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Muley Ready!

This week is the week before deer season. Like most of you, I measure time in relation to hunting seasons.

So, this year, you all know how bummed out you can get when you're not ready for your hunt. I've been recovering from a rodeo all summer and the muscles in my right leg just couldn't work right. I tried light walking, keeping the weight off of it, and just plain sitting on my butt to try to get it to recover, and nothing was helping it. so i was more than mildly concerned with the upcoming mule deer season, since i will inevitebly have to pack out my kill.

I work for the railroad here. The railroad has hired a sports medicine doctor to consult for its employees, so when I learned about this guy,I consulted him about my injury. He was very helpful and knowledgable about the tendons and muscles in the leg and how they work. He told me to do the following: stop wearing cowboy boots, watch my foot placement while I'm driving (keeping my anchle straight) do a couple stretches that he showed me and take 9 ibuprofen a day to keep the intramuscular swelling down.

It's been 4 days since I visited this guy, and DANG was he spot on! I'm feeling 95% or better of normal! BRING ON THE MULE DEER!!!

T-4 to Mule Deer! 

 

As you might be able to see, I spend too much time with the horses. I think I'll give up the rodeos this year. It's getting too hard to recover in time for hunting season!

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Nice photo!!! Good luck to

Nice photo!!! lol

Good luck to you!  And, glad to see the doc got you fixed up!  Always exciting getting ready for a hunt, and in your case, when you were not sure if you were going to be able to hunt mule deer at all. 

On a side note, my college degree is in Sports Medicine. :wink:  Of course, I am in law enforcement now, but I didn't start that way.

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Good to hear your doing

Good to hear your doing better. I would be devasted if I had to miss a hunt due to an injury or sickness. I'm always afraid when it get's close I'll do something stupid and get hurt just before it's time. 

Great picture btw. I can barely stand up on the ground sometimes myself.lol

I know your in Kansas but where were you going on you muley hunt? I remember you were talking about Utah but not sure if that's where you made your final choice. Or will you be hunting them in Kansas as well?

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i did not draw utah.

i did not draw utah. ::crybaby1  maybe next year!

i will be hunting right on the kansas/colorado border just south of I 70.

I can get a muzzleload/archery tag every year here. but the hunting is pretty weak due to all the "small" farms. every quarter section is owned by somebody different, so you could get permission to hunt some land, but sometimes it really doesn't do you any good if there's nothing on your quarter that day. there are a few places that have reasonable hunting, so i'll be there. and i won't be looking for that henry-mountains class buck. any3x3 or better is hitting the dirt (unless i have my recurve in hand. then it's anything that has an antler)

my injury wasn't going to stop me from hunting completely, but it was going to hurt the season, i thought. i'm good now though. i walked 2 miles and feel great today!

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Horses

I like horses myself. Fortunately I can't afford all they need to take care of and feed anymore. Got one here, 10yr old unbroke. He and I were getting along real well fall of 2009. I was crawling allover him. Put the driving reins on him and can take him any where I want. Neighbors told me I was a foolish old man! I perfer an experienced man. I won't be 66 till my next birthday,,if I live that long! Maybe but if the girl that owns him don't get him out of here pretty soon, I'm getting on him again.

Last time I got on him he jumped around about three minutes then gave it up and just stood there. that was about a month after comming off him and tearing a tendion in my knee! I know this guy can be rode!

Had a "Three Bars" guilding years ago that would fight back if you pushed to far. Had him here several months and just lounged him and messed with him in the corral. Good gentler than a dead pig when I got on him.  Found out he was a bit shy of cars. Ridding along the side of the road with my wife and a car went by. He did the fastest 180 I ever saw. But kept working with him and was trialing dogs off him. He never batted an eye at any of it. I could ground tie him and go shoot birds and he'd be waiting when I got back.

One of the last trials I rode him at I was coming thru camp and a damned Britt. came out from under a trailer and lounged at him. He spun side ways and started bucking. I'm not sure which buck it was, but on one of them I landed on the saddle hore. Seperated my pelvis and dislocated my left hip but, I did ride him. Just couldn't get off, needed help with that!

I love horse's!

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well don, the MARE that hurt

well don, the MARE that hurt me was a bucking mare. about 14 hands and was M E A N mean! i rode through her bucks for about 10 seconds, then she reared up, which i rode through, then she flipped over backwards and rolled me off the saddle. when i was trying to stand up, she knocked me down with her head and jumped on top of my body landing on my hand and my right leg.

i was lucky that was all i got.

with all of the horses i train, they all end up gentle, like Elvis in my picture.

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That's a great picture.  Yeah

That's a great picture.  Yeah summer months do not mean anything tio me except hot weather and some camping, but as it cools, I think I start to rut myself.  that's when I know it's time to get bust and get stuff together for some good hunting trips.  This year hurt beacuse I am not able to get out and bow hunt for elk, but I will be after them strong next year. 

Glad you got all fixed up and good luck in the upcoming seasons!

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Glad to hear your all fixed

Glad to hear your all fixed up. This is an older post so I'm assuming you already had your hunt? If so how'd you do? I've had bum shoulder for just about 5 years now and my DR finally set me up with a surgeon, I saw her last week and I for sure need surgey to fix my shoulder. I was a bit nervous this summer thinking i was gonna miss hunting because of the surgery but they wernt able to get me in untill last week so i got my early hunt in and my surgery is gonna be in the begining of DEC so I will get to hunt the first have of my late season deer hunt. I'm very excited that i wont miss any hunting this year, however my spring bear plans might be put off depending on how long it takes to recover enough to shoot my rifle or draw my bow again. Great pictures BTW. I havent been on a horse since i got bucked off when i was 12 and got all messed up.

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well numbnutz, i had a good

well numbnutz, i had a good and successfull hunt on the second day of the season, i wrote a mim-story about it here in the mule deer forum about my 2011 mule deer hunt.

it actually turned into a whitetail hunt since i couldn't find a mule deer to save my soul. but here in kansas, i have an any deer tag, so either species, either sex.

i shot a 3x3 that had some broken tines he would have been 4x4. look it up, i'll post a full story later.

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Well, I just seen this post

Well, I just seen this post and I was going to wish you good luck but then I seen where you said you already got one. So, instead I will congratulate you and look up the pictures.

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