close
Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Deer Hunting

Reply

Washington Mulie

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 10-18-2008, 07:58 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chelan Co, Washington
Posts: 546
Washington Mulie



Okay - it wasn't long range - only about 230 yards - but the buck is pretty nice and was very big bodied. I was hunting alone in the Cascades, walked in nice and quiet for two hours, then sat down and glassed. Found two bucks feeding quietly and watched the biggest for a shot opportunity. He was well below me, feeding uphill and facing away, only his back was avail for a shot. He was gradually approaching the top of his ridge, and I was afraid he'd get away - so I hammered him in the spine, dropping him.

He fell and rolled down the mountain into a nasty, deep, choked ravine. Ugh. I put a finishing shot into his chest from closer range. After a couple of hours of hard work I got him down to an abandoned logging road. My strong 22 year old son and a good tough friend arrive and helped me skin and quarter him then we packed him out. I shot him at 10:30 in the morning, and we were back at the truck at 8:00 PM. We estimated his weight at 250 pounds live. The 4x4 antlers measure a bit over 26" in width. I'm quite happy with such a buck, during general season, on public land. Delighted perhaps! I'd put in quite a bit of time scouting prior to the season and knew there were good size deer in the area, but I hadn't seen this one.

Used my .25-06, with 115 grain Bergers loaded to 3200 fps. There's a 6x Leupold on the rifle that works fine for my "normal" deer, coyote and rockchuck shooting. The Berger bullets performed as advertised. Massive internal damage in the chest cavity. I recovered a tiny bit of bullet jacket, the base of the bullet. Haven't weighed it, but I'd guess less than 20 grains. The bullet that hit the spine wasn't recovered. There wasn't much spine left where it hit either.

This is the third mule deer buck in four years for this rifle. We're doing well together.

Regards, Guy
Reply With Quote
  •   #2  
    Unread 10-18-2008, 08:09 PM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Jul 2008
    Location: Clearwood, WA
    Posts: 285
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Beautiful! I've never made it over to the east side of the mountains to hunt mulie, but now I might have to. Without giving away your prime spot, where in the Cascades were you?
    Reply With Quote

      #3  
    Unread 10-19-2008, 04:31 AM
    PUBLISHER
     
    Join Date: May 2001
    Posts: 6,515
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Way to go and thank goodness for strong sons.
    __________________
    - -
    Long Range Rifles, LLC - Ready To Ship

    .
    Reply With Quote
      #4  
    Unread 10-19-2008, 09:54 AM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Feb 2006
    Location: Bandon Oregon
    Posts: 185
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Congratulations on a very nice buck!!!! Itís not about yardage, itís all about success.
    Reply With Quote
      #5  
    Unread 10-19-2008, 10:36 AM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Nov 2003
    Location: Washington State
    Posts: 2,726
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Congratulations!
    __________________
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

    "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?" Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia

    www.wildsidesystems.com - Shelter for Your WildSide - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwgo...&feature=g-upl
    Reply With Quote
      #6  
    Unread 10-19-2008, 03:20 PM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Aug 2005
    Location: Back in the south -NW FL..
    Posts: 1,160
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Guy M View Post


    Okay - it wasn't long range - only about 230 yards - but the buck is pretty nice and was very big bodied. I was hunting alone in the Cascades, walked in nice and quiet for two hours, then sat down and glassed. Found two bucks feeding quietly and watched the biggest for a shot opportunity. He was well below me, feeding uphill and facing away, only his back was avail for a shot. He was gradually approaching the top of his ridge, and I was afraid he'd get away - so I hammered him in the spine, dropping him.

    He fell and rolled down the mountain into a nasty, deep, choked ravine. Ugh. I put a finishing shot into his chest from closer range. After a couple of hours of hard work I got him down to an abandoned logging road. My strong 22 year old son and a good tough friend arrive and helped me skin and quarter him then we packed him out. I shot him at 10:30 in the morning, and we were back at the truck at 8:00 PM. We estimated his weight at 250 pounds live. The 4x4 antlers measure a bit over 26" in width. I'm quite happy with such a buck, during general season, on public land. Delighted perhaps! I'd put in quite a bit of time scouting prior to the season and knew there were good size deer in the area, but I hadn't seen this one.

    Used my .25-06, with 115 grain Bergers loaded to 3200 fps. There's a 6x Leupold on the rifle that works fine for my "normal" deer, coyote and rockchuck shooting. The Berger bullets performed as advertised. Massive internal damage in the chest cavity. I recovered a tiny bit of bullet jacket, the base of the bullet. Haven't weighed it, but I'd guess less than 20 grains. The bullet that hit the spine wasn't recovered. There wasn't much spine left where it hit either.

    This is the third mule deer buck in four years for this rifle. We're doing well together.

    Regards, Guy
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I know i'm going to see a great photo when Guy starts a thread...

    Love the old 25-06 had a rem 700 bdl since '79 or '80 back when i was a young buck.

    You do keep it simple w/ the 6x scope -great muley -rifle and story !!-Mike
    __________________
    AIPAC for president !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Reply With Quote
      #7  
    Unread 10-19-2008, 04:28 PM
    Gold Member
     
    Join Date: Jun 2007
    Location: Chelan Co, Washington
    Posts: 546
    Re: Washington Mulie

    Thanks Mike - I sure like the rifle & scope, and I feel very fortunate to take such a buck, particularly on public land during the general season.

    Regards, Guy
    Reply With Quote
    Reply

    Bookmarks

    Thread Tools
    Display Modes


    Similar Threads for: Washington Mulie
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Big Mulie. joseph Deer Hunting 2 11-28-2010 08:10 PM
    Mulie @ 460 kcebcj Deer Hunting 13 11-10-2010 11:29 AM
    Mulie At 587 jwp475 Long Range Hunting & Shooting 23 12-02-2009 03:38 PM
    My First Mulie Nape.270 Deer Hunting 6 11-13-2009 10:55 AM
    My big Mulie Nicholas Long Range Hunting & Shooting 24 11-02-2003 04:26 PM


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:10 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
    All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC