- Jan 13, 2002
- Salmon, ID
Tonight my dad and I decided to go do some scouting for archery season where he used to hunt 20 years ago. We were kinda bummed to see that there was cows all over where he used to hunt so we kept going. We reached a fork in the road and I told him to go left. We only went about 400 yards before we found a sign that said no motorized vehicles beyond that point so we stopped the quad and started to glass. I was looking through my binoculars when I spotted a doe. I tryed to get a better look around her but couldn't find any other deer so we only sat there for another five minutes or so. It was starting to get cool and we didn't have jackets so we decided to head back for the truck. About half way there my dad stopped where we could glass some clearings on the opposite hill. He instantly found a deer about 600 yards away. After checking it out through the spotting scope we were confident it was a doe. He was just about ready to go when he decided to check one last clearing. He was lookin at the clearing with his binoculars while I was lookin in some on the right side of the mountain. All of a sudden I heard him say "Oh my God, that's the biggest buck I have ever seen!!" He showed me where to look so I looked through my binoculars at this clearing and there in the middle of it was a total giant. He set up the spotting scope and started sizing him up. After looking at the buck for close to half an hour we figure he is close to, if not over 30 inches wide and about 24-26 inches tall. He has either 6 or 7 points on the right side while his left side only has 4 or 5 that we could see. I would have taken pictures but this buck was over 1000 yards away. This buck is truly a giant and I live in California so you California boys will know that this kind of buck is very rare. Too bad archery season doesn't open for two more weeks, oh well we are going to check on him a few more times and camp at the bottom of the mountain come opening day of archery season. So hopefully with a little luck that buck will still be there and we will get a shot at him.