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RUTTIN
03-28-2011, 09:48 PM
589 Shot this buck on the third day of the hunt. Had watched him a few times, and every time we bumped him he would take the same escape route. The next day my dad set me up in the escape route and pushed him to me. I was so rattled my arrow was bouncing off the rest. My first shot hit him far back and low, thought I had blown it. Then he turned and came straight at me, giving me a ten yard shot. I double lunged him and he went 20 yards, turned around to look at me, and fell over. Could never repay my dad for that one, he was always great to put us kids in the right spot. Would have loved to see him shoot that buck. If your lucky enough to have the very first issue of Eastmans Bowhunting you can read the full story in there, called a fathers sacrifice.

elktracker
03-28-2011, 10:36 PM
RUTTIN, awesome story and a great buck! Thanks for sharing. This year will be my first real try at mule deer with a bow, hopefully I can put up a pic and a story after Sept.

Elkcrazedfrk
03-29-2011, 06:25 PM
Great buck and story Ruttin! Here is mine. Didn't draw my elk tag last year so i tried my hand at mule deer. I've shot some good deer over the years with a rifle,but have to say bow hunting muleys was a humbling expierence. They kicked my butt! After 10 failed stalks with a couple really close calls on one stud buck I was all but ready to call it quits and drink myself silly. Well, Stalk number 11 paid off. Not a huge deer, but a well earned one. My feet were so freak'n sore from sneak'n in with my socks.lol
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee5/elkcrazedfrk/Sept2010003.jpg
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http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee5/elkcrazedfrk/Sept2010025.jpg

RUTTIN
03-29-2011, 10:26 PM
Very nice buck, anything with a bow is a trophy in my eye

BOHNTR
03-30-2011, 07:20 AM
I've had my feet sore many times over the years. :) Nice bucks guys!

elkmtngear
03-30-2011, 03:00 PM
This was my biggest muley, Public Land, Northern California, DIY. I had watched him the evening before I shot him moving out into a small clearing, so I put up a tree stand so I might get a chance to ambush him the next day.

I got in the stand in the early afternoon, and I was hanging on for dear life as a mid-day storm blew through. When the storm clouds passed, it got very very quiet. No wind at all. Soon after, I heard soft footfalls advancing into the clearing. I didn't get too excited, I thought it might be a doe, but you can imagine how my pulse rate quickened when I saw this guy feed right out in front of me at 25 yards!

I reached for my bow, and the buck looked my way, hearing the movement....that's how quiet it was! Every time he would move, I would make another move to get the bow drawn. We played "cat and mouse" like this for what seemed like an eternity, until I finally got to full draw. He put his head down to feed, and I had a good, steep, quartering away angle on him, so I let fly. I heard the arrow smack him, and he immediately turned and trotted off, with the arrow side away from me. I had no idea if the shot was good, the only "clue" that he might have been hit, was the fact that he sort of tripped over a sage brush a little bit on his way to the treeline.

I waited for my Dad to come and pick me up at Dusk, and I told him I had hit a "big buck", so we walked over to where I had hit him. Good, bright red blood sprayed everywhere! But, since it was dark already, and I still wasn't sure where I hit him, I told my Dad I wanted to sneak out of there, and pick up the blood trail in the morning. I didn't want to take a chance on bumping him if he wasn't good and down!

I found out sleep does NOT come easy when you have hit the biggest buck of your life! I kept playing the shot over and over in my head, hearing the "smack" of the arrow, seeing him enter the timber. Just not knowing for sure is the worst feeling!

Next morning, we walked over to where I saw him enter the timber, and immediately picked up his blood trail. A short while later, I found him, just 150 yards from where I shot him! He was a beautiful Muley buck in his prime, almost exactly 29 inches wide. The arrow had hit a little further back than I would have liked, but it buried all the way up through the liver, and caught the tip of the far lung, so he had died quickly and calmly. It was one of the best eating bucks I have ever taken.

It was an amazing experience, and I was so happy I got to share it with my Dad. I will have the picture on my mantle until the day I die. Thanks for reading

Best of Luck,
Jeff

BigSurArcher
03-30-2011, 07:08 PM
Nice bucks guys!

Haven't had the opportunity to chase muleys with a bow, but this is my best archery buck and the story behind it. 25 1/4" wide blacktail.

http://pse-archery.com/content/newsdetail/445.5.1.1?content_id=445-c5c3564df244431574a5b4f6dbbc79fe

MuleyHunter
03-30-2011, 08:17 PM
Some serious archers here for sure ! Congrats to all ! Great bucks everyone ! :cool:
My best archery buck I took when I was 16 on the last day of the season. It was not one of my best shots for sure. I got to within 45 yards and got busted. I pulled an arrow out of my quiver keeping my eyes on the buck and pulled out my grouse arrow. When I released the string I watched the arrow spiral down towards the buck, instead of flying straight, due to one of the fletches hanging half way off. The arrow struck the buck in the front of the rear leg and I watched him kick his back and take off. I knew it was bad !

I left the buck and marked the spot and went back and got my dad and brother. We gave him about 1 1/2 hours and started following the blood trail. The trail was decent in the beginning, but after about 200 yards started getting slim. The buck went across some quakey down falls and we lost the blood. While my dad and brother started circling I headed down the canyon. I went about 300 yards and found a small drop of blood on a single yellow quakey leaf. I knew I was going in the right direction. As I headed down a little further I found where he pulled out the back half of my arrow and there was a decent pool of blood. The trail was good for about 250 yards and then I lost it again. So I headed where I thought he was heading again and found one more small drop of blood. I looked out and there was just a huge sagebrush flat, kind of like corn rows, about 3-3 1/2 feet high. So I just started going up and down each row and about half way through I seen him about 20 yards as he picked up his head. He could not get up and I dispatched him quickly.

My dad and brother had given up and were headed back to camp for lunch in the old Bronco. They had taken and old 2 track to head back to camp and maybe catch me walking on the road. Well I got lucky and had just got the buck to the 2 track as they were pulling up.

He grosses 158 6/8" and netted 154 6/8. I am very proud of this buck and am very lucky to have recovered him, but I was not about to give up.

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt72/elkkill06/scan0007-1.jpg

http://i599.photobucket.com/albums/tt72/elkkill06/015-1.jpg

twp1224
03-31-2011, 10:50 AM
Great stories and deer guys. I love reading about others successful hunting stories. Heres mine.

My first archery buck was taken back when I was 16. I purchased a bow from Cabelas, a Bear Whitetail 2 or something like that, some aluminum arrows from Wal-Mart and a couple broadheads. I had no sights and a little flipper type rest on the bow. I practice for about 6 months before season and figured my 4-5 inch group at 20-30 yards was great. Its amazing how technology has changed the world of archery hunting. I woke up on Saturday morning, opening day, and headed to the area I was going to hunt. I hunted the area for a few hours until it got really hot and I couldnít take it anymore. I headed about 2 miles down the road to a little coffee shop and had breakfast. While I was eating I decided to go back out and try another spot where I had seen a couple deer years before. It was an old water tank road about a mile from where I was eating breakfast. I started walking the road and looking up at the thick brush growing on the slope above the road, trying to pick out a horn or an ear. When I got about ĺ of the way up the road I decided to look over the down sloping edge and see if anything was down there. As soon as my head crested the edge of the road and I could get a view of what was below, I saw two bucks. The closest buck stood up and gave me a broadside shot at what I guessed to be 20 yards. I pulled back and let my arrow fly. I hit him perfectly behind the shoulder and he ran about 50 yards and piled up. The second deer jump up and ran directly away from me revealing a huge rack. I probably should have practiced more patients and might have had a chance a better buck, but thatís how things go. I made it down to my buck, field dressed him and drove back down to the coffee shop to call my grandfather and tell him what I had done. He was excited and met me at my house to help me skin my first archery buck. My grandfather taught me how to hunt and fish at a very young age. I owe him everything. Without him I would not be the man I am today.

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Sharpstick
04-01-2011, 10:11 PM
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p18/pmarch_bucket/velvetbucks4.jpg
Our best bucks taken with archery gear. One on the left, my son took in 2003 just before he left on an LDS mission to Brazil. What a great send off and memories for two years. Buck on the right, I took last year on the 28th of August. It was with two other bucks as they came down the mountain to feed in the alfalfa meadows for the evening. It was about fifteen minutes before sundown and they came right up to the sage blind I was hiding behind. The lead buck spooked at five yards, but the buck I took and another stopped at 45 yards to look back to see what had spooked the lead buck. The shot was a bit too far forward but luckily my G5 Striker did it's job and the buck only went maybe 15 yards before tipping over. It's a lot of fun hunting with my friends and sons and we've made some awesome memories hunting together.

Elkcrazedfrk
04-02-2011, 02:09 PM
Sharpstick...Fun, memories, friends, and family are what its all about. Great bucks.

RobinHood
04-02-2011, 10:41 PM
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p18/pmarch_bucket/velvetbucks4.jpg
Our best bucks taken with archery gear. One on the left, my son took in 2003 just before he left on an LDS mission to Brazil. What a great send off and memories for two years. Buck on the right, I took last year on the 28th of August. It was with two other bucks as they came down the mountain to feed in the alfalfa meadows for the evening. It was about fifteen minutes before sundown and they came right up to the sage blind I was hiding behind. The lead buck spooked at five yards, but the buck I took and another stopped at 45 yards to look back to see what had spooked the lead buck. The shot was a bit too far forward but luckily my G5 Striker did it's job and the buck only went maybe 15 yards before tipping over. It's a lot of fun hunting with my friends and sons and we've made some awesome memories hunting together.

Great Story! Did he get to see the mount before he left? The anticipation of coming home was pretty intense, I am sure a deer like that would made it that much more exciting ... thanks for sharing.

BOHNTR
04-03-2011, 03:55 PM
Sorry to those that have seen these before.....just trying to get some action on this thread so maybe we can see some more bucks. Maybe even Ryan will post some his toads. :)

My best archery non-typical arrowed on the Kaibab in 2000. Hunted 17 days straight until it finally came together. He was hanging with a giant typical (185" class) but I really wanted a true non-typical. He's one of the biggest bodied deer I've ever taken. He's a 9x10 with really good mass. Only a 16.5" inside spread and grossed 203" and netted 197" net P&Y. Goes to show they really don't need to be wide to score well.

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd3/BOHNTR/2000AzBuck.jpg?t=1301863649

Here's my best typical that I arrowed on the AZ Strip in 2008. Arrowed him 15 minutes into opening morning. I'd like to say it was all skill, but LUCK had a lot to do with it. Right place right time. He's a 31" wide buck that grossed 197" and netted 191 2/8" P&Y. Just a beautiful looking typical buck, IMO. Hope you enjoy.

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd3/BOHNTR/AZStripHunt021.jpg?t=1301863996

BEETLEGUY
04-03-2011, 09:27 PM
Here is my from 2 seasons ago. This is a Californian Mule deer.

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd274/lestroncao/7c9897af.jpg

Sharpstick
04-04-2011, 03:47 PM
Thanks, but no he didn't get to see the mount before he left. I did make him some jerky, put it in foodsaver bags, and sent him some of the meat. Don't know if that was at all legal but he did get the package and enjoyed some the meat. When he got home, I think he was almost as excited to get his hands on the mount as he was to see his girl friend who had waited for him the two years.

hubba20
04-05-2011, 01:39 PM
Here's my 2010 nevada buck... i shot him on august 4th...
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz250/hubba_3/hunting%20pictures/Deer%20Pictures/DSC01828.jpghttp://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz250/hubba_3/hunting%20pictures/Deer%20Pictures/DSC01825-1.jpg

Doe Nob
04-05-2011, 04:34 PM
Here he is. A couple years ago from the texas hill country. I hunted this deer for about 47 minutes before I smoked him. Scored 14 P&Y!

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/16270_178349317717_643262717_3773889_1653878_n.jpg

elkmtngear
04-05-2011, 05:28 PM
[QUOTE=Doe Nob;3979]Here he is. A couple years ago from the texas hill country. I hunted this deer for about 47 minutes before I smoked him. Scored 14 P&Y!

Doe Nob,
Man, it's too bad you lost points for symmetry, he should have easily been in the 20's! ;)

Best of Luck,
Jeff

BuckeyeDIY
04-07-2011, 08:05 PM
Nice bucks guys!

Haven't had the opportunity to chase muleys with a bow, but this is my best archery buck and the story behind it. 25 1/4" wide blacktail.

http://pse-archery.com/content/newsdetail/445.5.1.1?content_id=445-c5c3564df244431574a5b4f6dbbc79fe

I really like that blacktails rack, Its got a really unique style, and Its the kind of animal that makes me envious, congatulations Big Sur

NRS
04-08-2011, 11:13 AM
With limited time to archery hunt due to work I have to pick spots pretty close to home that I can hunt evenings after work or on the weekends. Found a bach group of bucks about a 10 min drive from my house and watched them for several day before the season, I was hoping to get one in velvet but had to leave town for a week during the opener and when I got back they had all shed there velvet. Anyways, I went out on a Saturday morning and watched about 6 bucks feed untill about 10am and then bedded them down in a bluffy area below a small cliff. I was able to sneak around and get above the deer for about a 15 yd shot, I didnt have a shot at the biggest one in the bunch but this one gave me a perfect shot so I took it and nailed him in the heart with a muzzy 100gr b-head, he ran 15yds and piled up. Not a huge buck but im proud of him and hope to get the big boy this year!

CrimsonArrow
04-09-2011, 01:50 PM
Hubba20,

Looks like this hunt was pretty hard on your arrow supply!

RUTTIN
04-09-2011, 04:25 PM
Great bucks guys, keep em coming!

hubba20
04-10-2011, 02:32 AM
Hubba20,

Looks like this hunt was pretty hard on your arrow supply!


lol well it definitely wasnt easy, but i should have made a shot or two that i missed lol

CrimsonArrow
04-10-2011, 08:51 AM
lol well it definitely wasnt easy, but i should have made a shot or two that i missed lol

There's nothing better than blowing a shot early in the hunt, working thru the despair, then having it all come back together and making a great kill later

Maxhunter
04-10-2011, 10:46 AM
I took my biggest buck back in 2008. I hunted the Late Season Archery Extended Wasatch Front hunt in Utah. It was only my 2nd year hunting in Utah as a resident. I found a place where the deer were traveling through on a regular basis. I placed a tree stand and was sitting for 7-8hrs a day on the weekends starting in November with 80 plus hours in the stand. I couldn’t hunt the weekdays since I just started a new job and didn’t have any vacation time. I didn't see a lot of deer only 11 total and 6 in one day but they were all does and fawns. I knew there was a big buck coming through the area since I saw his tracks numerous times in the snow. Since it was the rut I figured it was only a matter of time before mister big would wander by. Well my last weekend too hunt bucks came. I sat Saturday and had one forkie buck come by and I passed him up at 16yds. I climbed in my stand on Sunday the last day I could hunt for bucks. All my friends told me I was crazy sitting for all those hours and seeing so little deer. About 11:13am my stomach started growling. I said well I’ll eat something about 11:30am. I looked to my right nothing so I turned to look to the left nothing, but out of the right corner of my eyes I caught movement I turned my head slowing and here came mister big. He came by and stopped at 15yds broadside. I pulled back my less than a month old Katera bow and placed my pin on his vitals. When the bow went off and I saw the arrow hit the deer in the sweet spot and knew he wouldn’t go far since it was a text book shot. He ran about 30yds stopped wobbled for a few seconds and went down. He’s a 6 X 7 and is 30inches wide. My buddies never question my patience now!

http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv196/maxhunter2314/MuleDeer08.jpg

Pronghorn73
04-10-2011, 10:58 AM
Awesome archery muley Maxhunter. It has taken me too many years to realize that patience pays off. I hope some of the younger hunters out there can take note of this good advice.........sure wish I had when I was just starting out!

RUTTIN
04-10-2011, 02:36 PM
Very nice buck! I'm still waiting to be able to punch a tag on the extended. Hunted it many times just couldn't put it all together. Good job.

AustonButt
04-22-2011, 09:45 PM
You could try safari stalkers or sneaky pete. Both products slip right over your hunting boot and help reduce noise. I also have a pair of neoprene socks that I wear. They provide a little extra cushion when wearing shoes and when stalking, they help keep thorns and grass from tearing up the bottoms of your feet.

SDbowhunter
04-28-2011, 12:06 AM
I also have stalked in my socks and paid for it for the next two days but it was bitter sweet after taking my 150 mulie at 30 yards with the hoyt !