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chambero
11-03-2005, 01:46 PM
This turned out to not be a backpack hunt this year, but we still had a great time. We were hunting on a private ranch in NE Wyoming. We had been waiting for several years for an opening on this ranch. We were unexpectly allowed to hunt deer also. We had planned on moving over to public land to hunt deer.

Took two mulies and two antelope. Still used my Siwash as a daypack.

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My Buddy's Antelope

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I'm ashamed to admit it here, but I was able to drive up to him. Didn't have to pack him out on my back.

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My brother-in-law's mulie took a little more effort. The deer crossed the river before expiring. Doesn't look like much, but that little river (the Belle Fourche) has a very soft bottom that my brother-in-law sank into over his waist earlier in the day. We halved him (the deer)and loaded him on two Siwash's for the trip back to the truck.

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This was a stag (cryptorchid)mulie by buddy took. He was still in full velvet. My friend's first mule deer and he was so excited. None of us had ever gotten a mulie in velvet before during bowhunts or any other time.

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A little more traditional picture for this board. The day before the season, we scouted a large tract of BLM land to the north of Gillette. This looked like a very nice area for deer. We wound up not hunting it because the ranch owner allowed my friends to hunt deer on his place.

Timberline
11-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Very nice antelope and mule deer. Congrats. Great photos. Sounds like a super hunt.

What was everyone shooting (rifles and bullets)?

Gizzmo
11-04-2005, 04:32 AM
Nice hunt photos.
I've done some hunting in that same area many years ago. Within sight of Devils Tower.
Also we hunted some BLM land off the first exit when you come in from South Dakota off 90.

chambero
11-04-2005, 05:43 AM
I was shooting a Browning Mountan Ti in 270 WSM with 140 gr Accubonds loaded by Winchester. I must confess I'm still getting used to the light rifle. My antelope shot was quite long (400+ yds) and I didn't hit him where I should have. Wound up in a long chase before I was able to anchor him. I was pretty comfortable shooting at those distances with my old long-barrelled 7 mm Rem Mag. I learned I need to practice a whole lot more with this new gun.

My two partners were both shooting regular A-bolts - one in 300 WM and one in 300 WSM. Both shot Accubonds, I forget which weight. They worked like they were supposed to.

Ralph
11-04-2005, 06:26 AM
"that little river (the Belle Fourche) has a very soft bottom that my brother-in-law sank into over his waist earlier in the day. We halved him and loaded him on two Siwash's for the trip back to the truck."

How did you get your brother-in-law back together again?

(Sorry, that's the type of thing an editor notices.)

elmbow
11-04-2005, 07:29 AM
Ralph, LOL

Looks like a great hunt Chambero. I have the same problem you allude to with my Kimber 84. I've shot full size rifles for so many years, that it's going to take a lot of practice to make the little gun "feel" right.

chambero
11-04-2005, 10:38 AM
Ralph: I must admit I goofed pretty bad on the wording. Sometimes we would like to "halve" in-laws wouldn't we.

On the other hand, there was a point while we were trying to "retrieve" my brother-in-law that I thought we would be doing pretty good if we could salvage half of him. It was the closest thing to quick-sand I've run into, even though it was a very soft, black organic mud that smelled to high heaven.

Nevada Dan
11-04-2005, 03:41 PM
Ralph, That was a good catch!!!

Chambero, It looks like the three of you (if I counted right) had a good time. I like your line about, "I'm ashamed to admit it but we could drive right up to him!" Hey, it doesn't get any easier than that. Nice job on the photo essay, I enjoyed it.

Smokepole
11-04-2005, 08:09 PM
Chambero, great photos, thanks. Like Nevada Dan, I got a chuckle out of the "ashamed to admit it" line. I've been "ashamed to admit it" myself a few times, but never ashamed to "drive right up to him." That's livin' large!

Kevin
11-04-2005, 08:47 PM
I am not ashamed to admit it when I can drive to an animal.

We packed 2 elk out, 1.5 miles or so.

We drove close to 3.

Never complain about good fortune.

Next year, they may all be 5 miles back.

Huntsman22
11-05-2005, 04:55 AM
Good job,guys. You'll always remember that crick crossing, if nothing else.......(try to cross in riffles if ya can find 'em. The bottom is more solid). Don