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WA Rifle Success?

was there a late season for mulies?

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jc3000 wrote:
was there a late season for mulies?

There isn't a late season for mule deer in washington any where as far as I know.....the fish and game claims that the mule deer poupulation is decreasing. But in our area here at davenport the mule deer has done nothing but rise cause we havent had any bad winters and less lion pouplation....either way we still dont have a late season....we dont even get a late white-tail here cause we were taking too many mature bucks.....its all permit only here now.....last night at 11 o clock I had 3 5X5's standing under our yard light 2 of them were fighting....I tried to get pics but they didnt turn out.....but we are taking too many mature white tail bucks???

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The only way to hunt mule deer for late season is a Draw permit .....that you had to have put in for earlier this year

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Got this one

bagged this one on 11/7. He's 6X5 Also hunted near Addy. Got skunked in the early season looking for a mulie around ellensburg, but this was an awesome white tail! My friend and I hunted all day Monday. He shot one just before dark. The next morning we sat over an area we thought would be good. Heard some movement and heard some snorting. We decided to walk a bit. My friend wanted to show me a place he thought we could set up a blind on. We were walking on old overgrown road. The Tamaracs shielded our noise and my earth scented cover scent concealed our smell. As we walked, we rounded an area of thick trees. This boy never heard or smelled us. We saw him and he saw us all at the same time about 25 yards off the trail. He was bedded down. I knew he was a split second from bolting, so I threw up the .30-06 and fired. In my haste, I thought he was laying facing us, but he was really laying with his butt toward us and was looking back over his back at us. If I had had a second to think, with him being that close, I should have shot him right under the chin. But the brain turns to jelly when you see those horns. I aimed for his heart (which is a no no when he's laying down) and a huge no no when he's not really facing you. I aimed behind what I thought was his front shoulder, but was really his back hip. You can only imagine. However, the 180 grain noslar partition bullet severed some major ateries in the hind quarter and he bled out very quickly. It was an intense 30 minutes tracking him to his final resting place. What a rush! It was warm enough, that we already got him in the freezer! Tastes good!

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Re: Got this one
nates310 wrote:
bagged this one on 11/7. He's 6X5 Also hunted near Addy.

Where abouts the Addy area where you all hunting cause I seen a buck a few times this summer that has that exact antler config on some public property....just courious..great looking buck none the less congrats

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we were hunting with a friend on his property. However, my friend shot a very similar buck that was 4X3. So there are some relatives running around

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nates310 wrote:
we were hunting with a friend on his property. However, my friend shot a very similar buck that was 4X3. So there are some relatives running around

Yea I would geuss so...lol well congrats anyway....nice buck

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I got this one Saturday morning, the third day of late buck on the Westside. He would make a great two point, but has little thirds on top plus eye guards. He was with 3 does with him and he dropped in his tracks with a neck shot from my .270 at 82 yards.

My hunting partner came with the packboards, but decided that it was only a 3rd of a mile back to the truck so I carried him out. It would have been easier to cut him in half, but it is alot cleaner when taken out whole.

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Thats a dark rack! Are they all like that?
Congratulations.

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Thanks.

Not all the racks are that dark, especially on the younger deer. This one had been recently rubbing on fir trees and the rack was very sticky to the touch.

Usually they will be darker if rubbing on Fir, and lighter, reddish or orange if they have been rubbing on Alder trees.

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