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Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!

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Just wanted to check in and say hello to everyone. Seem to always be crazy busy these days but Iím still managing to get out as much as I can.

Hunted a few times during bow season and passed a decent mule deer that just didnít quite meet the 20Ē antler spread restrictions where Iím hunting. Ever since the camo army hit the countryside, the whitetails have all but disappeared around my neck of the woods. Iím hoping a few good hard freezes and hunter participation waning as the season goes on will bring the WT movement back to preseason levels. I know for a fact from the cameras there are a few bruisers out there.

Now for the good news! Took my first ever mulie buck last weekend on opening day of rifle for that season. I was using my 257 Weathermark shooting 110 Accubonds. Iím running a Sightmark Wraith daytime/nighttime optic on there. The shot was in the neighborhood of 150 yards or so. Fighting through a bit of excitement the shot was quality and hit double lung, close to broadside, quartering away ever so slightly. The deer went less than 30 yards and piled up DRT.

I do have a short video of the shot Iíll try to upload when I get it off the SD card. Fair warning though, itís not a great video. Between elevated blood pressure and focusing solely on taking my first great shot opportunity, the video is pretty short and choppy. Iíll attach a couple of pics below.

This deer ended up coming in right at the legal 20Ē but had cool character (IMO) to go along with it. I hunted this area almost twenty years ago and never saw a mulie anywhere close to this one. Based on at least four bucks Iíve seen this year and talking to local hunters and landowners, it would seem thereís almost overwhelming evidence that the antler restriction for the mule deer is working working great.

The buck is at the taxidermist as we speak and I dropped the meat off with a local processor who is making steaks, a few roasts, burger, and summer sausage. The deer was definitely the biggest body deer I have ever shot. He had pockets of fat in places I had never seen when I was dressing him out. It was a chore to load him in the truck by myself!
« Last Edit: November 24, 2021, 11:45:13 AM by DW5 »
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2021, 11:48:22 AM »
Very Nice!   :)

Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 11:54:44 AM »
Real nice and a bonus of Brow tines.
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2021, 12:01:09 PM »
Very nice.

Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2021, 01:22:56 PM »
Nice buck, I wouldn't pass him up.
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2021, 01:56:21 PM »
Congrats on a great hunt and scoring your first mullie.
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2021, 02:11:20 PM »
Awesome Mulie DW5 and nice to hear from you. Sounds like the Accubonds worked as promised

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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2021, 05:18:05 PM »
Nice buck, I'll bet he eats good too.

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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2021, 06:00:22 PM »
well done

Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2021, 07:13:57 PM »
Well done and congratulations
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2021, 07:28:06 PM »
Congratulations on the mule deer. Deer hunting is always fun
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2021, 07:59:35 PM »
Congrats on a nice buck
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2021, 04:58:07 AM »
Good Mule deer buck for that country.
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2021, 12:36:30 PM »
Thanks for all the kind words fellas! Happy Thanksgiving and happy hunting to everyone out there!
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Re: Saying Hello and a Deer Season Update- I Got My First Ever Mule Deer!
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2021, 01:21:18 PM »
Nice return on a new lease. Good looking mule deer DW, Congrats.
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