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Back from California


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#1 Male OFFLINE   Sugar

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Posted 11/23/13 - 08:41 AM

I posted this on the "dark side" but I know a lot of you guys don't go over there so here it goes...

I was hunting Blacktail Deer in northern California 3 1/2 hrs north of San Francisco.
When I arrived at the ranch I was informed that deer numbers were way down and hopes of shooting a "book" buck may be tuff.

I set a goal of taking all five species of North American deer a couple of years ago ( Whitetail..Muledeer...Coues..Columbian Blacktail..and Sitka Blacktail.. and to add a little more of a challenge to it I wanted them all to meet Pope and Young minimum scores.

I hunted California two years ago but never had an opportunity at a buck I wanted to take. Hopefully this trip would be different.

As of now there are only 10 Bowhunters listed in Pope and young who have taken all 5 and entered them into the record book. My friend Rich that who's ranch I was hunting is one of those guys...Here are his 5

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#2 Male OFFLINE   Sugar

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Posted 11/23/13 - 08:48 AM

Being 10 or so miles from the Pacific ocean made fog a daily occurrence...
Also bear and hog sign was everywhere but in three days of hunting neither was spotted

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Posted 11/23/13 - 09:04 AM

I woke up the first morning with a hacking cough and the heel of my right foot cracked 2 1/2 inches long and a 1/2 inch deep...in other words...painful.....
I refuse to post a pic of my foot if you wanna see go to the "Darkside"

Any way ...the first two days of hunting were slow with only a couple borderline bucks spotted.
On the third day I needed to break out my secret weapon....when I got dressed I put on "The Shirt" under my camo.

Long story short...about 930 on the 3rd day we spotted a real good mature buck rutting a doe and chasing off satellite bucks in a thick bedding area. I followed the group untill I was able to get a 35 yard shot at the buck who crashed 100 yards away after the hit.

He ended up with a gross score of just about 100" and nets 98 and change placing him into Pope and Young

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Edited by Sugar, 11/23/13 - 09:07 AM.

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#4 Male OFFLINE   Sugar

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Posted 11/23/13 - 09:09 AM

His jawbone showed he was a very old buck...

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Posted 11/23/13 - 09:17 AM

These are the four species I've taken so far...the Blacktail above...A NJ Whitetail...A Wy Muley and an AZ. Coues....Next stop is Alaska for Sitka Blacktail...

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#6 Male OFFLINE   sam3

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Posted 11/23/13 - 09:34 AM

Really nice Mark. Congrats!

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Posted 11/23/13 - 09:38 AM

way to go. hell of an accomplishment..

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Posted 11/23/13 - 10:33 AM

Awesome dude! You can kill all those big bucks but what happened on the shot at that 130lb doe?? LOL

#9 Male OFFLINE   Sugar

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Posted 11/23/13 - 10:41 AM

Ty...What 130# doe?

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Posted 11/23/13 - 10:45 AM

Jack said you had a swing and a miss right before you left for Cali? Or was he just being Jack?

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Posted 11/23/13 - 11:09 AM

Nice storyline and set of pics Mark! :up:
I don't know much about Coues deer, except they generally run smaller in antler size than say whitetails or muleys. From the ones I've seen taken on TV, the one you got there looks pretty exceptional. That's quite big for a Coues no?

#12 Male OFFLINE   Axiom

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Posted 11/23/13 - 01:13 PM

Nice bucks... Interesting accomplishment.. something i might consider doing, or try to do,  if i ever get PY white tail... :cupcoffee:


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Posted 11/23/13 - 01:20 PM

Yeah the coues deer is a monster.

 

Great representations of all the subspecies so far Mark. 

 

Congrats!!! I didn't read it all yet, but got the gist....I'll read it when I get home...hopefully I'll be tired from youth day buck dragging. ;) hahaha


“I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.” – Fred Bear


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Posted 11/23/13 - 02:57 PM

Wow ! Some great look'n bucks you have taken . Congrats!
You add camo to anything, it immediately becomes cool.

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Posted 11/23/13 - 03:35 PM

Nice deer Mark, Congrats :up:



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Posted 11/23/13 - 04:14 PM

excellent, congrats...well deserved !!!! Did DeerMaster teach you how to hunt?  :stirring:



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Posted 11/23/13 - 04:25 PM

WOW, that's so cool.  Great buck and best of luck with Alaska and you Sitka Blacktail.   :up:



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Posted 11/23/13 - 06:58 PM

That is one good looking blactail! Congrats! Way to get it done.



#19 OFFLINE   runum n gunum

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Posted 11/23/13 - 07:02 PM

Awesome Buck Congrats :up: Loved all the pics



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Posted 11/24/13 - 04:06 PM

Nice deer. Congrates




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