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Bill is working on some barrels for me as we speak. Beginning of the season has been a bust, but we are going this Sunday

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No pictures, no shots fired, no quarry seen in this mornings muzzleloader deer hunt but it was an incredible morning on the mountain. I heard the first bugle not 200 yards from the truck and it was non stop for the next 2 hours. I was consistently seeing them from 6:45 to 8:15 and at about 7:30 had to stop my walk in because they were bedding to the North and West of me. I sat there watching cows, calves and several satellite bulls all between 60 and 100 yards away in the timber for the next 45 minutes the whole time the heard bull was bugling but I never did see him. One nice 6x6 was playing around in front of me about 100 yards out for at least 10 minutes, really wide but still not fully mature. He will be a monster next year or the year after. What great fun even if I did not have an Elk tag.


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This is my favorite photograph from this year and for me maybe ever.

I was lucky enough to draw one of 3 pronghorn tag in small hunting
unit here in Utah.

Utah has a program where you can mentor youths and share your tag. I did that this year and mentored my 13 year old grandson on his first big game hunt letting him hunt under my supervision and use my tag.

I had scouted the unit several times and had found some decent bucks. Anyone would take a good first Antelope for a young man.

Our hunt started Friday morning. I had taken a drive around the unit and had spotted what might be the best buck I have ever seen on the hoof. I just hoped I could find him again in the morning. As you know we did find him.

We spotted him bedded down on small hill about 1500 yards away. There was know way we could stock up the valley so we decided to leave him and go up on the plateau and hope we could get near him before he wandered off.

We got lucky and managed to hit the edge of the ridge about 125 yards from the still bedded down buck. I put my pack down and had Dallin get prone. The buck sensed something was up and stood up and trotted a few steps and stopped. Dallin, aimed what will now be his Ruger American Predator 6.5mm Creedmoor, fired and made a perfect shot. The buck went down where he stood. I doubt he heard the shot.

When I got close both down antelope, wow he was an impressive Pronghorn. I don't think my grandson fully appreciates just how impressive this buck is.

I took head and cape to the taxidermist this morning. We rough measured and he might make book. Time will tell is he measure up. Either way, Dallin shot the Pronghorn of a lifetime.

Sharing this experience and getting a young man started hunting was much more fulfilling than if I had shot this buck.




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Slowpokebill,
Good on you for starting another fine young man on the right road. When you are long gone, he will be telling his grand son(s) about this hunt. Good on him for a fine shot.
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I like that smug, grown-up subdued smile on the young mans face, knowing full well he wants to be grinning like a Cheshire cat!!!! And rightfully so!! Good story and good picture and good on you Bill for getting this youngster started off right!!


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I am happy for you both, knowing how special it is to help a grandson with his hunting firsts. That really is a nice goat.

Thanks for posting that. You've got some mighty good eating, now.

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These aren't the greatest pictures but what the heck. We were tealing today. It was a spectacular morning leading up to a long day of rain and storms. But for a few hours, it was perfect. And we got some birds. In fact, using that old Cashmore clunker that Ted so vehemently dislikes and some blackpowder loads, I managed to drop 3 teal with the first shot. Multiple birds with one shot is new to me (except at skeet), so this was a nice bonus. We ended up with 4 birds total.

This was a new location for me, and when the big ducks and especially geese become legal, it should be a spectacular location. we had Canadas dropping in on our heads the whole time.





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Hey all, my first post since this thread started. Some great posts here, keep them coming!

Yesterday was our Grouse/Hun opener. Didn't do squat! My son Jim and I went up to check on our duck slough and decided to hunt by it. Didn't see any birds at all.

Today however was different, went to an old reliable spot and was able to get a double on a covey flush.

More import, it was my new GSP pup Addie's first hunt. It was a whole new experience for her. Her she worked well, but didn't quite know what was going on, but she has time to learn. For her first day, I was happy with her. I think she'll dod well. Just a matter of time.

Anyway, here's a couple of her in the field:





The birds, I used my 16b John Wilkes





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Greg

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Greg,
I think that Addie did extremely well for her first hunt, and a great day was had. Here's hoping your season continues to go well.
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Greg, few things are more fun than watching a good dog learn and figure out what’s going on when they first start hunting. You can almost hear that click as she figures out things. Enjoy the ride.

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