Well, just got back from a quick antelope hunt which was a bust. Saw one buck in the area we could hunt and me and dad with doe tags :(! But,...... on a drive thru some canyon country on public land which is my unit for my archery deer tag ran into the biggest buck I've ever seen, including pictures, videos, ever..........
We were cruising by some canyon country to another flat to scan for antelope and I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Look over to my left and see a group of bucks in the open about 150 yards off staring at us. From all the antler I saw sticking up I momentarily thought I was looking at elk, but realized it's deer and hit the brakes and grab the binos.
There were six bucks, three bruiser mature ones, two smaller ones, and the absolutely biggest hog I've ever laid eyes on! His rack extended at least a foot beyond his ears on each side and where is forks came up from his main beams they still curved outward instead of up. One other time in my life have I seen a buck that looked like he pushed to high 30 almost 40 inches wide and he looked bigger. The three other bruisers looked high twenties to possibly 30 wide and he dwarfed them. His beams also looked thick and heavy. I was literally in a state of shock and awe as was my dad. We watched them for a good couple of minutes until they sauntered into the cedars and disappeared. There was a water tank on the flat which I think they were coming from and I found deer track of all sizes around it including some big real big track.
I in no way think I've got my tag on this buck and it's likely I'll never see him again, but I am going to start concentrating my efforts in this area and see if I can pick em up again and get some kind of pattern on this group of bucks. Got to work this coming weekend but will be out there the next when I get my three day weekend. The wifes elk hunt is going to have to wait as the unit we can hunt for elk is not this one.
Just has got me amped and excited as all hell to know he's in that area and to have the opportunity to try for him. I've got till end of Dec. so some time to try and get it done. Wished I would have had my camera handy but like I said I was shocked and all I could do was stare at him thru the binos.