Headed out at first light this morning and went to a pivot with alfalfa. Pulled up and started glassing. Spotted a good buck and put on a stalk. Got to where he should have been and he disappeared. We hunted hard all morning and only saw a few more small bucks. We got word that my cousin’s son connected, so we went back to the house to grab a sandwich help him out. He tried all day yesterday to connect on some real big deer, but couldn’t get it done. He got a really nice first mule deer.
After eating lunch and a power nap, we headed back out. After a short drive, we spotted a decent buck about 500+ yards out. After a short stalk, we decided he wasn’t what we were after. We got back in the truck and made a u-turn back from where we came. When we got back to the road, there was about 15 deer in a group of trees not 20 yards from where we started. We started glassing and there was a very nice buck. I jumped out of the truck and only had to manage about a 100 yard shot. We aged him at 6+.
We got mine field dressed and decided there was enough daylight left to try and get my brother a deer. We headed to another alfalfa patch thinking the deer would be coming out of the hill to graze. We turned a corner and could see some deer about 1000 yards out. We decided there was a shooter buck and started inching closer. We topped a ridge to get a better look. We were all focused on the initial buck, we didn’t see the giant below him. We finally saw him and we were able to use a windmill to get closer. We ranged him at 303 and my brother smoked him with my late dad’s 7 mag. We guess this deer will go 180+. He’s an absolute beast and a deer of a lifetime.
An absolutely amazing hunt and some gorgeous country!!