Hiker, you're right about the cats. The photos were taken about 15 miles south of Craig and that area is noted for the high population of cats. I know several folks with dogs and they hunt that area. Hope they're out this winter and knock them back a bit.
Redrider the bucks are nice, however that area does not seem to produce heavy beamed antlers. Something in the genetics I'm sure. They always appear more "delicate" to me, even when they're nice and wide or tall.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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