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Feb-05-17, 
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"WY Reg G first hunt"

I set off for my first mule deer hunt this last fall. I had high hopes for this hunt. I got up on the mountain the day before the opener and did a little glassing. Well opening morning I am in my glassing spot and sun is coming up. See couple small bucks and a decent 4x4. Then I see 4 guys on the other side of the drainage from me, 3 more at the top of the drainage and one posted at the bottom. Well the guy at the bottom started up the drainage, blowing those bucks towards the other groups which two bucks were shot. Well threw my pack on and went to another drainage about 1/2 mile away. I see orange and horse, but I post up in my glassing spot watch some small bucks and does feed. Spent the rest of opening day moving slowly around to get better look from as far away as I could. Didn't see anything worth shooting. Seen at least 10 guys in this area. Well second day, back up in my spot and here comes the horse army. I was watching the lower sections pretty good figuring the bigger bucks had moved lower. There were a couple guys on horses coming up through the bottom drainage pushing deer and elk out. They hit every pocket on the way up the mountain, neither had orange on. They got to the top and met some others and I watched them move to another drainage and do the same thing. So after dropping down to grab some water, I counted 16 guys with horses in these two drainages. I figured time to move, but as I was almost past the second drainage I noticed a deer feeding so I set up to look for others (it was a small fork buck) Well he kept feeding his way to me so I hung tight and watched. Well a group of 4 guys was about 300 yards to my right and about 200 yards lower than me. I didnít see them till one decided to put an orange hat on. Well I got to watch one of the guys not wearing orange shoot the small buck about 100 yards away from me. I headed to another drainage about 4 miles away. All I seen there was more horses and hunters. I tried to stay positive, but was very frustrated, I should have gotten horses to increase my hunt area. Well Day 3 (Sat) and by 9AM I had seen over a dozen hunters. They were all pushing up from the bottoms through all the drainage's. Iím not sure if they were trying to push some buck up higher and then hunt them or what? But I through the towel in. Packed camp and headed back to IN. Well I decided to lick my wounds and return for the last week of the season in a different unit that had a later opening day. So the morning I started hunting again, I hiked up in the dark stopping right at tree line, waiting for some light to get set up and glass. I stayed there for about 2 hours before heading the rest of the way up. On the way up I had kicked up a good buck a couple hundred yards ahead of me. I watched him run down into the drainage and back up the other side. I watched him disappear into a thicket that was about 50 yards tall and 100 yards wide. He never came out, so I found a spot I could glass from and hopefully get a shot. I sat on him all day never seeing him, but knew he hadn't left that area. About 30 min before sun set a couple small bucks and does started to feed out of the bottom of the thicket. I kept scanning looking for the bigger buck I jumped earlier. At sun set I was working on a plan to be set up in the morning before day light hoping he was still around. It was then about 10 min after sunset he showed him self at the top of the thicket. I quickly ranged him at 510 yards and again at 512 yards. I slid my rifle on top of my pack and dialed for the elevation, and held 3.5 MOA for wind and squeezed off a shot. He acted hit and headed back into the thicket not coming out. Now it was almost dark and knew I wouldn't make it to the spot I shot him at before dark. I headed back to camp for a long restless night. I don't know how many times I went over the shot in my head that night. I was up there at first light, but with the very light snow and frost blood was hard to find. Few hours later I found him pilled up about 5 yards from the bottom of the thicket. This was my first mule deer hunt, so I am extremely pleased with the outcome. Somewhere along the way home I lost my phone so lost all photo's from my second hunt. Here are some pics from the first hunt and my euro mount of the buck.


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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  WiscoKid      Feb-05-17   1 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  rmanwill      Feb-05-17   2 
  RE: WY Reg G f...  nontypical      Feb-05-17   3 
   RE: WY Reg G f...  Cooper      Feb-05-17   4 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  kickerbuck      Feb-05-17   5 
  RE: WY Reg G f...  RoadlessHun...      Feb-05-17   6 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  DidIDraw      Feb-05-17   7 
  RE: WY Reg G f...  Conrad8899      Feb-05-17   8 
   RE: WY Reg G f...  liecabucks      Feb-05-17   9 
    RE: WY Reg G f...  PleaseDear      Feb-06-17   10 
     RE: WY Reg G f...  Longun      Feb-06-17   11 
      RE: WY Reg G f...  Gator      Feb-06-17   12 
       RE: WY Reg G f...  Founder      Feb-06-17   13 
        RE: WY Reg G f...  cmbbulldog      Feb-07-17   14 
         RE: WY Reg G f...  HalfAce      Feb-07-17   15 
          RE: WY Reg G f...  searcher      Feb-08-17   16 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  happytohunt      Feb-08-17   17 
  RE: WY Reg G f...  midwesthunt...      Feb-09-17   18 
   RE: WY Reg G f...  qbiermann89      Feb-09-17   19 
    RE: WY Reg G f...  mmwb      Feb-09-17   20 
 RE: WY Reg G f...  Chacoblue777      Feb-22-17   21 

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WiscoKid
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Feb-05-17, 
09:52 AM (MST)
1. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Frustrating... But way to stick with it. Awesome buck, Good deep forks.

Overall, did region G meet your expectations? Or too many hunters? Just curious.

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rmanwill
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Feb-05-17, 
09:58 AM (MST)
2. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Second trip paid off. Good looking buck there. Congrats. Awesome looking euro and a great buck and hunt for your first out west.

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Feb-05-17, 
10:11 AM (MST)
3. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Welcome to Wyoming's region G where any resident of the state can go hunt...and do! Unless you're willing to pack in several miles, your experience is pretty much the norm any more...

Congrats on sticking it out and coming back for round 2. Opening days are always the worst for numbers of hunters out; you probably would have had a better experience in round 1 if you had come out the 2nd week.

Congrats on a sweet buck.

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Cooper
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Feb-05-17, 
12:27 PM (MST)
4. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

That's a great buck, you deserve it

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kickerbuck
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Feb-05-17, 
02:13 PM (MST)
5. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

That's a great buck I love the tall slick 4x4s congrats way to stick with it. Did you score him? You might be surprised with how tall he is with nice forks.

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Feb-05-17, 
02:38 PM (MST)
6. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

That's a good looking buck and a good job at sticking with it. Those big crowds and horseman can make early season hunting pretty tough at times.

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Feb-05-17, 
03:18 PM (MST)
7. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Great buck - congratulations.

Public land, general season hunts can be very frustrating. Glad you were able to get back and have a better experience the second time out.

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Conrad8899
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Feb-05-17, 
03:52 PM (MST)
8. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Congrats on a great deer.... Thanks for sharing... And way to stick after it.... Rodney

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liecabucks
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Feb-05-17, 
07:08 PM (MST)
9. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

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Well done and nice buck. That is an above average buck for G. Damn nice actually and if score means anything to you, he should go 185 ish.


Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed to where the trail meets the sky...

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PleaseDear
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Feb-06-17, 
03:37 AM (MST)
10. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

You did real good

congrats

Robb

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Longun
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Feb-06-17, 
07:35 AM (MST)
11. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Did you GPS the coordinates of the Buff Head???

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Feb-06-17, 
11:17 AM (MST)
12. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

That a fine Buck, Great story also.

"I have found if you go the extra mile it's Never crowded".
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Feb-06-17, 
04:17 PM (MST)
13. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

You did great TJ!!! Congratulations....

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cmbbulldog
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Feb-07-17, 
08:20 PM (MST)
14. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Great buck, congrats!

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Feb-07-17, 
09:11 PM (MST)
15. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

I really like that Bucks height. Thanks for the story, and congrats on getting him last year. This year probably won't be the same up there.

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Feb-08-17, 
06:26 PM (MST)
16. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Way to stick with it !! Nothing to be ashamed about with that buck. Hope you get to take your son back soon. Wyoming is a great state with great hunting if you stick with it as you have proven.

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Feb-08-17, 
08:21 PM (MST)
17. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Congratulations on earning one heckuva trophy via enduring frustrating conditions....your second wind really paid off...inspiring!

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midwesthunter
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Feb-09-17, 
05:00 AM (MST)
18. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Thanks everyone, I know I was extremely lucky. I blind picked a spot off google earth and just got lucky. Wish I could say more skill was involved, but I'm not complaining. For the score the taxidermist thought it would go mid to low 170's, I haven't put a tape on it yet. I showed my local taxidermist the rack. He offered to mount it for half price if he could display it in his show room and he would provide a cape. I'll have him score it for me. I didn't gps the buffalo head either but know where it is lol

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Feb-09-17, 
08:39 PM (MST)
19. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Great deer, love tall racked muleys like this one.

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mmwb
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Feb-09-17, 
09:35 PM (MST)
20. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Congrats on a great buck. Your tenacity paid off. Contrary to the naysayers, there are great bucks in G and wonderful hunting. Maybe it isn't as easy as in days of yore, but it is a great hunt!

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Chacoblue777
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Feb-22-17, 
08:54 PM (MST)
21. "RE: WY Reg G first hunt"

Congrats on a successful hunt! You did well. If I had to guess, I would say that deer is high 170's pushing 180. Awesome buck! Thanks for sharing

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