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Alpine Mule Deer
« on: May 01, 2007, 09:47:34 PM »
Hello all, 

I just found this site and it looks pretty interesting.   Here's a mule deer I took on the early hunt
last Sept. 

Look forward to hitting the mountain again.

Bob




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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007, 10:09:24 PM »
Wow, that is a beautiful buck. They sure don't come easy in the Alpine. That looks just like where I hunt, when I hunt Apline Lakes, and that's not much anymore. I managed to do a one day hunt up there last year, but didn't have any luck. Or I should say, I didn't hunt hard enough to kill a deer. Went up there more for the scenery than anything. A guy's really got to be in tip-top shape to be successful in that country (and I'm not.)
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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007, 06:41:42 AM »
Beautiful high country buck. The Alpine lakes wilderness has some awesome deer country but you have to really work for them. I will be up there alot in august getting ready for some HC in Idaho.
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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2007, 08:11:59 AM »
Great high-country buck! I love being up there for the high hunt!

Congrats, Guy

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2007, 08:28:09 AM »
My favorite type of hunting, the high country.  Beautiful looking buck, thanks for posting, any other details on the hunt?

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2007, 09:11:04 AM »
Great looking buck and picture.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007, 09:14:13 AM »
We hiked in on 14 September to set up camp in a hard rain.  That night it snowed on us.  My cousin's tent leaked and his down bag was just soaked.   We spent the first morning looking for a way to get up the mountain as we went in blind into a new area.  Gotta explore right!
Spent most of the first day drying out after building a fire.  We saw no other hunters in the area and that's the main reason I do this hunt. 
The next day we hit the mountain went up to 7,500 ft and spotted and ranged 6 bucks bedded in a shutt 500 yards down from us.  No cover to speak of and the marmots were whistling every time we moved for a better postition.  The bucks finally made us from all the whistling going on.  It was now or never and we decided to go to game with our rifles.  I busted this one, he was the biggest with a 260 Remington in 700 Ti configuration.   I used a handloaded 130 Swift Scirocco to take him out at the throat. 
I just had him scored BC at 174.  Not bad at all for a self guided public land hunt.
Thanks for letting me share.   Might as well get the mind set right even though we have 4 months to go.  It's nice to see a site dedicated to WA state. 



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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2007, 10:09:35 AM »
Sounds like a great hunt, how far back in did you pack?  Looks like you found a good area if you didn't see any other hunters.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2007, 10:12:50 AM »
Miles and miles!  Up and up even further.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2007, 11:13:20 AM »
Kick ass. Looks like where I want to be.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2007, 11:30:25 AM »
I'm totally hooked on this style of hunting  but boy this desk jockey needs to hit PT some more. 

Not to mention that bears were right up there with the goats and deer. 

Amazing place,  I called it the place time forgot and it was. 

We told the Forest Service where we were thinking of going.   The ranger said to make out our wills before we go.  ;) :)

Indeed and we had to use our hands for most of the climbing to get there.  Worth it!

It also ruined me.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2007, 11:59:31 AM »
Sounds like a sweet adventure.  It is tough work but very rewarding for sure.  I'm starting to get into my hunting shape so I can tackle those hills this fall as well.

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2007, 01:32:45 PM »
Great adventure!  My style of hunting, and I know all about the ruining part.
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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2007, 03:26:28 PM »
That is a nice looking buck! Looks like a well deserved animal and a tuff hunt. Good Job. :)

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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2007, 12:40:14 PM »
Great buck!  And man that background in the first picture sure resembles this shot of the GPW area:


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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2007, 01:09:56 PM »
Did you see anyone up there on horseback?  That sounds like some country I'd love to explore on my mule.  Nice buck by the way!!  :)
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Re: Alpine Mule Deer
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2007, 09:40:25 AM »
Right on!!  Great buck, great pictures.  Congrats on a hard-earned trophy.  Anybody that hunts Mule Deer needs to experience a hunt like that.  Thanks for sharing.

 

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