#DeerWeek is Coming

Move over Shark Week, Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) – the world’s largest aggregator and content provider of outdoor lifestyle programming, announced its inaugural #DeerWeek brought to you by Cabela’s, to air on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel this fall.

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Mule Deer Hunting with Mia at Big Buck Registry

“Mia Anstine recently found herself on the cover of Field and Stream and rightfully so, Mia is an outdoor writer, podcaster, and hunting guide in Colorado. You’ll hear Mia’s positivity as we discuss the numerous species and hunting opportunities that Colorado has to offer. Mia loves getting in shape both mentally and physically in preparation for her guided horseback mule deer hunts and explains why waiting patiently for the right shot will pay huge dividends.” Big Buck Registry

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Elk and Deer Herd Planning San Juan Mountains – Colorado

Colorado hunters are constantly discussing the management of elk and deer herds in their areas. However, it seems this discussion usually happens at camp or in the local coffee shop. If you’re one of these people, who has something to say about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s management in your area, you need to start attending the public meetings to have your voice heard by someone who can do something about it.

There is an upcoming meeting regarding the management in units 80 and 81, which include the South San Juan mountains of the San Luis Valley. You’ll find detailed information below. If this is an area you like to hunt, check the dates and maybe you’ll be able to attend one or both meetings. Don’t forget to share the information with your hunting buddies.

Public input needed by CPW for elk and deer herd planning in Game Management Units 80, 81 in South San Juan mountains of the San Luis Valley

CPW_SiteLogoMONTE VISTA, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is evaluating big-game management in the South San Juan mountain area and the public is invited to upcoming meetings where issues and plans for Game Management Units 80 and 81 will be discussed.

The meetings will be at:
7 p.m., July 13, in La Jara at Centauri High School, 17889 U.S. Highway 285
7 p.m., July 14, at the Monte Vista Co-Op, U.S. Highway 160, about a mile east of Monte Vista.

“CPW is reaching out to the public, including landowners, sportsmen, outfitters, business owners, and anyone who is interested in deer and elk in the San Luis Valley to attend one of these meetings and offer input,” said Rick Basagoitia, Area Wildlife Manager. “These animals are an important public resource and CPW intends to manage them for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

Every ten years Colorado Parks and Wildlife terrestrial biologists update big-game management plans which take into consideration a variety of factors, including: hunter perception, harvest history habitat availability, agricultural conflicts, forest management plans and social issues.  At the meeting CPW staff will talk about what is known currently about the deer and elk herds in the area, and the history of planning efforts.  Public input is needed to help CPW draft the management plan that will set goals for the most-desired population, sex-ratio objectives and the amount of hunting opportunity that will be available in the area for the next decade. All stakeholder input will be considered and combined with biological data to inform a revised management plan.

For those who can’t attend the meeting, comments can be made on line starting July 13 atcpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx. The survey will be available for 30 days.

The planning process will take about a year. A draft of the plan will be presented to the public in the fall.

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New World Record Typical Mule Deer – Pope & Young Club

Pope And Young Club Names New World Record Typical Mule Deer During First-Ever Special Panel

pope and young logo greenChatfield, MN – On the 13th of August, 2016 under clear blue skies amidst the sagebrush of southeastern Nevada, Frank Cheeney, accompanied by his son Aaron, arrowed the largest typical mule deer ever taken with a bow.

“My son Aaron and I headed out a bit late that morning, and we began glassing the area as soon as we arrived,” said Frank Cheeney. “We spotted a bunch of bucks bedded down in a sagebrush flat and after some discussion (I use the word “discussion” lightly), Aaron decided that I needed to try to put a stalk on the bedded bucks in the hopes of getting a shot. As we watched them, we noted that they were calm and looking in the opposite direction. Putting a stalk on a group of bucks with sagebrush as your only cover usually does not end well for the hunter, but Aaron felt strongly that I could put the sneak on them and end up with a good shot. I reluctantly kicked off my shoes and crouched down behind the taller brush and began my approach. As luck would have it, the breeze was blowing straight in my face as I headed towards the bucks. They seemed oblivious to my presence. As fate would have it, the biggest buck stood up from his bed. I drew my bow and with the deer in my sights I let the arrow fly.”

 

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Frank went on to add, “I grew up in the outdoors hunting and trapping with my dad. He passed on his knowledge and love of hunting to me, and it has always been important to me to continue that tradition. In my family hunting has never been about killing a high-scoring trophy. We have always looked for nice bucks, but score has really never meant that much to us. It’s always been about the time spent together with friends and family preparing for and carrying out hunting activities. It’s about passing on skills and traditions that are a part of our heritage and way of life. It’s about sharing a campfire, good food and, even better, stories with family and neighbors. It’s about teaching my three kids to be ethical hunters and conservationist so that they can pass these same traditions on to their children.”

The first-ever Pope And Young Club Special Panel was convened during the Club’s 30th Biennial Convention in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, April 8th. Pope and Young Club Records Chairman, Ed Fanchin, called for the Special Panel to measure a potential World Record typical mule deer taken by Frank Cheeney of Pioche, Nevada in August of 2016.FrankCheeneyMuleDeer150dpi

“This was the first time the Pope and Young Club has used a Special Panel for verification of a potential World Record trophy,” said Ed Fanchin, Records Chairman for the Pope and Young Club. “The score was authenticated and this tremendous mule deer was declared the new Pope and Young Club World Record typical mule deer. Congratulations to Frank Cheeney and to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for using successful wildlife management practices. It’s great to know that deer of this caliber are still roaming the wilds of North America.”

Cheeney’s typical mule deer was measured by two separate panels, each having three highly experienced measurers and a Boone & Crockett representative. The resulting score of 205 6/8 tops the previous typical mule deer World Record scoring 205 0/8, making it the new Pope and Young Club World Record. The Special Panel event was filmed and posted on the Club’s Facebook page during the 30th Biennial Convention.

This incredible animal has been entered into the 31st Recording Period–the biennium representing entries accepted into the P&Y Records Program from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. This is the first new and official Pope and Young Club World Record of the 31st Recording Period and the first-ever using the new procedure of calling for a Special Panel on potential World Records.

At the close of every biennial recording period, numerical awards and honorable mentions are awarded to the most outstanding bow-harvested animals in each species category that have been entered during this two-year recording period. New world’s records are verified and proclaimed, and awards are presented to these outstanding animals during the Pope and Young Club’s biennial convention and awards banquet.


The Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American bowhunting and wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of our bowhunting heritage and values, and to the welfare of wildlife and habitat. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository for the records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.

Contact the Pope & Young Club office at: www.pope-young.org or P.O. Box 548, Chatfield, MN 55923, Ph: 507.867.4144

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How To Hunt Mule Deer

Learn to hunt mule deer at CPW seminar in Montrose

CPW_SiteLogoMONTROSE, Colo. – If you want to learn how to hunt deer or to sharpen your hunting skills, plan on attending a free afternoon seminar with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2-5 p.m., March 25, in Montrose.

CPW District Wildlife Manager Mark Richman will lead the session and provide expert tips on improving your chances of harvesting a mule deer. Richman will talk about how to understand habitat, how habitat influences your hunt, and how to adapt your hunting techniques depending on when you hunt. He will also explain how to use CPW’s statistics to optimize your license-draw strategy.

“This is a great seminar for all hunters, no matter your age or your experience level,” Richman said. “There’s always more for hunters to learn.”

The event is limited to 30 people, so please call CPW’s Montrose office to reserve a seat, 970-252-6000.

The seminar will take place at the CPW Montrose office, 2300 S. Townsend Ave., U.S. Highway 550.

 

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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.


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How To Hunt Mule Deer – CPW

Learn to hunt mule deer at CPW seminar Saturday in Montrose

CPW_SiteLogoMONTROSE, Colo. – If you want to learn how to hunt deer or how to sharpen your hunting skills, plan on attending a free afternoon seminar with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2-5 p.m., Saturday (March 4).

CPW District Wildlife Manager Mark Richman will lead the session and provide expert tips on improving your chances of harvesting a mule deer. Richman will talk about the type of habitat that deer use, how understanding habitat will influence your hunt, and how to adapt your hunting techniques depending on when you hunt.

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He will also explain how to use CPW’s statistics to optimize your license-draw strategy.

“This is a great seminar for all hunters, no matter your age or your experience level,” Richman said. “There’s always more for hunters to learn.”

The event is limited to 30 people, so please call CPW’s Montrose office to reserve a seat, 970-252-6000.

The seminar will take place at the CPW Montrose office, 2300 S. Townsend Ave., U.S. Highway 550.

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CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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Mule Deer Bucks – Patience Leads to Hunting Success

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One of my favorite hunts is that of the “Gray Ghost,” more commonly known as the mule deer. I have memories of these elusive kings since the early days of my childhood. The big deer put lots of steaks in the freezer, and make tasty jerky or summer sausage. Finding an old guy sometimes offers a challenge, but if you’re persistent, you’ll reap the rewards. Here’s a story of a good friend’s first mule deer buck. ~Mia

Fourth rifle season ushers in a hunter looking for his first hunter mule deer buck. Our friends headed out opening day with grandiose hopes in their minds. Then concluded the day with only a plethora of does (the female deer kind) crossing their path and not a single buck. On day two the guys decided to try another valley and then the next day another. We all know, where there are does, there must be bucks. The boys hunted on.

 

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Fourth season is only five days and the pair watched the time dwindle, and the does dance, before their eyes. The two didn’t despair. We all know, where there are does, there must be bucks. The boys hunted on.

 

The pair saw more does and more does. They hiked and glassed and finally saw some immature, small bucks. They didn’t see what they were looking for. After lunch, they headed back down a ridge and spied large buck tracks, in the snow, crossing their foot tracks. They laughed at how smart the deer are but also knew they could outsmart that gray ghost.

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He immediately dismounted from his horse and took a look through his own binoculars.There at the edge of the field was a great buck! He unsheathed his gun and slowly lay on the ground. The horses watched in anticipation. They’d been through this scenario before. They knew what the rifle meant.

Suddenly the shot rang out. The horses flinched but stood still. The buck had been hit good but it leaped and ran into the brush.

The two friends were not anxious. They both knew the shot had hit its mark. They tended to their horses, grabbed their packs and donned additional layers. It was close to dark and time for some work to be done. After a short search, they located the prize.

It’s his first mule deer and it what a great buck it is!

Wolf Creek Outfitters hunter travis on first mule deer hunt


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Close Encounter with a Mule Deer

A friend shared this great story, from Cody Robins of Live2Hunt TV, about a close encounter in the darkness. He asked if anyone else had a similar experience. As a matter of fact, I have. It’s a cute little story and a bit funny. I wish I had a great pic, like the Cody, in the Deer Hunter Gets A Surprise When Checking His Trail Camera in the Dark!, over at Whitetail Overload.

 

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Hence I do not have that kind of wonderful pic, I’ll try to paint the picture myself. Here goes…

That’s super cool! And, yes. I have had a similar situation, although not in the dark.

In August I was out back by our horse arena, shooting prairie dogs. I stood at the corner of the arena waiting for one to come up. From my right I heard footsteps. I thought “Uh-oh. Rudy’s found me.” That’s our Emu who tends to foil many of my “hunts” with his curiosity.I didn’t move. I looked from the corner of my eye, I glanced and saw a golden tan figure moving toward me.

My next consideration was “I thought H took that baby colt to the trainer.” Then “My he’s gotten friendly.” By then, the object was moving closer, and before I knew it, 5 feet in front of me!

I remained frozen. I knew I couldn’t react quick enough, or motionless enough, to get my camera out. It was a young buck, RIGHT THERE, IN FRONT OF ME!

About the same time, he realized I was there. I scared the bejeezers out of him and he jumped to the side about a foot. Then he hurried the rest of the way across the pasture. It was pretty comical. He never ran, and I never moved. I just stood in awe at how he never saw me until the last second… Never happens when it’s deer season!

Here are a couple of last minute pics I snapped, with my phone, as the little dude left the field.young-mule-deer-buck-2 young-mule-deer-buck

Here’s another tale of buck encounters at the trail camera. This one a fellow, friend shared in the comment section on the same post.

LG has Buck Fever

Tales from LG
Tales from LG

I am not just obsessed with wildlife, it is my passion. That is why I hunt, fish and explore in the outdoors. We went to New Mexico for an end of the year hunt. We arrived early afternoon, got settled and decided to go on an adventure with my new PhoneSkope.

That time of day the deer are scattered all over the place. We went on a drive, yep road hunting, to see if we could catch a glimpse of a nice buck strolling around. We saw two little bucks who were on the fight. They were hanging out with about two-tons of does. I was lucky enough to catch them on film.

The week went by and our hunt was over. On our way out we decided we might as well go for another drive and see what may be up and moving. Sure enough, some bigger boys were out .Unfortunately, the monster stayed where we couldn’t get a good angle to see his pretty antlers. The others showed off long enough for me to get some footage before they headed into the trees and we couldn’t see them any more.

Here is my video, filmed with the help of my PhoneSkope. Please like and subscribe to it.
http://youtu.be/mtmRnLPUgbs

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Hunting and a “BadRabbit” – How they go together

I often write about hunting and my LG and refer to her as a “BadRabbit”. The other day someone FINALLY asked “What’s a BadRabbit?” I had to laugh because it’s an inside joke with LG and me. Today I will share BadRabbit and hunting with you.

LG is a minor. I try to raise her with ethics, morals, respect and responsibility. I’ve also raised her in a hunting environment. She began hunting the day she passed her hunter’s safety course. Over the years she’s gone from “I’m tired. I can’t hike any further. It’s cold.” to “Let’s see what’s over there. My feet are wet, but I’m still going. It’s 29 below zero, but I want and elk.” Big difference huh? She has gotten tough and more determined over the years. Quite frankly, she’s becoming a “badass”. Yep. I said ass. BUT. I can’t say that word because she’s a minor, and it wouldn’t be an appropriate word for her. That’s why she’s a “BadRabbit”!

Yep. We first used the term bad rabbit when we saw a Raging Rabbit on a t-shirt at an archery competition. We LOVED this shirt and are still looking for one today. Yes, the person wearing it was gone before we could ask. So, if you know where we can get one, please say so in the comments below.

We loved this Raging Rabbit archery shirt. That is one Bad Rabbit!
We loved this Raging Rabbit archery shirt. That is one Bad Rabbit!

So, LG is becoming more of a BadRabbit every day. This year she hunted elk during first rifle season in the snow, rain, sleet and hail. She wanted a bull, but came home with a cow. She was pretty happy with that. When we headed out for a fourth rifle season buck hunt, she didn’t have an either sex tag choice. The tag was a buck only tag, so a buck it was.

When we started off, she explained to us what size buck she was looking for. She has shot does in the past, but this was the first time she drew a buck tag. She wanted a respectable one.

We headed out on the first morning and saw two respectable bucks at about 50 yards. The thing is, in the trees were three BIG ones. We got as close as we could and waited as long as we could before she had to go to school. Those big boys never would give her a clear shot. We backed out and she decided she wanted one of them.

Note: LG could not miss school because she had basketball tryouts which started the same day as hunting season. She hunted, went to school, went to basketball and then got up at 4:00 am the next day to hunt again. That’s one BadRabbit! Oh, and she made the JV squad!!! Whoop! Whoop!

The remaining days of the five day hunt ended up with similar stories. She had opportunities at respectable shooter bucks each day but was looking for those BIG guys. When day five came, she said “Okay. Today I will shoot whatever.” Now, to you and me, “whatever” could mean a legal forked horn buck. Check this out.

The last morning of the hunt, it had rained the night before. It was windy and cold. We head out and hiked. We saw does, spikes, does and small doodoo heads (those are the little forked horns I was mentioning). Then, I saw a big body in the trees. It was a buck and a respectable one at that. LG gets set up. The buck moves in and out of the trees, but never gives her a clear shot.

She said “let’s move over that way”. We booked it to another location as quickly and quietly as we could. Then she said “There he is!” She dropped to one knee as she mounted her gun, steadied and shot. “BAM!” It was a clear hit, but he stood there wobbling. Before I knew it she had reloaded and fired again, dropping him to the ground. All that training and practice sure payed off. That LG is one BadRabbit!

LG gets her 4x3 buck on the last day of the hunt.
LG gets her 4×3 buck on the last day of the hunt.

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