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Three friends pursue high country mule deer in Wyoming

Sunrise on mountain while hunting
The last two years I've been fortunate to hunt Wyoming. It’s the most amazing high country I have ever experienced. As I keep hearing awful reports of a hard winter in Wyoming and larges amounts of wildlife dying, I can't help but wonder if the hunting will ever be as good as it’s been these last two years. In 2015 I took a normal 10 day trip into the backcountry for opening week of rifle season. 

Glassing for mule deer in Wyoming
I was blown away at the amount of game I saw and fell in love with those mountains. So, when 2016 came around, I decided to put all my eggs in one basket and dedicate my September to finding a big buck in Wyoming. My plan was to hunt the archery season, and if that didn’t pan out I was going to stick around for the rifle season.

Continued below.

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Capturing the adventure

I try to document all my hunts through the lens of a camera and this hunt was no exception. After spending 27 days hunting mule deer in Wyoming, I was able to capture some awesome footage. So many encounters and stories happened on this hunt.

Backpacking around Wyoming looking for mule deer
Everything from seeing 14 bears, helping a fellow hunter retrieve his elk that had been taken over by a sow and cubs, being kept up all night from screaming bulls right outside the tent, running out of water and returning to my source to find it dried up, as well as meeting and chatting with other hardcore hunters I bumped into on the trail and lastly, not only seeing, but also taking three awesome mule deer bucks with friends! I Am so glad I captured a lot of these moments on film. 

Below you'll find the film from our 2016 season and additional photos of the deer and scenery. I think I'll watch this film for the next 5 plus years and remember the 2016 season as the good ol' days.

Zach's 2016 Wyoming Mule Deer Film

 



Additional photos from the hunting season


2016 Wyoming mule deer taken by Darrick
Darrick with his 2016 Wyoming mule deer taken on the second day of the rifle season.
 
Zach Kenner with his 2016 Wyoming mule deer
Zach Kenner with his 2016 Wyoming mule deer.
 
Thad with his 2016 Wyoming mule deer
Thad with his 2016 Wyoming mule deer.
 
Hard working hunter equals mule deer success
Hard work equals success.
 
Darrick with mule deer meat
 
Wyoming buck back at camp
 
Packing out a Wyoming high country mule deer
The end of a successful high country mule deer hunt.
 

 

 

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Burt R. - posted 6 months ago on 03-06-2017 07:16:55 pm
Midway, Utah
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Very nice video!

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Brent D. - posted 6 months ago on 03-07-2017 07:55:23 am
Parma, Idaho
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Great work boys, love seeing success stories...and that video to cherish the rest of your lives. Awesome!

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Brian P. - posted 6 months ago on 03-07-2017 09:44:09 am
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How cool, beautifully shot video. Congrats to you all. Seems impossible for a guy like me from Michigan, just started accumlating points, trying to plan an OTC elk hunt.....lots of unknowns coming out for the first time!

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Brent D. - posted 6 months ago on 03-07-2017 09:45:58 am
Parma, Idaho
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Brian...it's like you retirement, you just have to forget that you're doing it for a few years.

Cody M. - posted 6 months ago on 03-18-2017 04:07:51 pm
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Good job boys, hard work pays off