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"Fantastic Muley for Matt"
Photo provided by: Matt Eastman

Matt Eastman writes, "Here is my 2011 backcountry buck. I found him during my bowhunt and watched him for 3 straight days. I lost him for 2 days and had a good idea where he might be for the rifle opener. I found 3 of the bucks he usally hung out with, one was a very nice 4 point that I watched bed down just below my glassing position. An hour later, I finally spotted him across the basin. It was almost 9:00 in the morning and I thought I had the basin to myself. As I made my stalk to within 200 yards, all hell broke loose. 6 shots rang out from where I was originally postioned. My heart sank thinking that the big guy was killed. I watched two hunters walk down to where the 4 point was. So I started to wonder if they shot the 4 point and my buck would be hiding in the small finger of trees. As the other hunters walked up to their buck, sure enough, my buck come running out of the finger of trees. With only one last chance, I shot him on the run. He was hit hard and slowly made it through some really thick jack pines. Two other hunters shot at him and hit him in the leg. I was able to follow his blood trail and finish him off. It was not pretty, but fortunately, I was able to get him. My first shot tagged him in the front shoulder and he was mortally wounded. It was not how I wanted it to work out. Public land hunting can be crazy sometimes."

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