My 2019 muzzy muley

marley

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LAST EDITED ON Sep-19-19 AT 02:57PM (MST)[p]I did a lot of scouting this year before my hunt and had a couple really good bucks picked out. Opening day I missed my #1 buck just over the back. I spent the next 3 days trying to find him again with no luck. I decided to pull out and try a different area and give that area a rest hoping he would eventually come back to his routines. I glassed for 2 hours in the new area with nothing but smaller four points. I got up to move about 300 yards to glass another canyon. As I got to my glassing point I noticed a deers back over the scrub just 30 yards away. I crouched down and put my binos on him to see what he was. All I could see was his left side which was a good four point with two good sized kickers sticking out. I instantly thought this was a great buck. I set my pack down and slowly stood up with my muzzy shouldered. Out of the corner of my eye I saw another previously unseen buck taking off. My buck turned to run and I shot him straight up the tailpipe with a 465 grain No Excuses from my .45 caliber White. It knocked him straight down, dead before he hit the ground. As I walked up on him I could see that he was just a 3 point on the other side and pretty young. Stupid mistake. He?s a cool looking buck for sure but I would love to have that back. We probably all have a few of those moments we could have back.

This was my first year hunting without my son (he just left on his mission) and I have to say that it was tough not having him there. Not having someone to celebrate with is a bit of a downer. This season will go down as a learning moment for me. Slow down, enjoy the moment.

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deadibob

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What state are you muzzy hunting in already? My kids muzzy hunts start on Wednesday the 25th, my birthday ;-)
 

IdahoHntr

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Pretty buck! If all I'd have seen is that left side I sure would have been shooting as well. Honestly, still probably shooting if I got the whole picture too!
 

BLooDTRaCKeR

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Still a stud buck!

Can't wait for the muzzy opener here in Utah. Starts the same day as my Birthday as well. Nothing like a birthday hunt!
 

dogdoc

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Nice buck. +1 on the slow down part. I killed a small buck on a limited entry tag a few years back by making the same rushed decision.
 

hook1969

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I wouldn't be disappointed with that buck! I know how you feel about losing a hunting buddy for a couple of years, my son also just left on a mission and I will be hunting alone for the ML that starts Wednesday!
 

goforbroke

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Thanks for sharing. Hunting is becoming less about the size of the antlers and more about spending time together for me. Hope your son can rejoin you after his service.
 

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