No velvet buck this year.

My streaked has ended with two velvet bucks in a row.  This years’ hunt was a little frustrating for me because I was unable to hunt for more than two days at a time (due to work obligations), with that said I can’t make anymore excuses.  From August 1st – September 10th I saw a total of 36 DIFFERENT bucks.  Not bad for the supposed Good Ole Days of Mule Deer hunting behind us.  The only disappointment I personally experienced was not being able to find the Non-Typical but maybe he will show up during the rut hunt in December. 

Below are a few of the bucks we found & hunted:

The above buck was found on Sunday, September the 6th.  He was with 8 other bucks & he was the third biggest.  I missed this buck at 65 yards after he winded me.  I passed on him at 60 yards before he winded me hoping a buck I named “The Beast” would walk by. 

We found this buck on the 31st of August.  He is a 155-160 ” 4×4. Later that day Mike Collins was able to get to within 70 yards before he blew out.
Damn Near!
We found “Flare” 4 differnt times on the hunt.  Mike stalked him the first night & was unable to get to within bow range.  On September the 1st I snuck to within 70 yards of him before the wind swirled. 
On the last afternoon, I found him again but I caught just a glimpse of him in the trees with my 15’s before he snuck off ending the hunt.  “Flare” is a 180″ Typical buck with an outside spread of 28-30 inches.
And now….
Meet “The Beast”! 
This buck is a huge old buck! 
Big body & the tallest buck that I have ever seen & I mean ever!  This is the best picture I got of him but you have to see him in person to witness just how big this animal is….  He is definitely a 180″+ deer & that’s all I can say for now.
The December season will bring a whole new dynamic to the hunt, as the bucks will be traveling & checking does.  I am looking forward to trying to stick a hard horn buck!
Good Luck & Stay Tuned!!!
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Craig Steele

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Craig Steele is the founder and publisher at Craig is an obsessed hunter and professional hunting guide. He owns and operates Predator Exclusives. Craig also guides for Exclusive Pursuit Outfitters. Besides hunting and guiding, he operates CS Creativity, which is his marketing and graphic design business.

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