wy. deer hunt with best friend

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by mo, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    2007 hunt with my best friend.

    It starts out every year. Jimbo 300 and I have made the trip to WY probably 10 or 12 times. We sit down ever Feb. and fill out our license application hoping we get to draw the mule deer or whitetail license. It’s always the same. Around July 1st we start calling each other asking if either of us have checked the web site to see if we got that license! When we finally find out, the wait begins again. We anxiously await the same week I take off every year. Oct 19 is usually the magic day. Man, we are fired up and ready to go every year!

    This year was no different. We wished we could snap our fingers and cut that 33 hour drive out, but when you’re with your best buddy, the long drive goes by pretty fast. I bet we’ve told each other every story we know 10 times over the last 10 years, but we always act like we’ve never heard it, and each year it gets a little bigger and a little better.

    We always make a bet on who will see the first antelope every year. I think it’s about even on that one. This year, we were hunting a new place and didn’t know what to really expect, but we were excited to get away from the Mississippi heat. Well, we got away from the heat all right! Around Douglas, WY, we got into snow. I don’t know if it was bad, but it was to us. I’ve only seen snow twice, and it was only an inch both times.
    We were cruising on like we were from Minnesota. Suddenly we started to cross a bridge, and things turned bad quickly! The truck started going sideways. I could see the guard rail, the bluff, and the 4- wheeler trailer was right beside me! Believe me, folks, the pucker factor was in full force at that time! Jimbo was driving, and I guess someone was looking over us, because the truck suddenly straightening up. Jimbo thought it was his driving ability, but I know it was something else ha ha ha!

    Well, we made it to Casper, and we decided we would call it a night. The next day came, and it heated up really fast. We were able to get on the way. We drove through Wind River Canyon. Man, that place has beautiful scenery.


    We finally made it to our destination and met with the land owner. He showed us around the place, and it looked pretty promising. On the first day we usually hunt together because it’s often late afternoon when we finally get out in the field. Somehow, we always have good luck on that afternoon.

    Two years ago Jim and I got out of the truck, walked 100 yards and sat down. Thirty minutes later we were skinning a 149 ¼ whitetail. Last year, new place, same result. We rode the 4 wheeler in, got off, walked up a hill, and sat down. Thirty minutes later we were skinning a 153 whitetail. So why would it be any different this year?

    After the land owner showed us around, we had about 2 hours to hunt. We took off, got up on a hill, and started watching. We must have had 50 mules in that valley, and 3 whitetail bucks. One was a 10 point. Not bad, but we both decided to pass on him. Suddenly, I was looking through my binoculars, and there he was. I told Jimbo, “There he is. He’s a big one!” Jimbo put the spotting scope and said,” Yeah, Mo, that’s him. Let me range him for you.” The first number 520 yards. I know this is the long range hunting forum, but, folks, I wanted to get closer! I wanted that buck bad! Jimbo, who is a much better hunter and shooter than me said,” No, Mo, you’ve got to shoot him from here. He said the whitetails would see us trying to sneak to the next hill. Jimbo did not have a mule deer buck tag so I had to do the shooting.

    He calmed me down and told me he had seen me make a shot farther than that on prairie dogs, but this was a big mule deer, not a pd. So he ranged him, got his backpack off for me to rest on, and called out that 520 number again. I was ready. I squeezed the trigger, and deer were running everywhere, but he was still standing. He called out 520 again. I squeezed it again, and he started running. Jimbo called out 620. When he stopped on a hill, I squeezed the trigger, and I never saw him again. I blew it! Jim said,” I think you missed, but let’s go look anyway.”

    Off we went. We got close, and I was walking where I last saw the buck. Jimbo was walking in a totally different direction. I was looking around wondering what the hell he was doing over there. He let me look around for a little while, and he could tell I was getting frustrated. He finally called out, “Here he is, Big Mo, and he’s a good one!” That joker knew he was there the whole time! What a buddy is all I can say.

    The next day Jimbo filled his whitetail tag with a 140 class 10 point. My mule deer scored 170 ½; that’s big to me. We both got what we came for. However, it’s not about what I kill, it’s just making memories with my best friend. [​IMG]
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  2. mikebob

    mikebob Well-Known Member

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    really nice pics thanks for sharing, I came up on a muley about that size the other day bowhunting and choked, Oh well i get later on.
     

  3. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Congradulations......[​IMG] Sounds like a graet hunt for both of you guys.......
     
  4. Dead Beat

    Dead Beat Well-Known Member

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    great bucks but i loved the story i could just picture the whole thing even the ice congrats
     
  5. shootinfool

    shootinfool Well-Known Member

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    Great story and great buck! Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. shorty

    shorty Well-Known Member

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    Great story and pic's! Thanks for sharing. Very nice buck but to me it looked like whitetail antlers on a muledeer head, am off to the eye doctor tomorrow tho.
     
  7. NYLES

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    Man can I go? Thats whats its about a great times with your bud! (family friends wifes and youngins go here to) fallas thats called LIVIN' something we all gotta do! I gotta start going places....feel like Ive bottled myself up more than I used to.

    Great hunt guys get ready for next year!!!!
     
  8. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    thanks

    nyles

    thanks that is what it's all about! I was thinking about u Friday night. I was in a catfish house called old man Spatalies it's in Amite La. been there is 1926.
    Man they got some good catfish, and oysters on the half shell!

    Thursday Friday, and Saturday is catfish house night! So please everyone support you local catfish farmer, and fish house owner.
     
  9. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    Nuthin funnier than southern boys in snow...as long as they dont hurt themselves:D
    The Wind River canyon puts me in aw, I've ben through it many times and still look forward to seeing it again.
    Thanks for shareing your trip and glad it worked out for ya!
     
  10. Matt_G

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    Congratulations to both of you on a great hunt. Thanks for sharing the story and pictures.
    It is something isn't it. It's one of those places you can definitely call "Gods' Country."
     
  11. NYLES

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    MachV,
    Black mesa in CO I was dumb stupid or just didnt know any better when I was 20 but that ride I will never forget. It was safe but I honestly dont remember passing another car or truck for the entire time I was on that road.

    Somewhere beteen Grand Junction and Hotchkiss...I think. 4 of the most wasted/finest years of my life alot of great things happened but wish Id been a lil older back then, I would have enjoyed alot more of CO. Not that they were misserable just didnt have time or money I could have made alot more unforgettable memories.

    mo30284,
    You ever up in the 662 area code let me know in advance we will do something! Man Im hungry!
     
  12. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    southern boys

     
  13. 7mmstwuser

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    That was a great story I felt like I've been there before. I think I even reconize some of the scenery in the background. Very nice deer. I think that is big as well. How bout I send you a picture of the one I killed that sounds like the same place. I'll make a new post in a few days and tell the story on how I bagged it if everyone would like to hear about it.
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  14. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

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    nice

    That is a monster! If it was daylight in the picture I bet I would know exactly where you killed that deer! We need to go together next year! I hope Lyle can mark same week of vacation as me next year, and we will all load up, and go together. I'm going to have to knock Lyle off that hill I like to get on though. Great deer Duwayne he is a true trophy.