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    Montana High Country Mule Deer

    Well, my buddy and I backpacked nine miles deep into the Montana high alpine backcountry for the opener of early rifle. This is a public land, OTC hunt for mule deer. Deer numbers are not high in this area, but if you find a lone buck, he is often an old one. That is the case with this deer. He only had a few teeth left. He was in full, beautiful, untouched velvet with a 4 inch horizontal kicker on his driver's side ... before the shot(s). I kept putting shots on him to try to keep him on the ribbon cliff he was on, but of course he rolled right off. The velvet was shredded, and the kicker was MIA. My buddy and I searched the path of the fall, and through some miracle, my buddy found it in the rocks. My taxi should be able to fix the kicker and put some synthetic velvet on.

    The pack-out was brutal, but worth it!

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    Sweet buck Bitterroot.

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    That's phenomenal. The Bob? More pictures?

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    What a thud. Look at that eye guard.

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    Great high country Buck.

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    Very nice buck! What beautiful country!! I guess you didn't find that 7x7 bull from before??
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    great buck! i didn't know montana offered early rifle hunts. that is sweet. way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSUcat61 View Post
    That's phenomenal. The Bob? More pictures?
    Something like the Bob.

    I am saving some pictures for submitting to the EHJ. I will keep my fingers crossed, and maybe make the annual DIY issue. I also have some good video.

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    Nice man. good way to start the season! Hopefully we will be seeing the story in a upcoming issue
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    Congratulations what an awesome buck! Definitely something to be proud of!

 

 

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