Henry Mountains Muzzy Hunt

OpeningDay

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Hello all. Its time to start preparing. Odds say we will have a Henry's Muzzy tag for this fall. I have spent a lot of time down there over the last decade. I feel I am all but ready to get the ball rolling on this. I would love to talk to anyone that has hunted it in the last few years. Please PM me if you are willing to chat. I am itching to get down there for sure.. I was hoping to open a chat on experiences, thoughts, opinions and such. The Henry's has been pretty quiet the last couple years. I know there are still some stud deer down there. I have seen them. I am curious when these deer might start moving back up the mountain from their winter range. I would like to make a trip in Early June. Is that too early ? Fingers crossed we get some moisture down south this spring and summer. Id love to see some Henry's bucks if anyone has any to share. Thanks in advance.
 

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I did not make it down there this past year but from other postings from last year seems that it was rough last year with a couple really good bucks killed and a bunch average deer.

I don't know if the down year was because of environmental factors or if its just going down hill.

This link is on one of the other posts from last year.

Thank you for the response. I have seen this data. It doesnt look all that great. I was down there for a few days during the Muzzy hunt last fall. We seen some nice bucks and a couple of really nice bucks. We didn't see that gagger buck. There was one that had everyone's attention though. We only seen him in pictures. I still haven't seen him and I actually think he may have survived the hunts. What I did see is that most people had tagged out within the first 3 or 4 days. Patience is going to be a huge factor IMO.
 

BrowningRage

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I'd say if you have the time and the resources, June isn't too early to get out into the mountains, even if its just for the fun of it. If you have slightly limited time, I think your time is better used in July where you can get a better sense of the quality of deer. If you know the unit, you are at an advantage as you don't need to familiarize yourself with roads or access points.

Good luck in the draw! And keep us posted.
 

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Thank you for the response. I have seen this data. It doesnt look all that great. I was down there for a few days during the Muzzy hunt last fall. We seen some nice bucks and a couple of really nice bucks. We didn't see that gagger buck. There was one that had everyone's attention though. We only seen him in pictures. I still haven't seen him and I actually think he may have survived the hunts. What I did see is that most people had tagged out within the first 3 or 4 days. Patience is going to be a huge factor IMO.
He Survived.
 

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I was stalking a ram on Oak Creek last fall, sneaking through a saddle I glanced down and there was a nice, heavy, hard white 4pt. shed. I packed it for a minute and ended up leaving it on a rock at the top of the peak if anybody wants it I'd bet it's still there.
 

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Most people have been hitting the Oak Creek instead. I haven't heard much about the Henry's lately for sheds.
That Makes Sense. A couple good years on the Oak Creek and it has been quite popular. I for one still believe there are a few Bruiser bucks on the Henry Mountains.
 

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This is a pic I took of my cousin's ML Henries deer from 2019. He drew with max points. Not sure of the official score, but it measured at ~227" gross. It was running with 2 other nice bucks, 180 - 190ish, certainly ML-worthy on the Henries. My uncle (right) took a nice velvet buck in 2003 (using my bow) to the north of the mountain in the background. His was a 30" wide typical and just under 200" As I recall, that was the last year a dedicated hunter could draw a Premium LE tag and get all 3 seasons.

This pic here actually gives our location away, north end of Pennell. My other cousin (back) scouted quite a bit before the hunt but never saw this buck until the morning his brother shot it. Things were pretty crowded where the more well-known bucks and the wealthy hunters (can you say Governor's tag?) were with their guides. We did not decide on hunt location until the night before the opener. We have always tried to avoid the clamor and competition of the crowds.

On our way out, we stopped in a camp where a hunter showed us pics of this same buck that he had taken while pursuing it during the archery season...5 or 6 miles away from where my cousin took it.

I can't speak for my cousin but since the Henries is essentially a once-in-a-lifetime experience, he may be open to share exact location and tips. I will ask him. I'll just say this - when my 2 much younger cousins talk about how difficult it (the terrain) was to get to where this buck was, then you know it was a hard hunt.

Good luck on your hunt.

p.s. when my uncle and I were scouting Bull Pass and northward back in 2003, there was a guy hauling off a TON of antlers. I'm sure it gets hit even harder now, 19 years later.
 

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This is a pic I took of my cousin's ML Henries deer from 2019. He drew with max points. Not sure of the official score, but it measured at ~227" gross. It was running with 2 other nice bucks, 180 - 190ish, certainly ML-worthy on the Henries. My uncle (right) took a nice velvet buck in 2003 (using my bow) to the north of the mountain in the background. His was a 30" wide typical and just under 200" As I recall, that was the last year a dedicated hunter could draw a Premium LE tag and get all 3 seasons.

This pic here actually gives our location away, north end of Pennell. My other cousin (back) scouted quite a bit before the hunt but never saw this buck until the morning his brother shot it. Things were pretty crowded where the more well-known bucks and the wealthy hunters (can you say Governor's tag?) were with their guides. We did not decide on hunt location until the night before the opener. We have always tried to avoid the clamor and competition of the crowds.

On our way out, we stopped in a camp where a hunter showed us pics of this same buck that he had taken while pursuing it during the archery season...5 or 6 miles away from where my cousin took it.

I can't speak for my cousin but since the Henries is essentially a once-in-a-lifetime experience, he may be open to share exact location and tips. I will ask him. I'll just say this - when my 2 much younger cousins talk about how difficult it (the terrain) was to get to where this buck was, then you know it was a hard hunt.

Good luck on your hunt.

p.s. when my uncle and I were scouting Bull Pass and northward back in 2003, there was a guy hauling off a TON of antlers. I'm sure it gets hit even harder now, 19 years later.
What a buck! Thanks for sharing!
 

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I hear you about wishing for a stag.
I wish there were a nonresident muzz preference tag... Oh well, looks like if all applicants repeat what they did last year, I have a 40% chance at a rifle tag this year. Tags are the same number as last year. I'm actually excited about the UT draw for the first time in a long time!
I hear you about wishing for a
Non Res Muzzy Bonus Tag.
However I think my points wouldn’t be enough for it.
Wish you luck!
You just might pull that rifle tag this year.
 

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**main road visible in background, 500’ lower in elevation**

Yeah, im sure it was one of the most physically demanding deer hunts the state has to offer! Congrats on a hard earned buck!
You're a real class act. I'd love to know what triggers in a simple mind like yours that then prompts you to make a comment like the one above. Clueless is the one word that comes to mind. One question for you. Have you ever stepped foot on the Henry Mountains ? From the reply above, I am guessing its highly doubtful. Stay cool Bro. Im sure you are always the coolest guy in the room. At least in your mind.
 

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Did You Harvest a Ram Big Wiff?

I was stalking a ram on Oak Creek last fall, sneaking through a saddle I glanced down and there was a nice, heavy, hard white 4pt. shed. I packed it for a minute and ended up leaving it on a rock at the top of the peak if anybody wants it I'd bet it's still there.
 

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You're a real class act. I'd love to know what triggers in a simple mind like yours that then prompts you to make a comment like the one above. Clueless is the one word that comes to mind. One question for you. Have you ever stepped foot on the Henry Mountains ? From the reply above, I am guessing its highly doubtful. Stay cool Bro. Im sure you are always the coolest guy in the room. At least in your mind.
Yep many times. And I’ve packed bison off that unit in areas 5.5 miles one direction as a crow flies from the nearest road, on my back in 3 trips. I’ve also had them uphill of a road that I could see in the back ground and that was some of the easier hunts I’ve ever had. anywhere I’m above a road and can see the road, I wouldn’t consider “physically demanding” by any sense of the meaning, doesn’t matter what unit I’m on. Unless you don’t ever get out or have to ever do anything moderately difficult. Then I could see how someone such as your self even putting on pants in the morning could be physically demanding.

What “triggers” me is morons like you trying to be relevant in today’s online imaginary importance world. Simple minded? You do recall I’m not the one calling a downhill pack out with 3 grown adults (or possibly more) to carry the weight, at a distance of no more than a mile, “physically demanding”, right? That’s as simple as it gets, and you made it extremely complicated apparently. Good luck in life! Breathing air is definitely harder for some than others.
 
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OpeningDay

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Yep many times. And I’ve packed bison off that unit in areas 5.5 miles one direction as a crow flies from the nearest road, on my back in 3 trips. I’ve also had them uphill of a road that I could see in the back ground and that was some of the easier hunts I’ve ever had. anywhere I’m above a road and can see the road, I wouldn’t consider “physically demanding” by any sense of the meaning, doesn’t matter what unit I’m on. Unless you don’t ever get out or have to ever do anything moderately difficult. Then I could see how someone such as your self even putting on pants in the morning could be physically demanding.

What “triggers” me is morons like you trying to be relevant in today’s online imaginary importance world. Simple minded? You do recall I’m not the one calling a downhill pack out with 3 grown adults (or possibly more) to carry the weight, at a distance of no more than a mile, “physically demanding”, right? That’s as simple as it gets, and you made it extremely complicated apparently. Good luck in life! Breathing air is definitely harder for some than others.
Point proven. Thank you for reminding us that you are always the coolest guy in the room.
 

D33RHNTR

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Point proven. Thank you for reminding us that you are always the coolest guy in the room.
No no, that’s you. The guy who somehow managed to turn a road hunt into a grinder, the likes of which that could not be accomplished by just anyone. My hats off to you and your success on such a challenging hunt
 

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No no, that’s you. The guy who somehow managed to turn a road hunt into a grinder, the likes of which that could not be accomplished by just anyone. My hats off to you and your success on such a challenging hunt
Strange. I don't recall ever saying I was there. You know what they say about assumption. Then again, this along with several other comments you have left on other threads, maybe you don't know what they say. Stay cool Bro
 

D33RHNTR

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Strange. I don't recall ever saying I was there. You know what they say about assumption. Then again, this along with several other comments you have left on other threads, maybe you don't know what they say.
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What is even stranger than your need to over exaggerate the truth, is your short term memory issues. Here’s where you say you where there by stating “I took the photo”. Convenient memory loss? Maybe. Either way, you look pretty stupid on all accounts.

Want to back peddle on anything else to dig a deeper hole? Or do you want to stop here?
 

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What is even stranger than your need to over exaggerate the truth, is your short term memory issues. Here’s where you say you where there by stating “I took the photo”. Convenient memory loss? Maybe. Either way, you look pretty stupid on all accounts.

Want to back peddle on anything else to dig a deeper hole? Or do you want to stop here?
I didn't make that post Dude! Hahhahahhaa
 

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What is even stranger than your need to over exaggerate the truth, is your short term memory issues. Here’s where you say you where there by stating “I took the photo”. Convenient memory loss? Maybe. Either way, you look pretty stupid on all accounts.

Want to back peddle on anything else to dig a deeper hole? Or do you want to stop here?
I didn't make that post Dude! Hahhahahhaa
Lol always classic when the person calling someone stupid and just being an all around ass in general is the one who actually looks stupid.
 

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