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Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 09:34 AM
First off I would like to thank every one on here who responded to my other thread to offer me advice on my first mulie hunt. This hunt was one of the quickest but wildest I've ever done. After packing in about a mile to mile and a half, my friend and I ate our subway lunch and lightened up our packs for the evening hunt. The wind was blowing so hard we decided to wait to see if the wind would die down and we'd pitch tents after scouting that evening to make a morning plan. I don't think either of us expected to tag out that evening.

Well we donned our packs and headed up the main ridge to find the best way down to a lower ridge which led to a water tank we wanted to glass that evening. Well after hiking about half an hr we were on the ridge we wanted to be on slowly making our way to the glassing point when I saw a deer out of the corner of my eye hop over the next ridge over. We stopped and talked about how cool it was to see one so quick. About that time 2 more appeared and one was a def shooter, big 4x4, but before we could get set up, he and a doe disappeared over the ridge. We had moment of disappointment before the whole hillside came alive with deer! Well over a dozen! All but 2 went up and over the ridge, doe after doe until just 2 were left.

At this point, my buddy is using my binos and I'm set up with my gun and bipod. One of the deer we thought was a doe, turned out to be a small fork buck. The other deer had a much bigger body but his head was hidden behind a tree. Finally he moved slightly and we realized he had 4 pts on at least one side! Having the wind blowing hard in our face and the deer about 165 yds away, I slowly moved about 20 yds to the right to get a more open shooting lane. While we waited on him to give us a shot, I was very torn on whether to pass him or not. I've heard the "don't pass a deer on day one that you'd take on the last day" but it was hard to get the big 4x4 I had just seen out of my head. My buddy who had moved over now too was talking with me about it and was able to snap me back to reality telling me that he'd prob take him if it were him. I agreed as I had told him earlier I would take a 3x3 or bigger no question if we saw one early.


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Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 09:35 AM
Well now we had to wait for him to give us a shot. After 20 mins, the fork horn got spooky and hopped up over the ridge. The 3x4 started to step out now and just before coming clear, he started hopping. At this point I'm thinking to myself that the hunt is over for the day. Just then I hear my buddy yell "maaahh" to get him stopped. That slowed him down, he yelled again and the deer stopped just for a moment at the top of the ridge to look back. He was quartering away and I took the shot at 170 yds. By the time I was back on target the deer was gone but Tony felt like it was a good hit based on what he saw.

We got our packs back on and hiked down and back up to where the deer was standing when I shot him...no blood. We started a search back and forth slowly working down the opposite side of the ridge. After 20 mins, I finally cut his trail and found blood, then lots of hair, then him! He was stuck under a log, on the side of a ridge so steep we were having trouble standing up to take pics. We carefully lowered him to the bottom, quartered him out and then began the long 3 mile hike back to the truck. We were off the mountain by 830 that night and headed into town for a pizza and beer. I can't believe how fast it happened but I couldn't be more happy. It was a great first experience hunting out west. Big thanks to my friend Tony for going with me and my wife for allowing me to hunt on her vacation. Can't wait for my elk hunt in Dec now. Hope you enjoyed the story and pics.


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Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 09:39 AM
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Engideer
11-19-2013, 09:39 AM
Congratulations on your buck, that is a great story! I don't see any pics attached, but maybe I am doing something wrong.

Engideer
11-19-2013, 09:40 AM
Haha, whoops, I am just too impatient. Nice Buck!

Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 09:43 AM
Yeah sorry. Had to do it in sections. Ha


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Ikeepitcold
11-19-2013, 10:09 AM
Congrats for sure. Great buck for your first!

Colorado Cowboy
11-19-2013, 10:43 AM
Great story. Your hooked now, mule deer have a way of doing that to you. Its been a 60 year passion for me.

Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 11:27 AM
Great story. Your hooked now, mule deer have a way of doing that to you. Its been a 60 year passion for me.

I think I'm hooked to the western style of hunting period. I think from here on out, no matter where I live, I'll be putting in for hunts out west. Just so different than hunting whitetail down south. So much more adventure.


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mt-mike
11-19-2013, 11:59 AM
Good job! You got yourself a nice buck and some great eating. Plus you had a good time. Congrats!

Caseyu
11-19-2013, 12:39 PM
Congrats on the buck. Great achievement and great read thanks for sharing

Work2hunt
11-19-2013, 01:56 PM
Congrats and glad to hear you were successful.

Ltsheets
11-19-2013, 04:52 PM
Thx guys. Glad you enjoyed the story.


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Musket Man
11-19-2013, 06:58 PM
Congrats great first buck!

sjsmallfield
11-21-2013, 01:44 PM
That is a great first buck and a wonderful story. Congrats!

ddress00
11-21-2013, 05:41 PM
lookin good!! its a great feeling to get some meat in the freezer!!@

Eberle
11-21-2013, 08:12 PM
Congrats! Keep that spot to yourself & you will find deer there for years! I hope you get an elk now! Sent you a pm a couple weeks ago about coming to bow hunt at my place.

See Ya

Ltsheets
11-21-2013, 10:23 PM
Congrats! Keep that spot to yourself & you will find deer there for years! I hope you get an elk now! Sent you a pm a couple weeks ago about coming to bow hunt at my place.

See Ya

Just tried to PM you but your mailbox is full. I don't think I got that PM about bowhunting your place?


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tttoadman
11-21-2013, 10:45 PM
I think you showed great patience for your first buck. It is really cool that you got to share it with someone.

Eberle: just post your address and let us all know what time to show up.

Ltsheets
11-22-2013, 07:23 AM
I think you showed great patience for your first buck. It is really cool that you got to share it with someone.

Eberle: just post your address and let us all know what time to show up.

Thanks toadman. It seemed like a long wait but in reality it paled in comparison to some of my past whitetail hunts when it comes to needing patience haha

Eberle
11-22-2013, 07:39 AM
Cleaned out my inbox! Thats why I was not getting any messages!

Toadman that would be a long roadtrip from Oregon!

bern0134
11-22-2013, 09:32 AM
Congratulations on your first mulie! Like CC said, you're hooked now. I went with a buddy on his first mulie hunt at the end of the October and got lucky. Now he sends me texts about once a week asking about next year. Good Luck on the elk hunt.

Eberle: I'm just a few hours away in Lubbock ;-)

anglinscreek
11-22-2013, 09:32 AM
What state? I would love to attempt a mule deer hunt in the future.

tttoadman
11-22-2013, 10:43 AM
Cleaned out my inbox! Thats why I was not getting any messages!

Toadman that would be a long roadtrip from Oregon!

always good for a road trip, but that may be overdoing it a bit.

CoHiCntry
11-22-2013, 11:04 AM
The rest of us are still waiting for that address...

Ltsheets
11-22-2013, 06:01 PM
What state? I would love to attempt a mule deer hunt in the future.

NM. Got lucky to get a tag transferred from my new neighbor due to military obligations that wouldn't allow him to be free for the hunt.


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