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Team Hunting Contest / Re: Legion of Boom
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:21:46 PM »
I can do it.  I'll get us a spreadsheet set up.

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General Discussion / Re: Permit Drawing Results are Up!!!!!!
« on: June 13, 2014, 09:11:52 AM »
M_ray loaned me some of his points this year, so we are back to hunting the late Palouse.   Goal is to get Mark a great whitetail and then we'll see if I can break that 160" barrier.

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I'll play.   Didn't know if I'd get my mini-mansion finished before hunting season, but I've got it "mostly" done now.    :laugh:

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General Discussion / Re: Huntin Fool
« on: December 24, 2013, 06:44:02 AM »
Jason left a couple of years ago.   He got a show with Under Armour "Ridge Reaper".    Jason was/is the real deal and hard on giant mule deer.   He and Adam Bronson left at the same time.   Adam was also a wealth of knowledge, but not a personable as Jason, IMO.

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General Discussion / Re: Huntin Fool
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:05:20 PM »
Only from Jason Carter.  The new guys aren't as knowledgeable in my experience.  I have gotten "I don't know that area" from them.  You could talk to Jason about any state, any area and he would pull his maps/notes and get you started.  I used to e-mail him quite often and he was always very responsive/personable.

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Nature's Way.   Guy does amazing work.   Did my whitetail wall pedestal in 2009. 

I got my euro back in one week.

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The Heart Buck -

I had hunted the early archery season, early muzzy season, and general rifle season in WA, all the time, looking ahead to my late whitetail hunt.   In the early muzzy, I had passed 3 really good mule deer bucks and another super buck during the general rifle.   With limited time to hunt the late season, I was hoping that I had made the right decision.

My primary destination would be a farm that one of my best friends owned.  He was out of town for the weekend, but had left the keys to his gates and his Polaris Ranger for me to use.   I woke up early Saturday morning, hoping to swing by the shop, pick up the keys, and be set up in some beautiful whitetail country before first light.   After picking up the keys, I headed out to a few glassing areas where I had seen big bucks in the past.  With a fresh layer of snow on the ground and 100% visibility, I was excited!

The first buck that I spotted was a nice heavy 130" 5x5.  He was in full rut and things were looking good.   I continued to another vantage point and spotted a great 21-22" wide 4x4.   He looked very tall and heavy - probably a mid 140's-150" class 4.   He was also on the trail of a doe.  I continued to my last glassing point and the fog started to roll in.  As I sat in the pick-up, I looked to my left and saw two deer running right at me.  It was a doe followed by another nice 140" class 5 point.  They ran right past me at 75 or so yards.

Only an hour into the hunt and I had seen 3 nice deer!   I felt good about reaching my 150" goal on this hunt! 

I packed up and headed to a completely different area for a mid-day hunt.    As I arrived in my new area, I parked at the north end of the property.  The plan was to hunt up the north boundary across a large CRP field and into a stubble field with some really nice bowls and CRP strips.  With the wind blowing 20 mph, I thought the little stubble pockets would be the key.   I crested the first little ridge and immediately spotted something that looked out of place.  It was a GIANT buck.   A super, 160" class 5 point locked on a bedded doe.  He was only 75 yards from me, but 10 yards on the wrong side of the fence.  We locked eyes for about 10 seconds before the doe took off in the wrong direction with him in tow.   I was devastated!

I hunted the rest of he property and saw a nice 5x4, but he was a little thin-horned and broken on one side (would have been a 5x5).  I planned on heading back to the first area for an evening hunt.  My evening hunt was uneventful and I was looking forward to the morning hunt.   I was going to hunt a completely different area where a 160" class deer had been running all year.   

The morning hunt was similar to the previous day, with several nice deer being seen, but no shooter bucks.   In the afternoon, I was able to meet up with Golite and Maui4721.  We looked around my Grandparent's farm, but only saw a few does.   They were going to head back to the river the next morning and I was headed back to my buddy's farm.

My plan for the morning hunt was to hike up into the hills and get into position to intercept bucks as they left the does and headed back to the timber.   Because the bucks were in full rut and traveling long distances, I waited for good light before I started hiking.   I parked my truck and started to glass a couple of timbered, brushy eyebrows.   Glassing the first eyebrow, I spotted a long-tined buck chasing a smaller buck off a doe.  I put the spotter on him and he was definitely a good buck and warranted a closer look.  I grabbed my binoculars and rifle and snuck down into a ravine that allowed me to close the distance to 305 yards.   I laid prone and watched him for about 25 minutes.   He kept close tabs on the other buck, posturing and raking brush the entire time.   As he approached his bedded doe, I decided to let the air out of him and dropped him with a well placed Berger.

If you look at him from the top, his rack makes a perfect heart shape - hence, the Heart Buck.   We taped him at 148"

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Deer Hunting / Re: Montana 2013 (Dirty Dozen)
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:41:32 PM »
This year ended a pretty good streak.  What was it, about 20 straight years in MT?

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Deer Hunting / Re: JJ's 2013 Hunting Thread
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:55:02 PM »
We taped him at 148 1/4.   Not quite 150", but I'd probably take him over a standard 150" class five with his character.   M_ray has already offered up his bazillion pts to get a piece of the action next year so hopefully, we both get tags.  Get ready for sloppy seconds, Mark!  ha ha ha.

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Deer Hunting / Re: JJ's 2013 Hunting Thread
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:51:12 PM »
He is a pretty cool deer with the forked brow on one side and the main beam wrap.  The beams are both over 21" and are only 2" apart in the front - probably the main reason that I shot him.   From the top, his rack makes a perfect heart.   My wife calls him "the heart buck"

Here is a picture of him hanging in the shop - 176 lbs on the scale at the butchers hanging like this -

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Deer Hunting / Re: JJ's 2013 Hunting Thread
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:44:38 PM »
I had hunted the early archery season, early muzzy season, and general rifle season in WA, all the time, looking ahead to my late whitetail hunt.   In the early muzzy, I had passed 3 really good mule deer bucks and another super buck during the general rifle.   With limited time to hunt the late season, I was hoping that I had made the right decision.

My primary destination would be a farm that one of my best friends owned.  He was out of town for the weekend, but had left the keys to his gates and his Polaris Ranger for me to use.   I woke up early Saturday morning, hoping to swing by the shop, pick up the keys, and be set up in some beautiful whitetail country before first light.   After picking up the keys, I headed out to a few glassing areas where I had seen big bucks in the past.  With a fresh layer of snow on the ground and 100% visibility, I was excited!

The first buck that I spotted was a nice heavy 130" 5x5.  He was in full rut and things were looking good.   I continued to another vantage point and spotted a great 21-22" wide 4x4.   He looked very tall and heavy - probably a mid 140's-150" class 4.   He was also on the trail of a doe.  I continued to my last glassing point and the fog started to roll in.  As I sat in the pick-up, I looked to my left and saw two deer running right at me.  It was a doe followed by another nice 140" class 5 point.  They ran right past me at 75 or so yards.

Only an hour into the hunt and I had seen 3 nice deer!   I felt good about reaching my 150" goal on this hunt! 

I packed up and headed to a completely different area for a mid-day hunt.    As I arrived in my new area, I parked at the north end of the property.  The plan was to hunt up the north boundary across a large CRP field and into a stubble field with some really nice bowls and CRP strips.  With the wind blowing 20 mph, I thought the little stubble pockets would be the key.   I crested the first little ridge and immediately spotted something that looked out of place.  It was a GIANT buck.   A super, 160" class 5 point locked on a bedded doe.  He was only 75 yards from me, but 10 yards on the wrong side of the fence.  We locked eyes for about 10 seconds before the doe took off in the wrong direction with him in tow.   I was devastated!

I hunted the rest of he property and saw a nice 5x4, but he was a little thin-horned and broken on one side (would have been a 5x5).  I planned on heading back to the first area for an evening hunt.  My evening hunt was uneventful and I was looking forward to the morning hunt.   I was going to hunt a completely different area where a 160" class deer had been running all year.   

The morning hunt was similar to the previous day, with several nice deer being seen, but no shooter bucks.   In the afternoon, I was able to meet up with Golite and Maui4721.  We looked around my Grandparent's farm, but only saw a few does.   They were going to head back to the river the next morning and I was headed back to my buddy's farm.

My plan for the morning hunt was to hike up into the hills and get into position to intercept bucks as they left the does and headed back to the timber.   Because the bucks were in full rut and traveling long distances, I waited for good light before I started hiking.   I parked my truck and started to glass a couple of timbered, brushy eyebrows.   Glassing the first eyebrow, I spotted a long-tined buck chasing a smaller buck off a doe.  I put the spotter on him and he was definitely a good buck and warranted a closer look.  I grabbed my binoculars and rifle and snuck down into a ravine that allowed me to close the distance to 305 yards.   I laid prone and watched him for about 25 minutes.   He kept close tabs on the other buck, posturing and raking brush the entire time.   As he approached his bedded doe, I decided to let the air out of him and dropped him with a well placed Berger.

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Team Hunting Contest / Re: Team Kill Zone
« on: December 15, 2013, 05:41:32 PM »
Freakin stud buck!   Congrats on a truly once-in-a-lifetime critter!

My hat is off to you, sir!

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Team Hunting Contest / Re: Team Dream Team
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:38:24 PM »
Ha ha....That buck was a stud!  You are gonna have to give it a go one of these years.   We timed the rut just right - it was a lot of fun!   Hard to beat when they are chasing like that!   I am trying to decide whether or not to chase them in Idaho next week?  Decisions, decisions...

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Team Hunting Contest / Re: Team Dream Team
« on: November 21, 2013, 05:58:29 PM »
Aaron/Paul - great job on the bucks.  It was good meeting you guys!   Thanks for the beer and Mexican!  We'll have to get you down to the ranch for some fur and feather action this winter.

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Deer Hunting / Re: Sons buck.
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:03:45 PM »
Holy cow, what a buck!

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