Backcountry Hunt 11k feet. Very little cover and only a small alpine lake within 1.5 miles of where the pic was taken.
Found these deer day before the opener which was awesome. My buddy and me put a plan in place since they seemed to still be in summer mode. Some bucks not pictured still in velvet. Put a plan knowing where they are getting water and where we watched them bed down for the am. Got in place Saturday am in the dark not using lights and using the wind to our advantage. Let’s just say after 5 days of hunting that basin we never saw them.
My question is where could they have gone? There was a big canyon we watched them bed in and most of the pressure from hunters is below that so I doubt they’d go there. If those deer went any higher they’d be big horn but there was nothing but shale so I doubt that. I was cold Friday/sat lows in in the teens but still no snow. Did we give up too soon or should we have stayed in the area?
There were 2 great deer. That back deer is a 5x4 palmated and a giant 3x3 I didn’t get pics of. I realize I need a phonescope ASAP
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