Mike Miller, MT
After waiting years for this hunt, my dad and I were finally in the Montana backcountry with Hoyts in hand chasing elk and mule deer. My anticipation was not disappointed!
On the evening of day three, I was pounding up the side of a mountain to catch up to an elk herd we found earlier that morning. The front that was moving in made it foggy with some snow starting to fall as the wind blew directly at us. With the conditions in our favor, we were slowly working our way up, cow calling to disguise the noise we were making.
After stepping out past a few pine trees, we found ourselves in a stare down with two great mule deer bucks at 35 yards. It didn't take me long to nock my arrow and get drawn; they knew we didn't belong and weren't going to stick around long. After the buck on the right that I was taking aim on bolted, I swung over and dialed in on this trophy with my Vectrix.
After the shot, he ran up the hill about 75 yards before stopping behind some bushes. It didn't take more than 30 seconds before he started tumbling and sliding down the mountainside. I wasn't sure if he would ever stop!
It didn't take us long to cover those 250 yards to my first mule deer. The 5x5 was more than I could have hoped for. Great fellowship, great country, great equipment. What a trophy, what a hunt!
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