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    Great job,nice fat buck!

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    I’ve got my rental car full and I’m Florida bound!

    Deer hunting will resume shortly after I get in and take care of some much needed family time! There is still a lot of season left!

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    Did you have to abort on your New Mexico tag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanish View Post
    Did you have to abort on your New Mexico tag?
    Unfortunately yes....

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    I was able to get out and stretch the legs this morning. Thanks to a tip from a buddy of mine, I was able to find a good buck not long after sunrise. I actually saw a few dozen deer right away, and had a couple does and a yearling forkie walk past me at about 30yds. But the nice buck was a long way off, so I focused on hiking instead of taking pics of everything.

    When I last saw the buck, he was feeding about 30-50 yards below the top of a ridge with some decent sized boulders on it. The wind was good to go around the back of the ridge, and hopefully when I got to the boulders the buck would still be pretty close.

    Well he was. I got to the rocks and the first deer I saw was him. I could just see the tops of his antlers whenever he'd pick his head up, but he was still feeding in my direction. I got ready and ranged his antlers the next time I could. 57yds... This is too easy. First day. I can't believe this is happening....

    The wind was blowing steady and hard from left to right, the same direction the buck was walking. It was perfect.... Until it wasn't....

    The wind did a 90 degree turn and blow straight into his face. He turned uphill a little bit and we just barely made eye contact before he locked up. He stood for what felt like an eternity (probably only 30 seconds or less) before bolting down the canyon.





    Luckily, the deer took off in the same direction I needed to go to get back to the truck. So I watched them as long as I could, and I was pretty sure I knew where they were going to settle down again. I decided to give them another go.

    It took a little over an hour to get back on the herd, but I couldn't find the buck. All of the deer were bedded down and tucked into the very bottom of the drainage where they were out of the wind. I assumed the buck was somewhere in the middle of the group. I slowly worked my way amongst the ground of deer and boulders, and finally relocated the buck.

    If he was all by himself it would have been an easy stalk with a 10yd shot opportunity, but he was surrounded by does. I ran out of real estate and cover 90yds from the bedded buck. So I sat and waited for him to hopefully stand up and give me a closer shot before the does noticed the stranger in their midst. I had 2 bedded does on the other side of a boulder maybe 15yds away, and 10 does and fawns on the opposite side of the drainage within clear site.

    I sat for about 30 minutes before a tiny fawn decided it was hungry and walked straight up to me. She stopped at around 10 yards and realized something was not ok, she knew I did not belong. She hopped to the other side of the drainage with the rest of the does and herd stood up and moved away from me.

    The buck stayed bedded until most of the does were almost out of site. He bounced away to 120 yes and in true mule deer fashion, stood there and looked at me for a half hour before walking up and over the ridge and out of my life.







    At least I didn't leave empty handed.



    Not a bad way to spend a morning. I have way too much work to do on my house to spend all weekend hunting, so I'm going cut myself off at just opening day. Once I get everything taken care of I'll be back out there.

    We got official word that I'll be moving at the end of January with a possibility to extend that into February. So we have a lot of work to do and not a lot of time.
    Last edited by sn.outdoors; 11-10-2018 at 06:46 PM.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Another great adventure.Nice pics,see you when you get back at it.

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    Well tonight went well!
    I have a buddy who is about to have some surgery and won’t be able to hunt the rest of the season. He hasn’t seen a deer yet so I took him to one of the ranges I hunt that always has lots of does.

    I put him in my best spot. He saw 4, shot, and missed one.

    I saw four, shot, and..




    It’s amazing the difference going from Kansas to Florida. It was hot and the deer are a lot smaller haha.

    I had four coming in, two mature ones, but this one came into 18 yards, quartering away, and was about to walk into my wind.
    So... a bird in hand.... is a deer in the freezer!


    Great night!

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    This is what it’s all about!

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    Yummy.

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    Mmmmmmm!!!! fresh Doe meat!!!

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    Someone's trying to be a big help by moving the sheds back and forth to the most inconvenient spots in the house...



    Seriously though... Moving elk heads is a nightmare.

    Anybody got any tips and tricks on how to move elk euro mounts without breaking them?
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    I wrap the snot out of my euro's with heavy-duty bubble wrap. Seems to do the job OK.

    Wouldn't handle getting thrown around though. Might be able to tape up a cardboard 'shell' over the top of the wrap to improve impact resistance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsyeah View Post
    I wrap the snot out of my euro's with heavy-duty bubble wrap. Seems to do the job OK.

    Wouldn't handle getting thrown around though. Might be able to tape up a cardboard 'shell' over the top of the wrap to improve impact resistance...
    That's probably the route i'm going to take. I have all of my other misc. skulls and deer euros in boxes with packing paper and extra clothes in there to take up the space. All of my shoulder mounts are going to be screwed onto plywood which will then be fastened to the floor of a uhaul trailer pulled by my tacoma. I'm hoping the elk skulls fit in the back of my wife's forester which is going to be trailered behind the moving truck.

    Moving is so much fun.... I don't know why more people aren't doing it? It gives you an opportunity to purge all of the unnecessary things from your life and really test the resolve of your marriage. So much fun.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Quote Originally Posted by sn.outdoors View Post
    ...Moving is so much fun....
    Especially cross-state moves! We bounced between rentals in Boise for a few years before buying a house and that wasn't any kind of issue. This last move down to UT was a whole new level of grit and purge though...

    But its like riding a bike right, once you've done it once you can do it again. Now its not always fun to have to saddle up though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsyeah View Post
    But its like riding a bike right, once you've done it once you can do it again.
    It is. This is our 4th move in 7 years, so we kinda have a system down. But I am very much looking forward to moving for the last time and being able to settle into a community. It's crazy to think I'll most likely have 3-4 more moves before I separate from the military.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Beautiful kid awesome shed, and good luck with the move. That one part of the military I don't miss was all the moving around. Good luck with where ever you end up!!!!

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    I’m heading out tomorrow morning and Sunday evening! The weather is finally cooling down in Florida so it’s about to get fun!

    I’ve also got next Thursday through Sunday off and I’ll be out a few of those days.


    One neat thing is next weekend I got invited out on a special hunt. A local on one of our hunting pages always draws a hunt for veterans on one of his properties.
    I didn’t get drawn, but my buddy did. Guess who gets to be his guest!
    I’m very excited. It should be a neat time.
    It’ll be a rifle hunt, fancy box blinds, and I think he’s feeding us lunch. What a nice guy! I’ll bring my camera and maybe I’ll try to record some stuff.

    Still plenty of season left down here.... things don’t even get started up until mid to end January!

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    I was fortunate enough to take another Florida public land doe today. Once I process her I should be at the window where I will focus on bucks only the rest of the season because I should be close to having enough meat for the year!

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    That little girl looks somewhat distraught playing on your swingset.She needs a big strong Buck to save her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtclod Az. View Post
    That little girl looks somewhat distraught playing on your swingset.She needs a big strong Buck to save her!
    I agree!!!!

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    Well... We got our house on the market yesterday so I was able to sneak away to chase some deer today.

    I went to the same spot I went last week to see if I could turn up the same buck. This time a buddy would be tagging along to spot and Per usual, we saw a lot of does everywhere we looked. Most of the groups of does had a spike or fork horned buck pestering then, but we didn't see any big bucks. We could hear rocks falling below us so we knew there were deer down there, and we also knew there was a lot of terrain we couldn't see from our vantage point.



    It didn't take long before we saw the first 3x4. He had a harem of does around him and wasn't in a hunt-able spot. We decided it would be best to let the deer and the wind settle down before making any moves.



    As we were getting up to move and check the next drainage, I looked up and saw a buck silhouetted on the adjacent ridgeline....



    He obviously saw us too, and wanted nothing to do with it. He stood like a statue for about 5 minutes before a good looking doe walked in front of his nose. He curled his nose, tucked his head back, and followed her into the drainage he came from.

    We sat for about an hour longer to let the deer get settled in so we weren't bumping them everywhere we went.

    The young 3x4 bedded down within sight in a very hunt-able spot. I hate leaving deer to find deer, and since I'm really limited on time this year, I figured it would be worth going after the 3x4 instead of wandering around looking for the big buck. Either way, I needed to walk to the spot I'd last seen the big one to stalk the 3x4. Maybe we'd see him when we got there.

    Well, we didn't see the big buck, but we did see a few other hunters walking down the drainage we assumed the big one was in. Since there weren't many escape routes out of that drainage due to the cliffs and rocks everywhere, we setup on the most likely option on our ridge with the best wind.

    The deer didn't come our way and we didn't see the buck come out, but based on the fact that the hunters left and had the same number of arrows in their quivers we don't think they saw him either. So on to stalking the younger buck.

    If the buck stayed where we last saw him, I'd have a steep, but easy 25-30 yard shot from the top of the rocks he was bedded below.

    Too bad they made a smart move and relocated to the other side of the drainage. 115yds was the closest I could get without spooking any of the sentries.



    We were going to take a peak into a different drainage when a random group of does crashed into the drainage where the young 3x4 was bedded. They must have been spooked by other hunters because it was obvious that sticking around was not on their agenda. This actually worked in our favor because all but 4 deer got up and left; a fawn, a doe (who never even stood up), a spike, and the 3x4.

    The 3x4 looked like he was going to leave, but immediately turned around when the spike walked past the bedded doe. He pinned his ears back and walked stiff-legged back to the bottom of the drainage. After a 10 minute staredown and a couple near beatdowns, the more dominant buck bedded down in some rocks next to the doe.

    It was pretty simple from here. All I had to do was walk back to the other side of the drainage (the same one we were on originally), climb down a few cliffs, conquer a boulder field, somehow quietly walk through a scree chute, tip-toe a narrow ledge, climb a few more rocks and.... boom, easy 20yd shot....

    It was going perfectly, until I got 40 yards away and I rolled a rock right past the deer.

    They stood up, walked a few yards... no shot... A few more yards... They didn't stop... They turned around... Bad angle, no shot. They walked toward me and behind some rocks. No shot. The buck wouldn't let the doe leave and he wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a shot.

    I climbed a boulder to get a better view. The doe stopped to pee, and the buck had to sniff it. He was perfectly quartered away. I ranged him, set my feet the best I could, drew back, settled the pin and released.



    Textbook!

    He walked 20 yards before rolling down the hill and stopped 5 yards from where I shot him.





    I couldn't be more happy with how it all came together, I'm glad to have my first archery mule deer in the freezer, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with the kids before we move.

    The only hunt left for me this year is my wife's elk hunt, and we're not sure if we'll have the time to get it done. We're just taking it all one day at a time right now.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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