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    Mountain Mule Deer 2019

    The summer began with a few hiking/scouting trips into the alpine and high country lakes in the area. I was usually with family or quite a large group so glassing for animals wasn't really in the cards but lots of sign and game trails were noted and everything was looking good. We didn't have...
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    Thanks To Eastmans and Vortex

    I just wanted to say thank you to Eastmans for being such a great magazine and forum. I always pick up the magazine every time I see it out on the newsstand. I was just informed today that I won the Vortex Range finding Binoculars, I'm thrilled. I've always thought a range finder would be an...
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    First Scouting Trip 2019

    I really needed an alpine fix, it was a very stressful and hectic spring with little time to get out and hike the mountains around here. I wouldn't have time for an overnighter but I could get out for a day before we leave next week for holidays. I had been trying for a couple of years to get...
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    Daughter's First Deer

    Just thought I'd share one of my most memorable and rewarding hunts I've ever had. Likely ever. Both my daughters' have been coming to the range with me since they were 5 and 7 years of age. They both enjoy shooting and quickly became very good shots with my .22lr and my .17HMR. Since a fairly...
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    Kootenay Whitetail

    Many of you reading this will not associate white tailed deer hunting and mountains, most will think of dark cedar swamps, or hardwood forests and cornfields. Where I hunt for this most sought after north american game animal are the Selkirk and Purcell mountains of south eastern British...
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    High Country Mule Deer

    It was kind of one of those spur of the moment ideas, I decided on Wednesday to take Friday off and head up into my favourite road closure with my backpack and towing my game cart. I'd spend two nights and three days chasing mule deer. Six am finds me headed out of town for the hour's drive to...
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    Daughter's First Mule Deer

    My youngest daughter(15) and I got out for opening day of youth season here in BC, Canada. We headed north up Kootenay Lake to the area I shot my mule deer last year. We left the truck at 6:30am heading NNE up the mountain across a logging block on an old skid trail, the wind was perfect...
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    Scouting some new territory

    Headed out Sunday into some new country to look for mule deer and do some fly fishing for cutthroat trout. Hiking book I have shows some really good highcountry mule deer habitat along with decent fishing so it really can't go wrong. It's only a 4km (2.6 miles) hike into the lake and it looks...
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    Mule Deer Success Southern BC

    Mule deer hunting in the mountains has become one of my passions over the past 6 years or so. The hunt for a mature mule deer buck has led me to some of the most beautiful places this region of British Columbia has to offer. With a friend and on my own I've back packed and camped in the high...
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    Kootenay BC Turkey Success

    Finally after a three year dry spell shot this jake yesterday around noon after a long morning of hiking and calling all over the mountain. Spent the early part of the morning mid-mountain and while lots of droppings were evident no gobbles or birds to be had. So after a couple of other short...
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    Some Backcountry pics From BC

    Just thought I'd share some photos from this year and last year. I didn't have any luck taking a Mule deer on any of my backpack trips, I did however have a blast and we did have a great deal of luck Cutthroat fishing and grouse hunting. We generally eat quite well on our backcountry trips. The...
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    2014 Hunting Season Officially Started

    The alarm rings and as soon as I get it shut off I hear the rain. Wind driven beating rain. My 2014 turkey season has officially began, or rather been postponed for a couple of hours at least. Can't do much about the weather. I get to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, read a few chapters of the book...
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    Anyone been out for spring bear yet?

    The season started here on April 1 and runs until June 30 so I have plenty of time, at least that's what I'm telling myself now. I haven't had time to get out at all with all the spring projects I want to get done. I'm planning at least one maybe two short weekender backpack trips into some...
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    New to Eastmans

    I found this site while researching antelope hunting in Wyoming. I really like how it is set up. First of all I'll introduce myself. I'm Canadian and live in southern British Columbia(BC), I'm basically a mountain hunter due to the fact that 99% of my hunting is within 40-50km(25-30miles) of my...