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Jaquomo's plains muley rut hunt - Live
Mule Deer
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09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Well boys and girls, it's that time again. Necks are swelling, girls are starting to smell good, and love is in the air. Same goes for the muleys out here on the Great Plains.

I wasn't going to do another one of these live hunts, mostly because it's a lot of work and changes the way I hunt a little. But this past spring I was inspired by my good friend Antonio Lara, publisher of South Pacific Bowhunter magazine, who did an awesome job with our excellent live hunt for red deer stags in Australia. After that, I had to do another muley hunt.

This hunt is dedicated to Antonio and to Wayne Preece, from Australia's Open Country TV, a world-class bowhunter and one of the funniest guys I know. These two hosted me on an amazing adventure in Australia, one of those "lifetime" experiences I'll remember when I'm drooling in a rocking chair someday.

I'll be out here on the plains this weekend, then back next Wednesday for 12 days, or until I kill a respectable buck. I'll post narrative and photos at least once a day, twice if I don't stay in the field all day. I also welcome any positive comments and feedback.

I'm hunting alone, as my partner, Tom Kelley, didn't draw a tag this season. So having you guys in my "camp" will make things a bit more hospitable out here on the barren prairie.

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
This morning I glassed. The deer are just starting to settle into their late fall rhythms, with winter wheat sprouting and mature bucks cruising, inventorying the available does.

Due to the drought, much of the normal forage is stunted, and cattle have grazed other forage down below normal. Fromm what I can tell, the huge majority of deer in this whole area are concentrated along and in the yucca-cactus hills adjoining about a two mile stretch of dry creek bottom.

Fortunately, I have permission to hunt that stretch. This should be a good season!

09-Nov-12
YEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
I glassed around 40 deer total, in little bunches here and there. Mostly smallish bucks like this guy, as is normal for this week. But I did see one very promising 24"ish 4x way out on a yucca hillside that warrants a closer look.

From: Bake
09-Nov-12
Good luck!!! Looking forward to following along on this hunt

Bake

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Tonight I'm going to slip down into the river bottom to check out a couple of ground blinds I used last year. They are on either side of a funnel in between two doe bedding areas. Until a big buck hooks up with a doe group, they are great spots to sit and decoy/call for cruising bucks.

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
My camp needs a little work.

Back at you tonight after some "on the ground" close-up reconnaissance down in the deer's living room.

09-Nov-12
Lou, no offense but don't ever NOT do this hunt on the bowsite... I now know where you live :) I was about to email ya to get an update! Good luck bud...

From: otcWill
09-Nov-12
Nice! Thanks for doing this for us, Jaq. We sure do appreciate ya!!

09-Nov-12
Cool...from halfway around the world a little slice of Colorado....

From: Scoot
09-Nov-12
Go get 'em, Lou!

From: TD
09-Nov-12
Thanks Lou!

I've been missing this, kinda badly....

"We who are about to see something die..... salute you!"

From: DDD
09-Nov-12
if it walks like a muley,grunts like a muley,and smells like a muley it must be Jaquomo hunting mueleys. looking forward to following your hunt.

From: swp
09-Nov-12
Yeah!! Love following along with you on these. Good luck!

09-Nov-12
Best of Luck, Lou! Looking forward to "the rest of the story".

From: Rick M
09-Nov-12
Glad you decided to do this! Looking forward to it as usual.

Good luck and kill a biggin.

Rick M

09-Nov-12
Mulie Man! Sweet!! Something to break up all those silly whitetail hunts! GL!!!!

From: bohuntr
09-Nov-12
Lou, I look forward to seeing this thread every year. You have had some classic hunts over the years. Have fun and good luck!!!

From: Woodman@work
09-Nov-12
Excellent!

From: BOWUNTR
09-Nov-12
This is gonna be good....Good luck buddy. Ed F

From: AndyJ
09-Nov-12
I've been keeping an eye out for this hunt. Thanks for taking us along with you Lou. Good luck...but I don't think you'll need it.

From: city hunter
09-Nov-12
it looks like them cows did a number on the area ! Have fun !!

From: Gaur
09-Nov-12
Thanks for taking the time to do this Lou. I'm hunting from my lazy boy this year and enjoying the hunts people are posting.

From: trophyhill
09-Nov-12
that country looks awefully familiar. good luck!

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Thanks, guys. That kind of encouragement really helps out here when things get tough. This can be a bleak kind of hunting. When glassing from high points I can spot a lot of deer, but down on the ground with the vegetation and rolling terrain it can be a frustrating waiting game, seeing nothing, knowing they're out there somewhere, maybe working up the next draw over, just not in my view.

I'm back in my little camp trailer, which is rocking like the Edmund Fitzgerald. Big wind all afternoon and evening, as a major cold front is moving in. Temp in the shade this afternoon was 71. Supposed to get down to 10 out here tomorrow, with snow tomorrow night.

I snuck down into the bottom to fix up my "fort blind" from last year, one of many natural forts created by a monster flash flood in the summer of 2011. It was so windy that I'm not sure I'd have released an arrow unless something was very close.

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
The only deer I saw in the bottom were a group of does feeding around - no buck with them. Not unusual this far ahead of the rut kickoff.

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
I purposely stayed away from the bigger herd of 12 does and three bucks I spotted in the stubble field this morning. They are in a place where a morning ambush is very plausible, but so is the chance of blowing them up and onto a place where I can't hunt.

My old rancher friend told me tonight he'd seen a "great big bastard" (oops - can I say that on the internet??!!) living out in the yucca hills the past couple weeks, not far from where I'm hunting. I want to keep all the does around as bait until he appears, so I'll be very careful and hunt surgically for the next couple of days.

From: BUCKeye
09-Nov-12
This is fantastic. Thanks for doing this for us easterners!

From: swp
09-Nov-12
Nice looking bow, osage and ? Who made it?

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
I decided to slip up into the yucca hills to look for the promising buck I'd seen this morning. I worked across about 3/4 mile of deep ravines, but no deer were up there tonight.

The herd of 12 does and bucks from this morning was back out in the stubble field in the same place, same bucks. Not far from them was a lone whitetail buck, bigger than I've seen out here for a number of years. It was too dark for a photo but I'll have a difficult time passing him up if he walks by, as he's as big as any whitetail I've ever shot.

Then again, knowing that great big muley may be lurking around will make any shot a tough decision until I see him for myself.

My rancher friend also asked me how I was doing, and I told him I was really great, doing my favorite thing in the whole world, which is hunting muleys with a bow out here. He said it made him really happy to hear that. It makes me happy to hear him say that, and I'll go to bed with a smile tonight.

Ok, after a nice dinner of an excellent pepperoni, mushroom, and green pepper calzone from the little mom and pop place in a nearby town, and a dessert of a couple fingers of Glenlivet on the rocks, I'm headed to bed in this bobbing, weaving prairie schooner.

09-Nov-12
swp, it's osage and cocobolo with bamboo limbs, carbon cores. Smooth, fast, and pretty. My hunting partner, Tom Kelley, is an outstanding bowyer. I have a couple longbows of the same combination in the riser, but this is my first recurve with that combo. Love the look as the osage ambers-out.

He built this bow for me last spring (2011), and so far it's accounted for two elk and a great red deer stag. Didn't kill a muley last year because I was too picky, but should have that notch in it too. Maybe this year?

From: Gaur
09-Nov-12
sweet looking bow there Lou. Sounds like its got the mojo going for it too.

So is the tag you have for either whitetail or mule deer?

From: AZBUGLER
09-Nov-12
Good luck Lou!

09-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Gaur, yes, either specie or some creature in-between, like the cool nontypical "plains deer" hybrid I killed here two years ago.

I hope this helps bring back memories from "back home" while you're sequestered away in Thailand. For you, too, Ted, though your international hunts make everybody else envious!!

From: Florida Mike
10-Nov-12
Hey Lou I'm really glad you changed your mind about doing this hunt! Goodluck, Mike

10-Nov-12
Lou,

Your hunts are always top notch and thoroughly enjoyable. Glad you didn't bail on us this year. The late season opens for me in a couple of weeks an this will help pass the time.

Thanks in advance for an excellent adventure!!

From: BULELK1
10-Nov-12
You did great again Lou!

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: Gaur
10-Nov-12
BulELK1 that was a picture he was showing from a few years ago.

Thanks for the reply Lou. How did you know it was a hybrid? The rack looks a bit whitetail but the coloration and ears looks more mulie to me and I wouldn't have guessed it was a hybrid. Looking forward to learning a bit more about mulies and following along.

From: midwest
10-Nov-12
Looking forward to the rest of the hunt, Lou. Thanks for taking us along again and best of luck!

From: diggerson
10-Nov-12
Good luck, Lou! Looking forward to following along.

From: BOHNTR
10-Nov-12
That a boy, Lou! Nice looking mule deer and good shot placement! Congratulations.

From: Willieboat
10-Nov-12
Keep after em Lou, it just gets better from here on out.

From: 2tuna@home
10-Nov-12
My favorite annual thread. Thanks for giving it another go.

From: Ermine
10-Nov-12
Hell yea! I have been waiting for this Lou! Good luck brother. Hope you kill a monster

10-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
This morning was a challenge. I was kept awake most of the night by the wind blasting the trailer. And it was from a bad direction for the creek bottom.

Not good all around unless you like to watch tumbleweed races. As soon as I got set up a group of ten does and a teeny forky came running toward me. The were very nervous, which I attributed to the wind since nobody else is hunting anywhere around here. When it's blasting like this and changing direction, they are very skittish.

A couple would go one way, a couple would go the other way, and nobody could agree. Finally they decided to head upstream and passed by me in a blur.

10-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
A few minutes later the forky from yesterday came trooping along, the one I was on top of who stuck his tongue out at me in the first post.

He bird-dogged the girls and finally caught up with them when they stopped to mill around a few hundred yards upstream.

I sat the rest of the morning, seeing nothing, watching blue storm clouds boil in from the northwest. When it hit, it hit fast, and the temperature dropped 17 degrees in 15 minutes. Went from sunny to cold and sideways sleet instantly.

Now it's freezing, a mix of rain and snow, but at least the wind has abated some. The wind direction is veering with about a 90 degre fan, so I'm not sure what to do this evening, but I won't kill anything sitting here in camp.

10-Nov-12
On the way out I spotted a tall, heavy 2x4 buck locked up on a bedded doe, as if it was ten days from now. I'm not sure if she was an early doe getting close, or if he was just being hopeful, sort of like the dork hanging around the girl at the bar at 9 pm when she's only on her first drink.

Whenever there's a doe close to estrous out here, there will be at least two or three bucks dogging her until enough does come in so everybody has a date at the dance. So i'mthinking he was simply being an optimist.

My rancher friend is in s sour mood today. He said he's being pestered to death by people wanting to hunt. "Somebody wants to be my new best friend every day" is how he put it. He's upset because the CPW allows people to draw tags with no place to hunt, who then drive around bothering people.

As with most of these units out here, this one is 100% private land. Every place big enough to support half a deer is either leased or closely held for family and friends. The days of knocking on doors and getting permission, especially after the season is underway, are about ten years past. I'm very lucky to have a place like this, for which I gain access to by helping the rancher work cattle a couple weekends a year. But there are many people driving the roads in camo, knocking on doors, who drew tags because they saw the draw odds are 0-1 point. Then they find out they can't get a sniff of a deer unless it runs across the county road in front of their truck.

10-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Guar, there are quite a few of hybrids out here, enough that the CPW gives out unlimited whitetail-only permits. My hunting partner shot one a few years ago as well. CPW admits they want to nearly eliminate them in this area because they're worried about muley genetic purity. The locals call them "plains deer" and they have mixed-up characteristics.

On mine, besides having the one whitetail-looking antler, he had a shorter-than-muley face similar to this subspecie of whitetail, and a more rounded rump like a whitetail buck.

I posted this photo from a hunt thread a few years back, but this whitetail buck hung out with 17 muley does for the whole rut. I watched him mount a couple of them, and this happened only about a half mile from where I shot the buck above. May be related, may not, but it's not that uncommon.

Ok, I'm going hunting. Gloomy afternoon, good for buck movement!

10-Nov-12
Enjoying your pics and thread. Good luck.

10-Nov-12
Good Luck Lou!! I will be following along:)

From: Outdoordan
10-Nov-12
Great stuff, I also very much enjoy this thread! Hope you get a good one...

From: diggerson
10-Nov-12
Good luck, Lou! Looking forward to following along.

From: BuckSlayer
10-Nov-12
Always a favorite this hunt! Good luck Lou!

From: boothill
10-Nov-12
Kansas is the same way Lou. Sell thousands of permits and most property is privately owned.

10-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo
Pretty cool afternoon to be in the deer woods. Gloomy, low clouds, wind died-down. A nice mood.

The wind was good for an afternoon sit at the fort blind, so I set out a couple decoys and started rattling.

10-Nov-12

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Right off, I spotted movement coming in from upstream. Sure enough, a dink whitetail buck was coming. I have "good luck" rattling small whitetails from this spot, for some reason.

10-Nov-12

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He didn't waste any time, but as these little guys do, he was very submissive, sorta like, "Hey, I was in the neighborhood and decided to see what's going on.."

10-Nov-12

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Here's where it gets interesting. In that last photo, he was about to walk into my scent cone.

I'm not a big believer in cover scents, except for scent eliminator on the boots and lower legs to minimize residual scent in the grass. I'll admit that up front. But on a whim (I like to try some new gimmick every season..) I bought a can of Nose Jammer and sprayed it around on the limbs in my blind. I also had a scent bomb with muley rut scent hanging off the butt of each decoy, which would have been blowing toward him then as well - as I was expecting a buck to come in from the other direction.

So he gets into the scent cone, picks up his nose, obviously smells some stuff - me, the cinnamon raisin toast smell of the Nose Jammer, year-old muley scent. And for whatever reason walks right over to me.

He looked at the decoys across the dry creek, sniffed a little more, and then walked away on down the trail. No spook, no nothing. Just continued on his errands.

I can't say if it was the Nose Jammer, or if he was young enough that nobody had told him to fear the three-day-old smell of a guy with a bow, hunkered down behind some logs where he wasn't supposed to be, but whatever, he didn't spook.

I'll try it again. The only downside is the bakery smell made me REALLY hungry all afternoon.

The only muleys I saw were a small group of does out of the creek bottom, wandering around in the grass. That was it.

Plains hunting. Feast or famine. But I could have killed a buck tonight and had fun with him, so I guess it was a good hunt.

10-Nov-12
I see Matt Palmquist is following along. Flattering, since Matt is one of the very best prairie deer bowhunters on the planet. He's proven it time and again by killing unbelievable monster bucks that make all of us pee our pants.

Matt, I have your excellent article from last November's Bowhunter magazine, "Extreme Trophy Hunting" permanently in my hunting trailer. I reread it regularly, especially when I lose track of a buck or can't find what I'm looking for. I read it again today at lunch, and I'll eventually wear the pages out.

Matt paid me a huge compliment at last year's Pope and Young convention when he said, "You write what we do". No my friend, YOU wrote what we do. I just do it, but not as well as you. Thanks for providing my inspiration.

Getting ready to gobble a delicious chicken fried beef steak with new red potatoes and mac-cheese, followed by cherry pie for dessert. Outside it's snowing sideways, snowing hard, and was already drifting across the two-track when I came back tonight. The whole world is white. I'll make a plan for tomorrow morning when I get up and hope I can get out of here in 4WD.

From: antarcher
11-Nov-12
Fantastic to see you are doing this again for us all Lou. These live hunts that you did in the past were a massive inspiration to me and i am so glad you are enjoying yourself doing it.

People can never put a measure on the effect on people that well written recounts can have. This is the grass roots of what draws people to our amazing pastime and presenting them as well as you do, you surely are a great asset to our sport.

Best of luck mate. Hopefully a little 'downunder' deer stalking may make a little difference in helping down a bomber, though going by past years, you already know what you are doing in any case. Will be checking in each day for sure.

11-Nov-12
Great pics. Good luck! Remember it only takes a minute for things to change (in my case a day or two;)

Good luck!

From: cervus
11-Nov-12
Great job on the the stories and pictures. Keep it up!!

Good luck

From: bigrigNE
11-Nov-12
As many have said, I've been looking forward to this all year. Thanks for bringing us along and not doing a whitetail hunt from CT! The pictures are phenomenal.

From: elmer@laptop
11-Nov-12
Loving following this. Getting me excited to add a hunt like this to my dream/vision board!

11-Nov-12

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Thanks, guys. What happened this morning was one of those amazing, breathtaking, epic and strange experiences that epitomizes and encapsulates why we bowhunt.

It was also one of those mornings I wish I didn't have to write about.

A lot happened and I have a bunch of photos, so bear with me. It'll be worth it. And you'll have a good laugh at my expense as a bonus.

12 degrees, 7 inches of fresh snow, no wind. A dream morning in deer country.

11-Nov-12

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I know where there are deer, so I decided to take advantage of the snow contrast and glass some different country. I hiked a ridgetop and glassed about a mile of bottom and field, but the only deer I saw was my buddy, the big forky, about three miles from where I'd seen him yesterday morning. He was headed back, which told me there wasn't much up that way.

I drove back around and found the stubble field herd again. There were a couple of "ok" bucks with them, but nothing I'd shoot now. Since the wind was good, I hiked down to watch them come out of the field and bed, to try to figure a plan for next week when the rut is closer.

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This little spiker had the same idea. He came from the opposite direction and took up a watching post in front of me.

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They wandered down into the timber in twos and threes, bedding in a swath about 100 yards across. This is why it's impossible to do any sort of spot-stalk down here. bust one, and they all run into the next county (literally).

11-Nov-12

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I've hunted this spot before, and found a couple of good fallen-tree blinds on the back side of the staging area they like to use when the rut really kicks-in. It's sort of an island, and I can back out through a low swale behind it.

I had a successful insertion and extraction this morning, scaring nothing in or out. Good sign.

11-Nov-12
I'd left my decoys and rattling antlers at the fort blind, so I hiked back up to retrieve them since I'm moving my operation.

Before leaving, I rattled a couple times. The loud clacking really carried in the cold, crisp air. But nothing came that I could see, and I was watching some deer movement a couple hundred yards ahead.

As the dry creek is fairly deep for a hundred yards in that direction, I snuck in closer for a look.

11-Nov-12

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Apparently my rattling worked, because a buck was coming toward the fort blind on a string. He spotted my doe hat peeking over the top of the bank and stopped. I nodded at him, and he turned and marched right over to me. He stopped at 10 yards (I paced it off later) and stared at me, making the little buzzing sounds mature bucks make when talking to does.

He wasn't a shooter, but a pretty buck.

11-Nov-12

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My focus on the smaller buck in the previous post and the next few is a little off, because I had my bow in one hand and the camera in the other.

I already had an arrow on the string when the first buck came in, and right behind him was another, bigger buck, not wide but with amazing deep back forks. I have a lot of time to hunt, but made a decision to shoot this one if he gave me the opportunity at close range.

11-Nov-12

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He did. He saw the doe hat and stomped over for a look. Meanwhile, the other buck stood there at 10 yards, staring at me.

(I'll preface this next part by explaining that when hunting I always cock the doe hat at a 30 degree angle to the side to provide string clearance. I'd forgotten to do that this morning, as I was using the nose to shade my eyes from the bright glare while stalking to the fort blind.)

He stood at 16 yards (I paced this off, too) and I went back and forth over whether I should shoot him. I raised my bow and drew back. At about 2/3 draw the string stopped squarely on the end of the nose of the doe hat. I should have let down but my brain was on autopilot, and I attempted to nudge the hat to the side a little so I could get back to anchor.

The string slipped off my tab.

I hit him.

Squarely in the middle of his G-2.

I figure the only reason it didn't break his antler is because I was only at partial draw. The arrow bounced straight down, and he bounded off to about 40 yards.

The other buck was STILL standing there at 10 yards. He never moved. I put another arrow on the string, gave a little bleat on the bite call, and I'll be damned if the buck didn't turn and walk right back to me.

This time he didn't present a clean shot.

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Then right behind him came an even bigger buck.

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I tried to get his attention, but he was busy watching the other two walk away.

Yes, they WALKED away. Directly across my wind at about 40 yards, and never showed any alarm.

11-Nov-12
Wow!! What a day! Tough break, but on the bright side at least you have a hell of a story and you didn't wound anything.

Lou....all I can say is thank you for your comments above. The respect is mutual! I look forward to seeing you in April.

Good luck on the rest of your hunt!!

Matt

11-Nov-12

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He stopped broadside, and most of you wheels and pins guys would have drilled him easily. But he was just outside my recurve range, and by that point I was pretty rattled anyway.

Last I saw them they were casually sauntering downstream toward the bedding area of the field herd I'd left earlier.

I took my arrow off the string and stabbed myself in the jugular.

AAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

No, what I did was walk over and pick up my arrow out of the snow, beside his front tracks, at exactly 16 yards. I've had a few classic misses over the years, but this was an all-timer. One for the ages. My one consolation is that I didn't wound him. I only wounded my pride. And it wasn't a "buck fever" whiff. I had the spot and would have certainly drilled him if not for the doe hat interfering with my draw and blowing my concentration.

Go ahead, laugh and shake your heads. I deserve it. I'm now thinking (hoping??) this was meant to be, so I'd have a chance at that "great big bastard" when he shows up this week. I still have 12 days of glassing/hunting in November, and two weeks in December.

I retrieved my stuff from the fort blind and headed home. I need a few days to shake this one off. I'll be back out on Wednesday or Thursday, depending upon how work is going. Catch you then.

From: Willieboat
11-Nov-12
Keep after em Lou !! This thread rocks !!

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11-Nov-12

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How cool, great pictures, glad you missed now we will get more... Well sort of missed ;) Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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From: Ermine
11-Nov-12
Wow. The hunt couldn't be over that fast. I bet you shot the horn on purpose. :) You stick bow guys have my utmost respect! Can't wait till you get back out there. I'm heading out next weekend for some hunting. Can't wait

From: Gaur
11-Nov-12
nice story Lou.

Just write it off a a wardrobe malfunction ;)

Nice pictures and that snow looked awesome. Pretty impressive that you were able to get in and out of there without blowing them out after all that.

From: Gray Ghost
11-Nov-12
Lou,

It's only going to get better.

Nice to see you're still at it, my friend.

Kinda sorry you're still publicizing it.

Take care, and good luck.

Matt

From: city hunter
11-Nov-12
Lou you have to laugh at that one , It wasnt his day to hang on your wall ! Glad only your pride got hurt , You are lucky he didnt chase you and mount you !!!In a few days you will be happy u missed him !!!!

11-Nov-12
Matt, good to hear from you. I thought about that. That's part of why I stopped doing these threads before, but it seems we can't turn on a hunting channel or open a bowhunting magazine now without an article on plains deer hunting. In fact, there's a plains deer hunting show on in a half hour.

It's not a secret anymore, which is why outfitters are leasing up everything possible. Its the access that's the problem, which I tried to explain (caution) in my post above. And it's outfitters who are, in large part, turning what used to be door-knocking into big bucks ventures for big bucks.

I have no problem with ranchers making some money from their property if they choose. Bowhunters out here used to be sort of a curiosity for ranchers, who would nod, smile skeptically, and tell you where they're seeing deer. But now, unfortunately, it's a business and it's what much of hunting has become.

I think you know both sides of that.

Good hunting, and thanks for the good wishes.

Lou

From: swp
11-Nov-12
Gotta shrug off a miss like that and be glad that you got a bigger one to go after and no deer were wounded in the making of the story. Plus you got out without being busted. Can't wait for the rest of the story.

From: Gaur
11-Nov-12
Lou was there something stuck in the antlers of that last picture. Seems to me there is a stick between his antlers??

11-Nov-12
Guar - good catch! I didn't notice that before, but went back and zoomed in on the pics, and he does have a stick wedged across between his brows.

From: JLS
12-Nov-12
Hilarious! Thanks for sharing the photos and stories, best of luck as you continue your hunt Lou.

Honestly guys, I don't think there's much of anything in hunting that HASN'T been commercialized yet. It's a sad reality.

Shoot straight.

From: Scoot
12-Nov-12
LOL- Lou, that's pretty funny! Crap certainly does find a way of happening, doesn't it?!? The good news is that this would have been your shortest write up and hunt ever had you made good on that shot, but since you didn't, we get to enjoy the hunt from afar for longer. Have fun and enjoy!

In a few weeks I get to go chase muleys that you'd pass on during the last day of your hunt. I'll still have fun, but your threads and pics have pretty well wrecked me...

From: midwest
12-Nov-12
Ouch, Jaq! Looking forward to the rest of the hunt.

From: Bill in MI
12-Nov-12
A great read...hope you get another crack!

Bill

12-Nov-12
Jaquomo - My hat is off to you sir! The challenge of hunting on the ground with a recurve isn't enough, you're doing it with a camera in your other hand.

Enjoying your amazing pics & stories very much.

From: Bowfreak
12-Nov-12
I will be following for sure. Great thread and one that is always a blast to follow.

12-Nov-12
This is the first year in a long time I'm not spending the month of Nov. chasing plains deer all over western KS......AND IT'S KILLING ME!!

I'll be glued to this thread Lou and living vicariously through you with the rest of the site.

Good luck and smash a big one!!

From: TD
12-Nov-12
Here I thought over the years I had screwed things up in every single way possible..... then reading this it hits me.... I don't have a doe hat..... =D

Thanks for the story. Can't wait for part deux.....

Darn that looks cold.....

12-Nov-12
Lovin it Lou! Can't wait to get out this weekend myself, you fired us up! Good luck buddy! I look forward to checking this when you get back out!

From: Paul@thefort
12-Nov-12
Lou, And I thought I was the only bow hunters who bounced an arrow off of a bucks rack. Thanks for admitting it anyway. Stand up guy.

Just returned from Kansas, with camera in hand. Got some great pictures of rutting whitetails while Dary was hunting. Five different bucks chasing does the other day, and one ran by me at 10 yards as I was on the ground. If I would have had your deer hat on, the buck would have surely been in my lap.

Keep up the hunt and I know we will surely raise a glass to your success.

Paul

From: Gray Ghost
12-Nov-12
Lou,

"I think you know both sides of that."

Painfully so.

I think we've both contributed to ruining what was a relative secret, not too long ago.

I regret that.

Matt

From: Bowboy
12-Nov-12
This is one of my favorite post!

Lou keep at it you'll get another chance!

From: Beav
12-Nov-12
Look so forward to following along on your hunt every year. Good luck and sweet pics!

From: city hunter
12-Nov-12
lou keep the zipper up this year !!!

12-Nov-12
Louis, you're baaaad! I'm never going to live that photo down, though my wife fixed it with her photo editor after the fact. Too late, though.

You were supposed to look at the big buck in the "hero shot", not my fly!

13-Nov-12
Cool da...great pictures...I want to see the Big Bastard in the yucca!!!

From: bohuntr
13-Nov-12
Awesome thread as usual Lou! What a great story, can't wait for the next installment!!!

From: rooster
13-Nov-12
What a day you had! I'd be thrilled to have a day like that. I've come to the point in my hunting career where I celebrate the misses and mis-haps as much as killing a good deer. Well almost anyway! Good luck!

From: chessie
13-Nov-12
Great stuff Lou - Fantastic photos and story as always. Good luck and be safe out there.

The patience and know how needed to be successful on the prairie are impressive. In my experience here in NE it has been a very humbling experience.

I love that fresh snow - Are there a lot of coyotes in that country? That white stuff always seems to bring them out.

From: Busta'Ribs
13-Nov-12
Great report as usual Lou. Thanks for posting.

I really wish I was out there and could hang out with you as planned but unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy had other ideas for me this month.

I switched my trip to mid-December and now hope to get away and give it a go next month.

I suspect it will be a food source based hunt at that time but any tips you may have for a "late" season hunt would be most appreciated.

Good luck and keep the fun coming. At least I can live vicariously through your reports while I'm stuck in New Jersey assisting storm victims.

13-Nov-12

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One of the hunts I look forward to every year thanks for taking us along. Great story and photos as usual. Hope you get a crack a that Great Big Bastard. Thanks for sharing.

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From: Ron Niziolek
13-Nov-12
Lou, I really look forward to this yearly post. Your writing and photography are top notch, as well as your tenacity. Keep it coming.

From: Mark Watkins
13-Nov-12
Lou, Keep updating! Great thread as always! Thank you!

good luck,

Mark

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13-Nov-12

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Love it so far Lou, even the silent, suspenseful parts (like now)

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: Reflex
13-Nov-12
Keep after it! I have a feeling good things are going to come your way.

13-Nov-12
Finally catching up on your post while sitting in a tree stand at Shiloh .. Good time here and made my first kill with the homemade recurve.. Keep at it bud

From: DDD
14-Nov-12
Personally I think this your secret hunting technique to trick the big buck into thinking you can’t shoot :). Boy will he be surprised when you drill him! Can’t wait to read what happens next! You’re doing a great job. Lou, be sure put this one the memory banks for story telling time in the rocking chair.

15-Nov-12
Hey ....put down your cappachino and get back to work!!!! :)

15-Nov-12
I'm back out, arrived late last night. I glassed this morning early, and only saw four does coming out of the hills and into the creek bottom. But from my closest glassing spot I can't see much of the bottom in the section where the deer have been living. I suspect - hope - they're browsing around down in there.

I also glassed about 9 or 10 square miles around where I'm hunting, open prairie, yucca hills, CRP, creek bottom, and didn't see a single other deer. Zippo. My rancher friend confirmed that he hasn't been seeing many deer either, and is puzzled by it. There was water all over during the summer drought (cattle tanks and springs) and the forage is still ok, so I'm not sure what's going on.

Just hoping the deer I was hunting last weekend didn't move on to somewhere else for some reason (coyote hunters scaring them??). I'm going to glass tonight to try to get a better clue before plunging blindly down into the bottom.

From: Northwoods
15-Nov-12
Best "live hunt" of the year from a poster. Thanks for sharing again. More folks than you'll realize follow and appreciate what you're taking the time to share. Good luck with the remainder of your hunt.

From: TD
15-Nov-12
"Once more....into the freezer..." er, I mean "the fray". =D

Can't wait.

From: midwest
15-Nov-12
I'll be following along from my treestand tomorrow, Lou. Good luck!

From: Gray Ghost
15-Nov-12
Lou,

Hit the water. The bucks are putting on miles right now, bouncing from doe group to doe group, looking for the first hot does.

It's suppose to be hot this weekend, weather-wise. They'll be thirsty.

Just a little friendly advise. Take it for what it's worth.

Matt

15-Nov-12
Matt, thanks, much appreciated!!! I saw the same thing tonight, with wandering, bouncing bucks.

Where I'm hunting there is quite a bit of water with scattered tanks. Unfortunately I have to ambush between water and bedding since there aren't any usable trees near any of the sources where my deer seem to be concentrated.

But they definitely hit the water in the a.m. after feeding out in the drylands all night.

Good luck to you, and if you score, please post a pic on this thread.

15-Nov-12

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I hung back and glassed tonight to try to get a handle on the program. I first hiked up on a bluff where I have a good view down into the creek bottom, staging pastures, and the upper and lower food sources. I can see a lot from this bluff, and can drop down into the deep dry wash and be in the creek bottom in five minutes if I spot a cruising buck.

Didn't see much until shortly before sunset.

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The first bunch came out of the old dairy I've written about before, and lined-out across a 1/2 mile newly-sprouted winter wheat field to reach a stubble field with plenty of volunteer wheat.

One of the "ok" bucks from last weekend was with them, as was my forky friend. All total there were about 11 does and two bucks.

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Then downstream about 3/4 mile, on the opposite side of the bottom and a couple hundred yards downstream of my property boundary, a small group came out of the timber, crossed an open pasture, crossed the county road, and headed up into the yucca hills to feed. Appeared to be a couple nice bucks with them, so I shot down off the bluff and hiked back to the truck to drive around for a better look.

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There were three bucks with them - a little guy, the one I hit in the antler - which I've very happy to report still HAS his right G-3 and G-3! - and another very nice, wide buck.

As GG noted, they followed the does until they got settled to feed in the hills, then both wandered off to do recon. As much as they are wandering right now and knowing there is a group of does with a sub-dominant buck just upstream, where I'm hunting, I'm sure I'll see these two again soon.

It's that time where we see different bucks every day. We're still about three to four days away from the first does coming into estrous, so bucks will be cruising heavily until then.

15-Nov-12

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I don't think this buck is the third one from Sunday, as he looks wider and his back forks don't appear to be as deep. But they always look wider when walking away, so maybe... He's a great-looking buck, no matter what. I hope to see him again - at about 20 yards.

15-Nov-12

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Huh, not sure why the "wide buck" photo didn't post so let's try again.

15-Nov-12

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I only have a couple hours to hunt early tomorrow morning, as it's still a work day for me. I may have to bail and head back to camp before the deer get back into the bottom to stage and bed, but it's always worth a shot. Sometimes they come in early, sometimes big lone bucks are cruising early. But I know I won't kill one here in the trailer.

I'm out here for the next 10 days. The next five or six should be rocking. You all have a good night.

From: Bowboy
15-Nov-12
That's a nice buck. Good luck!

From: buglemaster
15-Nov-12
Good stuff Lou!Hang in there & you'll get your shot.I wanna see the "bastard buck" with the floppy ear hat guy in the photo..;-)

From: JLS
15-Nov-12
Shoot straight and keep yer hat cocked!

From: Outdoordan
15-Nov-12
Beautiful. Those are some great pictures. Good luck.

From: Gray Ghost
16-Nov-12
Lou,

"Good luck to you, and if you score, please post a pic on this thread."

I killed a good one a week ago.

I've just been keeping a eye on things for a buddy who is coming out this weekend.

I love this time. It's like a box of chocolates....

Matt

From: Hawkdriver
16-Nov-12
GREAT thread!!! I feel like I'm right there with you! I am actually heading out to Oakley KS tonight for my first Muley hunt. A friend is taking me out to his old stomping grounds and still has lots of private access so I'm hoping for the best. I'll only have 2 days worth of hunting so I know it would be pure luck if I scored in that short amount of time.

Best of luck to you!!

From: Bullhound
16-Nov-12
simply outstanding. what a treat it is to get to follow along on a hunt like this.

From: Wild Bill
16-Nov-12
How is a guy supposed to get any work done after reading a thread like this? I'll be bowhunting muleys in the foothills this weekend. Thanks for the great thread and good luck!

16-Nov-12
With my morning hunt shortened due to some work obligations, my plan was to slip down into the timber and try to figure out one of the doe groups, then get out without scaring anything.

Mission accomplished.

16-Nov-12

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I got in very early and decided to wait by the fallen cottonwood where I killed the buck two years ago. From there I can see down toward the staging area I scoped-out Sunday in the snow, as well as some yucca hills, the old dairy, and a wide open swath in the creek bottom.

I sat until 7:30, seeing nothing, when I needed to start sneaking out to return to camp and a work project. I'd made it about 40 yards when I looked back down toward the staging area and spotted some does coming into the little clearing to browse.

They were exactly where I'd planned an ambush from what I'd learned from my Sunday scouting.

16-Nov-12
I plopped down in the tall grass and waited for them to feed over into a swale. Then when I rose up to my knees to try to leave, the deep-forked buck I hit in the antler was looking at me through the trees, right behind the does. He will henceforth be known as "Lucky", though he may soon be The Buck Formerly Known As Lucky. He spotted the doe hat, locked-in on it, and I thought he was going to come to me again, but he elected to stay with the does while keeping a close eye on me.

I bedded down, nodding once in awhile like a feeding doe, and occasionally showing a Heads Up "deer on a stick" to him. He finally lost interest and wandered off with the doe family.

Like Matt said above, "it's like a box of chocolates" right now. New bucks appear every morning and evening. This buck was 3/4 mile away last night, across the county road, with a different doe family. Tomorrow morning these does may bring a different buck. It's all about hunting the does, figuring them out, keeping them around as bait, and waiting for them to deliver a big buck into my lap.

The next three days are my absolute favorite days to hunt muleys.

I can't hunt tonight, as a good friend produced and directed a film that is premiering, and I was invited to the opening. So I have to shower at the ranch house, dress up like a civilized human, and journey across the plains to the Big City for a social event. But she's one of my best friends, so it's worth giving up one evening of hunting for that.

But I'll skip the after-party. I know those does are going to bring another big buck in the morning, and I want to be there, waiting........

From: DDD
16-Nov-12
one good scotch wouldn't hurt :)

17-Nov-12
Come on I say hit the red carpet in your grunged up hunting gear... carrying your bow and only respond to people in grunts... I am sure it will make the cover of People....just make sure you fly is up

From: Stoutstuff
17-Nov-12
I would sure like to see a picture of that Doe hat...

From: Medicinemann
17-Nov-12
Lou,

Just got home from my Kansas drive. This is such an enjoyable thread.... good luck!! Thanks for taking the time....

Jake

From: Bowboy
17-Nov-12
Lou,

I hope you have some success soon. This is getting good! I know you're going to connect shortly!

Can't wait for today's report! Keep at it!

17-Nov-12

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The film was enjoyable, and I ended up sitting next to a guy who is a very serious rifle hunter, hunts all over the world, great guy. He had some excellent stories. So it was worth missing a night of glassing for all that.

I made it down to the staging area before shooting light and found a good blind on the dry "island" beside a fallen tree. It's in a spot where the timber narrows a bit and there's some green grass in the swales. When deer are around, it's a favorite spot for rut staging. Tons of fresh tracks on both sides of the blind.

I didn't see much until an hour after sunup. Then onesy-twosies start appearing here and there. I spotted a forker down toward the end of the island and called to him a couple times.

17-Nov-12

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He started coming

17-Nov-12

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And kept coming, stopping a couple times to check out a pair of does off to the side

17-Nov-12

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And before long he was right in my lap.

This photo is at 8 yards.

I have to tell you this: I'm not beholden to the Nose Jammer people in any way. I paid fourteen bucks for my can of the stuff. I'm still not sure if it has any effect, positive or negative except to make me really hungry for a raisin cinnamon roll. I sprayed some on the logs on each side of my blind earlier. This buck approached directly in my wind, and at 8 yards he is standing in my scent. He showed no alarm at any time.

Like I said, I can't say if it works because I've had similar inexplicable experiences out here with no Nose Jammer or anything else. But after he gave up on me, he meandered on up the creek and out of sight.

17-Nov-12

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Next time I saw him, an hour later, he was pushing a doe past the blind from the other direction.

The only other buck I saw this morning was a ridiculous little one-antlered spike that was annoying every doe in sight. He bothered some in the yucca hills, down in the timber, back up in the hills. He looked like a serious pest - like a desperate teenager at a bachelorette party.

I stayed down there until 11:00 when it got very warm, then ran back to camp for lunch, a quick nap, changed into some lighter stuff, and to grab some gear to improve the blind.

17-Nov-12

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I made some improvements with the blind, and I feel much better about it now. A couple does busted me moving this morning. They didn't spook but were really edgy. Looks much better now, and the Open Country Slip plugged an opening that was a problem. I have the Moo Cow slip behind the Open Country one, so I can back out behind it if they bed near me.

I didn't see anything moving in the bottom tonight so I hiked back around and up onto the bluff to glass.

17-Nov-12

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Before I reached the bluff I was false-charged by this big bear. Thankfully he stopped before setting upon me for a good mauling!

What I learned from glassing is that there are two good-sized bunches upstream from me( 10-12 does and a mature buck in each, plus a couple dinks), and one herd downstream. I'm in the travel route, but the way these deer move in the night, either of the near groups could be on top of me tomorrow.

These three groups bedded today in very difficult places to hunt. Flat, open no terrain breaks, bedding behind fallen cottonwoods with their heads poking up. I think I'll stick it out at this blind for another morning or two and maybe try for an afternoon ambush in the yucca. Traveling bucks should come by me, and a doe with a mature buck is likely to come here to do her dance.

The real rut kickoff seems to be a couple days off yet. I didn't see any real rut activity tonight, only bucks hanging with does. No pushing or nosing. The 17th is normally pretty close, with the 19th typically being the first real crazy day of chasing. Might be a day or two late, which is fine!

17-Nov-12

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By the time I hiked back and drove out, the herd downstream from my blind had come out of the timber, fed across the stubble field, crossed the county road, and were browsing in the hills.

The wide buck from a couple nights ago is with them. He's a good buck; not great, but certainly a shooter for me. He has a sticker on his left side.

17-Nov-12
Nice silver back Lou! just saw this so I am looking forward to paging up and enjoying the read to date. Good luck and stay safe.

17-Nov-12

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This herd is feeding in the right direction to hit the river bottom near my blind in the morning. They were accompanied by the forky and idiot one-antlered spike, the first close buck from the debacle when I hit the second one in the antler last week, and another decent 4x.

The next four days should be wonderful. Rut is kicking off. I'm stoked!!!!!!

A delicious Marie Callender's fettuccine with chicken and broccoli is cooking in the oven, I'm kicking-back enjoying a Scotch, rocking the Boss Martians on the iPod, and having just an outstanding Saturday evening on the bluff out here on the Great Plains.

Jake, good to hear from you and sorry you didn't connect in KS. Those bucks are lucky, but I guess you can't ALWAYS kill a monster, LOL!!!!!

17-Nov-12

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Stoutstuff, here's the doe hat. Wife made it for me years ago out of craft foam after I kept getting busted while glassing,and figured out everything out here except me has "ears". I just wanted some ears, and she came up with this.

It's built on a ball cap frame. When I'm wearing it the ears stand up in a normal posture.

Then she made an elk hat that's also a valuable tool when used in the right situation.

18-Nov-12
Sunday morning - since I'm essentially hunting three little bunches of deer, I decided to wait until it was light enough to see before diving down into the bottom and to the blind.

The herd with the wide buck was still up in the yucca hills, but had moved south in the night and were directly west of my blind, about 1/3 mile away, across the stubble field. So I continued on with my plan to hunt the blind and hope they came into the riverbottom near me to stage, browse and bed.

18-Nov-12

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The first buck to cruise by was the local forky. I have enough phtos of him already.

Then shortly after sunup a 3x4 came by. I gave him a couple of soft bleats, he spotted the decoys, and came right in.

18-Nov-12

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He circled them, looking all around in case a bigger buck was nearby.

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11 yards, looking away. Dream shot opportunity. Why couldn't he be one of the big ones????!!!!!!

He was also directly downwind at this point. I have no explanation......

After watching them for awhile he turned and wandered back the way he came. I saw him again on the other side of creek a half hour later, nosing along.

18-Nov-12

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I sat the blind for the rest of the morning, but the only thing I saw was this litte 2x3 that saw the decoys, walked in, and bedded-down where he could watch them. It was pretty funny, as he seemed to expect some bigger buck to come out of nowhere and chase him off, so he literally "stalked in" as close as he could get before hiding behind the last patch of weeds.

When I went out to pick up the dekes, he seemed really confused. He lay there watching, no doubt asking himself, "Why are those does letting that guy walk right up to them? Now he's petting one! Now he's picking one up! WTF???!!!"

He stood up and watched me for a minute, then trotted away, glancing back over his shoulder.

18-Nov-12
Beautiful day out here. 34 when I left to hunt, warming to 62 in the afternoon. Steady breeze all day.

My plan tonight was to stalk furthest south herd I spotted last night in the yucca hills across the riverbottom. That plan was foiled by a friend of the rancher who came into the bottom from the other direction to cut firewood.

Not sure where those deer went, but the saws were going right in their bedding area and I could see two vehicles through the thick trees.

So I walked back to the truck, drove back around to the other side (7 miles to get to the other side of the creek from where I was planning to stalk..) and hiked back out onto the glassing bluff.

The herd with the wide buck came out of the timber below me, crossed the stubble field, crossed the road, and went right back into the spot in the yucca hills where they've been feeding the past few nights. There must be something those does love in that particular spot.

Evidently they'd come in this morning south of me, and because I suspected that may have happened, I'd purposely hiked back to the truck across the stubble field instead of along the edge of the bottom.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to try a different tack. I think I'll stand around on the timber edge of the field to watch, try to intercept them when they drop into the bottom.

I also saw old Lucky tonight, pushing a doe around in the hills over there above where the does like to feed. I can't hunt that section as it is leased to an outfitter, but evidently he only has rifle hunters.

Tomorrow should be the first day of doe chasing. The 19th. "Crazy day". It's been a day when we've killed some good bucks, and I'm hoping history will repeat.

18-Nov-12
Keep at it lou

18-Nov-12
I like your hat, Lou. I've got one that is real similar, hope it works for me next weekend.

From: cnelk
19-Nov-12
I really like this thread. Check it every day.

What camera are you using? Great pics!

From: BULELK1
19-Nov-12
Keep the faith Lou!

Good luck, Robb

From: Gray Ghost
19-Nov-12
"Tomorrow should be the first day of doe chasing. The 19th. "Crazy day". It's been a day when we've killed some good bucks, and I'm hoping history will repeat."

I've been watching doe chasing for 2 days, Lou.

My young hunting buddy had a shooter 10 yds from him, yesterday morning, while in a stand I hung over a water hole . It was his first time sitting in a stand, and he was thrilled to have multiple deer underneath him.

Unfortunately, my buddy was under-dressed, and was too cold to draw his bow when the buck came in. Or so he says...I suspect a little buck fever had something to do with it, as well. You can lead a horse to water..... ;-)

Anyway, I hope the action picks up for you. Good luck.

Matt

From: Scoot
19-Nov-12
"...too cold to draw his bow..."

Seriously? I think you're right- that must be a serious case of buck fever.

Go get 'em, Lou! I imagine it's just a matter of time. I hope you find that "great big bastard" the land owner was talking about...

From: Medicinemann
19-Nov-12
How is it that I can hunt several weeks locally in western NY, hunt Wyoming for antelope, drive out to Kansas and hunt for a week out there, and yet, when this thread appears I start to experience "withdrawal symptoms"......LOL!! I have only been home TWO days!!

I wonder if they have methadone treatments for people with this type of addiction.... I need to contact the Betty Ford clinic for help!!!

Lou, my hand is starting to tremble.....post another update....PLEASE!!

From: Paul@thefort
19-Nov-12
Nov 19th------Magic Day

From: Bill V
19-Nov-12
Great thread Jaq, thanks and good luck!

Paul-- do you know something?????

Bill V

19-Nov-12
Matt, today was the first day of real chasing here. Seems like we can peg it on the calendar. Nov. 19th.

I stuck to my plan but didn't see anything in the hills or stubble field. Nada. But I sat my blind anyway, and the only thing I saw all morning was one dinky two-point frantically trotting across the yucca ridge behind me, no doubt wondering, as was I, where the deer went.

I was supposed to join the rancher for dinner at noon, so at 10:00 I packed up and took my gear 3/4 mile south to the fort blind, closer to where I suspected the deer had moved.

About 50 yards from the fort I spotted movement in the trees ahead. A buck was pushing three does toward me very quickly. I couldn't see what he was but readied an arrow on the string.

Peeking up over the creek bank, I committed the cardinal sin of doe-hattery - I let the does see the hat. Big mistake. Sure enough, four of them came right at me, fast. The buck behind them was the 3x4 from yesterday. I was caught with no place to hide, so I removed the hat and curled up in the fetal position below the ditch bank.

They couldn't see me but were locked on what they thought they'd seen. After ten minutes I peeked up and three were still there. I lay back down and dozed off for a few. Fifteen minutes later I peeked up again and they were STILL there. The buck was chasing one of the does around through the trees, but the other three were locked-in at 25 yards.

Ten minutes later they finally left, so I dropped my stuff at the fort blind and raced off to a wonderful dinner of beef roast, mashed potatoes, carrots and onions, and cherry-rhubarb pie. Awesome!

19-Nov-12

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After dinner I rushed back to camp and changed into afternoon stalking clothes, intending to try a yucca-hills ambush later. I hoped to be down there earlier and sit the fort blind for an hour, but dinner took longer than expected. The rancher told me the GBB from the yucca is a 32" wide 8x9 NT, but he hasn't seen him since the rifle season. Hoping he wasn't poached by a road hunter. Maybe he'll show up now?

At the gate to the stubble field I looked up on the hill and spotted the wide buck and his does at an old abandoned homestead. I know this spot and there's absolutely no way to stalk it, since it's on a hilltop and the does were spread around on both sides.

I left them alone and hiked down into the creek bottom.

At the bottom of the dry gulch I spotted a buck bird-dogging. It was old Lucky, and he walked on the trail 20 yards from the fort blind.

The beef roast cost me a close shot at that buck.

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So I'm sneaking down the creek bottom to t he fort blind, sans deer hat, and go figure, the same four does from this morning popped over a rise and spotted something. I was only about 50 yards from where they'd screwed me this morning.

Down I go again. They didn't see much, and fed around but kept looking at me, so I couldn't move.

I didn't mention that I also saw a great new buck working several other does south of the fort blind this morning. It is a staging area they often use when coming out of the hills to the east. I saw them using it when I sat the fort blind before, and had already decided I was going to try to find a good ground blind there after the hill stalk tonight.

19-Nov-12

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Luckily, they zoned-in on something coming from the other direction, and before long a 2x4 started harassing them and pushed them the other way.

Seizing the opportunity, I grabbed the chair, decoys and Slip blind from the fort and found a wonderful ground blind right on the near edge of the south staging area. Tracks everywhere, three trails intersecting within 30 yards. It's one of the very best natural ground blinds I've ever found down there, and it required no renolstering to make it perfect. The Slip blind will block the one exposed side and give me shade. There are more big log piles behind, making a natural funnel. It's another one of those log piles formed from the giant flash flood.

It was too late for a hill stalk by then, so I readied the blind for the morning hunt. As a bonus, I found two sheds within 20 yards of the new blind. Good omen?

I'm very excited about this spot. The deer are definitely down here, much further south from where I've been the past few days. The bucks know it, too.

Tomorrow should be a good day!

:^)

19-Nov-12

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WTF???? Where did that photo come from? Bowsite gremlins, since I've never seen that before.

I'll try to post the correct photo again.

Wow, that added a little spice to the thread. LOL!!!!!

19-Nov-12
cnelk, I'm just using an older little Sony Cyber-shot pocket camera. It takes pretty good photos considering it doesn't have a lens or much of a zoom.

I'm running and gunning, so I don't want to carry my DSLR or anything else bulky. I'm carrying enough crap as it is. My deer hunting pack often weighs more than my pack for a day of elk hunting.

So I like a littel camera that will fit in my breast pocket and can be pulled-out quickly. It takes GREAT photos of guys in john-boats with machine guns....

19-Nov-12
Thought you switched weapons Lou .. I know the recurve is challenging but damn !

From: Florida Mike
19-Nov-12
I always knew Lou liked a 50... I was thinking cougar but dang! Mike

19-Nov-12
Hey Mike, after the showdown with a cougar at 10 feet armed with only a longbow, then being charged by the "bear" a couple days ago, I'm not taking any chances!!!

Just need to figure out a good sling for it so it doesn't interfere with my binos and camera.

From: AndyJ
19-Nov-12
Lou- Great hunt so far! That boat picture is hilarious. I can't help but think of the saying, "You can't shoot a cannon out of a canoe". Good luck these next few days...although I still don't think you'll need it.

19-Nov-12
This ongoing mulie story......reminds me of the stories my parents used to tell me about how the common folk would regularly gather round the Motorola in the evenings, back in the 40s, and listen to Roosevelt, or the Lone Ranger, or Strike It Rich, or Superman.

70 years later, the 21st century equivalent.....

Lou is my neighbor, sort of. Lives a few miles to the north. A man of principle. And, a great story-teller. Good sense of humor. I guess that is obvious.

D

From: trophyhill
20-Nov-12
the drama/excitement is building!

From: Gaur
20-Nov-12
I'm still following along. Hope a big one comes by in the morning.

From: Scoot
20-Nov-12
Bawahahahahaha- that boat picture is funny as hell! Lou, you might think it was "Bowsite gremlins", but I think it was divine intervention! I didn't realize there was enough water in that country to make use of a boat like that, but I guess you've found a way to make it work! This way you'll be prepared if they come via water or field. Remember when you set up the decoys, Lou, "one if by land, two if by sea."

Go get him, Lou! Good luck- I have a feeling about you shooting a buck today!

From: Gray Ghost
20-Nov-12

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Lou,

When I said, "hit the water", I wasn't expecting you to go to this extreme!

LMAO!!

Matt

From: Bowfreak
20-Nov-12
Ah Ha!!!!

His real secrets are leaking out.

Special ops amphibious attack!

Keep at it I am sure it won't be long.

From: BB
20-Nov-12
Hey Lou I just got back from my annual rut hunt here in Utah with my camera. And I saw far fewer deer and bucks than I normally do. It was way cold and windy for half the time and then the days warmed up which seemed to curtail their activity more.

Anyway I wish you the best. Get a big one Buddy!

Have a great bowhunt. BB

20-Nov-12
Guys, when I talk about "rover bottom", that boat is my primary form of transport. The gun is simply for protection against porcupines.

Sure wish I knew the history of that Photoshopped pic, LOL!

20-Nov-12

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"Rover bottom, "river bottom", spell check doesn't know the difference, apparently.

I went to the great new blind at the edge of the staging area when they emerge from the hills in the south gullies.

Just after the sun peeked over the rise, this guy came out of the hills alone. No doe. Not a good sign.

20-Nov-12

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I guess I picked the right travel route.

No decoys out yet, because I didn't want any doe leading a buck to lead him away from the competition. When the rut is cranking I wait to set the decoys later in the morning to attract cruising lone bucks.

20-Nov-12

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He offered a nice shot opportunity, but not what I wanted. But since I didn't get an elk this year and last year's meat is dwindling, if he'd done this on Saturday he may have caught a Muzzy.

20-Nov-12

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Nothing else happened until 10:00, when a different buck came from the other direction. He'd seen the decoys on the other side of me and was coming for them.

From: writer
20-Nov-12
Great stuff, especially the Colorado Navy...thanks for taking the time.

20-Nov-12

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He spotted me moving slightly to adjust the camera angle and wasn't quite sure what I was, so he slowly turned, stopped, and warily walked around behind me.

Turns out he was looking at another buck coming in from behind, one I'd have shot. He's a very nice, tall and wide 3x4. I don't have a pic of him because I was on the string, but he didn't present an opportunity.

From: city hunter
20-Nov-12
lou do u ever see any of the same bucks wandering around from year to year !! You need charlie sheen in that PT boat LOL

20-Nov-12

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After this guy spotted me, I took a better look at the travel corridor and figured out the route a buck would most likely take from that direction. In the morning sunlight it was pretty obvious, so I adjusted the blind a little and moved the Open Country Slip over on that side.

Much better.

Nothing else happened, no does, no nothing, and by 11:30 it had warmed to 64 degrees, from 28 when I started. I was roasting, so I bailed to the truck, hauled-butt back to camp for a quick lunch and shower at the rancher's place, took off the wool, then raced back for the rest of the afternoon.

The only thing I saw this evening was the 3x4 wandering around behind me. At sundown I got out of there to glass.

Figures - the wide buck's herd from the old homestead last night (directly west of my current blind) had moved a mile north, to the spot in the stubble field they'd occupied in the evenings last week. I'm not sure if they bedded by my other blind or in the hills, but either way, several of the other local bucks were also there with the wide one and the does.

I drove back around, hiked down to the blind in the dark and retrieved my stuff - decoys, chair, Slip blind, Heads-Up doe, rattling antlers. I will go back to my previous ambush spot in the morning.

And I fully expect the deer to be back where I was this morning.

20-Nov-12
The good news is that I could have killed three bucks this morning - the two in the photos, and a new heavy one with extra forks that ran 20 yards in front of my truck in the dark, chasing a doe across the road.

The bad news is that neither of the two on the ground were the right ones for right now. Maybe later, not now.

I'm becoming vexed. I've been doing this muley rut hunting for long enough that I should be used to the schizophrenia by now. But it still drives me crazy the way they move around in the night for no rhyme or reason.

I thought of the great line penned by Aldo Leupold, the father of modern conservation, in a letter to his friend Roy Case in 1935. "Killing a buck with a bow and arrow means going through a series of unexpected mishaps and keeping it up until one of the haps fails to miss."

Sooner or later one of the haps won't miss. Maybe tomorrow.

BB, great to see you back safe and sound, and looking forward to drooling over your photos!

I'm just about out of dinner food but didn't feel like making the 50 mile round trip to the nearest grocery tonight, so I'm opening a can of Dinty Moore and will have the last of an apple pie. Maybe some canned peaches. Hunting food. I'm on the hunt, living it, having close calls and having a blast. Hoping for a much closer call with the wide buck in the morning.

Thanks for the positive thoughts, vibes, and PMs!

20-Nov-12
Louis, I have in the past, but not sure if I recognize any of these from last year.

Funny, but after I killed the big NT in 2002, I found the left side sheds from him from each of the two years before I killed him. He was big, then bigger, but absolutely blew-up the year I shot him.

The 3x4 from this morning is a mirror-image of the 3x4 that came to the dekes morning before last. This one has the 3 and 4 sides swapped. Wonder if they ever get together and compare racks?

:^)

From: city hunter
20-Nov-12
I can overnight u some MREs if u so desire :)

From: midwest
20-Nov-12
Great stuff, Lou. Loving every word and pic!

20-Nov-12
I'm not sure MRE's are much better than the Dinty Moore... the apple pie was definitely the highlight tonight, though.

I keep the camp stocked with emergency food in case I get snowed-in. I suppose being as frantic as a rutting buck while hunting the rut constitutes an "emergency.

Speaking of frantic, my rancher friend told me the hunters with tags but no access are getting panicky now, glassing deer from county roads but unable to hunt. One pair practically begged for permission yesterday, saying "We got these tags but don't got no place to hunt! What are we s'posed to do?" My friend said they should have thought of that before applying, and doesn't understand why the CPW allows people to draw with no hunting access, since it's all private land.

I explained that in this country, everybody has the right to make stupid mistakes, and the government has the ability to profit from their ignorance. He agreed with that assessment.

But seriously, if you are thinking about hunting the plains in any plains state, BEFORE applying for a tag make damned sure you have access, or apply for a unit with some public land, or book with an outfitter. By the time you draw it will be too late, and you'll be driving the roads, frustrated, like the guys around here.

From: nijimasu
21-Nov-12
man that looks like a great hunt- LOVE MULIES!!!

i never got to tell you- the antelope hat worked pretty well- I never was able to close the deal, but I was sneaking around right in the middle of the herd- really had them looking confused, but never spooked.

Best of luck on this hunt- i look forward to the thread every day!!!

From: bohuntr
21-Nov-12
Good stuff as always Lou, keep after them!!!

21-Nov-12
Look forward to it everyday...keep after it

21-Nov-12
Look forward to it everyday...keep after it

From: Stoutstuff
21-Nov-12
Your wife could make a decent living selling hats right now... and now we hear of the Pronghorn version!

From: tramper
21-Nov-12
Hey, Lou, Good luck out there. Wish I had a tag. Jeff

From: AZBUGLER
21-Nov-12
Love me some Dinty Moore! Sounds like a great time.

From: TC
21-Nov-12
Lou, not that you need any encouragement to keep this up but just wanted to know how much it means to some of us. After 48 consecutive years of living the dream in the field I am completely flat on my back after a hip replacement (too many miles, too many hills apparently). The only way I can keep from going stark raving crazy is through posts like yours. Your hunt is my season this year so thank you from the bottom of my heart. TC

21-Nov-12
TC, Good luck with your recovery. I had that done back in 2007...cost me a mountain goat hunt. Took me 8 weeks to walk w/o cane/crutches. Jeff

21-Nov-12
Guys, no pics today. It was frustrating but I have hope for tomorrow.

The wide buck's herd was nowhere to be found. I didn't want to sit a barren section waiting for phantom deer so I took the opportunity to go way around and take a look at the herd I'd scoped at last light last night across the valley.

It was after sunup by the time I crested the yucca ridge, and they were already below me, about to enter the bottom. The wide, spindly 3x4 was with them, the 2x4, a couple forkys, and a new buck.

I think I may have found the GBB. He's not quite as wide as the rancher described, but very heavy with a bunch of extra stuff on both sides. A very fine buck. He followed a small group of does down and left with one when they got into the bottom. He is about a half-mile upstream from yesterday's blind.

Tonight I went back to wait in the yucca flat up on top where that group fed last night. My plan was to try to decoy one of the two big bucks. Of course they didn't come back up there, but instead inexplicably trooped along the bottom and went up into the hills directly above my blind. No bucks, only does.

I am very optimistic about the morning. I expect one of the bigger bucks will hook up with them tonight and (hopefully!) follow them down into the staging area by my blind. They are so weird right now, never doing anything the same from one day to the next, that I think I should just stay put and think positive.

Thanks to midwest for the very positive and encouraging PM. It's tough right now, and I appreciate all of the good vibes.

TC, I feel for you. As I age, things in my knees are starting to go from all the miles I've put on backpacking and elk hunting. Fortunately my hips are still ok, but those could be next. Best of luck with the recovery.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Since our daughter is out of the house and we don't have family close, my wife suggested I stay out and continue hunting. She knows I'd be a trainwreck sitting around the house for a day. After seeing that big nontypical, I'm going to take her up on the offer.

Eat some turkey for me. Back at you tomorrow.

From: Bowfreak
21-Nov-12
Good luck Admiral_feral. My guess is tomorrow is the day and your buck will carry the moniker of The Giblet Buck. :)

From: Medicinemann
21-Nov-12
Lou,

Thanks again for this thread. When you have filled your tag, I need to talk to you about your experiences "down under". Then it will be MY turn for the hunting entertainment, since you are providing it now....

From: Florida Mike
21-Nov-12
It's a great thread Lou! Love the details, Mike

From: BOWUNTR
21-Nov-12
Tomorrow is the day... I have a feeling. Shoot straight Lou. Ed F

21-Nov-12
Getting a handle on things. I like the Aldo quote. So true!

21-Nov-12
I'm assuming that tomorrow will be your last day hunting! time to punch your tag...

21-Nov-12
I'm assuming that tomorrow will be your last day hunting! time to punch your tag...

From: elkmtngear
21-Nov-12

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Happy Thanksgiving Lou. I hope you have an extra reason to give Thanks Tomorrow!

Best of Luck Jeff

From: Willieboat
22-Nov-12
Lou, keep after em. Sooner or later a buck is gonna zig when you zig and you will get your chance!!

22-Nov-12
Lou,

I'll eat you some turkey, if you shoot me a big nontypical ;)

Shoot straight!!

From: JLS
22-Nov-12
Lou,

My wife is baking pies as I type, want us to save a piece of huckleberry for ya? I got ya covered on the turkey and rice dressing.

Best of luck.

From: trophyhill
22-Nov-12
i killed my first deer with my bow on Thanksgiving morning 4 years ago. i know it's not your first but i hope it's your biggest when it's all over.

From: diggerson
22-Nov-12
Happy Thanksgiving, Lou! Continued luck to you, hope you get to meet GBB up close and personal!

22-Nov-12

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HEY! What are you guys doing on the internet?? It's Thanksgiving! Get a life!!

I hope you all had a great holiday. I did.

Lots happened this morning, so bear with me. It will be worth it. Because so much happened, I pared down the photos.

I also learned something - DO NOT ever put your facemask in the same pocket in which you're carrying a bottle of synthetic mule deer lure. Just sayin'...

Not much early - a forky followed a group of does out of the hills at 8:30. I called them over with the bite call.

22-Nov-12

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Another forky wandered by.

Then about 10:00 I spotted a mature buck through the trees a couple hundred yards away, nosing a doe along toward me. There were several other does behind.

Thinking she might lead him to me, I belly-crawled out to knock down the decoys, only getting into one cactus patch along the way. By the time I got back to the blind, they had bedded-down about 150 yards away.

22-Nov-12

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Then from the other direction, here came old Lucky, heading toward the buck and does. I called to him a couple times but he was on a mission.

By that time, the buck with the does had gone to sleep. I watched him doze off. Lucky barged in there and rousted the whole bunch. the other buck obviously knew him well, they had a discussion, and Lucky pushed three of the does off in the other direction while the original buck fed around with the does before they all bedded again about 20 yards further away.

Last night I was a little down because of the unpredictability of what is happening, so I reread Matt Palmquist's Extreme Trophy Hunting story. Thinking of some of his experiences, I weighed whether to sit it out and hope they came by me, or try to get closer and narrow the angle. I've sat and been patient before in the same situation and had to watch as they wandered away.

22-Nov-12

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I made the decision to close the gap. It took me about 30 minutes to belly-crawl and, when able, crawl on my knees, to get within about 70 yards of the bedded big buck.

My progress was halted by this doofus bedded directly in my path. So I crawled as close as I could and waited behind another flash-flood dam of logs.

22-Nov-12
The only things I took with me on the crawl were a bottle of water, a Power bar, a Power gel, the doe hat, and my bow. I was prepared to sit there for the rest of the afternoon.

Watching the buck lie down and go to sleep, I lay back in the sunshine and nearly dozed off myself. You can see his antler laying over in the center of the photo. I figured I had a couple hours before they rose and started feeding around.

No! I remembered doing this once before and waking up to a snorting doe right in front of me, with the buck beside her. So I forced myself awake and sucked on the Power gel for caffeine. I kept watching.

At exactly noon two of the does stood up, and the one the buck was courting started walking in my direction. I readied an arrow.

They came closer.

And closer.

And he stood broadside at the very outside edge of my range, with only his vitals and head exposed in front of a big tree. (How many times do they stop with the vitals covered??? This time it was the opposite).

I figured I would either hit him in the vitals, miss low at that range, or hit the tree. I picked a spot, came to anchor, settled, and let it fly, following through while holding form.

Because I was tucked into good follow-through, I didn't see whether the arrow hit, or where, but I heard a "whump".

He immediately spun and started running away.

22-Nov-12

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I'll try posting the sleeping buck pic again.

22-Nov-12

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Jaquomo_feral's embedded Photo

22-Nov-12
Sometimes one of the haps fails to miss.

22-Nov-12

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Remember this buck? The "wide buck" that's been driving me crazy?

22-Nov-12

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Well he's no longer driving me crazy.

didn't have to wait long to take up the trail, since he stopped, staggered, did the "Curly Joe" and fell over 40 yards from where I shot him.

From: JJJ
22-Nov-12
Excellent!

22-Nov-12

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From: buglemaster
22-Nov-12
BOBD (big ol bastard down) !! Waitago Lou!

22-Nov-12

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I paced-off the shot and it was 37 yards, right on the hairy edge of my range, but I hit him square in the heart, and there was a sidewalk of blood leading to him.

He's a pretty good buck. I feel like I hunted well, made all of the right decisions this morning, and executed.

From: JJJ
22-Nov-12
Wow! Congratulations! Thanks for taking us on the hunt!

From: Bake
22-Nov-12
Congrats Lou!!! Awesome

Bake

From: Bushwacker
22-Nov-12
WHEW! I don't know about the rest of you guys, but after all that suspense, I'm exhausted! lol

Congratulations and thanks for taking us along!

From: jcneng
22-Nov-12
Great job on a hard earned trophy, loved the story and all the pictures, thanks!

22-Nov-12

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Throughout this hunt I've seen him often, ranging across about three square miles. To get a broadside, standing shot at 37 yards was pretty awesome.

I'd guessed him at just a bit less than 30" wide. His outside spread is 28 1/2", 7x5. the more I look at him, he's really a great buck for this country, especially considering how few deer there are around this year.

From: sitO
22-Nov-12
It's the journey! Thanks for taking us along, and congrats on a fine buck!

22-Nov-12

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I'd have done a "Chuck Adams" photo to make him REALLY LOOK BIG, but doing this all by myself with the timer, I couldn't get it done, LOL!

Guess there's no chance of an Eastman's story without the REALLY BIG photo.

:^)

22-Nov-12
Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Lou! I had a good feeling about today! Enjoy!!

22-Nov-12
STUD!!! and the buck is a good one too! Great job Lou, I owe ya a beer at some point... great story!!!! Great Hunt!!! you better keep posting your hunts or your luck may run out!!!!

22-Nov-12

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One with the doe hat, since it played such an integral part of this hunt, including the creek stalk today.

After cleaning and retrieving him, I was starved. I celebrated Thanksgiving with my last Dougie Burrito and the last piece of apple pie, two fingers of Glenlivet, then took the long nap I desperately needed and so wanted when I was watching him nap out in front of me.

Thanks to all of you who posted and PMed positive thoughts and encouragement. I really appreciate it.

This is a hard kind of hunting, during the rut, with a stickbow, hunting alone. Having that kind of karma sent from the best bowhunters in the world really helps. I'm honored and humbled, and feel extremely fortunate to have taken such a fine animal under these conditions.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did. Maybe my best Thanksgiving ever.

22-Nov-12
Congrats Lou! That is awesome! Happy thanksgiving :)

From: BOWUNTR
22-Nov-12
Told you so.... outstanding work Lou... Happy Thanksgiving. Ed F

From: TNBowhunter
22-Nov-12
Awesome man! Thanks for taking us along with you on this hunt.

From: cnelk
22-Nov-12
It was a great journey you took us on Lou. I am thankful for the time you offered to share. Congrats !

22-Nov-12
NICE DEER LOU

From: Willieboat
22-Nov-12
Nicely done my friend !!! Persistence pays off !!

From: Glunt@work
22-Nov-12
Congrats! Thanksgiving has always been one my favorite days to be out hunting. Great deer and great story.

From: JD1983
22-Nov-12
This was an awesome thread. I'm happy that you got a great buck but am sad to see it come to an end. Congratulations on a great hunt and a great deer.

From: BOHNTR
22-Nov-12
What an awesome play-by-play and muley, Lou. Congratulations amigo and I'll see you in Dallas this Spring.

22-Nov-12
Nice job, lou! Getting it done solo is a feat in itself, but all the pics are an extra level of effort. Thanks!!

From: Florida Mike
22-Nov-12
Congrats Lou! A beautiful example of diligence and hard work and how it pays off! Mike

From: Bowboy
22-Nov-12
What a buck congrats! I knew you'd get another opportunity!

From: Medicinemann
22-Nov-12
Well done!!

From: Ashersdad
22-Nov-12
Way to go! Thanks for taking us along!

From: Black Wolf
22-Nov-12
Nice job, again...very impressive!

From: arrowsenfoam
22-Nov-12
Nice deer, nice shot

From: Fulldraw1972
22-Nov-12
Congratulations. Great buck for thanksgiving.

From: trophyhill
22-Nov-12
way to go! thumbs up

22-Nov-12
Thank you, guys. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I get a rush out of setting up and taking the photos along the way. Makes for a wonderful journal of the hunt, which I'll look back on when I'm unable to do this anymore.

Getting a buck like this is a bonus. But a hell of a bonus!

Thanks again,

Lou

From: JLS
23-Nov-12
Well done Lou. The offer on the huckleberry pie still stands, we even have ice cream....

From: Ermine
23-Nov-12
Holy Cow!!! Great Buck!!!! Your the man Lou! You just made my Thanksgiving!!!

From: supersider34
23-Nov-12
Awesome Lou. Very nice story and a very sweet buck. Enjoyed your story and pics.

From: Gaur
23-Nov-12
Awesome. Boy 37 yards is out there for me with my longbow. Happy thanksgiving and get some rest now

From: aspen bulls
23-Nov-12
That's awesome Lou! I've been following this thread every single day and I'm glad you connected! You made for a great story and the photos were great! Thanks for sharing!

23-Nov-12
Fantastic!!! really a great thread....struggle... struggle....setbacks....close and then success!!!! Great looking buck! Now he is going to live in Louis house of horns!!!

From: hntnfool
23-Nov-12
Congrats!

I love it when a story has a happy ending.

From: gottoohunt
23-Nov-12
Lou way to go, I have been following your hunts for years now and want to thank you for your inspirations and your persistance. 37 yards with a recurve very nice, I know a few wheel guys that have trouble at that yardage. Congradulations

23-Nov-12
Great hunt and outcome, Congrats again!

From: Bob
23-Nov-12
Thanks Lou, I enjoyed the trip !

From: Bill in MI
23-Nov-12
That was great, you made us feel like we were there, thank you.

From: INbowdude
23-Nov-12
Very cool and so different from the way I hunt in Indiana. Like to see and learn from others. Well done Lou and thanks for taking Bowsite along with you. Oh and a fantastic buck as well.

From: W8N4RUT
23-Nov-12
Great hunt! Great Thread! Congratulations.

Scott

From: MaBow
23-Nov-12
Congrats! Lou thanks for taking us along

From: Paul@thefort
23-Nov-12
Swing by when you get home and we will toast your success. Paul

From: BOWNUT@WORK
23-Nov-12
Awsum. Thanks for letting us join you.

From: sticksender
23-Nov-12
Outstanding! Both a top notch hunt report, and a sweet ending for you.

From: otcWill
23-Nov-12
Always a pleasure to tag along with you!! Thanks again and congrats on a hard earned buck

From: Bowfinatic
23-Nov-12
Excellent Thread. Thank you for taking the time to take the pics and keep us updated. really really enjoyed it!!

From: DDD
23-Nov-12
Each year this thread just gets better. Congrats on an awesome buck. This is why your one of the best.

From: bwhntr
23-Nov-12
Well done! Thanks for another great adventure. I look forward to this every year.

From: swp
23-Nov-12
EXCELLENT buck!!! Thanks again for the story, as always it was great.

From: diggerson
23-Nov-12
Way to go, Lou! I'm headed out with a friend tomorrow to help on his plains hunt. He's getting a bit down about things not coming together yet. Much like you gained inspiration from Palmquist's story, I will be relaying your story to encourage him to stay positive and persistent. Drinks soon to toast your success!

From: Z Barebow
23-Nov-12
Way to go Lou! Thanks again for sharing your story and the journey.

Per the "A Team" "I love it when a plan comes together!"

23-Nov-12
WOW, congrats Lou

From: TD
23-Nov-12
Great job Lou! Congrats on a real beauty. The way it all washed out, Lucky got lucky for both of you!

Love laying down next to bedded bucks, waiting..... you just know something is going to happen given time, you just don't know exactly what. Sometimes it all blows up, sometimes it all comes together and falls in your lap..... and sometimes you just make it happen... offhand I'd say this was the third one....

Geez.... looks like you didn't even have to freeze the boys off to get this one either.... looks comparatively balmy!

Thanks again for sharing this with us. I know it's not easy. As others have said many times before, means a lot.

PS.... get together with BB and look for a camera.... next time I want to see his eyelids closed...... =D

From: tradmt
23-Nov-12
One of the best threads i've read!

Sweet buck!!

From: Ki-Ke
23-Nov-12
Lou-

Awesome hunt and a slob of a buck!

Well done. Thanks for sharing!

-Steve

From: antarcher
23-Nov-12
An absolutely stunning end to a stunning hunt. Way to go Lou. Smoking a bruiser days after first spotting him must be very satisfying mate. VEry happy for you and thank you once for providing the inspiration

From: midwest
23-Nov-12
Outstanding, Lou! What a great buck and well deserved! Congrats and thanks for taking us along.

23-Nov-12
Nice buck, Lou. Sounds like you had a great time on the hunt!

From: elkmtngear
23-Nov-12

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Fantastic Lou..that was a GREAT hunt!

Best Wishes Jeff

23-Nov-12
Grats! Thanx for sharing, was great to follow this hunt

From: LWood
23-Nov-12
Great buck, Lou! Thanks for taking us along. I enjoyed it!

Lenny

From: Heat
23-Nov-12
EXCELLENT! Thanks for sharing!

Nick

From: Stoutstuff
23-Nov-12
What a great hunt... Thanks for the adventure!

From: Whip
23-Nov-12
What an outstanding deer, and one of the best threads ever to appear here! Congratulations on them both, and thank you for taking us along. Mule deer have a special magic, and it is a real kick to follow your adventures.

23-Nov-12
Thanks to all for the kind words. Knowing that so many serious bowhunters are following along, reading the stories each day and appreciating the photos makes it worth making the extra effort. I enjoy sharing, and am very glad you enjoyed my little adventure.

Thanks again, and good hunting to you all.

Lou

From: Chip T.
23-Nov-12
Congrats on a great hunt and thanks for taking us along!!!

From: Gray Ghost
24-Nov-12
WOOOT!!

Congrats, Lou.

Matt

From: BB
24-Nov-12
I take a couple day sabbatical and ole Lou goes and kills his buck. Way to go. Lou is one of the classiity guys on the Bowsite and his hunts each year are one of the main reasons I keep checking this site.

I love your photos and your narrative Lou. You set the bar at a level few can match. It's always a pleasure to follow your episodes. They are far more than just a bow hunt!

Contrats on a great buck and thanks for taking us along for the ride.

May you have many a more great bowhunts. BB

From: MT
24-Nov-12
Congrats on another great buck! ;)

From: Backstraps
24-Nov-12
Love the doe hat! Guess I am never to old to learn a new trick. I was also inspired by your Patients. Conrats!

From: Stan NJ
24-Nov-12
Thank you for taking us along....enjoyed it...and congratulations on a great mulie!

From: AZBUGLER
24-Nov-12
Fantastic! What a beautiful big wide buck! Thanks for the ride Lou!

From: Bou'bound
24-Nov-12
thanks for sharing this excellent adventure

From: Sixby
24-Nov-12
Congrats, What a great hunt, great stalk, reat patience and shot ending with a fantastic buck!!!!

I really enjoyed it and thanks for sharing ,

God bless you all, Steve

From: Well-Strung
24-Nov-12
Lou! I've been following this close like I'm sure most. It kept me going through weeks of work and sitting in a blind. Thank you for doing this and CONGRATS on a magnificent deer and a great shot!

24-Nov-12
Good read, Great buck. Thanks for enduring the necessary hard work of bringing us along.

From: Outdoordan
24-Nov-12

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Sweet buck! Man, he has some character. Great hunt and nice job with the photos. Congrats.

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From: Dirty D
25-Nov-12
“Sort of like the dork hanging around the girl at the bar at 9 pm when she's only on her first drink.” Why you picking on my favorite tactic? Ha.

I’ve been buried with work and just found out I missed your entire hunt write up :( As always an amazing read even after the fact. Congrats on another great hunt!

I have a feeling every time I hit the woods now it’s going to smell like cinnamon and raisin! :)

From: Scoutin'
25-Nov-12
Great Job! Thank you very much for taking the time to share. Congrats on a great buck!

From: Dooner
25-Nov-12
Great Buck & story! Thanks for sharing:-)

From: city hunter
25-Nov-12
Nice going Lou , deer hats off to you !!!

From: Bowfreak
25-Nov-12
Awesome Lou! I knew it would happen on Thanksgiving.

Congrats on a great buck!

From: Mitch
25-Nov-12
Lou, Congrats on a great buck. I really enjoyed reading your posts and wanted to thank you for bringing us along on the hunt.

From: Reflex
25-Nov-12
Congrats on a great buck! Thanks for bringing us along on the journey.

From: AndyJ
25-Nov-12
Great job on a great buck Lou! I know hunting is anything but a sure thing, but I knew from post one you were going to get a big buck.

From: ChaseDeer365
26-Nov-12
Wow, just read the whole thread! Incredible pictures and awesome buck!

37 yards with the trad!? nice shot man

26-Nov-12
Congratulations. Great deer. Thanks so much for posting the hunt.

From: rooster
26-Nov-12
Fantastic hunt and story. Thanks for taking us along! Congratulations on a fine buck.

26-Nov-12
And now we know why Lou is my hero!!! Congrats Lou!

From: Scoot
26-Nov-12
Atta boy, Lou! We all knew it was a matter of "when" and not "if".

From: Lee
26-Nov-12
Just sat down and read this beginning to end - absolutely sucked into it! Very enjoyable - thanks for the story and congrats on a fine buck! Not too shabby on the shot either!

Lee

From: Bill V
27-Nov-12
Way To Go - Jaquomo! Congrats and Thanks for taking us along.

Bill V.

From: Ron Niziolek
27-Nov-12
Great job Lou! I just got back on and see that I'm a few days behind. Way to go make it happen.

From: KY EyeBow
27-Nov-12
Nice photo hunt. I always enjoy following along on your hunts and feel like I learn from each of them. Thanks for taking the time to share!

From: Shiras
27-Nov-12
I love it! Thanks for taking us along!

From: BULELK1
27-Nov-12
Thanks for the entertaiment!

What a nice buck.

Good luck, Robb

From: CurveBow
27-Nov-12
Great hunt! Great photos! Great writing! Great buck! Congratulations, and.... thank you for sharing....

>>>>------->

From: Old Ying
28-Nov-12
Great Story and Pictures!! You'll not soon forget this hunt. Congrats.

From: BoonROTO
28-Nov-12
Great buck and one hell of a shot, 37 yards with a traditional bow, yowza!

From: Wild Bill
28-Nov-12
Congratulations on a great buck! Thanks for sharing the hunt. I hope you keep doing it, so I can keep learning from an old pro.

01-Dec-12
Lou,

Heck of a thread to say the least. Congratulations! Nice story as well. I imagined the country from your previous cabin pictures. Something I will never probably do, but it was almost like being there. Waited for the end to say thanks!

02-Dec-12

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Thanks, guys, for all the feedback. It makes the effort well worth it knowing so many enjoyed the ride.

Update on Old Lucky: He ain't so lucky anymore. My hunting partner Tom Kelley's 14 year old daughter killed him on a rifle hunt yesterday morning, only about 100 yards from where I "missed" him. Her first buck. The dent where my Muzzy hit his antler is very visible, and the rancher is calling him the "Hole in the Horn Buck".

So I guess in retrospect, Lucky was lucky for her and for me, the way it turned out.

From: elkmtngear
02-Dec-12

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Everything happens for a reason, couldn't think of a better outcome! Congrats to Tom's daughter!

Best of Luck, Jeff

From: writer
02-Dec-12
If another hunter had to get that buck, that's the one you'd want to get it!

Cool...

From: BOWUNTR
02-Dec-12
Outstanding finish.... Ed F

From: Rayzor
03-Dec-12
Nice Buck Lou. Great story and pics too!

Ray

From: Gaur
04-Dec-12
cool it worked out like it did. Nice buck for a first for her.

From: midwest
04-Dec-12
Ha! Great!

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