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Title: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 08:59:24 PM
My old man and I got back today from a week of deer hunting in western Montana. This is an annual trip on the years we draw a combo tag and we were lucky enough to have a good buddy and his dad join us. The first morning my dad tagged out on a very nice 4 point whitetail so the trip started out great and we were seeing a handful of deer including a few small bucks. This is a mountain whitetail hunt with a chance of running into mule deer unless we go up much higher. Like the flip of a switch, suddenly the deer seemed to disappear. One day my buddy and I both covered a ton of ground, hitting all our good spots and didnít even bump a deer. It suddenly made sense when pictures of fresh wolf tracks started hitting my phone from multiple spots of our ďprimeĒ areas. It was obvious at this point that we better buy a wolf tag just in case we run into one.

Now with a wolf tag and deer tag in my pocket, I decided to head back into my number one spot for a morning sit to see if I could get lucky and find a buck chasing a doe. On my way in, climbing up the hill, I ran into two cows coming out of the timber. I watched them disappear over the little bench above me and continued to creep up the hill. The area I normally sit has two spots where I like to post up, one above and one below, depending on the wind. This particular morning I decided to sit high so I made my way up to find a good tree to sit against. Once I found the tree of choice I got out my warm layers and prepared myself to sit for a couple hours. I had just settled in, no more than a minute or two when I caught movement below me. My first thought was it was a coyote given the grayish color. When it cleared a couple trees and turned slightly towards me, I could see itís head through my scope and knew it was a wolf. I couldnít believe it and my heart started pounding while I tracked him with my crosshairs. He continued moving and turned up hill a bit and back the way he had come from. Once he cleared the couple trees I squeezed the trigger and I could see him bite at his shoulder twice then pile up. I sat their in disbelief for a few seconds until I felt my phone buzz and was snapped back to reality.

After letting the group know that I had just killed a wolf, I stripped back down out of my insulation layers and headed down to look. The closer I got, the bigger he started to look. I called my old man on the radio and asked him to bring in the pack frame while I hiked down to meet him above the gated road we hike in on. After I met up with him, we headed back up with just the pack frame and my rifle. When we got back to him, we took some pictures and formulated a plan on how to get him out. This is made more difficult by how dang smelly wolves are. Normally I field dress all my animals in the field but being this could be my one and only wolf in my life, we decided to pack it out whole so my buddy with much more skinning experience could help. After we got him on the frame and moved it around so I could crawl under it, I really didnít think there would be any way I could walk it down the steep hill to get to the access road. It took my dad lifting and pulling just so I could stand up but once up, I knew it was doable but would be pretty miserable. Slow and steady with a handful of stops to rest tired legs and back got us to the truck, dripping with sweat.

I wish we had a scale but the 3 of us all guessed he was between 125-140 lbs and mature. Now I am deciding what route to go with him for the house. The old lady really wants a full body mountÖ
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 09:00:46 PM
More
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Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 09:03:02 PM
Few more
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Post by: Stein on November 26, 2021, 09:04:56 PM
Man, nice looking wolf there.  What are you doing with the pelt?
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Post by: X-Force on November 26, 2021, 09:05:28 PM
Congrats!
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Post by: full choke on November 26, 2021, 09:06:13 PM
Congratulations!  :tup:

Nice looking wolf!
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Post by: Mulie87 on November 26, 2021, 09:06:54 PM
Great job riding the woods of that guy.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 09:07:19 PM
Man, nice looking wolf there.  What are you doing with the pelt?

Undecided right now. We caped it thinking most likely just a rug but the old lady is trying to convince me to do a full body wall hanging mount. Talked to my taxi this afternoon and bringing it by tomorrow so he can look at it. Not sure how well it will turn out given we skinned it up the belly
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Post by: Harbor_hunter on November 26, 2021, 09:09:24 PM
Very cool!
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Post by: Duckslayer89 on November 26, 2021, 09:11:46 PM
Congrats! I hope to get a wolf someday
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 09:13:07 PM
Congrats! I hope to get a wolf someday

I never thought I would ever kill one. This is the first one I have seen in the wild, let alone in gun range during hunting season. Just dumb luck
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: Duckslayer89 on November 26, 2021, 09:14:04 PM
Man, nice looking wolf there.  What are you doing with the pelt?

Undecided right now. We caped it thinking most likely just a rug but the old lady is trying to convince me to do a full body wall hanging mount. Talked to my taxi this afternoon and bringing it by tomorrow so he can look at it. Not sure how well it will turn out given we skinned it up the belly

I always thought just a nice soft tanned hide was nice if I ever got a wolf. Like how they do fox fur. My buddy has two he shot in the frank like that hanging. I like how they turned out! But I donít think you can go wrong with anything you decide  :tup:
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 26, 2021, 09:16:21 PM
Man, nice looking wolf there.  What are you doing with the pelt?

Undecided right now. We caped it thinking most likely just a rug but the old lady is trying to convince me to do a full body wall hanging mount. Talked to my taxi this afternoon and bringing it by tomorrow so he can look at it. Not sure how well it will turn out given we skinned it up the belly

I always thought just a nice soft tanned hide was nice if I ever got a wolf. Like how they do fox fur. My buddy has two he shot in the frank like that hanging. I like how they turned out! But I donít think you can go wrong with anything you decide  :tup:

Yes I agree. My spring bear I just had tanned and itís pretty cool just hanging over our spare bedroom log bed frame.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: Dan-o on November 26, 2021, 09:17:18 PM
 :tup: :tup:
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Post by: teanawayslayer on November 26, 2021, 09:20:41 PM
Right on man!!! Congrats!!
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Post by: fowl smacker on November 26, 2021, 09:25:13 PM
Awesome!
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Post by: Duckslayer89 on November 26, 2021, 09:28:10 PM
Man, nice looking wolf there.  What are you doing with the pelt?

Undecided right now. We caped it thinking most likely just a rug but the old lady is trying to convince me to do a full body wall hanging mount. Talked to my taxi this afternoon and bringing it by tomorrow so he can look at it. Not sure how well it will turn out given we skinned it up the belly

I always thought just a nice soft tanned hide was nice if I ever got a wolf. Like how they do fox fur. My buddy has two he shot in the frank like that hanging. I like how they turned out! But I donít think you can go wrong with anything you decide  :tup:

Yes I agree. My spring bear I just had tanned and itís pretty cool just hanging over our spare bedroom log bed frame.

That would be sweet hanging side by side! Bad ass. Do a frame out of stained cedar fence boards and hang them or stretch them on it... Iíll send you a PM with a pic of what I did donít wanna derail.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: builtfordtough on November 26, 2021, 09:52:49 PM
Wife says full mount! Mount that wolf!!!  Congrats!!! What a cool experience i hope 1 day to enjoy. 
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Post by: actionshooter on November 26, 2021, 10:16:40 PM
Nice!
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Post by: carpsniperg2 on November 26, 2021, 11:10:07 PM
Congrats man thatís a beautiful wolf!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 04:57:05 AM
Wife says full mount! Mount that wolf!!!  Congrats!!! What a cool experience i hope 1 day to enjoy.

That is the way I am leaning at this point. May never get a chance to kill another
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Post by: JeepWrangler on November 27, 2021, 04:58:04 AM
 :tup:   :tup:
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Post by: Sutherland on November 27, 2021, 05:26:51 AM
That's awesome way to get er done!
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Post by: jasnt on November 27, 2021, 05:38:32 AM
Beautiful wolf. Congrats
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Post by: MADMAX on November 27, 2021, 05:42:49 AM
Way cool
congrats
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Post by: Jingles on November 27, 2021, 05:46:27 AM
Good job on a nice looking now good wolf
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Post by: hunter399 on November 27, 2021, 05:55:05 AM
Awesome sauce !!!!!!  :tup:
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Post by: headshot5 on November 27, 2021, 06:19:23 AM
Nice job.   Was it a male or female?  What rifle/caliber did you use? 
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 06:43:29 AM
Nice job.   Was it a male or female?  What rifle/caliber did you use?

Mature male, about 130 lbs we guessed. Shot with my .270 and 130 gr bullet. Didnít go two steps
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: bearpaw on November 27, 2021, 07:37:56 AM
You just saved roughly 17 elk or 37 deer this coming year! well done...
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Post by: go4steelhd on November 27, 2021, 07:39:35 AM
Now this is cool!!!

Thanks for helping out our game populationís!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 07:44:11 AM
Now this is cool!!!

Thanks for helping out our game populationís!

Had a few locals stop by while we were boning out deer and when we showed them, they thanked me multiple times and said to make sure to come back and kill more.  :chuckle:
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Post by: grundy53 on November 27, 2021, 07:45:45 AM
Nice work! Congratulations!

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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 27, 2021, 07:49:42 AM
Nicely done.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: bearpaw on November 27, 2021, 08:08:49 AM
Now this is cool!!!

Thanks for helping out our game populationís!

Had a few locals stop by while we were boning out deer and when we showed them, they thanked me multiple times and said to make sure to come back and kill more.  :chuckle:

You would probably get offered free drinks at the nearest bar...  :chuckle:
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Post by: boneaddict on November 27, 2021, 08:12:19 AM
Sweet!👍🏻
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Post by: jackelope on November 27, 2021, 08:20:10 AM
Congrats again, dude. So cool!!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 08:36:51 AM
Congrats again, dude. So cool!!

Thanks. It sure was quite the surprise and far from anything I went into the hunt even remotely expecting to happen. 
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: huntingfool7 on November 27, 2021, 08:38:39 AM
 :tup:  Really nice looking wolf.   :tup:
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 08:40:24 AM
I will also add that after packing this guy out and seeing the sheer size of a mature male, I have a new found respect for them. The size of the paws and teeth on them shows how they are able to take down big game
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Post by: idaho guy on November 27, 2021, 08:57:32 AM
 :tup:  nice job!! I wish every deer/elk hunter could do that but it is tough to even see one in Nw Montana. I have a full body mount if you want a picture and if the wife is for it go full body mount!!! Well done
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Post by: KFhunter on November 27, 2021, 10:06:01 AM
I want one just to drape over my couch
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Post by: dvolmer on November 27, 2021, 11:04:20 AM
Excellent work Vanderman!!!
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Post by: sjhgraysage on November 27, 2021, 02:08:12 PM
Congratulations!! And way to go!! 🙂👍🤜🤛
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 27, 2021, 02:47:34 PM
Looks like the old lady won and I am going to do a life size wall mount. When looking at forms, the normal eye to nose measurement was 5 3/4Ē and this wolf is a tad over 6 1/4Ē so itís a big one. Excited to see how it turns out
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Post by: Taco280AI on November 27, 2021, 03:10:21 PM
Good work  :tup:
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Post by: bearhunter99 on November 27, 2021, 03:17:09 PM
Great looking Wolf!   One of those at the top of the bucket list.


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Post by: ShaneTyTrey on November 27, 2021, 06:44:34 PM
Awesome, congrats!
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Post by: gasman on November 27, 2021, 06:56:29 PM
Hell yeah, way to go Adam...... :tup:
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 28, 2021, 04:29:07 PM
Great looking Wolf!   One of those at the top of the bucket list.


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It was up there for me too but not sure I would ever target them specifically. Now my buddy and I are talking about going back this winter to look for another  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: metlhead on November 28, 2021, 05:12:38 PM
Fine, I'll ask the dumb question. What about the meat? Gotta be at least 40lbs of it. Anyone ever eat the things? Wondered if pepperoni could be made. Even the roasts.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 28, 2021, 05:32:13 PM
Fine, I'll ask the dumb question. What about the meat? Gotta be at least 40lbs of it. Anyone ever eat the things? Wondered if pepperoni could be made. Even the roasts.

We joked about eating it but did not. From what I have read, you actually donít even have to take any part of the wolf from the woods. They just ask that you report it and if you plan to take it home, you have to get the pelt sealed by fwp.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: KFhunter on November 28, 2021, 05:40:46 PM
If its anything like coyote  :puke:

Tbey all got worms and parasites, hytdad
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on November 28, 2021, 05:45:29 PM
If its anything like coyote  :puke:

Tbey all got worms and parasites, hytdad

 :yeah:  I listened to Randy newberg talk about trying the wolf he killed. Said it was terrible and only half the people would even try a bite.
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: idaho guy on November 28, 2021, 08:24:51 PM
If its anything like coyote  :puke:

Tbey all got worms and parasites, hytdad

 :yeah:  I listened to Randy newberg talk about trying the wolf he killed. Said it was terrible and only half the people would even try a bite.


I took a tiny bite of a back strap off one we got a long time ago. Itís unbelievably disgusting. Then I took the wolf trapping class and the fish and game instructors said donít even gut one they have a parasite I canít spell thatís transferred to humans that can kill ya. Leave the entire carcass in the woods became my new motto from then on.

 Nice job again on the wolf 👍
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Post by: timberfaller on November 28, 2021, 08:35:32 PM
 :tup: one down, many more to go!!  Congrats on helping out nature!
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Post by: huntnphool on November 28, 2021, 09:22:02 PM
Great hunt :tup:
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Post by: NOCK NOCK on November 29, 2021, 07:26:45 AM
Crazy how big it looks on your back. Cool looking wolf, Awesome job!!!
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Post by: vandeman17 on November 29, 2021, 08:19:34 AM
Crazy how big it looks on your back. Cool looking wolf, Awesome job!!!

When we were going back up with the frame, my thought was to drape it over the shelf and carry it that way. As soon as we put the frame under we knew that wasn't going to work at all so decided to go with that way you see it. When we were flipping it over and around so I could get under it, I had serious doubts that I would be able to get it down to the truck so backup plan was to just slide the frame down to the upper road then try to carry it from there. With the help of my old man, I was able to stand up and was happy to get the feeling it would be doable, but miserable for sure. The worst part, besides having to get up each time after taking breaks, was the smell of the dang thing right behind my head.  :o
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Post by: Yakirack on November 29, 2021, 10:28:31 AM
Sweet! Nice job.  :tup:
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Post by: OutHouse on November 29, 2021, 10:52:44 AM
Great post. And man those paws look large.
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Post by: vandeman17 on December 28, 2021, 06:05:19 AM
Got the skull done on the wolf. Pretty darn big
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Post by: Timberstalker on December 28, 2021, 06:07:10 AM
That looks great.  What a powerful animal.
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Post by: vandeman17 on December 28, 2021, 06:17:26 AM
That looks great.  What a powerful animal.

On his right side he has healed over bone damage under his eye socket. My guess is he got kicked at some point in his life
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: emac on December 28, 2021, 08:15:29 AM
Got the skull done on the wolf. Pretty darn big
I was able to see this last week at the taxi.  The skull is really big.  Congrats cant wait to see the mount.

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Post by: WALLEYEGUY on December 28, 2021, 10:37:54 AM
 :tup: :tup: That skull is way cool   :tup: :tup:
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Post by: dvolmer on December 28, 2021, 02:40:46 PM
Skull looks great!  What are you going to do with the hide?  Should be cool!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: vandeman17 on December 28, 2021, 02:55:52 PM
Skull looks great!  What are you going to do with the hide?  Should be cool!

I was talked into doing a life sized wall mount. Looking at forms with the taxi, all the ones available were too small so he is going to have to do some extra work. Big ol dog
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: teanawayslayer on December 28, 2021, 04:06:07 PM
That skull looks great!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: dvolmer on December 29, 2021, 06:38:53 PM
Skull looks great!  What are you going to do with the hide?  Should be cool!

I was talked into doing a life sized wall mount. Looking at forms with the taxi, all the ones available were too small so he is going to have to do some extra work. Big ol dog
  That will look so cool V-Man!!!
Title: Re: Montana wolf success
Post by: D-Rock425 on January 04, 2022, 08:59:30 AM
Awesome job on the Wolf.  We say a couple in Montana during September elk hunting one actually started chewing on an elk we got be we recovered it.
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