I went up with my buddy this weekend and this morning we put the smack down on a pretty nice summer buck. We hiked in last night, woke up at 5:30 a.m. and spotted him feeding below us on a south facing slope that was 75 degrees. We watched him for a good fifteen minutes and he just sat in the same place eating away. After the few minutes of trying to figure out if he was going to split my buddy decided he wanted to attempt a stalk. The wind was blowing incesently and so it was useful in muffling the sounds of walking through thick brush. I sat just below ridgeline under some rocks and watched the buck through the spotting scope and relayed the deer's activities by radio as my buddy went around a small ridge to the left. After about a half hour and not knowing where my buddy was I saw the deer look like it got spooked and then I saw the green and white fletching hit. I had no idea it was about to happen. After the buck was hit he hit the ground and because it was so steep he rolled down the mountain about 300 yards. I met up with my buddy and we waited a good twenty minutes then began looking for a blood trail, which we easily found. We got to a grove of young aspens and found him lying down about 20 yards ahead raking his antlers. My buddy knocked an arrow, snuck up to within 10 yards and put another arrow right into the vitals. He rolled over and died in less than five minutes. My buddy has some nice mounts on his wall. A nice 330 bull and a large mulie he took with rifles, but he has never had the joy of sticking a mulie with a bow. Everything had to happen just right for this to happen. The wind, which was cold and blowing hard had to be or he wouldn't have been able to get close enough. The deer had to have sat in the right spot the entire time, which he did. He sat in the same five foot by five foot area for a good forty-five minutes, and the wind had to have stopped for ten seconds in order for my buddy to get a good shot. It was a freakin blast! I can't wait to get my turn on a good bull elk in two weeks.
Sat, 2010-08-28 20:16
Big Velvet Buck Down--Buddy's First Mulie With A Bow