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Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« on: September 25, 2017, 02:08:52 PM »
Well my son got his buck opening morning. Me being stubborn figured  I would  go in and hunt the last day so as to not waste any precious hunting days. Honestly didn't think I had much chance kind of a spur of the moment decision. I hiked in and set up camp around 3pm and Glassed til dark and saw nothing. Woke up at 6 am to a balmy 27 degrees and Glassed til 10am seeing only one doe I figured I had chosen the wrong meadow. I climbed into my sleeping bag chilled to the bone and to rest my tired eyes. I decided then that if nothing moved I would come off the mountain at noon. After 15 minutes I opened my eyes and noticed a new brown spot on the hill. Binocs confirmed buck, spotter confirmed legal, range finder set ot a 417 yards. I had neglected to have looked for anything to use as a rest and there was nothing within 100 yards. Ended up using my spotting scope as a rest. First shot was a hit and he headed up hill second shot at 460 put him on his butt. Now the possibility of a buck had become reality and the reality was I could either take a load out and head down the mountain to cell service and call for backup or do it all solo. I have done alot of young man work logging,firefighting,roofing and being stubborn I decided to just do it. 10.5 hours later and two trips out deer and gear were stowed in the suburban. Hardest thing I have ever done bar none. Never again by myself too much for this 50 year old smoker. As I set out for the 3.5 hr drive home I was thankful. Thankful for getting the deer thankful for getting off the mountain but mostly thankful for darrick my son who at 16 years old all he wanted was to hunt the high hunt. Thankful he got me to pick up hunting after 17 years off. Thankful for the opportunity to see him get his first deer last week. Thankful for the hours spent in those beautiful high spots that bring a peace like no other. Thanks darrick I am so proud of you. Next year you are deffinatley carrying my deer off the mountain.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 02:20:40 PM »
Thanks for sharing!  Congratulations to both you and your son on returning with venison, antlers, and a great set of memories!   

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 02:21:21 PM »
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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 02:21:28 PM »
Damn kid.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 02:22:08 PM »
Where he lay

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 02:24:23 PM »
Nice work!

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 02:58:34 PM »
Congrats on your high country double this year.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 04:05:08 PM »
Awesome story!
Congratulations to you both!
Quit smoking and do the same thing next year.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 05:10:07 PM »
Fantastic hunt and thanks for sharing your story.  What a great way to spend quality time with your son.  Congratulations to you both !!
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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2017, 08:11:20 PM »
Congrats! Would have been less painful with one trip. :chuckle:. I am a one trip guy for deer. Gear and deer. May take longer but no way am I going back. :chuckle:
Happiness is being in the woods!!!

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2017, 08:39:13 PM »
Congratulations!  Great work  :tup:

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2017, 08:52:35 PM »
Thanks all yeah I may have been to thorough getting the meat off my buck. I did load everything into my pack 50 pounds of gear and gun a head and meat all told just over 200 pounds . I actually got it on my back after falling over twice. Made it 250 yards I would have done it , but I hadn't ate my Wheaties that morning.  Doesn't help that I brought the big spotter and my heavy rifle. Though I needed that gun for that shot. But deffinatley too much gear for an overnight.also brought the golite teepee with bug hut instead of the big agnes ultralight. Foolish on my part but another year down another lesson learned.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2017, 09:03:21 PM »
Congrats on a burly hunt! And hats off to you and your boy for both harvesting bucks on the high hunt. Thats quite the feet!

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2017, 09:37:10 PM »
Took five years and countless hours and miles to finally pay off in meat, but the memories are worth every penny and every ounce of sweat or should I say gallons. As with anything practice makes perfect and patience is invaluable.  Like with fishing you don't catch an ything unless your line is in the water. If I've learned anything it is to hunt hard always glassing  cuz you never know the next time you look at that island of buck brush or rock or cliff the big one could be standing there and if you are not looking you won't see him.

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Re: Got it done on the last day solo in the backcountry ouch!
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2017, 09:49:34 PM »
Congrats on your buck!! Good story thank you for sharing.  :tup:

 

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