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Lets see your first Muley

Lets see and here the story of your first muley. My first muley happened in 1984. I was 14 years old (we had to waite until we were 14 in Colorado back then) and due to the economy crashing on the west slope and my parents bank closing I did not even get to head up on the mountain until the second day of season. Mad

We got a late start on a morning hunt and were doing a deer drive all the way back to camp. I was about half way between the start of the drive and camp and 2 small bucks got out of there beds and stopped 19 yards away from me. One was a 2x1 and the other was a 2x2. It was up hill and I put my 20 yard pin right behing his shoulder and let the arrow fly. I hit a little to far forward and hit in the shoulder and he ran past me and down the hill. I was very excited and very worried that the deer would get away and I would loose him. Then I noticed him coming back.

He came right back up the hill and turned heading away from me walking slowly. He stopped 45 yards from me and looked back. I pulled back, put my pin on him and let loose. The arrow went right where it was suppose to. He went 60 yards and piled up.

I was so excited when I walked up to him I took off running for camp to get dad and mom. They could not believe I had gotten it done. Probably the best hunt of my life other than my first elk.

Here is the pic with my sister and I.

 

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Accubonds did the job!!Well

Accubonds did the job!!

Well after a VERY disappointing elk hunt I had two days of no hunting to look for a buck for second season.  I had seen some decent bucks during the elk only season so needless to say I was pretty excited.  So after a long walk on Thursday turned up nothing I was a little disappointed.  Friday morning changed all that.  I bumped a very large bodied buck from his bed and while the country was very dense and think I was able to get my binocs up to see him....I thought he was a bull elk at first....big body and great rack.  Up the hill a little farther I bumped another good buck.  Saturday morning came and I could not locate the big buck.  Heard something bounding thru the trees but not seen.  So up the hill I headed. I sat in a nice clearing for about 3 hours and saw nothing but a few other hunters so I decided to head back down and see if I can bump something up.  I had gone down the mountain about 400 yards when I bumped this buck up.  He went about 60 yards and turned broadside.  I am glad I had taken along the .338 because I had to go thru a few trees first.  KIDDING!!  He went over the hill a bit out of sight and then down the ravine about 50 yards and he was all done!  Not the biggest one on the mountain but he is my first buck and I am far from complaining and he will look good on the wall.
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OK pictures did not work have

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My first one was more years

My first one was more years ago than I care to think 1969 as a matter of fact.  I was shooting a Savage Supper Sporter in 30-06 with 150 grain??? bullets.  It was raining and we were sitting under a pinion tree with a fire burning.  The deer came out on a side hill about 250 yards away on a dead run through the oak brush.  He hit some cover and I picked a spot that I thought that he was coming out of and when I saw his nose I fired.  He pilled up about 10' later. 

 

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first mulie

First off, critter does the phone still work? Thats showing your age now. That looks like a great buck.

My story started off with my buddy telling me about these mule deer in CO , he said their way bigger than the black tails were hunting in the forest and you can see for miles overthere, and the bar had wild cowgirls dancing. (YE HA) i'm in, lets go.

Off we went on holloween 3rd season deer.  It was 1990 and a blizzard was pounding. We went out looking for some access and must have knocked on 50 doors till one nice old couple said "yes son just check with us in the morning" We were very excited. The next morning i very lightly knocked on the door and the little old lady opened it and said " I made breakfest and coffee for you guys" I couldn't refuse even thow I just finished eating.

Off we went to the other side of the ranch to hunt. I glass several deer and shot the first 4X4 i seen. He was running up a hill 200yds from me and i fired a round from my 30-06 and he piled up on the mountain in the snow. We drug he down the hill and took some pics then loaded he in the truck and headed back to the ranch house to use their barn they had offered us if needed. I was driving and half way back i looked in my rearview mirror and the buck was trying to STAND-UP ::confused2  I slammed on the brakes jumped out of the truck with my gun, but thats no good, i didn't want a hole thru my truck bed. So I had to mount this deer and finish he with my buck knife.

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HOGGETTER wrote:

First off, critter does the phone still work? Thats showing your age now. That looks like a great buck.

My story started off with my buddy telling me about these mule deer in CO , he said their way bigger than the black tails were hunting in the forest and you can see for miles overthere, and the bar had wild cowgirls dancing. (YE HA) i'm in, lets go.

Off we went on holloween 3rd season deer.  It was 1990 and a blizzard was pounding. We went out looking for some access and must have knocked on 50 doors till one nice old couple said "yes son just check with us in the morning" We were very excited. The next morning i very lightly knocked on the door and the little old lady opened it and said " I made breakfest and coffee for you guys" I couldn't refuse even thow I just finished eating.

Off we went to the other side of the ranch to hunt. I glass several deer and shot the first 4X4 i seen. He was running up a hill 200yds from me and i fired a round from my 30-06 and he piled up on the mountain in the snow. We drug he down the hill and took some pics then loaded he in the truck and headed back to the ranch house to use their barn they had offered us if needed. I was driving and half way back i looked in my rearview mirror and the buck was trying to STAND-UP ::confused2  I slammed on the brakes jumped out of the truck with my gun, but thats no good, i didn't want a hole thru my truck bed. So I had to mount this deer and finish he with my buck knife.

Yes the phone does work but not the way a regular one would, for some reason I can't find the dial pad.

A friend of mine had the same experience with the first deer he shot with a muzzleloader.  I had shot at a couple of deer and figured that I had missed and was getting a little mad so I went back to the cabin and resighted in my muzzleloader.  Then I went out and shot the first deer that I saw witch was a nice 4x4.  The next day my friend went out alone, when he got back to the cabin he was as mad as he could get.  He had missed a number of bucks so we sat down and resigted in his rifle.  He told me that the next deer that he saw he was going to shoot it in the a$$.  We headed out and in the same place that I had missed a deer the night before was a 3x3 standing broadside.  My friend took his rifle and took a fine sight then he pulled the triger.  I was watching through my binoculars and couldn't believe what I saw.  He had shot it in the a$$.  The deer ran off a ways while he reloaded and headed after him.  The deer was standing on a hillside so I told my buddy to shoot him in the head.  The deer went down like a pile of rocks.  Now we left the rifles down the hill and went up to get him.  Once there we saw that he was still breathing so I told my buddy to cut his throat.  He dug out his old sawtooth blade and went to stick the deer.  Well, the deer stood up my buddy headed down the hill to his rifle and there I was standing there holding onto the bucks antlers with him up on all fours and I had no way to let go safely.  Well, I hip tossed him down the hill then went after him and tossed him again.  By this time my buddy had gotten his rifle and finished him off.  Some friend.  That night while skinning him we found out that one of my shots the night before had just nicked his back but at least he didn't get away the second time. 

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Some great stories here, but

Some great stories here, but hoggetter that one takes the cake.  A co-worker of mine shot a turkey a few years ago and he threw it on the passenger side floormat of his truck.  The damn thing came back to life on his way home and started flappin and flopping around.  He slammed on the breaks and jumped out to get a little breathing room and try to wring it's neck without getting spurred.  The turk ran out the door and crossed a field and he never found it.  He punched his tag but the turkey got away ::laugh3  Thanks for sharing your stories.

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Here is my pictures,.

Here is my pictures,.

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Well...for me it was a very

Well...for me it was a very long time ago as well and I just do not have any pictures! frown

 

Though, after many, many years of neglecting hunting, I picked it back up a few years ago. I did it last minute on a whim and put in for a second season buck tag on the last day of the draw and drew it. Then when the season came around, I thought I had to work and and was not going to be able to make it. Then the meeting in Cali was cancelled at the last minute which was the day before the season!In love

 

So I loaded up everything I could and left at 9pm the night before opener. I headed to an unknown area where I had only done very little internet scouting of!:???:  I got there right about 3am, and just rolled out of the cab and onto the ground with my bed roll. When I awoke, I planned to check out the drainage in the area and the hillside overlooking it. I was a little worried with all of the vehicles and camps in the immediate area so I planned to get up a couple of hours before daylight and hike in till daylight. I figured I only had about an hour or so of sleep to get, so I went right to it. Only a half hour after I dozed off at ~3:30am a truck pulled up right next to me and 4 guys rolled out hustling to get gear on and head up the hill!banghead Angry None of them waiting for any of the others, it seemed to be each man for themselves!

Well, I sat there wondering if there was even going to be an open area to hunt! Dang it! ...,these guys came from Craig and a hotel and were not even one of the hundred other hunters camped close by! (I heard one talking about leaving something in the hotel room!Applause )

Well, I decided to follow right behind them, so I rolled the bag up and loaded the gear on my back and headed out. I followed in the general direction as they did, and I watched as their headlamps split-up as they all ran through the drainage and headed up the hills! As I watched this for a spell and made it to the edge of the drainage, I found two other trucks had already pulled in behind us and I could see at least 6 more headlamps/flashlights coming our way!Censored

 

I made my way a bit off the trail and skirted along the top of the ridge running along the drainage. I found a nice spot to hunker down under a lone tree with a bush under it and watched as many more hunters all made there way by me, through the drainage and up the same hills as  those before them. I could see one headlamp make its was down into the bottom of the drainage quite a ways off but then lost track of it, and thought that maybe someone had at least settled into the creek bottom. Idea I figured I might as well stay right here as I thought it should be a great vantage point from which to watch the drainage, & in both directions. ...with still two hours till daybreak and shooting light, I took the opportunity to zip-up tight and tried to grab a short snooze ::crybaby1

Dozed in and out for the next couple of hours and watched even more hunters make their way up the trails to the hills on the opposite side of the drainage, and shockingly enough I did not see anyone that had stopped in or immediately around the drainage accept that lone headlamp I lost track of earlier.Confused

 

As daybreak approached, I readied myself and found a good resting spot hidden behind the lone bush and scanned the area as best I could with my glasses. As I listened closely, I could make out the movement of something in the drainage below, and could tell a couple deer were engaged, and would be broken up regularly by scraping the brush as well! :yes:  I just could not yet make anything out in the binos!..Now, sunrise was at 6:32, so being west of I25 I told myself that if I had a shot that I would wait until 6:41 (allowing for 100 miles west of I25) As the time neared I could finally see the animals sparring below!Silenced

I watched them in the glasses for several minutes, and noticed that whatever deer was scraping the brush, was not these two small fork horns, but another deer hidden somewhere very near them as the sound was coming from the same direction. In the corner of my view, I noticed a group of near 15 does and yearlings moving into the area. I looked them over closely to see if they had any bigger bucks with them, but none were present. I checked my watch and it said 6:40!!! So I readied my gun and fully intended to take one of the little fork horns! Heck, with only two days to hunt I thought I might as well take one, fill the freezer and do my part to help out, and take a "management" buck to "help" the population out!::whistling:  LOL!

So I readied my gun and looked over the two forkies to see which one had the bigger body. Just as I decided on which one I was gonna bag, that group of does made it across the creek and up the bank right next to them, when this 4x4 walked out from behind the willow bush he was scrapping with and headed strait for the does!:evil:  I let him take a few steps towards them to give me a perfect broadside, and then let er rip!Dancing

 

6:41 on the dot! First second of the opener and I let go on the first deer of the season! As I jumped up giving myself the self high five, a second shot interrupted the valley from just up the drainage where I saw that set of headlamps disappear! Then off in the distance a couple more shots, followed by two more! I must of set-off a chain reaction of events and made all the deer in the drainage start moving for the morning!cool I was one happy dude at that moment in time and very pleased I had not followed the crowds up the hills in the distance as I never did hear a shot from that direction all day!Shame on You!

 

 

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Very, very cool stories and

Very, very cool stories and pics! Laugh Keep them coming.

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First muley

Nice first deer guys!!! You probably have heard the story and seen the pics in the other post already. But thought I would post the pics again of my first muley.

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