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#1 Arrowslinger

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 07:52 PM

This hunt was filled with frustration as the backcountry is now packed with guys wanting the be the next Cam Hanes (#beastmode), there isn't an empty ridge or canyon far enough out to avoid the opening day crowds.  But as it turned out, these clowns missed the sweetest little knob that you can glass 360* from.  I figured i better stay put and bivy out there to claim my little piece of wilderness.

 

The view wasn't bad:

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 07:57 PM

After jumping only a doe and fawn on the opener and seeing 6 other hunters, my hopes weren't set real high. Late Saturday i did see a big sow and two cubs that was fun to watch, the deer on the other hand didn't show. Sunday i was hoping for a little more action and at sunrise i heard a loud crashing sound and saw something brown. I cranked the scope to 14 and figured a bear was about to become dinner, but it was 3 does running to the next country. I figured the 600 lion tracks i saw hiking in was to blame.

They passed and i kept rounding the knob glassing. Looking low and left i saw a deer and immediately saw antler. With this being the first buck i've seen all season, i moved left and got prone, just as the scope found him, he was locking antler with another deer. I saw legal buck and pulled the trigger. The deer can be seen in the middle of the above pic in the open above the white rock, just to the top of the small fir.

Here's looking back from the deer to where i shot:

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:02 PM

I'm not sure if the deer was still attached to the other when i shot, but he went down and never moved as 7mm hit some bone.  Here's the other side.  It doesn't look like much, but the front shoulders were pretty much a loss.  

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:10 PM

Was hoping the B&W photo made him look bigger.  He's a 2x2 with eye guards, smallest deer i've shot in years, but i really couldn't be happier.  It was a tough hunt and to pull a deer out of the D3-5 back country with a ton of other folks around was an accomplishment for me and this makes two years in a row i've killed on opening weekend.  Just finished up some biscuits and fried backstrap.

 

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Quartering him up:

 

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Found a nice little tree to hand some quarters from:

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:17 PM

The pack out was the fun part and although it took me about 7 miles to get to where i shot him, i found a little short cut back.  To say it was pleasant would be a lie, it hurt and still does, but loved it as i hiked out a major trail head and the look on the faces of the hikers was worth the pain.

 

Here's just before it hit my shoulders.  I figure it's about 80# with full camp, meat, head and gun:

 

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When i hit the truck, i stopped my GPS watch.  Here's what it read:

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:17 PM

Not a bad way to spend the weekend. I'm sure more of us than not would be happy with him

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:28 PM

And for those of you new to blog hunting, this little phone charger is a must have.  Weighs nothing and gives your phone a complete charge.  

 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:33 PM

Your sponsor is going to be pissed you didn't mention the brand and model.... Just saying...

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN! DON'T JUST TALK THE TALK....DO SOMETHING!

 


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:41 PM

Well done! Got to love the hippy hiker stare.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:48 PM

Textbook bro...like for sure!!

"REMINDING CALIFORNIANS THAT "MAN" IS THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR..NOT SILLY MOUNTAIN LIONS....."

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 08:50 PM

Well done AS.  :smiley_10sign:



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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:49 PM

Yep, well done 


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 10:16 PM

Exceptional work! Little far from the rig for me but a bruthas gotta do what a brathas gotta do! 

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 05:09 AM

Effin' forky...I'm sure Hatchet will chime in soon. Had you not been worrying about bloggin, you could have waited for both of them to line up and pulled a 2 for 1 el forko soecial. Way to rep the Dzones.
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Posted 29 September 2015 - 06:29 AM

Congrats again... Nice job sticking it out with all the "orange guys" running around.




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