A couple of Septembers ago, I had the opportunity to hunt in Wyoming at Four Horse Outfitters . I had drawn both a Antelope and Mule deer tag but only had time to be away from the office for 3 days. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to harvest both animals in such short window of time, but it being the 1st hunt of the year, my enthusiasm couln't have been any higher and I was ready to make it happen.
I was set up in a ground blind over looking a water hole. I must have had at least 30 different Antelope come in on day one. Some small, some good sized and unique looking. If you haven't tried archery hunting speed gaots out of a blind you've got to give it a try. It's fun to watch thier behavior and being in a ground blind allows you to do it on their level and at close range.
They were all fun to watch and wary of my blind but the temptation to get a drink was too much and most came into archery range. As the day rolled on the temprature in the blind started to rise. It was late afternoon and after passing on a few goats I finally spotted this one from a distance making his way to the waterhole. He looked good! I told myself I would probablly take him if he gave me the opportunity.
As he got closer I had made up my mind to shoot but he was coming in straight on and I didn't have a shot. When he bent down to get a drink I drew my bow, hoping that as he turned to leave he would pause and give me a shot opportunity. He raised his head, turned and walked straight away from me about 7 or 8 yards then turned broadside again. Perfect! that is just what I needed.
At 30 yards it was a perfect pass through and and my goat didn't go more than 50 yards.
This was my first speed goat with a my bow and I was flying high!
On day 2 it was time to switch gears to mule deer. We woke up early to scout out a couple of agricultural fields the deer were using to feed in the early mornings and late afternoons. My shooting confidence was high after the previous days hunt. I have learned that I am way more likely to make a well placed shot if I am feeling confident. I knew if a good buck came into archery range he was going to be in trouble. As it was getting light we spotted a 170 inch buck making his way out of the field and up a sage brush draw. To make a long story short I bedded him down and blew a stalk, I was lucky enough see him bed up again about 1000 yards away with a few other bucks and get a 2nd chance.
On the 2nd stalk the deer had bedded in a rock pile just on the other side of a ridge. The plan was to come up over the ridge and sneak into position for a a shot. As I came up over the ridge there was a strong wind blowing in my face. This was perfect and covered the niose I was making on my approach. The deer had moved since I last saw them 30 minutes proir and I unknowingly snuck within 10 yards of the 170 inch buck. Even with the wind covering my movement this was a little to close and he busted me. Deer exploded from the rock pile and in the confusion, I ended up making a perfect 40 yard shot on a smaller buck that I had mistook for the bigger deer. If any of you have been in this position its a bit of a let down but after some thought I was very happy to have taken the buck I did and he is still a nice trophy with my bow.
In the backgound of this picture you can see the rock pile on top of the ridge where the deer had been bedded when I took my shot.
I had just harvested 2 Pope and Young animals in 2 days. I had a great hunt with Four Horse Outfitters!