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"South Dakota Bucks"
Photo provided by: Mark Zacher

Mark Zacher writes, "Well, another year rolled around and we had to change up our hunting area this year. The area we choose was said to be down in population, but some said there were still a few around and also some quality bucks, white tail and mule deer. We went to our white tail spot first and my son, Tony, took a 5x5 white tail, not a giant but a nice one. As the day went on my son and I decided to walk over into another area, a little more like mule deer country. We did a lot of glassing with no success. We walked into an area and found a spot higher up looking around several cuts with lots of cover and looked like a traffic area in and out. After looking for about 45 minutes, we decided to unpack and have a little lunch. That is when we saw him. I guess that's when the big ones come out, when everyone is back at there truck having lunch.
We threw are packs back on and was deciding what are next move was. We glassed a little longer and here he came right down the path we walked in on. Now, Iíve been looking for a DIY mule deer for a long time in South Dakota, and my son exploded with excitement, got me all jacked up and nervous. He walked in where I had a 150 yard shot and I put him down. WOW, it really surprised me when I seen him up close. Heís 27 inches wide and will score low 160ís gross. Right place right time I guess, he found me, patients paid off that day."

Mark's friends son, Rob, took the fine whitetail buck.

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