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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2022, 08:13:33 PM »
Well I got into my local area after snow shoeing into it. Snow drifts were at least 3 deep. Got good bucks coming into cam, rattled in a sweet 5 point, and trailed elk for a mile in snow. Im beat, heading to Ritz tomorrow. Good luck tag holders!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2022, 10:36:59 AM »
Update: local spot is a journey to get into, snowshoes and all.  Bucks were locked down a bit it seemed last weekend. Elk were tough to get on. So I moved to Ritz unit.

Holy smokes! Some of you told me Id see a ton of deer. You were right. I didnt count but estimated I saw over 150 deer in one day. My tag is any buck so the pictured buck was the target giant 2 point but man theyre like elk now all herded up tough to get up close. Round two next week after this crap weather blows out. More later.

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2022, 02:26:50 PM »
Just got good word. Congrats man!!!!!
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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2022, 01:33:06 PM »
Thanks for all the help Hunt WA community.

I had a fun late archery season. Got into whitetail bucks and elk in my local area. Tough going with the snow.

Then hit areas south of Ritz for an archery special buck tag.I found that some of you were right about this tag. I saw a TON of deer! Not too many masher bucks but several that many of you would be proud to have on the wall.

Any way my third trip out I started figuring things out. With minimal cover, this was gonna have to be a belly crawler stalk on a bedded buck. I see two does on a low ridge, one kinda spots me so I duck out of sight. A few minutes later shes feeding but still looking. So I start glassing her vicinity as shes looking down ridge intently. Bedded buck. Several points and nice width. Looking away from me, sweet its go time! Back pack off, I hand and knee crawl toward what is the only real cover around, small sage bushes, maybe knee high. Range him, range bushes, quick math Ill be to 40 perfect!  As I pathetically crawling trying to not sound like a bull in a China shop, he lazily gets up and stretches! Darn this could be a do over. Hes not spooked just wandering around feeding. I keep going. I get to 80, need another 20 to do something. Oh yeah, doe bleat in pocket, make some noise. He non chalantly sort of heads back my direction. Once hes within range I put the finder on him, 65, takes another step and looks away. Draw back, brain to autopilot, bubble, pin, release. Fletching buried and stopped! Looked kinda back but then we are our worst critics.

After looking in the wrong spot for blood, finally worked up hill to the point of impact and some blood, then more and more. I knew there wouldnt be a ton because the arrow didnt fully pass through. I found him at the end of a 100 yard jaunt piled up with an arrow poking out. Turns out it was a heart shot and took out some lung tissue as the whole front end was a clotted mess.

Learned a lot on this one, got some great advice from some of you, practiced longer shots all summer and into fall, and got on some great private land. Thanks everyone!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2022, 01:38:56 PM »
Well done! Congrats!
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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2022, 01:43:26 PM »
Love that heart shot
Well done
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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2022, 01:44:03 PM »
Just got good word. Congrats man!!!!!

Thanks for reaching out to a stranger. If you ever hunt near Spokane give me a shout I got some tips.

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2022, 01:46:10 PM »
Nicely done!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2022, 02:14:49 PM »
That's how you get it done. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2022, 02:15:36 PM »
Oh hell yeah.  Way to bust in with the belly crawl, then administer the heart shot.  Dang.  Congratulations.  Your story reminded me of antelope hunting back when I could still belly crawl.  Now I just roll on the ground.  Nice, nice buck!   :tup:

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2022, 02:34:52 PM »
Good Work!!!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2022, 03:00:18 PM »
Just got good word. Congrats man!!!!!

Thanks for reaching out to a stranger. If you ever hunt near Spokane give me a shout I got some tips.

No problem. Just glad to see a successful harvest. That time of year in that country with a bow can be very tough!
Slinging arrows and flinging lead is in my blood!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2022, 03:11:19 PM »
Just got good word. Congrats man!!!!!

Thanks for reaching out to a stranger. If you ever hunt near Spokane give me a shout I got some tips.

No problem. Just glad to see a successful harvest. That time of year in that country with a bow can be very tough!


Aint that the truth. Got busted a lot more than I know. Every time Id turn around giant ears and head staring a hole through me. The deer were so tightly grouped it was a challenge and discouraging at times but I relegate hunts kinda like a sports match where Im always outmatched. But sometimes I win the game. Anyway thanks guys. Now on to bird hunting my dogs need to get out!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #28 on: December 19, 2022, 07:39:50 PM »
Great buck!!!

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Re: Tough Decision to Make
« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2022, 07:46:23 PM »
Congrats!!! Glad you got a great buck down!!!

 


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