Back in August I went on an archery deer hunt. I headed out on the 15 and camped for 5 days. Dad bought a new camp trailer that he let me use for the hunt. The first day I ran across a big two point deer with some smaller bucks but they busted me quickly and ran off. Then a storm blew in and rained pretty heavy for the rest of the night. The next day I came across two large four point bucks but there were already some other hunters stalking them but they got busted and I never did come across those two again. While riding back to camp I started to round the corner and in the apex of the turn there was an old arrowhead. Dad went home so the rest of the week I was alone. During the rest of the week I kept driving by a small two point buck but passed on him in hopes of getting a look at the other large bucks. But finally on the day I was going to head home I saw the smaller deer and shot him. It was a 40 yd shoot that double lunged him with a clean pass through. I was happy.
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This year the Fish and Game decided to change the deer hunting units. Before there were 5 large units and now there are 28 smaller units, which I think is a good idea. Anyway I applied my home unit as my first choice and 4 others. I didn’t draw my first choice but I did draw my fourth choise, which was the Nebo unit. After my first scouting trip, I knew it was going to be tough hunting. The first week, I saw several does and one spike buck. I let him walk figuring I wanted to shot a fork horn or better. After checking out Mt. Nebo, I decided to head South to the San Pitch Mountains. Awesome country, looked great for deer. Spotted 1 two point but he bolted into the thick brush and I couldn’t get anywhere close to him. Saw very few deer over here and talked with some locals that said the same. It was cool exploring the new area, had lots of fun. Camped 11 nights and while on the San Pitch Mountains there were coyotes howling all around camp every night. Drove the four wheeler on a lot of the roads, hiked several canyons but no luck shooting a deer. There is still a chance for me to take a deer on the extended units in December. Check out my photos on Picasa.
I have been practicing a lot this year for the deer hunt. I have a small range in my backyard and I have been out to the shooting range.
The archery deer hunt started on August 21. On opening morning I had a nice 3 point in view. I was up in some timbers and here he came walking by. I hid behind a tree and when he came by, I had a 35 yd shot. I let my arrow fly and I missed. The arrow went under him. I was shaking pretty good so I will chalk that up to buck fever. The buck bolted and was gone, so I drove along Miller’s Flat Rd.
After turning around and headed back home a noticed a couple of large birds. I stopped and they look like Sandhill Cranes.
That evening I spotted a small spike off the road a ways. I stopped got out but he busted me and took off. This happened to me several times during the hunt. One morning I spotted a moose along side the road.
While out I spotted just one herd of elk and a couple of fox sightings.
One morning while following a buck, I came across a large pond. I didn’t even known it was there. I checked out this area, looks like a good place for elk.
Finally on Saturday, the last weekend of the hunt, we headed up Gentry Mountain. We drove over to an old shed. We spotted some deer on the hillside behind it but no bucks.
I turned around to head to another area when I spotted two does and a buck behind them in some trees. I got out and waited while the buck came closer. He got within 65 yards and I knew if I didn’t shoot now he would bolt. I raised up trying to take my time and stay calm. I released the arrow, heard it hit and watched as he ran about 50 yards and fall down. I walked over and found my arrow in the dirt while giving the deer time to die. I walked over got a few pictures.
It was a long hunt but I enjoyed my time in the mountains. I hope to do it again next year, maybe get a bigger buck.
Since the bow season is right around the corner, I decided to get some practice in with my bow on some 3-D targets. So on Sunday I headed out to the North Springs Shooting Range. I made a few calls and no one wanted to go out so I had to go ir alone. This is the second time I have been out here. The first time was near winter and they had a lot of the targets put up. This time they were all out. I started out walking the 3/4 mile course. This course has 20 targets set up ranging from fox to elk to raptor. It was fun and challenging since a lot of the shots were on steep angles. I believe I did really well, hitting the vitals on most. I had this course all to my self which was nice so I could take my time
After finishing that course, I decided that I needed to get more out of my $15 entrance fee so I stopped at the 50 target course. This one was a lot easier, the trail followed an old road and all the shots were on level ground with the yardages marked. All in all I launched over 100 arrows and didn’t loose or break any. I am calling that a win but my arms sure are sore.
This range is awesome, I need to come out and do some rifle shooting and try out the Castle Gate town shoot. The weather was almost perfect. The clouds were threatening rain but never did which left the temps nice and cool. There was some gusts of wind which affected arrow flight but it was nice day.