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what a season... before I start with the story a little background on this gobbler. I been chasing him on and off since opening week. I was able to get his little brother earlier in the season but he's been giving me the slip day after day. I think I have hunted him a total of 10 to 12 solid days.
This gobbler would roost in the same tree day after day and once in awhile when I thought I had him figured out, he would roost 100 yards from the trail head and make my life absolutely miserable. I named him old circle toes because he had these odd circle at the tip of his toes that made his tracks look funny with these circles.
Every morning I would go after him, he would gobble 4 times on the roost and one or twice on the ground. One day I had him gobbling his head off with some sweet purrs and scratching the leaves but as he got in range and closing in at 70 yards, couple of hikers came walking up the trail and busted the hunt.
This morning, before I...
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Well after a season mostly dedicated to archery deer, I have more respect than ever for bow hunters. Getting it done when the buck (and sometimes a whole group of does) is only a few yards from you is intense!
Matagi gave me great advice, as always, along with a recommendation for a good spot. After I wasted a shot last week, I passed up a couple of opportunities where I thought the shot was too risky or I didn't have room to draw and anchor properly.
This morning it came together. I was in my spot before first light. My doghouse blind is just too cramped for bow hunting, so I didn't get into it. But I set it up, and used it for cover and as a backstop. I also laid out some other camo material and brush to help break up the scene as I stood in the shadows next to a tree trunk. It seemed to work pretty well, as I was surrounded by does most of the time leading up to my shot, and afterward, while I was giving the buck time to settle after I'd shot him, the does and spikes circled...
Yet another fun week with waterfowl including a great hunt at the "Shaw" yesterday. The week started for me on Sunday as my wife and in-laws got me a new camera for Christmas (Cannon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR). I was antsy to get out and get some waterfowl pics so after my hunting partner for Wednesday confirmed that we were set up I went out with Trig (ilovesprig) to a local pond photography sesh. I got some cool pictures but still have a lot to learn. After lunch and plenty of pics I headed home and got my stuff packed for the next days hunt. 2:30 Wednesday morning rolled around quicker than I had hoped but none the less I got out of bed and was off. Shoot time was at 6:20 and we had good action at first shoot light. The first 3 ducks hit the strap quick but after that it slowed a bit. After a few birds flared from the blind we made the decision to completely move our blind and spread back about 30 yds. I'm glad we did because after that it was game on. I finished up my 7 by 8:48 and we...
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3 Big bucks down in Idaho!
New Idaho 2016
Waiting all year for the possibility of getting 5 to 10 seconds of slow motion clarity through a rifle scope seems preposterous. All the miles hiked, all the preparations made and all the planning comes together and ends in the blink of an eye. How can you...
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Where to begin! It was a hell of a trip! The opener was October 22 but the hunt began well before this date. Gil and I decided to put in for the Pine Valley Unit General Rifle an area we had never been to before and with a rifle for the first time in Utah. We heard many stories of overcrowded conditions but figured if we played it right we could...
Well with the absence of a big buck contest this year I have been completely off of here not really a point to post I'm just jacked on this buck. We found a 4 x 4 a couple weeks back and a 4 x 3 On with our bows in the break when we couldn't hunt just kept watching big deer. Opening day we split up and my buddy knock down the big 4 x 4 and I got by far my biggest deer it's a stud of a 3 x 4
Scouting paid off huge.
Like this post 900 times and lil Benny won't have canser and will I get to posting some pictures in the near future. But there's no time limit homie hope you like my story
Well guys my dad got it done. We went up Thursday afternoon and went into a new spot I've been wanting to go into, it looked promising to say the least. Friday morning we woke up and hiked about 1 and a half hours into a spot I wanted to glass from. Nothing much was going on in there Friday only some does and a small buck, which my dad missed [emoji15] he never misses!
Well Saturday morning we planned to hike into the spot I killed my buck. We got in there and after about 15 minutes I spot a nice buck about a mile up a mountain. I figured it would be about a 1500' climb to where the buck was. I asked my dad if he wanted to go after him. Game on.
We kept tabs on our buck as we made our way to get in range, he stayed within 100 yards of where we first glassed him. Thankfully. Eventually we got to where we wanted to glass from, which I guessed was going to be a 600-650 yard shot. We got up there, I ranged him 591 yards the buck moved another 10 yards or so farther.
My dad got set...
The girlfriend finally got her buck. She has put in a lot of time physically training and shooting preparing for this moment.
At about 6 am last Saturday we had a good start to the day I glassed up about 10 does off the get while on our hike into our "spot".
Once we got to where we were planning on hunting I glasses for about 15 minutes before turning up a small forky at 800 yards, I asked her if she wanted him and she said yes, so the hunt was on. As we were making our stalk I checked up on our buck (which was with about 6 does) to my surprise another buck had joined them.
This buck was a 3 point on one side from what I could tell, so we continued up the ridge out of sight from the deer. I had picked out a rock earlier that I figured was about 400 yards from the deer, perfect!
Sarah has been practicing regularly out to 1000 yards so a 400 yard shot should be a chip shot.
We finally made it to the rock I had picked out, I got the gun set up ranged the buck with my G7...
Anthony and I went out yesterday morning to see if we could find a buck for him. With very limited time to hunt this season Anthony was not going to be picky. He told me that if we could find a legal buck, he would go for it. At first light we glassed up two bucks and three does. The bucks were about a half mile down the canyon from us feeding. We waited for the spike fork to bed and made a plan to move in, the other buck was a small spike.
As we got to the base of the ridge that the buck was bedded on, Anthony pointed out and told me that there were deer in the oaks in front of us. I looked up to see the spike fork following a doe, on a trail that would lead them right to us. When the buck got to 20 yards Anthony drew his bow and the buck spooked, only to stop at 30 yards perfectly broadside. it seemed like slow motion when he released the arrow until it impacted on the bucks shoulder. The buck took off hard and crashed about 40 yards to our left. No tracking needed on this buck...
Left Sunday morning at 5:00 am.....Arrived in Cascade, Montana 19 hours later.....Rained from the time I hit the Idaho border and rained for 2 days here.....1st thing I did Monday was go to Montana Fish & Wildlife office in Helena to get my Combo elk & deer tags.....Not!.....When I looked a month ago there were 10,000 tags still left. August 8th, they went on sale OTC.....Sold Out!.....In fact, with the exception of a couple of antlerless tags left, there isn't squat, even hunting with my bow.....Oh well, bought a upland & waterfowl license.
Today was the 1st sunny day and my cousin Ronnie had got permission to hunt a prairie dog colony.....Dang things aren't like our ground squirrels. Not only are they smarter, but they're larger, and can take a hit from a .17 HMR no problem (John, I need a 22.250.....lol).....Finally made some head shots and recovered a few.....While looking for one, I hear the familiar sound of San Diego.....Buzzzzz.....My 1st prairie rattler.....He...
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"Bad Day" Dove Risotto
The dove season opener is coming up next week, and although some of you take so many doves that it looks like you threw grenades up into the sky at passing flocks, there are some of us who occasionally strike out completely, or else manage to take only one or two doves....
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Well if your looking for pics of a high country monster this is not the thread for you! Even though he may be the smallest legal buck ever taken he is my first and I worked my butt off to bring him home.
Opening weekend I spent four days up in X12 and although I saw 100+ does (and a bunch of spikes plus a sow and two cubs) I only saw one shooter buck near dark on day 3. The deer population up there is good but I was pretty embarrassed to say I only saw one legal buck. After coming home and moping around the house for a couple days my wife told me I should go back up and try one final weekend.
Saturday was the same old story for deer but I was able to watch a monster Antelope buck (14-15" and heavy) along with 3 other smaller bucks chase around what I can only imagine was a hot doe. This was at 11k feet. I had no idea antelope were up that high.
Sunday started like all the rest. Around 1 pm I drove to my last location to see if I could make a last...
The hunt story is real short. I sat in a blind for an hour on opening morning and shot this buck!
The long story is that I retired and moved to Arizona last year. I've been bowhunting Arizona for almost 30 years. Mostly southern and the Kaibab before it was a draw. In all those years I've only shot one Coues deer. I'd always say I was going to give it an effort and then I'd end up hunting the easy deer, mulies. Anyways, I didn't draw any tags this year so I decided this was my opportunity to learn how to hunt these little deer. Between the end of June and today I've spent hundreds of hours in the woods trying to figure them out. I had two expert Coues hunters tell me some of their secrets and helped me get after it.
I found a few spots that had several bucks coming to water. They weren't consistent on my cameras but I figured that if I put the time in, I'd get an opportunity. There was one buck that stood out and all the others were just Coues bucks. I had already said to myself...
I shot this buck in 2010. Originally I had Randomshot do a Euro mount for me but over the years I wanted to get a shoulder mount done. I killed a buck that had a really nice cape so I had it sent out and had the hide tanned. I had the cape at my house and before I could get all the parts over to Randomshot my son's dog ate the ear off of my cape. So again I was on a hunt for another cape.
Last year NBK shot a buck that had a nice cape on it and I was able to convince him to carry it off the mountain so I could get my mount done. Really happy with the way it turned out.
Thanks to NBK and Randomshot.
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