LAST EDITED ON Oct-01-15 AT 05:30 AM (MST)
I wish I had great news to report, but no. I spent another 4 days in the same spot in Wyoming looking for the big one. Did not see him. I have now been in that area for 14 days since I last saw him. Long time to not turn him up. Is he still there....the question I ask over and over and over again. Time invested so far in Wyoming.....15 days scouting, 5 archery hunting, and 10 rifle hunting. A month!
It was a tough trip altogether because I didn't see many bucks. It was warm and they had been pushed really hard and were holding tight in the thick pines....even the young ones.
Found a pool of blood where a deer had been shot and saw a carcass in a canyon (separate deer), so two deer were taken right in there where I suspect the big one to be hanging out. I don't know if the outfitter got the buck or not. I wish I knew. I'd bet not, but wouldn't bet much on it. It's plenty possible.
I did see the droptine buck posted in this thread. He was out of rifle range had I wanted to shoot, but still saw him. Also saw two other larger mature bucks, but not sure how big, but not big enough to be "the one" I was looking for. Just got quick glimpses.
Took one horse with me. Chad at Yellowstone Horse Rentals set me up nice. It was a big horse and gentle and I had no issues. It's always great to be able to tie a horse out on a long rope and not have to worry about them getting all tangled up and freaking out. He hauled all my gear up the mountain and I had all I needed to last up to 10 days, but I left after 4. Just tough hunting. Warm and little activity.
If you ever hunt western Wyoming, definitely consider renting a horse. They're not for everyone, but if you can handle it, they can save your back. Yellowstone Horse Rentals - Tell Chad I sent you.
Not sure if I'll return or not. I might run up and hike in from the bottom for a couple days. Not sure. Still have this neck brace on and it sucks.
No buck pics in this post. Didn't see anything worth videotaping for long enough to get the camera on them.
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