That a kid! I knew you, Dave and Lori were going to have a good time. Dave and Lori have that zone locked down for sure. Congrats to all of you.
Damn, three bucks on opening day. That is a great buck to boot. Congrats!
Over the years wifey and I have had the good fortune of drawing a couple handfuls of eastern Sierra deer tags, both archery and rifle. Our last archery tags there were in 2010 where we were on a couple really big bucks, at least they were big for us! I had the opportunity at a really good buck and missed him in high wind. We called him “Hoss”.
When we found out that we had drawn our favorite unit, I knew that we would need to spend some time up high looking at this area again. We did not have the time to do any scouting, but from past experience, I was pretty confident that we would be able to find some bucks to chase again in this area.
Opening morning came and wifey, Bruce and I jumped in my pickup and headed out early to get after it, heading straight to my favorite glassing spot. On the way we dropped off wifey at the trailhead to get an early start before the sun came up since she was up first. Bruce and I got to our glassing spot and got set up before it was light enough to see. We were yacking about the differences between his Swaro 15’s and my 12x50 EL’s, swapping and testing out what we thought worked better in the low light. I got back behind my 12’s and settled in to see if I could see wifey in the meadow yet. I found her, then started looking in what we call “the pyramid”. We call it that because from our glassing spot it looks like a big green pyramid on a feeding slope. Almost immediately I picked up 2 deer. It took letting it get lighter for a few more minutes to tell that they were both bucks, and good ones! Within a few more minutes we picked 2 more bucks. There was a small fork, a 24” 3x3, Hoss (or his twin) from a few seasons ago, and the “Freakazoid”. I signaled to wifey that we had found them and that they were in the same area that we had always found them. She headed up into the dark timber knowing that the deer on this slope usually head for that area to bed. She got to a spot that put her close to where the timber met the big granite face. There is a deer highway there, and she hoped they would cross there again. She got herself set and took a few range references and settled in. Within a few minutes the small fork was crossing the trail in front of her at a spot that she had ranged at 30 yards. He stopped and burned a hole in her, knowing that something didn’t look quite right. After a few minutes he cautiously moved forward. As soon as he was out of view, wifey came to full draw hoping that the next buck would walk through. He did and she released her arrow delivering a fatal shot! I saw deer explode from the area and grabbed my gear and headed over there. She told me that she thought she had let the first fork walk by, and shot the second fork. There was only 1 forked horn buck! I knew then that she shot a dandy buck, I just didn’t know which one since I couldn’t see what had happened in the timber. After a short track job, we found this guy piled up. He is a 5x6 with a little character . A big congratulations to my wife. She’s a badass! Not many women would have much interest in bowhunting, much less taking off hiking alone in bear country in the dark. I’m a pretty proud hubby!
We took lots of pics, boned him out and caped him and packed him back out to the pickup.
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Wifey packing out part of the load!!
We all went back to camp and got wifeys deer cooled down. I finished up with the caping chores and had a bite to eat. Later in the afternoon Bruce and I decided it was time to hit the hills. I wanted to go poke around and glass up in to some high quakie patches and show Bruce a couple cool spots. We had come around a corner of some aspens and spied 4 does and a nice little 3x3 out in a meadow feeding. I quickly decided to give him a go, and within a few minutes I was at full draw on him with his head down feeding at 54 yards. I could not have placed the arrow in a better spot with my hand. It was a perfect double lung shot, and he ran for about 10 seconds and piled up. While he's not a big buck, or my best buck by any means, I was elated to take him. I love deer hunting, and I love shooting deer with my bow!!
Got a big ol smile on my face as I read this again....friqqin AWESOME trip!!!!
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That will most likely NEVER happen again!! Great memories with great friends for sure!!
AND I caught my best brown ever....right at 3 lbs!
Unbelievable says it all !!! What a story.. You going to post the video ?? Every year I say to myself, wouldn't it be nice to tag out opening day.. 3 in one day - WHAT !!!