The first three days were for viewing, the fourth was for action. The idea was to look at the deer first and then decide which one to go after.
Unfortunately a couple of the biggest bucks were never properly vetted as they stayed in an alfalfa field far enough away that we never got a comprehensive view of them, but I think they were not quite as big as the one I finally decided on.
The wildlife on the ranch was very calm. While David was talking out the window to a friend, this coyote passed by at about 50 yards. I snapped a photo out the window.
The ranch has many food plots that provide winter wheat for green forage and standing wheat for thermal cover and a late-winter food supply.
David and Derek had fun with me seeing if I could figure out what critter left this pile of scat. I did not know.
The key is to know that the critter was eating apples from the only orchard around. Proves how omnivorous coyotes are.
Buck Run has a two state refuges on the ranch. Here is a photo of one of them.
And yes on day four, my buck. He was one of the two finalists. The other was a tall-horned velvet buck that Derek thought might be bigger than the one I shot. He was lucky that we couldn’t find him on “shoot” day.
He was a huge buck with great antlers and he’ll be prominent on my wall in a few months.
The ranch has a Washington State approved hunting program which offers an opportunity for ten unattached deer hunters to draw a tag to hunt on the ranch. Contact Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.