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Well, my buddy and I backpacked nine miles deep into the Montana high alpine backcountry for the opener of early rifle.  This is a public land, OTC hunt for mule deer.  Deer numbers are not high in this area, but if you find a lone buck, he is often an old one.  That is the case with this deer.  He only had a few teeth left.  He was in full, beautiful, untouched velvet with a 4 inch horizontal kicker on his driver's side ... before the shot(s).  I kept putting shots on him to try to keep him on the ribbon cliff he was on, but of course he rolled right off.  The velvet was shredded, and the kicker was MIA.  My buddy and I searched the path of the fall, and through some miracle, my buddy found it in the rocks.  My taxi should be able to fix the kicker and put some synthetic velvet on.

The pack-out was brutal, but worth it!


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Awesome.  What gun/caliber?
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Nice buck!!! I have always wanted to hunt this unit and have done a few scouting trips in it.  As soon as I graduate and have more time I plan to give it a try.
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Bitteroot, About what elevation were you hunting? looks pretty high
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That is one extreme hunt! Congrats Man. Next Fall I hope to do somthing similar
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That's a stunning shot and a good story. Glad you had such a rewarding trip.
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Originally posted by ckk1106 ckk1106 wrote:

Awesome.  What gun/caliber?


It was my backpacking setup:

Remington Model 7
Douglas barrel stainless 22'
7mm-08
Leupold PRW bases
Leupold PRW rings
Vortex Viper 2-7X32 BDC

Handloaded Barnes 140 TTSX.


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WOW!!!!!
That is REALLY a nice buck you got yourself there Matt. 
Looks like a lot of work to get him out of there. Big Smile
What was the elevation there?
How heavy is a beast like that?


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The elevation was over 8000 feet.  That buck led to 113 pounds of boned out meat.  So using the "thirds" rule-of-thumb, he should have been around 300 pounds live weight.







Edit:  Just noticed the error on the meat poundage. 


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That's about the altitude you need to be hunting at with the temperatures we've been having. I'm glad it's finally cooling down.
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If you weren't in good shape before, i bet you are now. Wink
That's a lot of heavy work man.Bow
Is that a normal weight for a muledeer buck?
Please let us see how you mount it.
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Originally posted by Claus Claus wrote:

Is that a normal weight for a muledeer buck?


Most I have taken have been in the 200-250 range.  In my experience, it takes a really old buck to get into 300 pound territory.  This guy had a 2 inch cover of fat over the rib meat.


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Beautiful, plain and simple. Congratulations Matt!
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Way to go Matt.  He is a dandy.  Excellent
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Thanks guys!

I will be working on the video for a while...
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Very nice buck Matt and gorgeous location (maybe not so gorgeous with 100lbs of meat on your back).  A dream hunt for most of us!  Congrats.
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Way to go...the tough hunts are the best.. but ExcellentExcellentonly after you have a cold frosty in the hand!!
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Beautiful, thanks for posting.
 
I've always wanted to hunt out West; I'm torn on where to go and what to do, Canadian whitetail, sheep, elk......so little time and money! Big Smile
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8shots: Hear hear.Big Smile
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Great hunt with some risk of failure or great rewards.
Don't envy your trip out, that had to be a gut buster.
 
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

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Great hunt with some risk of failure or great rewards.
Don't envy your trip out, that had to be a gut buster.


Mid gut bust:



The Eberlestock is loaded to the gills with meat, head, cape, antlers, and camp about half way out.  My partner's load was about the same.  Its good to have good friends, especially when they are marine veterans.
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