Alpine blacktail bucks from archery opener

shanevg

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Saturday was the archery opener in Washington state and I was able to make it out for my favorite type of hunting - alpine blacktails.

In total we saw 8 different bucks and I was able to get within 20 yards of 3 of them (12 yards from a 3x3 with eyeguards) and 53 yards of a nice 4x4 with eyeguards. Unfortunately, I was either unable to draw back on on open deer without spooking them, or I was drawn back but had no ethical shot on the deer.

Thought you might enjoy seeing some of the pics we got of the bucks.







I stalked up on this guy while he was bedded. I was within 40 yards but couldn't see him and he ended up spooking. I had him walk through an opening at 53 yards but I wasn't prepared to shoot.

 

2rocky

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Your WA blacktails are some of the Stoutest bodied bucks I've seen. Great Pics.
 

actionshooter

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Good trip for sure, hard to find that many great bucks in one weekend in Wa.
Did you see any other hunters?
 
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shanevg

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Not one. Preseason scouting really paid off. I had seen every one of these bucks prior to season.
 

wk93

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Those are some nice bucks. Scouting really does help. Been seeing some nice bucks myself while out scouting.
 
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