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Mule Deer
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trophyhill 08-Jan-19
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Grunter 09-Jan-19
Franklin 09-Jan-19
Predeter 09-Jan-19
BULELK1 09-Jan-19
sticksender 09-Jan-19
elvspec 09-Jan-19
Scoot 09-Jan-19
Treeline 09-Jan-19
1HankS 09-Jan-19
elkmtngear 09-Jan-19
Heat 09-Jan-19
HUNT MAN 09-Jan-19
Crusader dad 09-Jan-19
Big John 09-Jan-19
OFFHNTN 09-Jan-19
Fauntleroy 09-Jan-19
trophyhill 09-Jan-19
t-roy 09-Jan-19
Scar Finga 09-Jan-19
Zbone 09-Jan-19
Jaquomo 09-Jan-19
trophyhill 09-Jan-19
Mark Watkins 09-Jan-19
trophyhill 09-Jan-19
trophyhill 09-Jan-19
Bowboy 09-Jan-19
APauls 09-Jan-19
BOHNTR 09-Jan-19
Marty 09-Jan-19
Empty Freezer 09-Jan-19
LKH 09-Jan-19
Finey 10-Jan-19
mrelite 10-Jan-19
Elkslaya 11-Jan-19
trophyhill 11-Jan-19
buzz mc 11-Jan-19
axle2axle 14-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 14-Jan-19
Medicinemann 14-Jan-19
kota-man 14-Jan-19
BigOk 14-Jan-19
Ron Niziolek 14-Jan-19
trophyhill 14-Jan-19
From: trophyhill
08-Jan-19
Hunting open country mule deer is just plain fun and exciting. When I rifle hunted, if I could see em, I could kill em. When I started hunting with a bow, I quickly figured out, when I saw them, I had to learn how to hunt them.

With a rifle, it was rare to see a big buck unless he was 600 yards and running off the edge of the horizon.

Hunting them with a bow, in open country, during the rut, has proved the ultimate challenge. Finding them is easy. Killing them on the other hand has proved the challenge, for me at least.

Watching a big buck and sometimes 2 or 3 sniffing and pushing does, and sizing each other up for a potential fight is a site to see. Especially when they do actually lock antlers. It's very intense and alot of fun to watch.

Usually I've seen maybe 1-3 does out of a herd in heat, while the rest of the does, are doing what they do the rest of the year. Watching for predators, like bowhunters. And getting past those does is the challenging part. Those giant 300# mule deer bucks can thank the does for saving many a life.

Good thing for me, I'm an equal opportunity Hunter, and I'm happy to take any buck. Although I'm always focused on those big boyz to start with realizing that success is not automatic, and alot of failed attempts will eventually lead to a success somewhere down the line, as long as I "never give up, ever!" So I don't ever "look a gift horse in the mouth"

My January 2019 hunt was no different. Opening day resulted in 3 failed attempts, on 3 different big bucks whose lives we're spared because of the watchful eyes of all those does. These bucks were so heavy, they couldn't keep up with the does once they decided to make tracks! They always seem to catch up to the herd at some point though.

Did I mention, good thing I'm an equal opportunity killer? This hunt had started out hot on a cold 16 degree day.

Day 2 started out with temps in the teens with a projected high of 22. Only my hunt wouldn't last to see that 22 degrees, but would see a great high! At around 7:15, I spotted a decent buck I'd be happy to put on the ground if I could get close enough. And he was all by his lonesome.

Heart gently pounding, and thoughts of killing going thru my brain, I started moving in, knowing if I blow this, I'd surely have another opportunity or 3 that day. So caution gets thrown to the wind. There is no going back now.

By 7:30 I'm where I need to be, and the lone buck has no idea, I have just ranged him, and nocked an arrow. Now the tables are turned, and in my favor as I draw my bow, and anchor. The buck is walking slowly as I settled the green 50 yard pin mid body in the center of the >, and touch off the shot. It only took a split second once the arrow cleared the riser, and found the mark. The buck hadn't even realized the RazorTrick tipped arrow had just passed thru both lungs, as he kept walking at a slower pace now. He disappeared 30 yards later over the edge of a hill.

I nocked another arrow, and slowly walked over to where he took the arrow, and this is what I saw;

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08-Jan-19

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08-Jan-19
After following the drops for 30 yards, I looked up, and this is what I saw;

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08-Jan-19

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08-Jan-19
And now it was time to figure my pos phone out for the hero shot before getting busy and breaking the buck down.

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08-Jan-19

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08-Jan-19

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From: trophyhill
08-Jan-19
"God I just love bowhunting"

From: Grunter
09-Jan-19
Congrats that's awesome! Sounds like you were in a great area with all chances you were getting! Way to get it done!

From: Franklin
09-Jan-19
Nicely done....nothing better than hunting mulies. Great shot BTW.

From: Predeter
09-Jan-19
Congrats!

From: BULELK1
09-Jan-19
Hell Yes---------->

Dang good hunting

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: sticksender
09-Jan-19
Congrats on your sweet success!

From: elvspec
09-Jan-19
Congrats!

From: Scoot
09-Jan-19
Nice! WTG!

From: Treeline
09-Jan-19
Defitsounds like a fun hunt! Congratulations!

From: 1HankS
09-Jan-19
Nice...congratulations!

From: elkmtngear
09-Jan-19
Great job, David! Open Country hunts are about as exciting as it gets!

From: Heat
09-Jan-19
Nice work there! Thanks for sharing.

From: HUNT MAN
09-Jan-19
Very nice!!

From: Crusader dad
09-Jan-19
Good story. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

From: Big John
09-Jan-19
Thanks for the share, Congrats on a great buck!!!

From: OFFHNTN
09-Jan-19
Great shot! Congrats!

From: Fauntleroy
09-Jan-19
Gotta love chasing prairie ghosts!

From: trophyhill
09-Jan-19
Thanks for taking the time to read this guys! I appreciate you!

From: t-roy
09-Jan-19
Congrats on your success, David! From your pics, it looks like pretty icy conditions. Did that cause you any issues on your stalk?

From: Scar Finga
09-Jan-19
Very Cool! Congratulations on a great hunt and a great buck!

From: Zbone
09-Jan-19
Way cool, congrats!

I assume this is a New Mexico muley?

From: Jaquomo
09-Jan-19
Thats great! Thanks for sharing the story!

From: trophyhill
09-Jan-19
Yes NM Zbone.

t-roy, yes the ground was icy and crunchy. However a slight wind covered my sound :)

Thanks SF and Jaq! thanks again guys!

From: Mark Watkins
09-Jan-19
well done!!

Congrats!!

Mark

From: trophyhill
09-Jan-19

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Does this look like open country? Or what

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09-Jan-19

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From: Bowboy
09-Jan-19
Congrats nice buck!

From: APauls
09-Jan-19
Awesome! Congrats!!!

From: BOHNTR
09-Jan-19
Way to go!

From: Marty
09-Jan-19
Very Nice! Congrats

09-Jan-19
Congrats. Just got back from AZ myself, was unsuccessful but what an amazing hunt watching and stalking big Mule Deer in the rut.. Countin the days for next year.

From: LKH
09-Jan-19
Looks like a tough hunt. I'm thinking even a spike might be a trophy.. Congratulations.

From: Finey
10-Jan-19
Nice buck. Congrats. Cool pictures. I bet you weren’t far from where we were hunting. Same terrain. Same ice on the desert day two.

From: mrelite
10-Jan-19
Congrats again Trophy, an awesome solo hunt!!

From: Elkslaya
11-Jan-19

From: trophyhill
11-Jan-19
Thank You JP

From: buzz mc
11-Jan-19
Good story and nice buck. Thanks for sharing.

From: axle2axle
14-Jan-19
Nicely done! Kevin

From: Paul@thefort
14-Jan-19
Hey David, Lots of work getting close but you figured it out. Good for you. my best, Paul

From: Medicinemann
14-Jan-19
Congrats! Thanks for sharing....

From: kota-man
14-Jan-19
Congrats...Great hunt.

From: BigOk
14-Jan-19
Congrats

From: Ron Niziolek
14-Jan-19
Congrats on a great buck.

From: trophyhill
14-Jan-19
Thanks again guys. Part of me feels cheated for such a short hunt. Then I think about all the hard hunting and hardships on previous deer and elk hunts only to come home empty. I'll take a short hunt anytime lol

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