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Challenging 4th season

Well, we came home empty handed from 4th season muley and elk hunt. We could only hunt the first 3 days starting Wed. Unfortunately, I sprained my foot pretty bad on Wed which really limited the hiking needed to get to some elk, and cost me Thursday. The clear sunny weather was challenging too.

We did have some action though. First morning light we were set up in some bushes were we could glass a lot of terrain. On the plateau to my left at first light I caught movement and saw a deer come into view and immediately knew it was a very big deer. I mean all horns and torso.It was a long shot, and I tried to range the shot but got no reading....very frustrating. I estimated it at 350yds. He wasn't running away, but he was on the move. I whistled real loud a couple of times and and stopped him broadside and squeezed of a shot. And then another. Neither connected. He trotted off and went over the hill skylined. My son and I watched him go onto some private property shaking our heads. His antlers skylined were unbelievably wide and high. The biggest deer I have ever seen. We checked for blood just in case, and walked the fence line to be sure but there was nothing. I hate to say, but when we walked the distance, it was near 500. I think it was a combo of the size of the animal and the challenge of distance estimation in wide open sage that made me underestimate. Anyway, glad it was a clean miss. We had numerous other encounters with smaller bucks running around, but couldn't connect. On Friday, some snow blew through, right before sunset. We were on some does when my son said he thought there were some elk on the hillside down the valley. We glassed them and realized, it was the same big buck still on some priv prop. We still could not get over the sheer mass of that deer. The sun had set, the clouds were lit up to the west and the full moon had risen right above the deer all on fresh white snow. It was pretty memorable. Still wish I had a little meat in the freezer, but it was a fun adventure.

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Great recap of your hunt with

Great recap of your hunt with your son.  Stories that you both will share for a long time.  Sorry you did not conntect... but that is what hunting is all about.  The ability to get out into the forest and see elk/deer is priceless.  Good luck on any more hunts you have planned this season!  Thumbs up

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Thanks for the story and even

Thanks for the story and even though you did not bag a critter the time afield with your son is a great reward. Hope the foot is better.

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Aaron,

Sounds to me like a pretty successful hunt with your son ! Yes Some wonderful memories you made with each other that will be talked about for a long time to come. Especially the "BIG" one that got away.

On opening day of 3rd season I found a buck with my brother that is one of the biggest deer I have ever seen and watched him get away when the rangefinder would not work. Sound familiar !! Sick

Congrats and thanks for sharing ! Thumbs up

Quinton

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Thanks Quinton

What is the deal with the rangefinders? My dad got me the 1000yd version Nikon Rifle Hunter, and it only ranged one thing over 500, a silver Dodge Ram parked in the sunlight.

If I had known the shot was as long as it ended up being, I'd have let him walk too. Great memories though.

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The General

thanks guys

We did have fun. I am thankful my foot healed up enough to hunt on Friday. On some of the hunting shows these guys get trail cam video of deer and name them...."the Big Ten" or "double drop" etc. I've always thought it was cheesy, until we saw this mule deer and I couldn't help but name him "The General" So, hope me and the boys see the The General close up next yr.

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Aaron77 wrote:
thanks guys We did have fun. I am thankful my foot healed up enough to hunt on Friday. On some of the hunting shows these guys get trail cam video of deer and name them...."the Big Ten" or "double drop" etc. I've always thought it was cheesy, until we saw this mule deer and I couldn't help but name him "The General" So, hope me and the boys see the The General close up next yr.
I know the feeling on seeing those big monsters. Maybe we'll both have better luck next year on meeting and greeting one! On your range finder I always try to range something big like a rocky face or stand of trees at extreme distances. Something to get a big reflection/return on. In the prairie trying to range antelope is the worst.

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