Columbia Basin Ranch Hunt Ends with a Bang

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were filled with mule deer, but we didn’t find a no-brainer. We did find lots of mule deer and a few whitetails.

I had the option of shooting a “trophy” buck or a management buck. Here’s a trophy quality buck  we observed and passed on.

This guy was a great buck, but not a no-brainer.Saw this buck a couple times, but just couldn't get motivated.

Am I crazy? No. I’ll come back for them next year or the year after.

Saw this buck a couple times, but just couldn't quite get motivated. Maybe I should have taken the shot.

This 2x2 was quite wide. Didn't get close to him.

In the morning of the last day, we found a big 3×3 that the rancher wanted taken out. We didn’t get a shot at him, but watched as he bred a doe. We decided to take a different tack on him, but he evaded us.

In the evening we came back and closed the deal as the sun set. Here he is – probably a mule deer-whitetail cross.

He qualified as a "management buck."

 

From 250 yards, I missed on my first shot, but he gave me a second try and he dropped. After a couple minutes, he got back to his feet. The third shot put him down again.

The bruiser was 23 wide and 19 high, a pretty good three point. I was happy and fulfilled by four days of mule deer watching. Taking home lots of venison. Couldn’t ask for more.

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