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"33-Inch Wide New Mexico Muley"
Photo provided by: Nick Sanchez

Nick Sanchez writes, "This deer was a last minute success and wouldn't have been possible without the migration. My father, David, and I were hunting in Chama, New Mexico Oct. 22 through the 26th. Day one was great, I went on to shoot a great cactus buck in velvet still. Although day one was a success, the next four days became discouraging in pursuit of a deer for dad. A storm had put some deer in migratory movement that weekend, but it did not persist. Then when all hope was fading on the last day, as we were taking a noon break and I was convincing dad to stay for the last hunt, a group of deer suddenly ran across the canyon where we were camped. In total surprise we grabbed our gear and ran up a hill in hope of getting a look at the deer again. When reaching the top we realized the deer were about to cross over the mountain never to be seen again. We did not yet know if a big buck was in this herd, but just before they crossed, a large buck stepped out and at 540 yards and dad made and excellent shot on this 33-inch deer ending our hunt in success."

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