Heavy Hawg Down! Lucky Dude ME!

Founder

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Wanna see an old man act like he just killed his first buck ever? I was sure excited scoring on this big boy.

I put in a total of 18 days of scouting the high country of Wyoming and located a few dandy bucks. I picked one to get after and then put in 6 days with a bow in hand trying to get it done, but failed.....failed to even see the buck I was after! I went into the rifle hunt knowing that it could be really tough getting a crack at my target buck. I knew others would be in the same area hunting, and deciding on my hunting tactic proved to be real hard. I bounced around on how I wanted to do it.....setup across a canyon where I could see more country and hope he shows himself within range, or go right in there where I suspected he lived and risk bumping him in an effort to get a good shot.
I decided I needed to get in there early and hunt it like I did with my bow, just sneak along the ridge slowly and quietly and try to catch him feeding on one of the open slopes.

I was in place before light and began my sneaking when it was light enough to see. From where I began my sneaking to the end of the ridge was only about 3/4 of a mile. About 25 minutes in, I was almost to where I felt I had my best chance to see the buck I was after when I turned back and saw a couple dudes 200 yards back hustling up the ridge behind me. I figured they saw me and were going to try and hurry by me, so I picked up the pace just a hair as I was within 50 yards of a chute I had to look down before they came buzzing up.

I made it before they could mess things up and got a look, but only a short look before they darn near came running out onto the open slope 80 yards below me. Radio was in hand and they were talking to someone. Man, was I ever frustrated that someone would be doing that. Oh well......

Anyway, luck was not on their side and instead on mine, because as I turned and took two steps headed for the next opening to look at, there stood this beast of a buck just 80 yards away staring at me. He was caught just before rolling into the dark timber of the north slope.
He was old, knew he wasn't going to survive another winter :), was fat and would fill my freezer, and knew I'd appreciate his awesomeness and knew I had put in the effort needed. ;)

At first I thought it was the buck I was after, but after raising the .300 and seeing the cheaters and a huge back fork, my gut said "SHOOT MAN, SHOOT!!" The bullet hit perfectly, which isn't always the case for me. He took off out of sight.
I knew he was hit and the excitement poured in, but so did the question of, "was he as big as I think?" I began heading for where he was standing when I spotted him laying there and could see that big back fork. He looked good and kept looking better the closer I got. My gut was right telling me to shoot.

So that's my story. It was much funner than it sounds in this post. The video will give you an idea. I was shaking with excitement. It was a moment I wish I could bottle up and enjoy from time to time, but the memory will have to do.

An amazing buck he is and I'm so grateful to have been the lucky one that day. Hopefully the effort I put into big buck hunting has played a role in helping me to make the right decisions that brought about that luck. Good karma too. I'm a lucky dude both with hunting and everyday life.

Thanks to Yellowstone Horse Rentals for setting me up with a couple good horses and a trailer. My hunting buddy and I were happy to have them pack our gear in and our gear and bucks out.

Thanks too to my hunting buddy (Jason). He shared his points with me and I put in the time to find us a great place to hunt. He took himself a nice buck that he was very happy with, so it was a real win/win. He's a darn good guy and I enjoyed our backcountry adventure together.

BTW, this was one of the biggest body bucks I have ever killed!!!














 

Rimrock

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Congratulations, Brian and Jason! A combination of time spent, miles hiked, hunting experience and skill, and a dose of good fortune resulted in two beautiful bucks for you. Very happy to see your success!

Rimrock
 

HalfAce

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Wooooow, what a whopper! Im happy for you man. That state has pumped out some good ones this year.
 

nripepi

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Congrats, smoker of a buck! He made it through many tough winters and hunting seasons, a true monarch. I wonder if he moved into the area and your target buck moved out or if all of the movement before the opener moved him into one of his hidey holes or was he there the entire time? Guess we'll never know, just curious.
 

kilbuc

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Super great buck!! Hard work = luck.

the Party never ends, the road goes on forever.
 

MuleyGrande

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Wanna see an old man act like he just killed his first buck ever? I was sure excited scoring on this big boy.

I put in a total of 18 days of scouting the high country of Wyoming and located a few dandy bucks. I picked one to get after and then put in 6 days with a bow in hand trying to get it done, but failed.....failed to even see the buck I was after! I went into the rifle hunt knowing that it could be really tough getting a crack at my target buck. I knew others would be in the same area hunting, and deciding on my hunting tactic proved to be real hard. I bounced around on how I wanted to do it.....setup across a canyon where I could see more country and hope he shows himself within range, or go right in there where I suspected he lived and risk bumping him in an effort to get a good shot.
I decided I needed to get in there early and hunt it like I did with my bow, just sneak along the ridge slowly and quietly and try to catch him feeding on one of the open slopes.

I was in place before light and began my sneaking when it was light enough to see. From where I began my sneaking to the end of the ridge was only about 3/4 of a mile. About 25 minutes in, I was almost to where I felt I had my best chance to see the buck I was after when I turned back and saw a couple dudes 200 yards back hustling up the ridge behind me. I figured they saw me and were going to try and hurry by me, so I picked up the pace just a hair as I was within 50 yards of a chute I had to look down before they came buzzing up.

I made it before they could mess things up and got a look, but only a short look before they darn near came running out onto the open slope 80 yards below me. Radio was in hand and they were talking to someone. Man, was I ever frustrated that someone would be doing that. Oh well......

Anyway, luck was not on their side and instead on mine, because as I turned and took two steps headed for the next opening to look at, there stood this beast of a buck just 80 yards away staring at me. He was caught just before rolling into the dark timber of the north slope.
He was old, knew he wasn't going to survive another winter :), was fat and would fill my freezer, and knew I'd appreciate his awesomeness and knew I had put in the effort needed. ;)

At first I thought it was the buck I was after, but after raising the .300 and seeing the cheaters and a huge back fork, my gut said "SHOOT MAN, SHOOT!!" The bullet hit perfectly, which isn't always the case for me. He took off out of sight.
I knew he was hit and the excitement poured in, but so did the question of, "was he as big as I think?" I began heading for where he was standing when I spotted him laying there and could see that big back fork. He looked good and kept looking better the closer I got. My gut was right telling me to shoot.

So that's my story. It was much funner than it sounds in this post. The video will give you an idea. I was shaking with excitement. It was a moment I wish I could bottle up and enjoy from time to time, but the memory will have to do.

An amazing buck he is and I'm so grateful to have been the lucky one that day. Hopefully the effort I put into big buck hunting has played a role in helping me to make the right decisions that brought about that luck. Good karma too. I'm a lucky dude both with hunting and everyday life.

Thanks to Yellowstone Horse Rentals for setting me up with a couple good horses and a trailer. My hunting buddy and I were happy to have them pack our gear in and our gear and bucks out.

Thanks too to my hunting buddy (Jason). He shared his points with me and I put in the time to find us a great place to hunt. He took himself a nice buck that he was very happy with, so it was a real win/win. He's a darn good guy and I enjoyed our backcountry adventure together.

BTW, this was one of the biggest body bucks I have ever killed!!!














Heck yeah. Great buck man !!
 

txhunter58

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Wow. That buck leaves me speechless as to describe it. Truly a MONSTER MULIE. Beyond awesome. Congrats!!
 

SureShot

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Awesome buck! Congratulations!

I have a couple of questions:

1. Have you put a tape measure to him yet?

2. Do you think somebody on the other side of the basin was trying to guide those other two hunters into that same deer knowing you were almost on top of him and that's why they were in such a hurry?
 

rmanwill

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congrats Brian. Awesome smoker of a buck. Glad it worked out for you both. Thanks for sharing.
 

Joe2Kool

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For you to say this is the biggest bodied buck you've killed means he is a monster! Congrats to both of you guys.

BTW, I always rely on skill, don't need luck! :LOL: Yea. Right!

Congrats again!
 

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Congrats Brian! Your hard work pays off again! Are you hunting Colorado this year?

Hawkeye
 

Bowhunter13

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Awesome Brian! The buck I shot was by far the biggest bodied deer I've ever killed and the most fat I've ever seen on a deer and in September.... I hope that isn't a clue to what this winter is going to be...
 

Longun

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Congrats Brian that's a toad...I get pretty excited when I see a hoof track like his and spend a lot of time looking for the owner..
 

BLooDTRaCKeR

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Always enjoy your posts Brian!

You know it’s big if Founder is posting!

Congrats on another stud buck!
 

txhunter58

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I could care less about the total score but am interested in 2 measurements. He is so massive that Founder’s hands look small.

1)Circumference of base
2)Outside width of main beams
 

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Congratulations, Brian and Jason! I think the old phrase "Make your own luck" applied to you for this hunt. All your hard work and time spent preparing ultimately paid off with tank of a buck 80 yards from you opening morning. Nice work!
 

doz

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Founder got our #1 buck that we scouted up. Luck is always better than skill. We almost beat him to it.

Congratulations on a nice heavy buck.

Now what to do all our best buck we scouted are dead?
Wow..... Pretty degrading comment. All the best bucks are dead that you scouted with more skill because of luck............
 

SureShot

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So, I have to ask...when you say almost beat him to it, were you the group that hurried in front of him just before he shot it? Curious to know the other side of the story.
 

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So, I have to ask...when you say almost beat him to it, were you the group that hurried in front of him just before he shot it? Curious to know the other side of the story.
Seems like to me that when most guys complain about a buck being shot out from under them. It's usually sour grapes and they're only mad because they didn't get there first for whatever reason.
Too bad guys can't just be happy for the next guy and move on.
 

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Founder got our #1 buck that we scouted up. Luck is always better than skill. We almost beat him to it.

Congratulations on a nice heavy buck.

Now what to do all our best buck we scouted are dead?
Just keep at it man. You seem to know how to find the big ones. I was devastated last year when my 250"+ #1 buck was killed by another hunter but I kept at it and ended up finding a 191" buck to put my tag on.
Wish you the best of luck.
 
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Skill you get your target buck, Luck you get a bigger one you didn't know was there. Nothing mean intended with the comment.
Luck plays a big part in skill! No matter how much scouting a hunter did, if he happened on a better animal (even if it was standing side by side with target animal) the hunter would take the best! Right? Is skill racing ahead of another hunter with the help of a distant spotter on a radio your skill? Especially knowing the other hunter is very close to the target! That sounds more like an A**hole to me! Nothing mean intended just common sense!
 

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No we didn't have a spotter. I got on the radio and told my dad, who was pushing the patch down below, that Founder was 100 yards above us on the ridge. Our plan after seeing him was to drop off the top 400 or 500 yards and swing around the ridge to the location his buck called home all summer. There were hunters in every direction, so I'm not sure what everyone else would do. I guess we could have headed home 10 minutes after shooting light. What would other hunters do?
Just so you know Brad, I would’ve never told anyone it was you. In my opinion, you should have snuck along the trail behind me and then passed when I stopped or dropped off the top carefully, as to not ruin the hunt for both of us because you were late. Not come running out onto that wide open yellow grass side hill talking on a radio. If that’s your normal style of hunting 30 minutes after light, so be it, but I believe your intent was to mess up any opportunity I might have had, luckily you failed. I caught him before he heard or saw you.
I believe if I hadn’t been there you would’ve been sneaking along the ridge, not running around in the open talking on a radio.
Maybe my skill that day was setting the alarm earlier than yours or being where I needed to be before daylight.
I guess you could’ve shot me in the back when you first saw me several hundred yards ahead of you on the ridge, then your #1 buck wouldn’t be dead.:rolleyes:
 

hogg_65

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You guys had some nice bucks to hunt this year. Karma works in mysterious ways. Congrats to the success. Good Luck to the hunters still hunting.
 

doz

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Man, so many missing parts of this story everywhere. Sounds like a good one to read with a beer in hand!
 

doz

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Their is more to the story and that's why we headed down in at light speed, but Brian can fill that in if he wants to. I like Brian and enjoy his web site and have no issues with him. He puts in the hard work and it sometimes really pays off. I'm not afraid to admit that was me on the mountain. We just have different hunting styles. I take my kids and dad that is 71 years old hunting. This makes us slower, but I always have a great time. We left the trail head at 3:45 am, but that wasn't enough time to get where we wanted to be at shooting light. I do like to hear the opinions on what to do in these situations.
My opinion is animals are fair game. He who shoots first. Have ethics and don't ruin someone else's hunt but I wouldn't back down to another hunter. I definitely would not try to sabotage someone's hunt though and I wouldn't be stupid about getting to the animal.
 

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No judgements here. I just love hearing both sides of the story. I remember Brian took some heat a few years ago because somebody thought he hustled in past them and shot one.

When it's public land and there are too many people in an area (which you can't control), you get frustrated and feel like you have to be more aggressive than you would like to. It's even worse when you've put in the time scouting and have your heart set on something and you're afraid somebody else might beat you to it.

I'm likely facing the same scenario this week on the Utah muzzleloader hunt. I've spent a lot of time scouting my unit and I've found 5 or 6 nice bucks I'd be happy with. I know at least two of them survived the archery hunt, because I saw them last weekend. I'm sure I'm not the only that knows about them and Wednesday morning is probably going to be a circus. Nothing I can do about it. If I could have found a secret little hole somewhere, I'd rather be there. But, I didn't.

I'll try to be considerate, but at the same time put myself in position to get a crack at one.
 

txhunter58

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There is something to be said for putting in your time and being successful. However, no matter how much time you put in, it is still a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Being lucky.

That is why they call it hunting and not killing. At least on public land with no fences.
 

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Founder, Thank you for sharing the pictures and the story. I really admirer the effort you put into finding such terrific bucks year after year, Congratulations to both of you on a job well done!
 

txhunter58

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And sometimes it’s a buck that no person has seen and you get REALLY lucky. But I am happy for that guy too! Nice meat buck!

Did he deserve this buck? Absolutely!

 
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There is something to be said for putting in your time and being successful. However, no matter how much time you put in, it is still a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Being lucky.

That is why they call it hunting and not killing. At least on public land with no fences.
Great point txhunter! I admire the fact Roadless takes his son and father hunting with him and I'm sure they enjoy the hunts together! But to imply that anyone that shoots an animal other than the one they set out for is unskillful ( especially a guy that takes great bucks regularly) doesn't know what he's doing is remarkable! Especially when that same person suggests he doesn't know what to do now that his best bucks scouted are dead! That means he now has to rely on nothing but luck! Ridiculous! just sayin!
 

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If the other buck is dead let’s see some pics. Those big bucks are very crafty and get away often. Not believing it till I see the picture.
 

Cahunter805

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Congrats Brian!! That’s an awesome buck! Way to grind it out buddy!
Congrats to Jason also. That’s a nice buck as well. Looks like you guys had a great trip!
 

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Ridgetops, that wasn’t an “either or” question. Haha

let’s see this other buck!!!!
 

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Wanna see an old man act like he just killed his first buck ever? I was sure excited scoring on this big boy.

I put in a total of 18 days of scouting the high country of Wyoming and located a few dandy bucks. I picked one to get after and then put in 6 days with a bow in hand trying to get it done, but failed.....failed to even see the buck I was after! I went into the rifle hunt knowing that it could be really tough getting a crack at my target buck. I knew others would be in the same area hunting, and deciding on my hunting tactic proved to be real hard. I bounced around on how I wanted to do it.....setup across a canyon where I could see more country and hope he shows himself within range, or go right in there where I suspected he lived and risk bumping him in an effort to get a good shot.
I decided I needed to get in there early and hunt it like I did with my bow, just sneak along the ridge slowly and quietly and try to catch him feeding on one of the open slopes.

I was in place before light and began my sneaking when it was light enough to see. From where I began my sneaking to the end of the ridge was only about 3/4 of a mile. About 25 minutes in, I was almost to where I felt I had my best chance to see the buck I was after when I turned back and saw a couple dudes 200 yards back hustling up the ridge behind me. I figured they saw me and were going to try and hurry by me, so I picked up the pace just a hair as I was within 50 yards of a chute I had to look down before they came buzzing up.

I made it before they could mess things up and got a look, but only a short look before they darn near came running out onto the open slope 80 yards below me. Radio was in hand and they were talking to someone. Man, was I ever frustrated that someone would be doing that. Oh well......

Anyway, luck was not on their side and instead on mine, because as I turned and took two steps headed for the next opening to look at, there stood this beast of a buck just 80 yards away staring at me. He was caught just before rolling into the dark timber of the north slope.
He was old, knew he wasn't going to survive another winter :), was fat and would fill my freezer, and knew I'd appreciate his awesomeness and knew I had put in the effort needed. ;)

At first I thought it was the buck I was after, but after raising the .300 and seeing the cheaters and a huge back fork, my gut said "SHOOT MAN, SHOOT!!" The bullet hit perfectly, which isn't always the case for me. He took off out of sight.
I knew he was hit and the excitement poured in, but so did the question of, "was he as big as I think?" I began heading for where he was standing when I spotted him laying there and could see that big back fork. He looked good and kept looking better the closer I got. My gut was right telling me to shoot.

So that's my story. It was much funner than it sounds in this post. The video will give you an idea. I was shaking with excitement. It was a moment I wish I could bottle up and enjoy from time to time, but the memory will have to do.

An amazing buck he is and I'm so grateful to have been the lucky one that day. Hopefully the effort I put into big buck hunting has played a role in helping me to make the right decisions that brought about that luck. Good karma too. I'm a lucky dude both with hunting and everyday life.

Thanks to Yellowstone Horse Rentals for setting me up with a couple good horses and a trailer. My hunting buddy and I were happy to have them pack our gear in and our gear and bucks out.

Thanks too to my hunting buddy (Jason). He shared his points with me and I put in the time to find us a great place to hunt. He took himself a nice buck that he was very happy with, so it was a real win/win. He's a darn good guy and I enjoyed our backcountry adventure together.

BTW, this was one of the biggest body bucks I have ever killed!!!














great bucks wow
 

ReinerDude

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Congrats Founder, great buck! I loved the video, you were so excited that it got me excited! You earned that buck and congrats to your buddy as well! Thanks for sharing
 

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Beautiful buck and it was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm that you showed after the shot. No doubt we all hope to still get that jazzed up after after decades of hunting and after having already killed dozens of good ones. Congrats to you!
 

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You shouldn't have to do anything with the velvet. I have a couple bucks like that one with even more velvet. I didn't do anything with it and its the same as the day I killed them!
 

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What a giant...congrats, Brian! We know you work your butt off for your bucks and this guy sounds like no exception.

Congrats to your buddy, as well. Nice buck for Jason.

Great share!

For a reference, how wide is your buck?
 
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Deerlove

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My opinion is animals are fair game. He who shoots first. Have ethics and don't ruin someone else's hunt but I wouldn't back down to another hunter. I definitely would not try to sabotage someone's hunt though and I wouldn't be stupid about getting to the animal.
I have a pet peeve of guys jabbering on radios during prime hunting hours, maybe it's just me??
 
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WOW what a buck Brian!!! HUGE congrats to you on another trophy muley! To continually kill trophy bucks year in and year out like you do requires a little bit of luck but I think it is because of yer hard work and passion for these magnificent deer! Way to go man. I love watching your YouTube channel and can't wait to watch the video after the taking of this great trophy buck. Take care!
 

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Congratulations. I am glad it was you that got the monster, and not one of the dudes with the outfitters or dozens of other hunter in the area. After this fiasco, I am afraid that area is hash for the next few years. We only hunted there opening day, and there were 14 trucks and five horse trailers at the trail head that morning. We camped at the trail head and drove to other places to hunt after opening day.

When we left on Sept. 20, there were four horse trailers and ten trucks still parked at the trail head.

I might be wrong, but it looks like this previously pretty good but smallish area can't stand that much pressure and be any good next year. By the end of the season, all the good bucks will be dead, along with all the smaller bucks that could have become the future replacement good bucks in that area. Sadly, I don't expect this area to be any good for many years to come.
 

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Congratulations. I am glad it was you that got the monster, and not one of the dudes with the outfitters or dozens of other hunter in the area. After this fiasco, I am afraid that area is hash for the next few years. We only hunted there opening day, and there were 14 trucks and five horse trailers at the trail head that morning. We camped at the trail head and drove to other places to hunt after opening day.

When we left on Sept. 20, there were four horse trailers and ten trucks still parked at the trail head.

I might be wrong, but it looks like this previously pretty good but smallish area can't stand that much pressure and be any good next year. By the end of the season, all the good bucks will be dead, along with all the smaller bucks that could have become the future replacement good bucks in that area. Sadly, I don't expect this area to be any good for many years to come.
I think every place got pounded more than ever this year. Must be the Covid stuff and people had more vacation time left over or something. All summer I saw more people and activity than ever. Maybe next year everyone will be back to work and skipping the hunt to pay for crap they didn't need. :unsure:
Did you notice the trailcam on the hiking trail? Someone was watching who was going in and out and with what.
 

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I didn't see the trail cam on the trail, but it would be interesting to see what people were bringing out. Most of the hunters I saw were empty handed. We hiked in, hunted all day, hiked out about dark, and then drove home so the grandson could just miss one day of school. I got up at 3:30 am and arrived home at 2:30 am. Long day for sure.
We are going back up tomorrow after work for a 5 day hunt this time. We are having a hard time deciding where to go because all the good bucks we saw during the summer and during the archery hunt are already rumored or confirmed to be dead. I guess we will go back to one of our old favorite areas, maybe backpack in this time, and just hope for the best.
 

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Congratulations again on your GREAT buck Brian!!! It was also great talking to you at the trailhead. What are the odds that with all that country to hunt we ended up hunting and killing bucks on adjacent ridges?!?!

As others have said already, it was a circus in there with all the people, even during the archery season. But that is public land hunting. On the other hand, we heard very little shooting on the first two days.

I will get pics posted of our two bucks soon.
 

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Wanna see an old man act like he just killed his first buck ever? I was sure excited scoring on this big boy.

I put in a total of 18 days of scouting the high country of Wyoming and located a few dandy bucks. I picked one to get after and then put in 6 days with a bow in hand trying to get it done, but failed.....failed to even see the buck I was after! I went into the rifle hunt knowing that it could be really tough getting a crack at my target buck. I knew others would be in the same area hunting, and deciding on my hunting tactic proved to be real hard. I bounced around on how I wanted to do it.....setup across a canyon where I could see more country and hope he shows himself within range, or go right in there where I suspected he lived and risk bumping him in an effort to get a good shot.
I decided I needed to get in there early and hunt it like I did with my bow, just sneak along the ridge slowly and quietly and try to catch him feeding on one of the open slopes.

I was in place before light and began my sneaking when it was light enough to see. From where I began my sneaking to the end of the ridge was only about 3/4 of a mile. About 25 minutes in, I was almost to where I felt I had my best chance to see the buck I was after when I turned back and saw a couple dudes 200 yards back hustling up the ridge behind me. I figured they saw me and were going to try and hurry by me, so I picked up the pace just a hair as I was within 50 yards of a chute I had to look down before they came buzzing up.

I made it before they could mess things up and got a look, but only a short look before they darn near came running out onto the open slope 80 yards below me. Radio was in hand and they were talking to someone. Man, was I ever frustrated that someone would be doing that. Oh well......

Anyway, luck was not on their side and instead on mine, because as I turned and took two steps headed for the next opening to look at, there stood this beast of a buck just 80 yards away staring at me. He was caught just before rolling into the dark timber of the north slope.
He was old, knew he wasn't going to survive another winter :), was fat and would fill my freezer, and knew I'd appreciate his awesomeness and knew I had put in the effort needed. ;)

At first I thought it was the buck I was after, but after raising the .300 and seeing the cheaters and a huge back fork, my gut said "SHOOT MAN, SHOOT!!" The bullet hit perfectly, which isn't always the case for me. He took off out of sight.
I knew he was hit and the excitement poured in, but so did the question of, "was he as big as I think?" I began heading for where he was standing when I spotted him laying there and could see that big back fork. He looked good and kept looking better the closer I got. My gut was right telling me to shoot.

So that's my story. It was much funner than it sounds in this post. The video will give you an idea. I was shaking with excitement. It was a moment I wish I could bottle up and enjoy from time to time, but the memory will have to do.

An amazing buck he is and I'm so grateful to have been the lucky one that day. Hopefully the effort I put into big buck hunting has played a role in helping me to make the right decisions that brought about that luck. Good karma too. I'm a lucky dude both with hunting and everyday life.

Thanks to Yellowstone Horse Rentals for setting me up with a couple good horses and a trailer. My hunting buddy and I were happy to have them pack our gear in and our gear and bucks out.

Thanks too to my hunting buddy (Jason). He shared his points with me and I put in the time to find us a great place to hunt. He took himself a nice buck that he was very happy with, so it was a real win/win. He's a darn good guy and I enjoyed our backcountry adventure together.

BTW, this was one of the biggest body bucks I have ever killed!!!














You know how to create your luck. Well deserved!
 

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