2011 MT muley

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  1. NONYA

    NONYA Banned

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    Chased this buck a couple times with the bow and never came close,called him patch's because of the double throat patch cape,caught him crossing a big draw last evening and took a 550 yard shot.Impact sounded solid and he dropped at the shot but by the time I got across the little canyon light was fading fast and I started overthinking the situation,sat down to catch my breath and smelled something....yep stinkey muley buck!He slid into a pile of buck brush and would have been REAL hard to find in the dark.Id say the rut isnt far away by the smell of him,no neck swelling to speak of but I saw 2 younger bucks today that looked like they were on weight gainer 5000.
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  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    What an outstanding buck! Congrats.

    When you get time if you have more pictures please post them as it's hard to appreciate that rack fully in that shot.

    Again, congrats.
     

  3. str8shoot

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    Nice work! I hope you're getting that big guy mounted. That cape will make such a nice mount.
     
  4. Fiftydriver

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    Those young bucks are like teen age boys, anything with a heart beat gets them excited!!! LOL

    The mulies should start rolling around here around mid November. When I say start rolling I am not referring to the young bucks "acting" like the ruts on, I mean seeing the big boys tending does.

    A week after that starts the whitetails should start to hit it.

    I am a bit worried this year, things are very late. Hell, during the second week of October we were hunting pronghorn and the mature bucks were acting like it was mid September and still running does, I even watched one mature pronghorn breed a doe. I have never seen this before that late in the year.

    I suspect the last two winters and VERY wet and cold springs we have had are naturally pushing the rutting seasons back later in the year. I have heard the same thing about the elk bugle this year, was about 2-3 weeks later then normal. If that happens with the deer rut, we wil not see any of it during the Montana big game general season.

    Its been getting less and less every year for about the last 10 years. I can remember when you could go out after the first week of November and see rutting mule deer and whitetails running does all over hell, now your lucky to see it around Thanksgiving, at least with the whitetails.

    Anyway, great buck, lots of character and good shooting!!!
     
  5. Gene R.

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    Congrates! His rack has character. Two different weapon seasons hunting him and yet people look down there nose at LRH. Kudos to you for sharing and HUNTING him down.

    Gene R.
     
  6. liltank

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    Was that shot with Thor? Nice buck. Hope to do as well in whitetail season.

    Tank
     
  7. Broz

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    Very nice Buck, I too have seen early signs of some rut in the muley's. Also we are seeing some of the bigger bucks come down that we don't usually see till late Nov. I am in agreeance that the rut could be early and I am faced with the question of whether to take a good buck now or wait to see what else shows up.

    Nice shooting and a great trophy buck.

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  8. NONYA

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    Ive had the same thoughts,but waiting has completly bit me in the ass before!gun):D
     
  9. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    I'll be hunting NE MT around 11-14-11.
     
  10. NONYA

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    Hope your not hunting whitetails...
     
  11. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    We have seen a decent number there
     
  12. Dano1

    Dano1 Well-Known Member

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    Great Buck!!!

    I wasn't so lucky, I ended up taking a meat buck. The area I was hunting in Idaho had a 87% Fawn Mortality and some parts of the state had 100%. I never saw a mature buck this year...... Really a hard year....

    Hope this next year treats us all better.

    Dan
     
  13. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Dano, why the outrageous fawn mortality rates? I see the guys having fits over wolf predation. Or was unusual weather a factor?
     
  14. ATH

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    That's a horse...congrats.