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S/D Mule deer hunt… abridged version
Mule Deer
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Shug 17-Oct-21
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blue spot 17-Oct-21
Shug 17-Oct-21
Shug 17-Oct-21
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BOHNTR 17-Oct-21
HUNT MAN 17-Oct-21
Brotsky 17-Oct-21
[email protected] 17-Oct-21
ND String Puller 17-Oct-21
Oryx35 17-Oct-21
t-roy 18-Oct-21
wildwilderness 18-Oct-21
Hackbow 18-Oct-21
pav 18-Oct-21
Bowfinatic 18-Oct-21
orionsbrother 18-Oct-21
Treeline 18-Oct-21
Pyrannah 18-Oct-21
njbuck 18-Oct-21
BigOk 18-Oct-21
APauls 18-Oct-21
SBH 18-Oct-21
Beav 18-Oct-21
WV Mountaineer 18-Oct-21
Scoot 18-Oct-21
Ambush 18-Oct-21
elkmtngear 18-Oct-21
adogg437 18-Oct-21
Husker 18-Oct-21
Jaquomo 18-Oct-21
BOWNBIRDHNTR 18-Oct-21
drycreek 18-Oct-21
zabwelch 18-Oct-21
Marty 18-Oct-21
Shug 18-Oct-21
drycreek 18-Oct-21
Bowboy 18-Oct-21
Shug 18-Oct-21
T Mac 18-Oct-21
midwest 19-Oct-21
bigeasygator 19-Oct-21
SteveB 19-Oct-21
Ron Niziolek 19-Oct-21
Zackman 19-Oct-21
Beginner 21-Oct-21
From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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20 yards from a couple little ones… Plzz don’t turn
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20 yards from a couple little ones… Plzz don’t turn
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Plzz don’t turn… seems to work
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Plzz don’t turn… seems to work
I was hunting and hour north of Rapid city in Belle Fourche with Crago outfitters. The first couple days of the hunt were slow.. finding shooter bucks was tough.

I did take the opportunity to sneak up on a few that I didn’t intend on shooting just for still hunting practice….

Here are a couple of bucks we got 18 yards on…

From: Shug
17-Oct-21
A day and 1/2 into the hunt I ended up with a urinary tract infection and a stomach virus… Not fun constantly having to relieve myself.

A few days in the bigger bucks started showing themselves.

On the third morning after sneaking in on a couple smaller bucks we spotted hoping he was with bigger bucks we couldn’t see ( he was alone) the truck broke down…

The other guide and his hunter came to pick us up while driving back to camp we spotted 5 bucks 4 good ones in the group.

Long story short the bucks bedded in 2 different groups 60 yards apart.

The 4 of us slipped into the middle of them using the creek bottom.

3 bucks bedded on Sage flat 2 were bedded in the creek with us… we were able to get within 35 yards of each group…

The other hunter was gonna crawl up 10 yards closer to the 3 bucks and hopefully get a shot at the bigger of the 3 bedded together as I stood 30 yards from the other two bedded around a slight bend in the creek. I could just see the tops of their antlers… A wind shift cause “ my” bucks to bust out taking the other 3 with them.

The other hunter started bitching and moaning that we never should have done this together..I was like are you nuts?

We just spent 20 minutes within spitting distance of 5 wild deer and possibly could have killed two of them… if you don’t think that’s fun you shouldn’t be hunting

From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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Mid day on day 4 I believe we spot two good whitetail bedded within 100 yards of this water hole not in a good spot for a stalk so we set up on the water expecting them to drink ( 88 degrees)

We use a creek bottom to slip into the water tank…

We build a makeshift brush blind and start waiting…

After a few hours the guide ( amazing eyes) spots the bucks 600 yards away with his naked eye on the hill way out in the distance.. They must have gotten up as we were out of view…

From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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We packed up and headed to the other side of the ranch to find a good buck.

We would have to stop often so I could pee… on one of the pee stops the guide (Trey) spots a great buck down below 500 yards away… thank god I had to pee because he wasn’t visible when we were driving by…

He has amazing eyes when they are open.

From: Shug
17-Oct-21
Un f ing believable with the pics… lol

From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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Plzz don’t turn
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Plzz don’t turn..
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The bucks never gets to a place to get in on him so we watch him till dark and decide to come back before daylight and watch where he beds…

Next morning we are sitting right there .. an hour after daylight we still haven’t spotted him… Trey decides we’ll go elsewhere and glass… I had to pee again before we left as I’m peeing ( which took several minutes because of infection) the buck steps out

From: blue spot
17-Oct-21
sounds like a pisser of a buck !

From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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Plzz don’t turn
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We sit on a hill 200 yards above the dried creek in the general area we last seen the buck.

Not exactly sure where they bedded we decided to slip in the dry creek bottom and still hunt slowly glassing as we snuck along…we dropped in at the X and started

From: Shug
17-Oct-21
I had to stop and pee 4/5 times in the first 100 or so yards ….each time Trey would keep walking.. finally I grabbed him and said stay here , you can’t be 8 yards ahead of me… If it happens it’s gonna be fast and close.

Every time we would get to a blind corner we would spend a few minutes glassing as far as we could around the corner.. most times it wasn’t far due to brush and angles…

As we closed in on the bend near the red dot Trey stepped up on a mound of dirt to get a better view… Nothing

From: Shug
17-Oct-21
Quietly he stepped down … we are on red alert … the grass is high and there’s lots of structure for a deer to hide..

we are using hand signals and whispering into each other’s ear to communicate…

From: Shug
17-Oct-21
We take just two more steps forward toward the bend when both bucks jump up 15 yards away.. we never saw them and they never saw us… they just heard the creek rocks clicking… before they bailed from the creek I had an arrow nocked.

They stopped on the Sage flat just trying to find what spooked them I’m sure they thought it was a raccoon or coyote…

I asked Trey the range.. good for him knowing his first range was wrong ( 25 yards) so he found an opening in the grass at the bucks head 2 x the rangefinder read 45 yards… I drew back and slowly rose from the weeds…

From: Shug
17-Oct-21

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The End…

From: BOHNTR
17-Oct-21
That’s awesome, Mark! Congratulations on a fine mule deer.

From: HUNT MAN
17-Oct-21
Hammertime ‘!! Bowsite is back . Thanks Shug

From: Brotsky
17-Oct-21
Great hunt Mark! Congrats!

17-Oct-21
Fun stuff Mark. Nice way to spend an afternoon.

17-Oct-21
Way to go Shug !

From: Oryx35
17-Oct-21
Congrats! Thanks for sharing!

From: t-roy
18-Oct-21
Congrats on your success, Mark! Nice buck.

Hopefully, you get your bladder malady resolved. In the meantime, might be a good time to put in a bunch of mock scrapes….

18-Oct-21
Nice tall buck

From: Hackbow
18-Oct-21
Sweet Mark!

From: pav
18-Oct-21
Congrats Shug!

18-Oct-21
Great buck!

18-Oct-21
Nice buck! Congratulations!!

From: Treeline
18-Oct-21
Great hunt! Great buck! Thanks man! Having a good year!

From: Pyrannah
18-Oct-21
congrats on a great start to the yr

From: njbuck
18-Oct-21
Congrats again Mark!

From: BigOk
18-Oct-21
Congrats

From: APauls
18-Oct-21
Way to go Mark!!! Keeping it positive as usual. Had to endure some stuff to get that one, good on you! Mulies are such fun to hunt. Wish there were some more accessible to us here.

From: SBH
18-Oct-21
Having a great season Mark! Awesome.

From: Beav
18-Oct-21
Congrats Mark!

18-Oct-21
Thought I’d check in to see if we still had bowbook instead of bowsite. Glad to see bowsite again.

Congrats on a great hunt. I love it.

From: Scoot
18-Oct-21
WTG Shug!

From: Ambush
18-Oct-21
Wow, just pissing around sure paid off!! Congrats on a beauty Fuzzy Buck!

From: elkmtngear
18-Oct-21
Helluva buck, nice work!

Great Season you have had so far, thanks for sharing.

From: adogg437
18-Oct-21
Great Buck! Congrats! I Love it when a plan comes together.

From: Husker
18-Oct-21
Good job Mark!!! U da man. Great fall stacking up for you.

From: Jaquomo
18-Oct-21
Beautiful buck! Thanks for sharing this one too!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
18-Oct-21
Awesome deer and hunt! My bladder was giving me fits on my elk hunt last month. Something still isn't right. Finally getting in to see a doctor tomorrow....only took a month to get in.

From: drycreek
18-Oct-21
Nice buck Shug, gonna save the velvet or not ?

From: zabwelch
18-Oct-21
Congrats Mark!!

From: Marty
18-Oct-21
It’s awesome when it comes together! Good job making your shot count!

From: Shug
18-Oct-21
Thanks guys… dry creek yes velvet is staying on…

From: drycreek
18-Oct-21
????

From: Bowboy
18-Oct-21
Awesome congrats!

From: Shug
18-Oct-21
From: drycreek 18-Oct-21Private Reply Nice buck Shug, gonna save the velvet or not ?

From: T Mac
18-Oct-21
Nice buck Shug congrats

From: midwest
19-Oct-21
Way cool buck, Mark! You're a killer...congrats!

From: bigeasygator
19-Oct-21
Congrats, Mark! I’ve hunted twice with the Cragos - Tanya, Colby, and the girls are great hosts. Such a cool area of the country and some of the funnest terrain to hunt deer in. Trey was my guide as well last time I was there and I had a great time hunting with him. While you see a lot of deer, it isn’t the easiest to kill one given the lack of cover at times and all the other eyes and ears that are typically around as well! That is a dandy buck for their area. Congrats again on getting it done!

From: SteveB
19-Oct-21
Way to go SHUG! Nice buck...glad you kept after it while not feeling well. I ALWAYS carry a script of CIPRO on any trip of any kind "just in case". I'd highly recommend you get one from your doc and keep it with you. It is broad spectrum and can be helpful for many types of infections. It likely saved my life once in East Africa when I had a diverticulitis attack waaaaay into the bush.

From: Ron Niziolek
19-Oct-21
Cool buck, Mark. Congrats!

From: Zackman
19-Oct-21
Somebody get Mark some more tags!

From: Beginner
21-Oct-21
Nice deer!!

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