Mule Deer, Elk and Western Big Game Hunting -
Previous Photo | Next Photo  
Home Page Photo Categories 2019 Big Buck, Big Bull & Other Big Game Contests

"Lance's Big Idaho Smokepole Buck"
Photo provided by: Lance Bethke

Lance Bethke (aka idhunters) posted in the forum here at Monster Muleys the following.....

"Idaho Muzzy Buck - Was fortunate to draw a muzzy tag in Idaho. I spend most of the hunt grinding against a full moon, cold nights with little morning activity and warmer than average days. Its a low density deer area anyways with lots of open country. I saw on average only 2 bucks a day (November tag) but did see a couple really good deer. I passed up some ok deer, and had a close encounter with a great buck.

With only 3 days left in the season I made what felt like the 10th drive to my hunting area, about 45 minutes from my house. I hunted most of the morning, seeing 2 small bucks and a couple does. While sneaking in a juniper patch I jumped some does, but didn't get a good look at all of them. I was a bit dejected, but went ahead and cut the wind and kept still hunting.

I made it about 100 yards and peaked around a tree to see this guy standing there at about 50 yards. With open sights, lead bullets, loose powder and other western muzzleloader rules I was happy to have the chip shot.

He measures just under 29" at the widest. We believe he is a whitetail hybrid based on the antlers and his tail has no black tip like muleys should. There are white tail deer in the area.

Public land, DIY, muzzle loader buck."

All Galleries | Gallery Main | Previous Photo | Next Photo

Click-a-Pic ... Details & Bigger Photos

Click-a-Pic ... Details & Bigger Photos

Home | Hunting Forums | Photo Gallery | Hunting Articles | Videos |
Hunts & Tags | Hunt Draw Odds | About Mule Deer | About Elk
Store | Classified Ads | Photo Tours | About this Site | Advertising |
Older Content | Email Us | Privacy Policy | Links | Podcasts