Wyoming Mule Deer Opener

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by D.Camilleri, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. D.Camilleri

    D.Camilleri Well-Known Member

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    Well, my 5er is hooked to the truck, and the horse trailer on the back of the 5er, fridge is full of food and I will be meeting a good friend tomorrow in Western Wyoming to try and kill my biggest muley ever. We will have a base camp and then pack into the wilderness in the Gros Vente and hopefully locate and make a plan to harvest a big muley Sunday morning. I also have a bear tag in my pocket if the hunting gods treat me well. I am bringing two rifles, 338 rum with 300 gr bergers and 300 rum with 215 bergers and both have been practiced with lots at 700 and beyond. That being said, I will be plenty happy with a 350 to 450 yard shot, but where I hunt, the shot could be much longer.
     
  2. royinidaho

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    Good luck!

    O' and don't get bucked off!:D
     

  3. D.Camilleri

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    I made it back! Went across the scales with a gvw of 27,080 lbs. Now for the fun details. I met a good friend at a trailhead in Bondurant, Wyoming, about 30 miles from Jackson Hole. I set up my 5er and made a base camp and then the next day we set out with my two horses and his 3 mules. His wife was also in camp with another mule and a 2 year old horse. But since she just had back surgery two months ago, she wasn't able to ride much.
    We loaded up our pack horses and mules and headed into the Gros Vente Wilderness about 10 miles in. We set up a spike camp complete with a 6 person Cabelas Alaskan Guide tent that is just right for two hunters. We scouted for two days without seeing much in the way of deer. We got dumped on by thunderstorms numerous times and it made me glad to have good rain gear. On opening day, Sunday the 15th, my partner spotted a bunch of Mule deer bucks coming over a far ridge just after first light. I ranged them at 454 yards but they started trotting across the open ridge and I wasn't in a good spot for a shot. Since I was trophy hunting I wanted to make sure my target was worthy. The lead buck was a good buck. I got up to a rock for a rest and lined up on the biggest buck at 254 yards and squeezed the trigger on my 338 Remington ultra magnum. Click, WTF I jacked the shell out and saw a small indent on the primer, the deer was gone. Some leaves and some lint from my scabbard had made its way into my bolt face and softened the firing pin. Oh well. Deer 1 me 0. On the next day I walked about 6 miles up to over 11,000 feet and made a full perimeter of the mountains around our camp. I did spot one bunch of 5 bucks with one pretty good one but I decided to pass on him. He was a heavy 4x4 that was about 20 inches tall and about 23 wide. More rain and thunderstorms pounded us. On Tues. we decided to move camp and after we were all packed up and had moved about 1/4 mile, the mother of all thunder storms got unleased. We got pelted with 3/8 inch hail for over 30 minutes, a flash flood came down the mountain and freaked out the horses and mules. At that time I decide to move back to base camp and it continued to pound us with rain and hail all the way back to the trail head. A warm bed after a few adult beverages felt real good. The next morning I got up at 4:00 am and saddled my mustang mare and rode back up the mountain about 6 1/2 miles to one of my favorite spots. I tied up my horse and started hiking up a steep ridge still hunting. I topped the ridge and didn't see any deer in the spot I expected to see some in. It started snowing and the fog was coming in and I looked off to my right down a slope covered with sage brush and I spotted something that didn't look quite right.(I am in denial and think I don't need my glasses) I put up my rifle scope and saw big antlers, I was so out of breath that I couldn't hold the gun steady. I shot and oh shit, I missed, the deer didn't move, I racked another shell and this time the shot hit the mark. The 300 grain Berger bullet did it's job and the deer never moved. In case anyone is wondering, the shot was only about 80 yards, and the bullet didn't exit. It did impart massive tissue damage with no meat damaged. I got to the deer to find a perfectly symmetrical 5x5 26 inches wide (pictures to follow) I quartered the deer packed it on my horse and walked the 7 miles back to camp. My back has a kink now but my face has a smile on it. I dropped the cape and head off at the taxidermist this morning.
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  4. HARPERC

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    Good looking mature mule deer buck. Pretty impressive outfit. One trailer generally tests my driving skills along the way, two out of my league.
     
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    80 yards and a buck like that, I'd shoot too if out of breath.:)

    Great buck!

    Nice outfit.

    What rain great served you so well?
     
  6. D.Camilleri

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    While I was quartering this deer, I had a great idea, I would load the 4 quarters and two backstraps into my pack and take them 1/2 mile down to my horse. Then I realized that I am 53 now and not 35 and walked down with just my gun and got the horse and rode back to the base of the hill I shot the deer on. At least I can still lift the quarters into the saddle panniers.
     
  7. D.Camilleri

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    300 gr Berger OTM terminal performance 2830 mv 80 yard shot, no exit, very little meat loss.
     

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    Congrats on a fine buck.
    Good write up and good story.
    Thank you for posting.
     
  9. jamesmc2

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    Wow! What a great looking buck. We were hunting up in that region as well. Can't beat the beauty of that country.
     
  10. D.Camilleri

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    The beauty is what keeps me going back year after year. I love it there.
     
  11. rick523

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    Congratulations, that is a great buck.I killed my first muley ever, on the 20th. I think he was about half that size:) and if you put a 3 behind your range that's how far he was. Again very nice deer, oh yeah I had to pack him out on foot and I'm 64 damn. But it was only 4 miles:D:D
     
  12. D.Camilleri

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    Congrats on your first muley! At 64, packing him out 4 miles is a feat! I used to pack mine out on my back, now I pack them out on my horses back.
     
  13. rick523

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    Thanks, yeah I would have paid a lot of money for a horse right then.:D:D Actually i just finished posting a couple of pics of my deer and a brief story. Like I said no where near the size of yours. but when you only have a week I guess beggers can't be choosers.
     
  14. Longrange7RUM

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    Good Looking deer. Congrats