not your normal deer hunt.

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by shawn338lapua, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. shawn338lapua

    shawn338lapua Member

    Jul 28, 2013
    This afternoon I went out looking for some coyotes to shoot. Instead i came back with a 3X4 mule deer. I spotted him and some does bedded down so i headed downwind to see if i could get a better look. i had lost sight of the heard for a moment but when they came back into view i couldn't see my buck i was checking out. The few does ran off as i walked up to where i thought i had seen him, nothing. i was just about to head up over the ridge to start calling when i saw him, straight down the hill from me, still bedded down. i noticed something wasn't right as i approached him because i knew he was alive, but he wasn't getting up. i couldn't see any wounds so i figured he was sick or something. we looked at each other for a couple mins before he finally got up and ran away. He didn't run far so i figured i would just keep an eye on him while i did my stand.
    while i was calling i had watched him walk into a ravine and not come out. i decided to go check on him once i had finished. when i got down on his trail i started noticing blood. i followed the trail down the hill until i noticed his antlers poking out from a small cave. i could see a fair amount of blood in the snow at the opening so i figured he wasn't going anywhere if i didn't spook him again.
    I ended up getting ahold of a DNR officer, we both went up and found him right where i left him. The officer ended up shooting him and thats when we noticed his front foot was pretty much hanging on by skin.
    Sad to see a buck meet this kind of end. But on the up side i now have a freezer full of meat and a pretty neat story.

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  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    Great find! Great story.

    Was faked out by that tree. First thought it was one heck of a drop tine. :D

  3. roverboy

    roverboy Active Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    Well, I'm glad you got him instead of a bunch of coyotes.
  4. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2010
    Thats great. Roy I thought the same thing when I first looked at it.
  5. 270whiz

    270whiz Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    You sir Are a true sportsman ! Nice story and great deer !
  6. grovey

    grovey Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2013
    You handled that well...