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mt-mike
10-29-2013, 09:45 PM
A couple of fellows on this forum gave me some good info to help with planning where to hunt. They know who they are and I thank them very much. Hunting was tough with bluebird weather and full moon. I dealt with these obsticles by putting on my soft soled (sneakers) boots and hunting the timber very slowly and quitely into the wind. It took me 6-days to find this guy.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q686/Mt-mike/DSC01076zz_zps44b960d5.jpg (http://s1354.photobucket.com/user/Mt-mike/media/DSC01076zz_zps44b960d5.jpg.html)

hoshour
10-29-2013, 10:03 PM
Nice job, Mike.

I also took a deer second season in CO last week so I know about the warm temps, full moon and rice krispies underfoot.

My hat's off to anyone who can still-hunt in those conditions and bring down a heavy, mature buck. You've got some real patience, my friend. That's a well-earned trophy.

BigSurArcher
10-29-2013, 10:56 PM
Beautiful buck. It's hard to stay motivated hunting Muleys during sunny days and sunny nights. Way to stick with it!

Colorado Cowboy
10-30-2013, 06:34 AM
Good job, especially during what I consider the toughest season to hunt here in Colorado.

Red Raider
10-30-2013, 07:24 AM
Congrats Mike. That's a great buck.

HiMtnHnter
10-30-2013, 07:43 AM
Now that sounds like a hunt! You did very well.

Ikeepitcold
10-30-2013, 07:58 AM
Great buck Mike. Congrats!! Let's hear the story.

troutcarver
10-30-2013, 08:36 AM
The look of pure satisfaction right there. Nice job on a very nice buck.

mt-mike
10-30-2013, 10:39 AM
My story? OK, once I recovered from the shock of seeing so many hunters in the field, I realized I was going to have to do some serious walking. Opening morning consisted of altering the direction I was heading no less than three times due to running into multiple hunters. Most were Elk hunters. I did get the glimpse of a good buck traveling through the quakies heading for a north slope drop off. Then a little later in the morning, about 2 1/2-miles in, I encountered a lone buck feeding on the brink of a north slope drop off in a mix of quakies and conifers. He was close and unaware of me. He was big enough to give me a good surge of excitement. Then after further study trough my binocs, I concluded I should let him go. His frame was large with a great spread 3-4" beyond his ears. However, he lacked good mass and had very weak G2-G3 forks. Being the first morning I passed. I didn't fully recognize how difficult the hunting was going to be. Three or four days later I would have surely taken him. Here's the best picture I got of him.
http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q686/Mt-mike/DSC01017z_zps83286d9c.jpg

sneakypete
10-30-2013, 06:24 PM
Nice buck and thanks for the story. I just came back from an eastern Oregon elk hunt with very similar conditions but not the success that you had.

Don Dusart
10-30-2013, 06:44 PM
Wow nice buck!!

oneshot
10-30-2013, 06:45 PM
well worth the wait. thats a great buck!

oneshot
10-30-2013, 06:47 PM
love the picture.

Eberle
10-30-2013, 08:07 PM
Great buck congrats!

Engideer
10-31-2013, 09:40 AM
That is a great buck and thanks for the story! The one you passed up on would have haunted you all year, he was a pretty nice deer too. Congratulations!

Grizz
10-31-2013, 01:30 PM
I don't think many people truly understand the supreme accomplishment you have here. Amazing job, my hat is off to those old-school ways gettin' it done. WOW!

hardstalk
10-31-2013, 01:51 PM
Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Congrats on a great hunt!!

BossBrott
10-31-2013, 02:39 PM
Beautiful buck, congrats!

BigBy1
10-31-2013, 05:02 PM
That'll look swell on your wall...... If you're allowed to have a wall!

sjsmallfield
10-31-2013, 05:34 PM
Congrats on an awesome buck Mike. Sounds like you worked your butt off for that buck.

Musket Man
11-01-2013, 04:48 PM
Great buck! Congrats!

ddress00
11-01-2013, 05:52 PM
Thanks a heckuva toad!! Congrats on the hard hunt, it's worth it in the end!!!

In God We Trust
11-01-2013, 10:09 PM
Beautiful buck, way to get it done!

tttoadman
11-01-2013, 10:26 PM
Sounds like a good plan B got the job done. I agree the real accomplishment is figuring out what it was going to take and sticking with it. Nice!!

d.kerri
11-05-2013, 04:37 PM
I agree with Grizz- a remarkable accomplishment on a remarkable deer.

Roboz
11-06-2013, 10:37 AM
Great Buck - Congrats!