My partner and I hunted our a$$'s off for a week in Region G last fall. Up 2 hours before daylight and stayed on top (10k+) until the sun went down. Back to camp 2 hours after dark. Then repeat.
I saw at 170+ buck 2 days before season started and don't know if we saw even a 160 buck again. We had good glass, each carried spotters and we would see 20 to 30 bucks per day but no good ones. Lots of 18" 3-pointers, and some forkies, and quite a few 23" to 24" little 4x4's but no big ones. One day we saw about a 26" 3x4 but he didn't quite make the cut. Here's a photo of him below:
But as you can see, he's not very heavy and tightly crab-clawed:
I know that a few people killed good mule deer in Region G last fall but I was very dissapointed by the fact that not only did I not kill one (not really a surprise) but I didn't even see one. I'm not talking a 180 or 190 buck but not even a 170 buck after season started. Not a first or last light going over a ridge a mile away.....Never!
My partner and I were both very dissapointed in the amount of effort we spent for the results. I'm a decent game spotter and my partner is slightly better than I am. Just bad luck or did any of your run into scads of 23" 4x4s and no good 26" 4x4s? The areas we hunted had been recommended to us by a friend who had hunted the areas hard back in 2001 to 2005 for a 34" buck. He passed many good 26" and 28" deer but only once had a chance at a 34" deer and another hunter blew it for him. Has Region G seen its best days? Is this just a slump or mearly bad luck?