Letting the Buck Out of the Bag

My 2015 obsession.
My 2015 obsession.

Finally, a year later I’m letting the buck out of the bag. Actually I never bagged this buck to begin with, so unless someone else has, he’s STILL out of the bag.

Either way, this amazing 200″+, Northern Utah mule deer buck has haunted me every day since the 2015 season ended. I promised myself never to obsess over a buck (again), but not a single day went by for the entire year that I didn’t think about it.

The pictures in this article were taken from a video I shot at only 200 yards. At the time, he was surrounded by three other deer and there was no way to get closer. So I let him walk, thinking I might get a better opportunity the next day. But he had other plans.

A sentinel buck that ran with my buck.
A sentinel buck that accompanied my buck.

Like most big bucks, he immediately changed routine and kept me one step behind him until the season ended.

Hoping to get a second chance in 2016, I spent nearly 20 days of the season looking EVERYWHERE for him–high and low– but he was nowhere to be found. He is gone.

If you happen upon this tremendous buck, please give him my regards and tell him I miss him.

A look from behind.
A look from behind.

P.S. Despite the great heartbreak and strife of my 2016 bow hunt, I was still able to score on an impressive Idaho buck (story soon to come.) All is not lost…

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2 thoughts on “Letting the Buck Out of the Bag”

  1. Nate,

    Great pics. And beautiful buck. No wonder he haunted you. I had only seen the one pic (at the top). Appears you had a good look at him last year. Hope he was not poached in the winter range. Maybe he’ll be back next year?

    Always impressed with your ability to find 200″+ bucks on OTC units.

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words, Russ. Whether or not this amazing buck is still around, there’s no way I’m hunting NORTHERN Utah again. TOO MANY PEOPLE, not enough huntable deer.

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