Hey bro’@robby denning - I watched the video again today...still just as good, challenging terrain to hunt deer in. I have a couple questions: 1) How far was your horse camp from the core hunting area? 2) Out of the 17 days, how many hrs and/or days were spent in the “red zone” (in tight, still hunting where you thought that buck was living). 3) I find it fascinating and hard to believe a buck can avoid being seen in that amount of time being pursued by great hunters. Were you seeing new bucks consistently throughout the hunt or were you often seeing same bucks each day?
Excellent job on the video! I hope you release the uncut scenes and bloopers video in the next few weeks!
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1) camp was about a mile and 800-1000’ below the deer country, with a big ridge between camp and the deer country.
2) I was there more than 17 days, as I didn’t count arrival days, so all 17 were hunting days. Hunted in the “red zone” (or glassing it from other ridges) all of those days from before first light to anywhere between 1PM and 4 PM. There were a few days I hunted the evenings, too.
3) on the buck staying hidden, go to 4 minutes and look at all that timber. And that was only about 1/2 of it. I filmed that set of tracks near the end of the video in that timber, and there’s another one (that was even bigger) on my IG uploaded 9/11 that I tracked on 9/7, also in broken timber. Both very big tracks indicative of bucks pushing 300lbs, but I never saw those bucks. All the bucks I saw were fairly sleek and not likely leaving tracks like that unless they were just genetic freaks, like the 5’9” guy with a size 12 boot. And yes, I did see new bucks show up on each of the three hunts that I hadn’t seen before (And I saw ones that I’d seen before on each hunt.) They were there the whole time, just enough cover in that area to make them hard to see. All the drainages around us seemed to have more hunting pressure than where I was at, (outfitters on both sides of us) so I believe there was no safer place for him to be than where we were. I could be wrong, but out of the two other 220+ bucks I’ve killed in the high country, I had 14 days in the first one and only saw him once 30 seconds before I killed him 800 yards from where I’d seen him in the previous two summers. The second one took 16 days, and I saw him two other times in those 16 days, and killed him also roughly 800 yards from where I’d first seen him. Both areas had similar amounts of cover. Just think how many times you went back and looked for your buck this year and he wasn’t there. Then bam, you killed him. Same story.
My friend who chased a legit 40” this year documented with trail cameras that deer ranged up to two miles but was seen multiple times in an area much smaller than that and was finally killed in that area by another hunter (that’s how we know he was 40”). The area was choked with timber and brush.
I just don’t believe these really big bucks roam that far, before the migration/rut. I could be wrong about some of them, but I can’t do much about the ones that do cause I don’t know where they go.
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