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Opening morning success
« on: October 15, 2008, 06:08:40 PM »
Opening morning started off on the back corner of our river place with my buddy and I looking at the largest group of mule deer I have ever seen during rifle season - well over 60 in the group.  They were mostly does, but there were 6 or 7 legal bucks in the group.  I told Josh to hold off and wait for a bachelor group that I had watched all year, there were 6 bucks in the group (all legal) and 2 24"-26" shooters.  It wasn't long before I spotted a group of deer feeding out of a draw about 700 yards away.  The Swarovski spotter confirmed that these were the bucks we were after.  We headed down the ridge pack to the pick-up and headed to the "two point" draw to head them off.  We made our way down to the draw and it was full of deer.  There was a nice 24" buck about 150 yards away and I gave Josh the green light.  Three shots later, the buck was headed over the hill unscathed.  I told Josh not to worry, I knew exactly where they were headed.  We headed back to the pickup and drove around to the "front draws".  Again, they were full of deer with 9 or 10 bucks in view and a really tall 26" three point.  I told Josh "that is the buck you need to kill".  We parked the pickup and headed up the draw.  I spotted a 22" four-point bedded in the next draw, but it was not the one we were after.  The second draw had 4 bucks (two legal) bedded in the bottom, but no big boy.  We worked up the last draw and a three point busted out of bottom 75 yards away.  I whistled to get him to look at us so I could see his width - when all of a sudden "boom" and he dropped from sight.   I guess Josh could not wait any longer.   We both smiled, but the smile was short-lived as the big boy ran out of the bottom of the draw only 200 yards away.  Josh was a little bummed, but pretty happy to get his deer.   We laughed again when we saw that it was only 8:15 a.m. and we were done.  We drove around a little and saw a ton more bucks, but not the big boy.  I will try to post pics, having trouble for some reason?  First time with my new camera.

 

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