This is a deer my buddy shot on my ranch. He was part of my eradicate the whitetail population. I never wanted to believe that white tails would push mule deer out of an area but, I have witnessed it on my ranch. The white tails are alot more aggressive and will chase the mule deer until the mule deer relocate. I like to hunt mule deer so I invited and let anyone that wanted to shoot a white tail shoot any white tail they wanted to. Hopefully next year my mules will be as plentiful as they were before the white tail took over.
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Tue, 2010-12-28 13:47
My Friends Deer
Tue, 2010-12-28 14:28#1
Holy smokes! pck me, pick me!
That is an amazing white tail buck. ::love1 If you need any more like him taken off your property I'll pay all the expenses for my trip! ::hello1 WOW! I'm not kidding. That is an incredible deer. I know a lot of guys that spend a lot of time and money trying to manage their white tail herds just TRYING to produce a buck like that. It's unbeliveable that anyone would want to get rid of him. Yes I'm shameless, would begging help?
I like muleys but a white tail like that is a buck of a lifetime.
Your friend is lucky to have friends like you and you are blessed to have access to a property that grows deer like that. Do you put out mineral licks or anything else to promote antler growth like that or is this just some fantastuic combination of excellent genetics and great food plots?
Man - I just can't get over the idea that you are trying to get rid of a deer like that when I spent all my hunting seasons just hoping for a glimpse of something close to on par with him!
Tue, 2010-12-28 14:55#2
I mean, holy smokes, what a deer. You Buddy has gotten himself an honest 180 class deer there, no doubt in my mind. I surely hope any new scope or rifle you're wanting is picked up by your Bud now....LOL! That really is a nice buck the kind most (including me) only dream of maybe seeing one day.
You are indeed a friend to allow your Buddies the opportunity to hunt what must be an awesome area. I do hope their hunting success allows you to get what you're wanting done. If there's anything prettier than a big whitetail, it just might be a really big mule deer.
Congrats to both you and your Buddy! I hope your ranch continues to flourish and you get you big mule deer bucks back, just as you're hoping!
One last thought. I've wondered for years now just how the proloiferation of hogs is going to hurt a good bit of the whitetail's range now. I cannot imagine big whitetail bucks living among 200, 300 and 400 pound wild hogs. They are noisey and eat anything. I hope it's not as bad as I suspect it could be!
Tue, 2010-12-28 15:03#3
That is truly a monster.
That is truly a monster. Congrats to him!
Am I assuming correctly, that given your profile, this deer was taken in Nebraska? Just more proof as to why I want to move there....
I have family in Omaha, so I am just waiting for a job to open up. Then I will head out to western Nebraska ans help you out....
Tue, 2010-12-28 15:50#4
yes the deer was taken in
yes the deer was taken in Nebraska with a muzzle loader. No I do not put anything for antler growth out other than salt and cattle mineral for the cattle. There is some alfalfa pivots near by. I don't want to sound like I'm spoiled or disrespectful but, in my eyes there are few things more appealing than a big muley buck (maybe a bull elk on a high meadow on a frosty morning) but, I have worked very hard to grow some nice mule deer and I have taken a couple that pushed the 200 mark but, I can't seem to get one over that 200 mark. Through my management program I had some 3 yr old muleys that were already in the mid 180's and I think potentially could of went over 200 but, in the last 2 years the whitetails have run them off. There are still some mule deer around but, not as many as normal.
The whitetail on the other had have went from a couple to over 100 in less than 3 years. I don't hunt them (rather hunt muleys) and now wish I would have forseen this coming I would of done some things different. Yes it is a great buck and there was other nice ones taken and still some good ones getting chased as I type this. I guess as far as why I didn't shoot him is that my buddy was alot more excited about him than I was. Glad he got him.
Tue, 2010-12-28 16:10#5
Tue, 2010-12-28 16:57#7
here's a better pic
here's a better pic
Tue, 2010-12-28 18:28#9
I might have to get with you
I might have to get with you and see about taking out a white tail or two next year. I always have friends that are looking for a nice hunt for deer.
I didn't see you on here this fall, how did your Colorado hunt go or didn't you make it over here this year? There were a couple of monster mulies taken off of unit 44 this year in the 3rd and 4th season.
Wed, 2010-12-29 08:56#10
Critter, fall was very busy
Critter, fall was very busy with me. Yes we did make the yearly elk hunting adventure and it looked to me the mule deer made a very nice come back from what we have seen the previous couple years. We had a nice 28" buck that hung right by our camp all week and seen another monster in Old man. The guy I was hunting with argued with me for 15 min that it was an elk until it stood up. He belonged on the cover of a hunting magazine.
There were 8 of us this year an we managed 2 bulls and 2 cows. Unfortunately I didn't get to shoot my gun but, that was my own fault......wait no it wasn't it was one of my hunting buddies fault. Thurs. morning of our hunt I spotted a herd of 26 elk. There were several 6 pt bulls clear down to a couple spikes. I watched them bed down and went back to camp grabbed a quick lunch and gathered some extra water for my hike (the elk were about 1000 ft higher than I was and a mile away) One of the guys in camp smelled the rat and asked me where I was going. I told him to shoot a 330 bull. He says "I'll go".
So we take off and get 30 yrds from the crest of the ridge. Wind in our face and after that 30 yrds were going to be less than 100 yrds from elk. I take my gloves off, check the power setting for the 10th time on my scope and then herd a noise that made me want to puke. My buddy didn't turn his damn radio off and you know it it started ringing and squealching and making the most god awful noises you could imagine......the only other thing you could hear were thundering hoves. I ran to the top of the ridge as quick as I could and only caught the tail end of the herd running into the dark timber. I tracked and trailed until it got dark and only managed to jump a few cows/calves and lots of deer.
Oh well I guess he will be bigger next year.