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"Jason's Alberta Buck"
Photo provided by: Jason Groot

Jason Groot writes, "Here is a picture of my mule deer taken this fall. It scores approximately 176 B&C gross and has a spread of 25 inches. I hunt mule deer with both a bow and a rifle, and we had been chasing a couple of big bucks with bows earlier in the season. In the area I hunt, it is a draw tag only for mule deer rifle season.

After waiting for a few years, I was finally drawn in the area where I hunt near our family cabin. My partner and I scout mule deer all year and I was looking for this fella when the rifle season started. It took 3 inches of snow and a cold week to get him on the move for does.

After stalking him for a few hours late in the day, I finally got a good look at him (and the other 2 bucks that were close by) with my binoculars and decided he was the guy I had been looking for. I moved within 150 yards undetected and got into a good shooting position. The buck dropped with 2 shots from my Remington 7mm.

After he fell, I immediately called my wife and said "I got my trophy!". The next call was to my hunting partner to request his help getting the brute back to the cabin. I am fortunate to deer hunt 20 plus days a year and to have a wife who not only supports my habit, but was also excited for me. Also, a big thanks to my hunting partner for coming to help right after he got home from work."

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