Weekend, September 15-16, 2018 – It was a dark and stormy night….What? You’ve already heard that one? Well, it really was dark and stormy. Snow stormy. An early autumn – or late summer, your choice – rite of passage, when everything green suddenly turns everything else into white, marked an early September weather front that blanketed Wyoming’s Big Horn mountains. My two boys and I were at our 9500-foot elevation outfit camp just as the archery season got underway. Normally, that was a time when the passage of summer to autumn was in progress. Temperatures were usually around a sunny 60 but occasionally a snow flurry would drop a thin sheet of that white stuff just to keep us on our toes. In this case, however, the sheet was more like a blanket. Maybe even a tarp. Or a ton of stuff that suggests another log on the campfire would be a bit wiser.
Early wakeup meant the horses could sleep in and, instead, we’d take the pickup to some pine tree patch, park off-road and walk in to an area of forest cover that ended up next to what was once a timber clear-cut which allowed some delicious forage for muleys which, on most days, would gather to feed all night. This, however, wasn’t one of those nights. Hours of patient waiting later we trudged through the snow, inconveniently leaving our high-top boots and gaiters back at camp. Back at the pickup we were shocked at the sign of deer hoof-prints surrounding the truck and the shouldas: Shoulda stayed there. Shoulda stayed warm. Coulda been drinking coffee and eatin’ doughnuts instead.
Later, one of the normally impatient boys got off an arrow at a reasonably plump but young and tender 4×4. Back at camp we treed the deer, stripped it of its hide, removed the back strap, and within what seemed like days instead of hours, or hours instead of minutes, we feasted on really fresh venison which, by the way, is what you may be able to duplicate after whetting your appetite with this week’s edition of…
Connected – A Mule Deer Hunting Film, 9:51 min.
Public land mule deer hunting can be challenging. Brad picked up where he left off last season through scouting, trail cameras, glassing, archery hunting and finally the rifle hunt and came to understand even more that everything is connected.
Deer Hunting In The Rain, 3:00 min.
The great thing about rainy weather is that it eventually stops.The longer, more intense and wicked the weather is, the more of a deer hunting opportunity that is created for you. By focusing on either the breaks in the rain storm or the actual end of the rainy weather all-together, the process of deer hunting in the rain can turn from miserable to highly rewarding.
Deer Meat for dinner ‘afternoon snack’, 2:00 min.
Robert Arrington, trims out a couple fresh whitetail tenderloins and improvises by rolling the seasoned meat in Cheesy biscuit batter instead of flour…the results are DELICIOUS!!! quick n’ easy…
Jon Lampshire’s Idaho Mule Deer Hunt, 3:57 min.
After a long hunt Jon and Doug glass a great four point mule deer. Watch as the stalk begins, up the steep mountain side of the Saw Tooth Mountains.
Legendary Whitetail Deer Goes Down with Crossbow, 3:36 min.
This is the legendary deer known as Pincushion. He is not a giant, but he is the toughest and most allusive deer that has ever roamed this ranch. He was shot twice before in the previous 2 seasons and survived but became very hard to find. Wade finally gets his chance at old Pincushion and makes a great shot with his TenPoint crossbow and the rest is history.
Kentucky Trophy Deer Hunting, 3:27 min.
Located in the rolling hills of Western Kentucky, Kentucky Trophy Deer LLC is a family owned and operated business that specializes in trophy whitetail deer.