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Greenhorn

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My sister and her husband flew to MT from TX this past weekend to spend time with my parents and shoot pheasants on my Dad's place. My wife and I met them over there on Thursday. It was nice to hunt some of the stuff again where I grew up. We shot over 40 roosters in 4 days, so the bird hunting was nothing short of great.

I took my rifle out Friday afternoon looking for deer. In MT, our deer-A tag can be used on a whitetail or muley. Since I really enjoy muley hunting, I was hoping to only shoot a whitetail if it was really an exceptional buck. This particular area doesn't have much for muleys, mostly whitetails. I saw a buck I would have been very happy to take just at sundown. I made a go at him and screwed it up. I should have had him. I got a pretty good look at him through my spotting scope. At first look, I figured as a 4X4, he'd of scored high 140s. When he turned his head I saw that he had 5 on his left, all very long. I knew he was in the 150s at least, so I quit looking and started after him.. If he was 5 on both sides, he was a real whopper. After blowing my chance at him that evening, I tracked him the next AM into a 640 acre piece of CRP... then gave up.

I decided to check another place that I hunted often while growing up, but a place that I had never killed a deer at. It was an area you have to hike into. Anyhow, I spotted a buck in some bitterbrush. He was bedded and looking at me, about 50 yards away. I didn't think he was that great, but he was a nice one. Then he jumped and started to run away. I sized him some more through my rifle scope (stupid idea!). In any event, there is a reason why I try to never carry a round in the chamber or size them running away through a rifle scope.


A few minutes later I was putting my tag on a nice 5X5 MT public land whitetail. Hopefully the pictures turn out good. He's around 15 points smaller than I was expecting. But as soon as I shot, I figured that was going to be the case. No regrets though. He's a nice buck and will eat well. He also had a recently broken back hock. He wouldn't have escaped the mobs of coyotes and certainly wasn't going to grow any bigger or breed any more does.

I should have some pictures back to scan in tonight.
 

1_pointer

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Congrats! You gotta save some of the 'big' ones for others!!!:D Sounds like you had a blast in your own stomping grounds.
 

Oak

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WTG, Greeny. Sounds like the bird hunting was phenomenal. Got any pics of the birds?

Oak
 

mtmiller

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Way to go Greeny, I am guessing this little buck is bigger than most have killed. I was hoping you would get on one as big as last years. That was a dandy.
 

dgibson

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Congratulations, Greeny! Sorry about your finger accidentally hitting the trigger when you slipped on that rock while sizing him up through your scope...I hate it when that happens.
 

kiwi hunta

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Very nice animal greenie, He looks to be a decent sort of weight and in good condition as well, I Spose you get sick of people saying well done but anyway another great year for you
 

Moosie

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So.. This morning when you said on the phone you would call me tonoght... :( Just like school days with me waitiong by the phone.... ;)

Talk to ya tomorrow !!! NIce Buck BTW, Even if it's a dink
Does this meen next weekend I get to share your Farts again :confused: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
 

1_pointer

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Nice one!!! I wish I'd get more 'dinks' like that!;)

Are you wearing fleece pants or velcro chaps in the pic?
 

DeerKing

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Geez I hope I'm lucky enough to find a "small" one like that next weekend. Great buck Greeny! Again.
 
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