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schlaggerman
09-27-2013, 03:49 PM
Hi Everyone, Have returned from my annual Wyoming mule deer hunt in the Bighorns. We hunted Sept. 5th thru 11th. I must say the hunting was decidedly tougher this year. Two issues had to be dealt with; the first few days were very hot and deer numbers seemed to be down a little. Those first few days there was very little deer movement in the daylight, the first hour of daylight was about the only time we saw activity. We passed up a few small and medium bucks thinking we would see better. Mid week temps cooled and we started seeing more deer. I shot a small buck on the last morning of the hunt, not a trophy, but he'll make excellent steaks, brats, and snack sticks. My buddy ended up sorry he didn't take a mid size 4x4 on the first day.

A couple of observations; We saw quite a few spike bucks this year. I don't know if I have ever seen spike bucks here before. Also the buck I shot had almost no fat reserves on his body. Usually there is fat around the brisket area and on the back above the back straps. Here's my opinion. Due to the drought of last year the winter range has very poor feed available for the deer, hence, spike bucks and deer in poor condition for the upcoming winter. Pray for a mild winter this year.

I did see more elk than I ever have this year, probably because we started concentrating on secluded springs and water sources. Between my partner and I we could have shot 7 different bulls, all under 20 yds. No, don't ask. I hope to draw an elk tag in the near future.

mattdeere
09-27-2013, 06:51 PM
Well it sounds like you had a great time. Congratulations on your deer.

Conrad8899
09-27-2013, 07:43 PM
Congrats on a good hunt

sjsmallfield
09-27-2013, 07:53 PM
Congrats schlaggerman! Any animal with a recurve is well earned.

lookinforwater
09-27-2013, 09:12 PM
I always like to see something shot with a recurve. I have dabbled a little with one. I had a really nice one piece black widow last year and sold it,but now I am thinking about getting another one. Congrats.

BobT
09-28-2013, 03:18 AM
Congrats! How about some details on your equipment?

schlaggerman
09-30-2013, 07:54 AM
My equipment was; Black Douglas recurve made by Border Archery in Scotland, 52lbs at my draw length. Two blade single bevel Helix broadheads on a carbon arrow weighing a total of 475 grains. This is the first animal I have shot with a two bladed head and I was not impressed with the blood trail, will be going back to my standard three blade Terminator broadheads. This buck was shot right through the heart, the arrow exited the opposite arm pit. There was a splash of blood at the point of impact and then nothing until about six feet before the carcass. As I said, I wasn't impressed. Should of had a ton of blood with that hit.

lp2506
09-30-2013, 07:57 AM
Great Job!!!

HuntWYODon
09-30-2013, 01:36 PM
A trophy with a bow and with a recurve even more so ! Congrats !