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MTTW

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that's a great representation of lope hunting (the gumbo), and although everyday buck back then, i disagree about easy to find today. These ones you've posted are top 5% of what I see now. I usually see a few like these, but almost always not where you can hunt them.
I am sure you are right, I haven't been there in quite a few years. I wish I had pics of the ones I couldn't kill. A couple of times I crawled for an hour to get in range and the bullet would hit at their feet. I never could get a handle on estimating range from my belly in that flat ass country.
 

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2019 we had some R7 permits. I shot that 71 archery buck last weekend of season on a little public section. My kids had private access lined up. Went 3rd week of rifle with daughter, she's not picky and shot a decent 13" type buck. After that we spotted a huge herd of maybe 30-40 bucks together. One big one. All the rest were small. Called my son who had a permit also and told him he had to come at least try. 24 hours later he had the buck, nicest MT buck I've helped dress out in the last dozen years.
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So many happy stories.. this ain’t one of them. 2015 I had a r7 tag and was elk hunting over there during archery - getting my ass handed to me. While eating dinner and drinking a cold beer I saw a herd of antelope with a buck in it walk over the hill. After another 2 beers I thought, “screw this elk hunting, I could go get that antelope”.

Yeah, let the circus begin. When I finally put my tag on the buck after having to reshoot my entire quiver, I heard an elk bugle. It was dark by then. Likely the bull bugling was the one killed a couple weeks later by a rifle permit holder within a 1/2 mile of where I was at.
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EYJONAS!

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So many happy stories.. this ain’t one of them. 2015 I had a r7 tag and was elk hunting over there during archery - getting my ass handed to me. While eating dinner and drinking a cold beer I saw a herd of antelope with a buck in it walk over the hill. After another 2 beers I thought, “screw this elk hunting, I could go get that antelope”.

Yeah, let the circus begin. When I finally put my tag on the buck after having to reshoot my entire quiver, I heard an elk bugle. It was dark by then. Likely the bull bugling was the one killed a couple weeks later by a rifle permit holder within a 1/2 mile of where I was at.
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Isnt that bull from a friend of famous moose hunter in these parts?

Congrats on the goat chief😁
 

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