First Mule Deer - Update COVID

hflier

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Took my first Mule Deer in Colorado at the ripe old age of 59 this week. Solo hunt and I scored at 9,000 feet near Gunnison. I was tipi camping and first day I spent hiking to the top of the mountain examining the sign. I was getting my lungs acclimated since I live at 600 feet. Found a lot of sign going between two stands of dark timber about 400 yards apart. Next morning I was laid out prone on a ridge like a sniper at day break. Saw a few does moving between the stands of trees and then the buck made his move. Shot him at 250 yards with a 7 SAUM with a Berger VLD. That was another first, as I had never taken an animal with a bullet I had loaded. Used the gutless method and caped him out. Took me four loads to the truck 300 yards up hill to get him out. Glad for that, I need to work harder to get my fitness up for the next hunt.

Ron

Update, all good must be balanced with some offset. After I finished my hunt, I spent some time in Gunnison and two days in Colorado Springs visiting my son who is the Army. In one of those places I contracted COVID, so my time since the hunt was challenging. I am three days away from being over quarantine and most of my symptoms have subsided with a little help from Regeneron. So, the moral of the story is don't let your COVID guard when on your hunting trip.

Ron

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ChrisAU

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Awesome! Congrats! At 33 I already worry about the future lol, awesome to see you get it done at 59!
 

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Congrats on the first muley buck! Usually seem to be in hard places to get them out, but they provide the best views!
 

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Awesome! Congrats! At 33 I already worry about the future lol, awesome to see you get it done at 59!
I had an 80 year old out in Wyoming a couple years ago. Keep the fire burning...

Congrats to the OP!
 

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Very Cool!! I got my first mulie last week 5 days short of my 58th. Solo truck camping. Got him just in time, snowed where I was at 8000’ that overnight. Had to pack up a cold wet camp but super fun. I did hook up with some other local guys who helped me out but it was a great time.
 

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hflier

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Very Cool!! I got my first mulie last week 5 days short of my 58th. Solo truck camping. Got him just in time, snowed where I was at 8000’ that overnight. Had to pack up a cold wet camp but super fun. I did hook up with some other local guys who helped me out but it was a great time.
This is great! Congratulations.
 
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