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"His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

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Back in January I put in for the book cliffs with 11 points. I'm more of an elk nut and coming off the waiting period I wanted to use those points. I ended up drawing the book cliffs north rifle and the plan was using Utah's "Mentor" program to let my 16 year old son Oakley, fill the tag. I was hoping he would have a lot of opportunities and just sort through deer until he found the one he wanted.

Fast forward to the hunt. We had never stepped foot on the book cliffs prior to October 21st. I made some phone calls to friends during the summer to get an idea of where they suggested we start. A lot of great advise was given and I'll be forever grateful. We used the night before the hunt to glass from vantage points and look over lots of country.

Day 1 and 2, we found lots of deer and several bucks.

and this freak 3x2.

We sorted through what seemed like an endless amount of deer. It really was an amazing experience to see so many. We heard a few shots and by day three could see the camps starting to pull out.

Day 3 found us again glassing. We had hiked in to vantage points and looking over a ton of country. More and more deer seemed to be moving in.

On day 3 we found the right buck. We watched as he fed with other smaller bucks and does in to the cedars and bed down. We put on an hour and a half stalk to get within 200 yards..

We had the buck bedded and Oakley was just setting up when the buck jumped out of his bed and took off. I didn't think we had spooked him and just then I could hear people talking. Off to our left we saw three other hunters set up on where the buck had been and they were watching him too. We decided to go over and talk to them. They had been hunting the buck for the past couple of days. We talked for a while and Oakley decided we would back out of the area and let them hunt the deer. They were extremely grateful and I was pretty proud of him for making such a tough decision. Those guys stopped by camp two nights later after taking the buck. Congrats to them!

The next couple of days we looked over bucks and bucks....


The rut was kicking in! We hunted hard looking over country and deer until the morning of the 6th day. From a couple miles away we spotted this buck.

We decided to get a closer look after he disappeared out of site in to the canyon. We figured he had bedded down. After a long couple of hours stalking in to the buck, we were within 100 yards of him bedded. We looked over the Buck and Oakley decided he was the one. He shot the buck right in his bed at 80 yards and the rest is history! I couldn't be more proud as a dad and watching him follow right in my foot steps throughout this entire hunt will forever be part of my greatest memories.


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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: His bigges...  Soj51hopefu...      Oct-29-16   1 
  RE: His bigges...  littlebull2...      Oct-29-16   2 
   RE: His bigges...  rraney      Oct-29-16   3 
    RE: His bigges...  YELUM      Oct-29-16   4 
     RE: His bigges...  utarchery      Oct-29-16   5 
 RE: His bigges...  BrowningRage      Oct-29-16   6 
  RE: His bigges...  cmbbulldog      Oct-29-16   7 
   RE: His bigges...  300WBYMULES      Oct-29-16   8 
    RE: His bigges...  Founder      Oct-29-16   9 
     RE: His bigges...  BIGJOHNT      Oct-29-16   10 
      RE: His bigges...  mntman      Oct-29-16   11 
       RE: His bigges...  elkassassin      Oct-29-16   12 
 RE: His bigges...  muleybeast      Oct-29-16   13 
  RE: His bigges...  Blank      Oct-29-16   14 
   RE: His bigges...  slamdunk      Oct-30-16   15 
 RE: His bigges...  gundog2      Oct-30-16   16 
  RE: His bigges...  Silentstalk...      Oct-30-16   17 
 RE: His bigges...  jray      Oct-30-16   18 
  RE: His bigges...  Tristate      Oct-30-16   20 
 RE: His bigges...  browtine      Oct-30-16   19 
  RE: His bigges...  woodruffhun...      Oct-30-16   21 
   RE: His bigges...  elkassassin      Oct-30-16   22 
    RE: His bigges...  Snoopdogg      Oct-30-16   23 
     RE: His bigges...  Gator      Oct-31-16   24 
      RE: His bigges...  PleaseDear      Nov-01-16   25 
       RE: His bigges...  Roy      Nov-01-16   26 
        RE: His bigges...  troutcarver      Nov-01-16   27 
         RE: His bigges...  SneakAttack      Nov-03-16   28 
          RE: His bigges...  browtine      Nov-04-16   29 
 RE: His bigges...  bullbuster      Nov-07-16   30 
 RE: His bigges...  browtine      Dec-08-16   31 
  RE: His bigges...  PleaseDear      Dec-09-16   32 
   RE: His bigges...  bowhunt      Dec-09-16   33 
 RE: His bigges...  rmanwill      Dec-09-16   34 

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Soj51hopefull
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Oct-29-16, 
08:38 AM (MST)
1. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

LAST EDITED ON Oct-29-16 AT 08:39 AM (MST)

Sounds like a really fun hunt. Nice buck!

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Oct-29-16, 
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2. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great job! You will never regret building these memories.

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Oct-29-16, 
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3. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

great hunt congrats to the both of you

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Oct-29-16, 
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4. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

16 huh? Dang you are getting old. lol. Great story, and great to see your mentoring has paid dividends. Congrats to him on a great hunt.

Yelum

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Oct-29-16, 
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5. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

congrats man, that is awesome. you guys earned that one and definitely deserved it!!

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6. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Looks like you guys had an awesome time and experienced everything the Book Cliffs has to offer. There is this dark little voice in my head telling me I should have waited to kill my buck, whether that meant finding a bigger one, or not, the experience of being in the Book Cliffs after the migration, and as the rut starts to kick off, is one that is rarely experienced...

Glad you guys came away with a great buck. And it's even better that you were able to share that experience with your son. My dad and I made some memories for sure over this long season. I hope that as my little kids grow up, I'll be able to find areas to hunt with them that we can make memories too...

Congrats..!!

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Oct-29-16, 
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7. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Good deal, sounds like fun. Congrats!

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Oct-29-16, 
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8. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Very cool. Congrats to both of you.

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Oct-29-16, 
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9. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Good stuff there B. Congrats to you both. Great pops you are!

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Oct-29-16, 
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10. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Congrats on a great buck !!!!

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Oct-29-16, 
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11. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

the perfect hunt for you both, congrats!
Mntman

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Oct-29-16, 
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12. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Nice Job there browtine Jr & browtine!

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Oct-29-16, 
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13. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Nice buck. Great story.

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Oct-29-16, 
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14. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Fantastic story and congrats on a great buck. Lots of memories made there on that trip!

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Oct-30-16, 
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15. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Awesome buck and a great story, congratulations to you both and many more opportunities to come!😉

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Oct-30-16, 
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16. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great story and nice pics. Thanks for posting all that.

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Oct-30-16, 
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17. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great buck and congrats to both of you! You have not really hunted until you have hunted with your kids!

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Oct-30-16, 
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18. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Very nice. Congrats to you and your boy! Sounds like you've raised your son right. I'm pretty impressed that he had the respect for the other hunters to walk away from the big buck they had been hunting. You don't find that in many fellow hunters anymore.

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Oct-30-16, 
06:37 PM (MST)
20. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

That sure sounded like a really cool hunt. Congrats to your son.

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Oct-30-16, 
06:31 PM (MST)
19. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Thanks guys, What a great hunt!

BR, no way you made the wrong choice. You killed a great buck, Congrats!

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Oct-30-16, 
08:26 PM (MST)
21. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great job to you and your son browtine!!

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Oct-30-16, 
09:22 PM (MST)
22. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Check your PM woodruff!

>Great job to you and your
>son browtine!!


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Oct-30-16, 
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23. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great job. You told a great story, with a great outcome and pictures to boot.

Seems like Oakley being a good sport and backing out of the first buck paid dividends.

Congrats to the youngster! You too, Pops.

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Oct-31-16, 
10:19 AM (MST)
24. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Very nice Buck, Great story to boot, Hunting Bookcliff at it's finest has to be a blast,

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PleaseDear
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Nov-01-16, 
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25. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Good hunt for sure

congrats

Robb

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Roy
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Nov-01-16, 
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26. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Great buck!! Glad you had a great time out there.


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Nov-01-16, 
09:22 AM (MST)
27. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

What a great story and hunt. Even better that you tagged a great deer. Congrats.

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Nov-03-16, 
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28. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

I think I have footage of that buck. I'll check and let you know. If I do it's only a short clip, but I'll send it to you.

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browtine
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Nov-04-16, 
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29. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

That would be awesome!

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Nov-07-16, 
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30. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Looks like you had a fun hunt. Congrats. We were out there too. It was a good time. Congrats on a neat buck!

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Dec-08-16, 
07:24 PM (MST)
31. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Yesterday Oakley got his buck back from the Taxidermist. I just want to give Mike Christensen over at www.sagebasin.com a shout out. He did an awesome job with Oakley's buck. Mikes good people and does great work.



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PleaseDear
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Dec-09-16, 
03:24 AM (MST)
32. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

That turned out real nice.

Robb

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Dec-09-16, 
08:09 AM (MST)
33. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Way to go Browtine! Looks like a great hunt with you son. Congratulations!

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Dec-09-16, 
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34. "RE: His biggest buck! Bookcliffs Rifle 2016"

Congrats. Awesome hunt, story and even better memories made there. Way to go and you have earned the right to be very proud

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