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#6971201 - 11/24/17 09:50 AM Alberta Mule Deer
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 8656
Loc: Keller, TX
Back in April this year, Dad and I found out we lost the lease we have hunted in South Texas for the last 20 years. After our initial shock, we decided to use our lease savings on a Mule Deer trip. After a lot of research, I decided on an outfitter in the Peace River region of Alberta, Canada. We sent in our deposits and got excited for a trip together to a place we had never been.

We arrived in Alberta to 5* F temperatures. It was cold, but would only get colder.

We spent the first 2 days acclimating ourselves to the cold, and scouting some bucks. We saw several deer, but no sure shooters. One buck was a shooter if his G2 wasn't busted off. Others had great frames, but only 3x4, and some had great character but were too young.

Day 3, Dad saw one he liked, and put down this cool buck with a couple extra tines.

Day 4, another hunter in camp shot this heavy old buck.

Finally, on the evening of Day 5 (with temperatures of -13* F), we got a call from my dad and another guide that there was a good buck we needed to come check out. We hustled over there, and they were texting pictures the whole way. Judging only from the pictures, I could see it was a decent buck, especially for the 2nd to last day.

When we arrived, we looked the buck over, and decided to go after him. We got to within 350 yards in the tree line, and set up for the shot. One of his does I think saw us, and was coming up to inspect us. Good news, is he was staying right on her tail. I kept waiting for him to turn broadside, but when they got to 130 yards I was done waiting. It was a hard quartering shot, but I placed the bullet just inside his front shoulder, dropping him immediately. As I walked up to is buck, he kept growing. He was WAY better than any of us had guessed. The 300+ pound bodies on these things fooled my judgement on antlers.

It was a great trip with my dad, and I can't wait to do it again.

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#6971221 - 11/24/17 10:09 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
postoak Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 2956
Loc: The Woodlands, Tx
All 3 are excellent bucks, congratulations!

#6971238 - 11/24/17 10:21 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
EddieWalker Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1612
Loc: Tyler, TX
Outstanding animals. I really love the mass and the coloring of those antlers!!!!! Thanks for posting and taking the time to share what happened. Who was the outfitter?

#6971245 - 11/24/17 10:38 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1983
Loc: Virginia, USA

#6971253 - 11/24/17 10:57 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
Stompy Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 5080
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Great bucks, congrats.
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#6971261 - 11/24/17 11:04 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
mbavo Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 8975
Loc: odessa tx
Congrats to all !
Mighty fine bucks !
Looks like a great trip, sorry you lost your lease.

#6971272 - 11/24/17 11:16 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
bp3 Offline
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Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 1216
Great deer up

#6971286 - 11/24/17 11:37 AM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 25041
Loc: Corsicana
Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.

#6971337 - 11/24/17 01:02 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
SnakeWrangler Offline
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Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 37983
Loc: Over yonder.....
Sorry to hear you lost your lease after having it so long......glad you were able to make the best of it....Great bucks....
Originally Posted By: skinnerback
Milf does the trick.

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#6971348 - 11/24/17 01:36 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
DSST_Construction Offline
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Registered: 11/28/07
Posts: 11172
Loc: Houston, TX
Quick question, what was the estimate cost of the trip for both of y’all. You can message me if you need to. Thanks
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#6971360 - 11/24/17 02:10 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
dlrz71 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 9719
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
Congrats to you all. Great bucks cheers

#6971386 - 11/24/17 03:12 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: dlrz71]
Deerhunter61 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7783
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: dlrz71
Congrats to you all. Great bucks cheers

#6971389 - 11/24/17 03:18 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: postoak]
SapperTitan Offline
Taking Requests

Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 26309
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: postoak
All 3 are excellent bucks, congratulations!
Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I plowed mules.

#6971422 - 11/24/17 04:09 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]

Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 16017
Loc: Katy, TX
Great Bucks!
Originally Posted By: KRoyal
Because I'm an idiot and don't know wtf I'm doing LOL. There you happy??

#6971591 - 11/24/17 07:53 PM Re: Alberta Mule Deer [Re: GOLDSTEIN]
JH117 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 286
Loc: parker county
Wow! Awesome bucks!

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