I have attached a story of a great hunt that I had the chance to help out on this weekend… Tim and his son, Kade drew a Burro Mountain Mule Deer Tag and they knocked down a great buck.. Below is Tim’s story…
Well we made it back! As you can see from Tommy’s posts we had a great hunt. I was able to take my nine year old son with me and I think everyone will agree from the smile on his face that he had a blast. The hunt itself didn’t take long. I used Tommy’s map service for the second time and he was dead on…. I mean that literally. Basicly Tommy sends his clients topo maps of the area that they will be hunting with areas flagged where he has seen deer. The area we were hunting was flagged in the exact spot where Tommy had seen a good buck last year. Our plan was to work down a ridgeline first thing in the morning that would allow us to glass finger ridges to our west and to the east in the area where the buck was spotted last year. Not more than 15 minutes and about a quarter mile down the ridge I saw what I thought was a deer in the exact spot Tommy had marked on the map for us. Sure enough it was a buck and after putting the spotting scope on it I knew it was a great buck for the area. I lowered the scope for Kade to see and he immediately said… “that’s the biggest buck I’ve ever seen… we need to go shoot it!” So we did and this is our result.
As I mentioned the hunt itself was short, but the tracking was long and difficult. I have to admit that I made a critical error in judgement when I took the shot. The only position we could find to give us a shooting lane was on a side hill and I was unable to get a level shooting position. In hind sight I should have found a better position, but we had already busted up some cattle and the deer was very alert. Not wanting to risk further detection and push the buck into nearby thick cover I took the shot from a very canted rifle position. This was a crucial mistake which resulted in a gut shot buck. So, since Kade’s hunting lesson was brief his tracking lesson would be long. When we got to the spot where the buck was standing when I shot this is what we saw.
There was a trail of partly digested stomache matter instead of a blood trail. As luck would have it my good buddy Jason, who is part Swahili and skilled in the art of tracking, was only an hour away and was quickly on his way to give us a hand with the tracking. After a lot of painstaking effort to follow the pooh trail, tracks, and few drops of blood here and there we finally jumped the deer. He only ran a short distance before running out of gas and rested under a tree where I was able to put the finishing shot through his chest from a short distance.
Picture of my Swahili tracker friend Jason and myslef with buck.
In the end all is well that ends well, and Kade and I had a great time spent hunting and trailing together.
Thanks goes out to Tommy and Jason for all their help!!!