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Season Over in 2 hours

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by ZigZagZeke, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    My deer season was over by 8:30 opening day...

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    Unfortunately I had to quarter him to get him out of here by 5:00 pm...

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    Field dressed this guy went 200#. He was in very good condition with lots of fat under the skin. This is the best deer meat I've ever eaten, even though it was not very well taken care of for a few hours.

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  2. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    I sort of hate you :laugh::laugh:
     
  3. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    Congrats on the nice buck!! And beautiful hunting spot!!
     
  4. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup:!!! Nice job. Gotta love them fat muleys!
     
  5. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    yup.. i sorta hate you too. i probably wouldn't have taken it, though... i love hunting too much to take one on the morning of the first day.

    he is a nice one, though... i suppose it'd be hard to pass that up.
     
  6. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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    Congrats, nice buck!
     
  7. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    He wasn't the best one I saw. The day before, when I was scouting, I kicked up two mule deer bucks along the canyon rim. One of them was a forked horn that was as big as the one I got. The other was a 3 point that was somewhat bigger than the one I took. So there are at least two more good bucks in that area.

    My first shot on this one was a head shot with my Howa 1500, .30-06, 180 gr Corelokt at about 75 yards. All I could see was his head and the wind favored him, so I couldn't wait for a better shot. The first shot hit just below the eye and severed the lower jaw and tongue. He made two jumps down into the canyon and fell in a pile. As he was getting up again I hit him behind the shoulder and he rolled/slid on down into the canyon a ways further. I climbed down to him with just my knife and pistol. Imagine trying to field dress a deer weighing more than you do on a 45 degree, loose shale slope, then quarter it and pack it out of there. Fun!
     
  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Not really the end of my hunting season. I'll still hunt that area for coyotes. I usually see more coyotes than deer when I'm hunting there. I like calling coyotes.
     
  9. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    That's nice but where's the rest of it?
     
  10. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    you do any trading?
     
  11. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    In the freezer. I suppose I coulda piled up the quarters there on the tailgate too.:laugh:
     
  12. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    What kind of trading?
     
  13. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    trading of coyote pelts- fur trading

    i've actually been looking for current market info, but havent yet found much. 5 years ago prices were pretty dismal- you'd need to trap and hunt full time, and tan, to make a meager earning. but things can change..
     
  14. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I too appreciate the the love of hunting but I have passed up opening morning shots only to have an empty meat pole by the end of the season. I still believe in the 'Bird in hand' theory. Good lookin' muley Zig and that skyline looks real familiar - wouldn't be near Gray Butte north of Redmond would it?
     
  15. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Wapinita Canyon, Juniper Flat outside of Maupin. Relatives own several ranches in that area.
     
  16. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I'm afraid I got spoiled in the days of $25 coons and $50 coyotes and foxes. I can't see the point when 3 or 4 hours of labor returns $20 if you're lucky. I'll sell a fresh coyote hide if somebody wants it, but I'm not skinning, fleshing, stretching, curing, etc. for $2 an hour.:(
     
  17. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    I've only eaten deer one time. It was jerky, I was younger, and I feel that I could do better.
     
  18. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    I hope you have your cougar tag. They have been known to come to calls, and the closer we come to reigning in their numbers, the closer we get to more successes like the one in your picture!
     
  19. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I get a sports pack every year. I would not go hunting in that area without cougar tag and I don't go anywhere over there unarmed.
     
  20. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    :thumbup: !