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Ryan and his "failed" mule deer effort
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Buskill 23-Oct-17
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Scoot 23-Oct-17
Brotsky 23-Oct-17
orionsbrother 23-Oct-17
kota-man 23-Oct-17
pav 23-Oct-17
ElkNut1 23-Oct-17
Timbrhuntr 23-Oct-17
LKH 23-Oct-17
midwest 23-Oct-17
HUNT MAN 23-Oct-17
elvspec 23-Oct-17
GhostBird 23-Oct-17
smarba 23-Oct-17
Hawkeye 23-Oct-17
Jaquomo 23-Oct-17
Z Barebow 23-Oct-17
wildwilderness 23-Oct-17
njbuck 23-Oct-17
BOWNBIRDHNTR 23-Oct-17
The last savage 23-Oct-17
BigOk 23-Oct-17
Mark Watkins 23-Oct-17
Scar Finga 23-Oct-17
drycreek 23-Oct-17
venison 23-Oct-17
otcWill 23-Oct-17
t-roy 23-Oct-17
T Mac 23-Oct-17
trkyslr 23-Oct-17
BULELK1 24-Oct-17
Nick Muche 24-Oct-17
Scoot 24-Oct-17
NoWiser 24-Oct-17
Bob 24-Oct-17
IdyllwildArcher 25-Oct-17
bighorn 25-Oct-17
Trial153 25-Oct-17
OFFHNTN 30-Oct-17
Marty 31-Oct-17
From: Scoot
23-Oct-17
I took Ryan out for his first try at mulie hunting in ND this past weekend and we really had a great trip. Some would say it was a failed trip, but I considered it a huge success. He had never done any spot and stalk hunting and we got three chances to stalk mulies in 3 1/2 days of hunting. He got to 59 yards one a nice 3x3, but he jumped the public/private fence and was on the wrong side by the time we made it up the ridge (it provided a great teaching moment, actually). We got to 30 yards of two bucks, but couldn't see exactly where they were and they spotted us before we spotted them. Finally, he made a great sneak on a 3x3 and got to 31 yards before he ran out of cover. His effective range is 25 yards and in and he won't shoot any further than that, so we needed just a few more yards. It was a great sneak and a big success in my eyes. He loved it. In total, it was a great trip with my son and we both really enjoyed it.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-17

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Ryan had a lot to learn about glassing for mulies- he struggled with this part of the trip just like I did when I started looking for them.
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Ryan had a lot to learn about glassing for mulies- he struggled with this part of the trip just like I did when I started looking for them.
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He got a little better, but not much! At least he managed to get the binocs turned around and pointed the right way.
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He got a little better, but not much! At least he managed to get the binocs turned around and pointed the right way.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-17

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The bucks we got inside of 30 yards on, but couldn't see. Typical mulie hunting for me- close, but no cigar!
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The bucks we got inside of 30 yards on, but couldn't see. Typical mulie hunting for me- close, but no cigar!
But we did manage to find a few deer...

From: Buskill
23-Oct-17
You learn a lot in those failed attempts . Successful or not it's great to be in the field honing skills and making memories.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-17

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"Dad, what do I do now? There's no place left to sneak to!" This was the end of the road for our sneak, leaving us 31 yards from the buck. Six more yards...
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"Dad, what do I do now? There's no place left to sneak to!" This was the end of the road for our sneak, leaving us 31 yards from the buck. Six more yards...
Here he is starting the sneak on the bedded 3x3.

From: Scoot
23-Oct-17

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No doubt, Buskill! I knew odds were good that he wouldn't get a crack at a mulie on this trip, but he did a ton of learning! It was great!

From: Scoot
23-Oct-17

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In total, this was a great father-son trip and we had a blast together. Ryan thanked me after every single morning and evening outting, "Thanks for taking me out here, Dad." It sure felt good to hear that from him a dozen or more times over the course of the few days we were out there.

Good times had between a dad and his kid are sure special times. I'm so thankful to my parents for putting in the time and effort with me when I was Ryan's age and I realize now how both fun and rewarding it was for them to so with me and my siblings. Sure feels good passing it on to a kid who appreciates and enjoys it. I know many of you reading this can relate.

From: Brotsky
23-Oct-17
Awesome Scott! Tell Ryan that I've done the muley "walk of shame" from failed stalks more times than I can even remember! It just makes me want to hunt them even more! You guys are welcome down here anytime to chase mule deer!

23-Oct-17
Good job Ryan!! You'll get 'em. Looks like you had fun workin' it.

Kudos to you again too Scoot. Another quality "Dad trip". Ryan is a lucky kid.

From: kota-man
23-Oct-17
Fun stuff Scoot. Great hunt in some great country.

From: pav
23-Oct-17
Looks like another great father & son outing!

From: ElkNut1
23-Oct-17
Scott, good stuff sir! Father & Son, (sometimes daughter's!-grin) that's what it's all about!

Brotsky, (Walk Of Shame) Well put sir! We've all been there! (grin)

ElkNut/Paul

From: Timbrhuntr
23-Oct-17
Thats awesome. I have a sure fire way to get within 25 yards of decent mule deer bucks. Only have an antelope tag in your pocket. The mule deer you bust while stalking antelope will just stand there looking at you as you pass them !

From: LKH
23-Oct-17
Ryan, I don't know if dad warned you, but spot and stalk is addictive and nearly incurable.

While you will enjoy stand hunting, you will yearn for spot and stalk.

I've done a bunch of it and never measured success as having a dead deer.

Good luck on your next trip.

From: midwest
23-Oct-17
Looks like a lot of fun. Hope you guys get to go after them again.

23-Oct-17
Good job, a lot learned for sure!

From: HUNT MAN
23-Oct-17
Great post. Can’t wait to do the same with my boy . That kind of hunt will only make you a better hunter. Best of luck Guys. Hunt

From: elvspec
23-Oct-17
Sounds like a great trip!

From: GhostBird
23-Oct-17
Congratulations guys... far from a failure in my book.

Keep after 'em Ryan. Great job Scott.

From: smarba
23-Oct-17
Awesome! I grew up gun hunting and when I went to bow it took me the equivalent of 4 seasons to kill my first spot & stalk mule deer (a week in Sept & Jan for 2 years).

HUGE success to have those close encounters, and a TON of learning experience that will help Ryan for the rest of his life. Not to mention time spent with Dad. Very cool.

From: Hawkeye
23-Oct-17
Congrats guys!

From: Jaquomo
23-Oct-17
I'd call that a truly successful hunt! Nice job, Scott.

From: Z Barebow
23-Oct-17
Looks like you guys had a great time! It is awesome country to take your bow on a hike.

23-Oct-17
Keep at it. Took me 4 years as well to stalk up on my first deer when I was learning to bowhunt.

Now you know why so many western hunters work hard to increase the max effective range. I'm sure over the next year with some growth, strength, and good practice Ryan will increase his max effective range.

From: njbuck
23-Oct-17
Sounds like one hell of a great trip, I cant wait till my son is old enough to be able to go on hunts and fishing trips!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
23-Oct-17
Great job guys. Always enjoy reading these hunts.

23-Oct-17
Way to go Scott! Sounds like a great time to me,,!! I'm sure he'll get er done next time!!!

From: BigOk
23-Oct-17
Congrats on the memories made!!

From: Mark Watkins
23-Oct-17
Nicely done Scott and Ryan!

Fun times together....and learning so much! Next year!

Mark

From: Scar Finga
23-Oct-17
Great smiles in all the pictures, looks like a success to me:)

From: drycreek
23-Oct-17
Scoot, two of the most enjoyable hunts I ever had resulted in no meat in the freezer. One was a rifle mulie hunt in Co., in a tent camp, the other was a rut hunt for pronghorn in Montana. Proof that killing isn't the end all to hunting, at least for me.

Now, nobody wants to do that forever, and I suspect that Ryan won't either. You had a great time, what else matters, (at least until next time !) ?

From: venison
23-Oct-17
Great memories with father and son , getting educated on Mule deer , I would say you had a very successful hunt . Congrats !

From: otcWill
23-Oct-17
Good stuff boys!

From: t-roy
23-Oct-17
Don’t sound like much of a failure to me! He was probably just wanting to go easy on ya on this year’s taxidermy bills.

From: T Mac
23-Oct-17
Quality time spent together and his gratitude by thanking you is what its all about, he gets it! A simple thank you from my son is a successful hunt in my book!

From: trkyslr
23-Oct-17
Good times guys! This quote comes to mind...

“I never lose, either I win or I learn”

From: BULELK1
24-Oct-17
Glad ya had fun and got into some stalks for some learning/experience for Ryan.

Big open country is always a challenge to Spot-n-Stalk.

Good luck, Robb

From: Nick Muche
24-Oct-17
That is great! I wish I had learned the ropes on how to spot and stalk when I was younger, likely be much better at it by now. He will for sure gain a ton of experience by having that opportunity as most never do it! I am sure he enjoyed it as well, nice work Scoot!

From: Scoot
24-Oct-17
Thanks very much, fellas. You are all spot on and neither of us see this trip as a failure. Ryan ranked this outing very high on the "best trip ever" list, so he and I are on the same page with drycreek- we don't need to punch a tag to have a blast. His tag is still good for whitetails, and I hope we can get out during the rut in a couple weeks for that. Lots of good hunting for whiteys left to do. The hard part is finding the time away from work and school for us. We'll figure it out and get out there...

From: NoWiser
24-Oct-17
Looks like a great trip! Heck, 31 yards from a mule deer is an accomplishment in itself. Thanks for sharing the story!

From: Bob
24-Oct-17
I always like seeing a picture of Ryan when he is hunting. That boy is always smiling !

25-Oct-17
Cool stuff. You guys were out there and in them. That's what matters.

From: bighorn
25-Oct-17
Scott, Your teaching your son to be a real hunter. You never fail on spot and stock you keep learning the hunt is never over. It's memories of the hunt. Have fun.

From: Trial153
25-Oct-17
Good work!

From: OFFHNTN
30-Oct-17
Great thread Scott! Congrats to you and Ryan on a "successful" hunt! Raising him right!

From: Marty
31-Oct-17
Man, brings back lots of memories, I did a lot of "failed" stalks with my boys when they were young. Some were fun, some heartbreaking, but all were learning experiences. I sure enjoyed them. Now they both drag my butt around and tell me how to do it! Best of luck and keep after them, it is worth it! Kevin

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