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Old 11-01-2010, 07:57 PM
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Canyon mule deer... my first mulie






Thought I'd share my experience hunting the canyons and breaks near the Snake. I was expecting and prepared to shoot 400+ yards, but this 4x4 typical gave me a shot at 50 yards so I took it. Nice buck with 11pts total, 20". Not a huge one, but I'm still happy with him.

Sorry for the crappy cellphone pics. I forgot my camera that day! You can see how steep the hillside was where I got him. Luckily it wasn't too far to pack the meat.

Jason

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:03 PM
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Congratulations! Nice buck. I really like the antler color!
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:06 AM
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Re: Canyon mule deer... my first mulie

Congratulations!

Very nice for your first Muley! My first muley buck was just a spike!
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:27 AM
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Re: Canyon mule deer... my first mulie

Great buck... can't wait to go on my first Mulie hunt next year (I hope!)

What rifle were you toting around and what does it weigh?
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:44 PM
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Re: Canyon mule deer... my first mulie

Thanks guys.

I used a blued Tikka T3 in 300 Win Mag. I got it as a budget rifle for "medium ranges", or 600+/- yards on game (longer on targets). With an EGW 20moa rail, Warne rings, Bushnell 6-24x50 tactical, ACI, USO level, and Karsten cheekpiece the total weight without sling is 9 pounds. Its definitely more that I would want for a dedicated mountain/canyon rifle if doing a lot of hiking, but it seems manageable. Its my only big game rifle and plays double duty as my practice rifle too.

I think I could reduce the weight by 1/2 pound with a different scope and aluminum rings, but the scope on it right now is "only" 22 ounces. Most scopes with turrets in the 14x to 16x range are 17-20 ounces, so I don't think I can get much lower in weight without going to a 7x or 9x on the top end. The Warne rings are steel so there would be some weight savings there.

I'd like to get another rifle and keep it simple... T3 with 2-7x32, or 3-9x40. Should be able to keep it under 7.5 pounds.

Oh, load was 200gr Accubond with Hodgdon's max load of Retumbo at SAAMI OAL. Shoots 1/2" groups at 100 yards.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:25 PM
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Re: Canyon mule deer... my first mulie

+1, I like those antlers, dark-red brownish color with white tips. Nice!!!
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