!

Jon Boy
10-08-2011, 02:58 PM
Who cares if you all the other bucks were dinks, cus you guys killed some monsters! congrats looks like you guys worked for them

Reflex
10-08-2011, 04:27 PM
Congrats to you and your Dad on a great hunt. I'm sure that is something you will always remember.

Ciscoskid
10-11-2011, 11:08 PM
No matter how many times or where I see those bucks and read that story. I cant stand but to be envious of your season. Congrats!

How do you like your Sitka pack?

NECoyoteHunter
10-12-2011, 11:32 AM
Congrats on some great deer! I have a question. I assume you are going to headmount your Dad's deer, but I see you cut it off at the neck. Are you planning on getting a different cape for him?

BigSurArcher
10-12-2011, 12:27 PM
He's not going to mount it. It's a nice buck, but he has bigger on the wall and in the rafters.

Leveller
10-12-2011, 06:54 PM
Awesome cool pics. Congratulations to you both!

deadducks
10-17-2011, 05:38 PM
Those are freakin great looking bucks.

Looks like you guys really worked for them and the hard work paid off big time.

Dan

BigSurArcher
10-18-2011, 10:51 AM
Thanks again guys.

Cisco: I really like the Sitka pack. I was skeptical of it's meat hauling capabilities going into the trip, but it proved to be more than plenty capable of everything I threw at it. I think my first trip out was about 115 lbs. Ya it felt extremely heavy, but it was stable and easy to adjust all the straps to shift the load from shoulders to hips when one got tired. All the traps and buckles make it easy to carry gear on the outside when you have the inside stuffed with meat. I also like that it compresses down enough to be worn as a daypack for short hunts close to home, and the pockets on the waste belt are really nice for carrying your rangefinder, GPS, windchecker, and extra shells close without having them in your pants pocket.

MT backcountry hunter
10-18-2011, 12:16 PM
Awesome photos man. Congrats to you and your dad.

beav906
11-06-2011, 05:35 PM
Beautiful country. Congratulations. What area of Nevada?

schoff
11-06-2011, 07:49 PM
Great pics and dandy mulies thanks for sharing!!