A trophy-mule deer hunter has to strike a balance between covering too much country and spending ample time in the “buckiest” places. That is why scouting is so important- if you find a buck you’ll be happy with, you can ignore all the other spots and concentrate on that buck. I did scout this area prior to the hunt, spending five days there in the summer. As it often is, I didn’t see a buck I’d be happy with, so I’m still essentially “scouting” during the hunt and covering lots of country. Not my preferred method, but you gotta take what comes your way.
This video wraps up the first five-day phase of my 12 days in the backcountry. Tomorrow will pick up uninterrupted with the final seven days of the hunt. If you’re getting bored, join the crowd- big buck hunting is awful boring at times. Just remember, events can turn in an instant and is why I do what I do.
Day 5: Hunt till the very end