Craig Eckstein from Buchanan recently checked in with a report from a great mule deer hunting trip out West. Here’s his story:
“Just got back from my annual trip to Wyoming, and thought you might like a few muley pictures.
My buddy, Alan Keane (Winchester) first went on this hunt with me in 2010 – he has been hooked ever since. He is shown with a nice 4×4 buck taken on public land.
I also connected a nice buck, with mass that is really cool. I spotted this buck in a valley while walking with a brand new muley hunter friend from Pennsylvania, Perry Smith. We raced down the ridge to get out of sight from the buck, then up the next ridge to get a shot. He was unable to get the gun steady in the high sage brush, and the buck slipped into a steep ravine. We waited for 2.5 hours for him to step out on the other side at about 300 yards, but he never did.
We knew he either bedded down, or was walking up the bottom of the ravine, and were worried he would be gone. We decided to head up the ridge, split up, and try to catch him in his bed (hoping like heck the he hadn’t left!).
When we got to the top, Perry looked right and saw nothing. I looked left and caught him heading up the ravine. He was literally two steps from turning a corner and being gone forever! I dropped the bipod, hit the ground and fired so fast I had no time to think.
I could only see the back part of his chest, so I angled it up into the chest. He piled up right there when the 7mm slug headed into the old boiler room! It’s the thickest buck I have been blessed to harvest, and am thrilled. I was even more thrilled when Perry shot his first muley later in the week.”
Sounds like a great hunt and congrats on three fine bucks, Craig!