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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