Mule Deer Success Thread!

wyheadhunter

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HUNT 2014 047.jpg Here is a picture of my 2014 last day mule deer I was able to harvest on public land while out antelope hunting with my daughter. I hope this works as I am struggling to figure the picture thingy out.
 

smokepoler63

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Here are the results of our annual Montana hunt. This is a general season, over the counter hunt. Not the biggest bucks, but we sure have a great time every year!

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sra61

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Great buck! It's cool to see all the bark and tree material on his bases- he was tearing some trees up!
Yeah he had a lot of shredded bark on his bases. They are really gnarly too. I was so hoping to leave that on there, but of course it all fell off between the field and the taxidermist. I suppose it would be easy enough to rub some shrubbery on those bases when the mount's done though?
 

sra61

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Great buck sra61. You must have dropped him like Thor's hammer with that high shoulder shot.
The shot was pretty anticlimactic. He was only maybe 75 yds away, and I shot him with my 300 RUM w/180 gr. Barnes TSX bullet that was still way over 3000 fps when it got to him. He didn't even hardly kick!
 

Hilltop

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Yeah he had a lot of shredded bark on his bases. They are really gnarly too. I was so hoping to leave that on there, but of course it all fell off between the field and the taxidermist. I suppose it would be easy enough to rub some shrubbery on those bases when the mount's done though?
I have seen some work my taxidermist did where some of that stuff was added back on. Its artificial so it never loses color- looks cool to me. I think it is fairly inexpensive to add.
 

Sawfish

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This is a California Mule Deer. He obviously has some strong Blacktail influence, and is nothing like the monster mulies from Colorado, etc.. However, I was pretty pleased with him because he was a big deer, and I was able to shoot him at 325 yards with a 30/06 Encore pistol during the last fifteen minutes of the season.

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Colorado Cowboy

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I live down in SW Colorado and we have tons of deer in our home area, mostly ag area, orchards and hay. I have an apple orchard and usually shoot a doe every year for the freezer. Occasionally there will be a decent buck around too, especially during the rut. I shot this 4x4 a few years ago. I was grilling a couple of steaks and looked out at the orchard and saw this buck munching apples. He looked like a tag filler to me. I grabbed my Ruger M77 25-06 and headed over to where he was about 400 yards from the house. I got within 50 yards of him and popped him in the neck. I suddenly realized, I didn't even have my pocket knife! My neighbor came over and we got him gutted and hung in my RV barn. He weighed 203# with hide and head off. I couldn't believe how fat he was. A real freezer filler that was great table fare!Buck from orchard.jpgBuck in orchard.jpg