View Full Version : Hells Canyon Mulie Hunt

10-28-2013, 08:50 AM
I got this guy late Saturday evening. Got a late start that day so I hadn't gotten hiked in and camp set up till about two o'clock. I was glassing some flats from a main ridge when I spotted a group feeding on this hillside about a mile away. Made my way down to the next terrain break and set up the spotting scope to see a bedded down buck. I couldn't really get a good look at the buck due to shadows and brush, so I slipped in a little closer to see if he was worth shooting.

Turns out he was pretty a pretty small three point with just crab claws for forks. Not exactly what I was after. By the time I had gotten down and set up he was up milling around chasing this one doe. Without much day light left I decided to just watch tis group till dark and slip back to my tent. About a half hour goes by when I notice movement to my left and a considerably bigger buck was nose down headed right for this group. I had just enough time to take a quick glance with my binos and saw he was just three on one side with a really long back tine, not even really getting a good look at his other side. When I drew this tag I was really hoping for a four point but looking at that long back tine and knowing I had only two more days to hunt decided he was something I was interested in.

Since I first decided the smaller buck wasn't a shooter I hadn't even chambered a round in my rifle yet. So here I am fifty yards away from this buck with an empty gun. Lucky for me he had one thing on his mind and screamed past me to the group. I somehow managed to chamber a round and roll over on to my day pack lid just as he hit the group about two hundred yards away . Seconds later he turned broadside and I touched off my ultra mag. I watched him hunch up and then he folded.

That was where all the fun ended. I spent the next five hours skinning, quartering, deboning, and moving him up to the main ridge. Got back to my tent at about 10:30 and was up packing him back to my pickup at five thirty. I started out with all of him in my pack and that lasted about five hundred yards. So I dropped the two front quarters and head and packed the boned out back quarters, back straps, neck meat and any trim and made the four mile up hill journey. One more trip and I had the rest of him and my camp back to the pickup by 1:30. I tell you this pack out removed any delusions of grandeur I was having about packing an elk out this canyon by myself. I would love to go back and hunt elk there but only if I have someone to share the misery with, or a mule.

I have been going down to this area scouting since the beginning of September and this was about a perfect end to my season.

10-28-2013, 04:52 PM
Congratulations, nice buck! Looks like awesome country too.

Jon S
10-28-2013, 05:20 PM
Good story, glad you were able to get one chambered and make a good shot. Looks like a great buck out of great country!

10-28-2013, 08:18 PM
Wow! A great buck, and beautiful canyon country! Thanks for posting the story of your hunt.

10-28-2013, 08:22 PM
Very nice, congrats. I don't go after mule deer until November 21st. I hope my end result is as good as yours.

10-29-2013, 10:04 AM
I have hunted that country from the Oregon side many times and it is a great piece of country. That is a great buck and I know it was a tough hunt, congratulations.

10-29-2013, 05:49 PM
Thanks guys! Sawtooth heard the BHA rondie is going to be in your guys neck of the woods.

10-29-2013, 08:15 PM
Yes, it'll be held in Denver!