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My amazing NM mule deer hunt
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
JSW 01-Oct-19
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JSW 01-Oct-19
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JSW 01-Oct-19
JSW 01-Oct-19
JSW 01-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
sticksender 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
Glunt@work 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
JSW 02-Oct-19
Nick Muche 02-Oct-19
Twinetickler 02-Oct-19
Beav 02-Oct-19
bowhunter24 02-Oct-19
Franklin 02-Oct-19
pav 02-Oct-19
BULELK1 02-Oct-19
KDC 02-Oct-19
Mad Trapper 02-Oct-19
lamb 02-Oct-19
WI Shedhead 02-Oct-19
buzz mc 02-Oct-19
M.Pauls 02-Oct-19
Bowboy 02-Oct-19
PushCoArcher 02-Oct-19
Matt Palmquist 02-Oct-19
Bou'bound 02-Oct-19
Heat 02-Oct-19
t-roy 02-Oct-19
Brotsky 02-Oct-19
BOWUNTR 02-Oct-19
Treeline 02-Oct-19
HDE 02-Oct-19
DEMO-Bowhunter 02-Oct-19
GhostBird 02-Oct-19
TrapperKayak 02-Oct-19
Drahthaar 02-Oct-19
BOHNTR 02-Oct-19
Paul@thefort 02-Oct-19
Predeter 02-Oct-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 02-Oct-19
Scoot 02-Oct-19
IdyllwildArcher 02-Oct-19
Mark Watkins 02-Oct-19
iceman 02-Oct-19
Zackman 02-Oct-19
SDHNTR(home) 02-Oct-19
APauls 02-Oct-19
Rocky D 02-Oct-19
elkmtngear 02-Oct-19
Splitbrow 02-Oct-19
sitO 02-Oct-19
Ghost425 03-Oct-19
JTreeman 03-Oct-19
drycreek 04-Oct-19
njbuck 04-Oct-19
RickH 04-Oct-19
Grey Ghost 05-Oct-19
JSW 05-Oct-19
Shug 06-Oct-19
EmbryOklahoma 06-Oct-19
From: JSW
01-Oct-19
Being active in various bowhunting organizations has great benefits for those who are inclined to take advantage of opportunities that are presented. If you want to get the most out of your hunts never stop learning and don’t hesitate to take chances. Through my involvement with the Pope and Young Club I have been blessed with some great friendships that have resulted in some even greater hunting opportunities. Allow me to tell you about the latest grand adventure.

From: JSW
01-Oct-19
While I was on my annual POW sitka hunt, I got an email inviting me to hunt deer on the Armendaris ranch in southern New Mexico. I had already drawn a deer tag for the January hunt so I didn’t know if I could make it work. I didn’t have a lot of time to get things moved around but I knew this was too good an opportunity to pass up. I was able to donate my January tag and as soon as my status showed that I had no tag, I was able to purchase a tag that I could use on the ranch.

Ron and Kyle Thompson are biologists from Arizona and they do conservation work all over the world on some of the most interesting projects. I met them while we were doing the P&Y sponsored couse deer hunts in Sonora starting in 2010. They were overseeing the jaguar restoration project in that area and the deer hunt was the result of their efforts to help fund the project. The deer on the ranch had not been hunted in 10 years so I knew this was going to be a fun hunt.

From: JSW
01-Oct-19
This hunt was completely DIY and the 3 of us stayed in the main bunkhouse. Since we were going to have above average accommodations, I talked Lisa into tagging along for the hunt. That made it even better. She could go with me on some of the scouting trips and enjoy the ranch while I was out on my own.

The ranch’s main focus is desert bighorn sheep and oryx hunts. They have manmade water tanks all over the ranch to accommodate the sheep, deer, oryx and bison. The tanks that are in sheep country all have trail cameras on them so there was some intel available when I got there. The ranch manager told me about a good buck in one area and a tank on the mountain that should be active. Ron and Kyle gave me a map that showed a number of tanks up on the mountains. Ron had been doing conservation work for Turner Ranches for over 20 years so he knew the ranch fairly well.

From: JSW
01-Oct-19

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We got up early the first day and they pointed me toward what they thought would be the best tank. It had been extremely dry so I thought my best bet would be to hunt water. I pulled the disc on the trail camera and saw that a really tall 3 x 4 had been there fairly regularly. I decided that I would be very happy to have a chance at this buck so I set up my blind and began the hunt.

From: JSW
01-Oct-19

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The tall 3 x 4 that I was after

From: JSW
01-Oct-19

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I sat until about 3:30, having only a small buck and some does come in. I wanted to get out and check some other areas to see what else was around. All of the cameras that I checked that afternoon had just been checked and erased that day. My intel was going to be limited for a while. At the ranch managers suggestion, I hunted a different tank the second morning and then tried some spot and stalk that afternoon after a light rain. I didn’t find anything big enough to stalk but I did run into a small rattle snake. That always gets your heart pumping.

From: JSW
01-Oct-19

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I nice bull oryx watered in front of my first blind on the second day while I wasn’t there. I didn’t have an oryx tag but it would have been neat to have gotten some pictures. I had a good 4 x 4 coming in one evening with a doe. They didn’t spook but at about 40 yards they just walked away. A little later the big 3 x 4 started coming in but he turned north and left. It was too late for a stalk so that ended that day.

From: JSW
02-Oct-19
After several days of being too hot in the ground blind, I decided to spot and stalk for the last few days of the hunt. On the 5th morning, I spotted a good 4 x 5 and came within one step of getting a shot. I went back after him in the afternoon but I didn’t locate him until it was too late for a shot. I got to 60 yards but ran out of light. The next morning I glassed him up again and he had a friend with him. The new buck was way bigger and really got me excited. I tried to intercept them at a saddle but lost them. I worked around on some high spots to try to pick them out but never could find them again. I decided not to push them too hard so I backed out to try again later.

From: JSW
02-Oct-19
It rained a little that afternoon so I thought I should get out there a little early to try to find them again. At my first glassing spot, I spotted them just across the road and about 400 yard away. I dropped down into the draw and headed toward them below the road. I was just getting ready to sneak up to the road and try to pick them out when I saw antler tips coming over the rise just in front of me. They walked by at just over 30 yard and stopped when I came to full draw. The Bear razorhead flew true and the big buck ran up the hill. After only about 40 yards he got weak and tumbled back down toward me. Sometimes you get lucky and it seems so easy. He is my biggest mule deer to date and I was able to keep the velvet in pretty good shape. He will make a beautiful mount. He has incredible mass.

From: JSW
02-Oct-19

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02-Oct-19

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From: sticksender
02-Oct-19
Beautiful buck...congrats!

From: JSW
02-Oct-19

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We are putting together some archery hunts on the ranch starting in January. We have secured 10 deer tags for next year and even more oryx tags. We have 4 deer tags for this coming January but those hunts are filled. We will probably have 5 tags for September 2020 and 5 for January 2021. The ranch has a ton of oryx and I’m working on setting up some archery hunts for them. We are going to set up some permanent ground blinds on some water tanks and try to come up with a high success oryx bowhunt. I’ll keep you posted on how things progress. If you want to try for an oryx with a bow and don’t want to travel all the way to Africa, let me know. I think this is going to turn into a great opportunity for some dedicated bowhunters.

From: JSW
02-Oct-19

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From: Glunt@work
02-Oct-19
Nice deer!

From: JSW
02-Oct-19

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This buck has incredible mass. I can't believe my good fortune.

From: JSW
02-Oct-19

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I probably saw 100 oryx during the hunt and I didn't spend all that much time in areas where oryx were prevalent. I'm looking forward to going back specifically for oryx.

From: Nick Muche
02-Oct-19
Very nice! Congrats!

From: Twinetickler
02-Oct-19
Great buck! Congrats

From: Beav
02-Oct-19
What a great buck! Congratulations!

From: bowhunter24
02-Oct-19
Great looking buck and a very interesting place! Congrats.

From: Franklin
02-Oct-19
Great buck.....IMO a giant muley buck is the ultimate trophy animal.

From: pav
02-Oct-19
Great buck Jim. Congrats!

From: BULELK1
02-Oct-19
What a Dandy Velvet buck.

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: KDC
02-Oct-19
Beautiful deer!! Congratulations!

From: Mad Trapper
02-Oct-19
Congrats Jim! Keep us posted on the deer hunts for 2021

From: lamb
02-Oct-19
great deer congrats

From: WI Shedhead
02-Oct-19
Very nice Jim great buck!!!!!!!

From: buzz mc
02-Oct-19
Congrats on a great buck! Thanks for sharing.

From: M.Pauls
02-Oct-19
Congrats Jim. Thanks for sharing that sounds like a heck of a time

From: Bowboy
02-Oct-19
Congrats on a great buck thanks for sharing!

From: PushCoArcher
02-Oct-19
Congratulations! Love the oryx pics.

02-Oct-19
Congrats again Jim!!

From: Bou'bound
02-Oct-19
Great job. So very well done.

From: Heat
02-Oct-19
Nice work! You gotta love it when they come right to you.

From: t-roy
02-Oct-19
Beautiful buck. Congrats, Jim!

From: Brotsky
02-Oct-19
Great buck Jim! Congrats! Would love to bowhunt an Oryx in NM! That is one animal on my bucket list!

From: BOWUNTR
02-Oct-19
Right on, congratulations Jim. Ed F

From: Treeline
02-Oct-19
Awesome buck, Jim! Congratulations!

From: HDE
02-Oct-19
Again, nice deer Jim. I've hunted oryx twice on the Armendaris. Very fun and one of my (if not the) favorite animals to hunt.

02-Oct-19
Very Nice!! Congrats!

From: GhostBird
02-Oct-19
Congratulations... what a dandy!!!!!!!!!!!

From: TrapperKayak
02-Oct-19
Beautiful buck, congrats. Are you going to peel the velvet off? Looks about ready to shed it. Can a non-res hunt those oryx? Any idea on costs or logistics on obtaining a tag for one.? Thank you. TK

From: Drahthaar
02-Oct-19
Beautiful, congratulations. Forrest

From: BOHNTR
02-Oct-19
Nice buck, Jim!

From: Paul@thefort
02-Oct-19
Too much fun Jim. Nicely done. my best, Paul

From: Predeter
02-Oct-19
Sounds like a great hunt and definitely a beautiful buck. Congrats Jim!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
02-Oct-19
Beautiful buck, congrats. Rattlesnakes can definitely increase the heart rate!

From: Scoot
02-Oct-19
Rattlesnakes seem to love me! It's not mutual... Congrats on a beauty!

02-Oct-19
Grats Jim. Nice buck.

From: Mark Watkins
02-Oct-19
Congrats Jim!

Great buck!

Mark

From: iceman
02-Oct-19
Very cool! Congrats

From: Zackman
02-Oct-19
Great buck Jim! Congrats

From: SDHNTR(home)
02-Oct-19
Awesome! Great buck. Congrats Jim. I'm VERY interested in the oryx hunts!

From: APauls
02-Oct-19
Super cool hunt Jim. Congrats on a Massterful buck.

From: Rocky D
02-Oct-19
Excellent, congratulations!

From: elkmtngear
02-Oct-19
Great buck, Congrats!

So cool seeing those Oryx, awesome critters!

From: Splitbrow
02-Oct-19
Great buck Jim!

From: sitO
02-Oct-19
Great specimen Jim, congrats!

From: Ghost425
03-Oct-19
Congrats again that’s heck of a nice deer. Can’t wait to hear about the gemsbok hunts! Make sure you PM me Jim once you get it all figured out.

From: JTreeman
03-Oct-19
Congrats. Thanks for sharing.

—Jim

From: drycreek
04-Oct-19
Congrats Sir ! That’s a great buck and the Oryx pics are a bonus....

From: njbuck
04-Oct-19
Congrats on a great hunt and a heck of a buck!

From: RickH
04-Oct-19
Congratulations Jim

From: Grey Ghost
05-Oct-19
Great story, Jim.

On a side note, am I the only one who is sick of the word "amazing"?

Matt

From: JSW
05-Oct-19
Matt, Sorry to hear that you are sick of hearing about amazing hunts. Would it be OK if I used. Incredible, unbelievable, best ever or simply marvelous? When I tell a story, I generally just use the words that pop into my head. I have a masterful editor living with me who continually tries to get me to write correctly. If I did that, it wouldn't be original. It's amazing that she still puts up with me. Sorry, I couldn't help it.

Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. It was one of those hunts where I didn't know what to expect but was intrigued by the opportunity to the extent that I took great steps to move things around to make it work. A bunch of us are going to have some great times on this ranch over the next few years.

From: Shug
06-Oct-19
Congratulations...beautiful buck

06-Oct-19
That's amazing! :) Congratulations, Jim!

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