AZ Mule Deer Hunt (pics)

BOHNTR

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Just got back from my annual Arizona archery desert mule deer hunt. Since I had a 2010 tag, I headed over a few days early (27th) with the hopes of tagging a buck before the end of the year. After a few close encounters, I ended up arrowing this 24” wide 3x4 on the last day of the season (December 31st). Not a big buck, but a mature deer perfect for the last day.

I also had a 2011 deer tag along with a javelina tag. I only saw two bucks I was willing to arrow on the new tag……especially with venison already in the cooler, so I focused on them. However, one of the down sides of hunting true desert bucks in the rut is you may see a good buck one day and have him checking does 3 miles away for a few days and never get an opportunity to hunt them. Needless to say, I never saw the two big bucks again.

A few days into the January hunt, I spotted a herd of javelina feeding on a cholla filled hillside. I stalked on in and made a good shot on a big boar. What started out as celebration soon changed though? While using my “locking” knife, it collapsed on me and cut me to the bone on my left index finger…….right at the end joint. With blood spurting out a foot away, I knew I had cut something….well, pretty darn good. I got the bleeding to stop, but noticed I couldn’t move the tip of my finger straight position. After some quick field photos with a wrapped up finger I evaluated my situation. To make a long story short, I took a 2-hour trip to the nearest ER and learned I had completely cut the tendon and am now going to have to have it surgically repaired. Oh well, it’s a long way from my heart!

So, my trip came to an end a few days early………and those two big ol’ muleys I was hunting will hopefully be there next year. But I’m grateful for what the good Lord blessed me with. Hope you enjoy.

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Studly! The buck that is. Congrats!

Rub a little dirt on the finger sissy.
 

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Nice looking critters Roy! At least you know your knife is sharp.
 

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Great critters Roy...congrats!!
After sticking my Havalon knife into the heel of my hand last year I feel your pain brother.
 

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Hunting for two and drawing blood on three, not bad. Hope your finger turns out OK and great buck.
 

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If injuring myself with my own knife is a Prerequisite for killing big deer like:

Arrowslinger
Deerslam
and Now Bohntr,

Then I will stick with my little forky's....


Bearclaw, some thing tells me you have a big buck in your future! :laughing-pounding-floor:
 

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Right on!!! Takes a real man to stab himself, just hope it's not your trigger finger.

Christ you've killed some dandy bucks, congrats!
 

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Nice critters!!!

Did the knife actually fail???? If so I think a call to the mfg may be in order.. I am so afraid that is going to happen to me someday!!!
 

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Nice buck and that is one big Javi!! Next time use a fixed blade.
 

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Outstanding job Roy congrats.... :smiley-thumbs-up-aqua:



What knife was that..
 

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Congratulations Roy!, but then we all expect that of you now. You never seem to dissapoint on large deer. Way to go! hope your finger heals, got to watch those tendon injuries
 

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The "big bucks" must have been monsters! That buck looks pretty big to me. Very cool.
 

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Great buck and photos, good job closing out 2010 and ringing in 2011!
 

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Awesome job on getting that brute and a javelina as well. Hope they repared or can repare the tendon on that finger.

On the javelina pic, is that some modified bears feet over the Vasque boots?
 

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way to go! ahhhh...tendons are way over rated anyways ! great buck and javi!
 

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Always impressive. Great buck.

I'm skipping AZ this year. Kinda making me a little nutty after seeing you and Bret with bucks.
 
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