Archive for November, 2008

Huge Buck confiscated by Idaho Fish and Game

Posted by on Thursday, 20 November, 2008

Idaho Buck from 2004

Idaho Fish and Game claims another trophy Mule Deer.


A Wisconsin man, aided by a friend from Jerome, Idaho and hunting on a highly visible Idaho Super Tag,  shot this buck with a rifle in a unit that was open for muzzleloader hunting. When questioned, the men claimed to have shot at the deer, with a muzzleloading rifle, in the correct unit, only to have it run across the road where it was finished off with a rifle. The kill was reported by another man who had hopes of killing the buck himself and who had been keeping track of the monster for some time previous to the hunt. This story does go to show that there was at least one good buck still left in Idaho at the time.

Lesson: Don’t finish off your archery or muzzleloader buck with a rifle.

Big Mule Deer killed in Northern Utah

Posted by on Tuesday, 18 November, 2008

This buck was killed in Northern Utah – 2008 season. Hunter unknown.

Wellsville Mountain Buck

Photo submitted by Paul Baxter

How about a Pig?

Posted by on Saturday, 15 November, 2008

This hunter got very lucky hunting West-central Utah in 2008. His pig is about 38 inches wide. You can tell it is a pig by the neck. Do you care that it is a 3×4?

Vernon Pig Buck

Photo submitted by Paul Baxter

Send in your Stories and Photos

Posted by on Thursday, 13 November, 2008

Since all of us enjoy stories and photos from great mule deer hunts – and since the 2008 season is upon us or is winding down, we would love to hear your stories and see your photos. Submit them by clicking on the Contact tab at the top of the page.  

Thanks and Happy Hunting

Utah Hunter Bags Huge Muley

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 November, 2008

This nice buck was killed by an unknown hunter while hunting in South Central Utah – 2008

Henry Mountain Buck

Photo submitted by Paul Baxter

Love Affair with Predators

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 November, 2008

Compare the two stories below and see what your conclusions are; mine are at the bottom.


CASPER, Wyo. – A police officer didn’t think much of a call to shoo off a bothersome “kitty cat” at a home in Casper, Wyo. Then the officer arrived at the home of Beverly Hood. It was no ordinary domestic feline — but a male mountain lion weighing 80 to 90 pounds.

Officer Mike Ableman says he ran for cover inside Hood’s home when he saw the cougar.

Hood says she was inside when she first saw the mountain lion lying on her porch Monday. Hood says the lion hissed at her, but she wasn’t scared.

She called 911, animal control and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Hood reported that she had a bothersome “big cat.” A dispatcher told Ableman that it was a house cat.

A game warden tranquilized the mountain lion and the animal was relocated.


Deer project starts off with 13 caught, killed

Associated Press – September 23, 2008 10:55 AM ET

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Helena police trapped and killed 13 mule deer in four days last week, as part of a pilot project to reduce the number of deer within city limits.

Chief Troy McGee says the last of the carcasses were taken to a meat processer on Monday.

All of the venison is being given to Helena Food Share for distribution. The food bank is paying for the processing.

The pilot project aims to cut the city’s growing deer herd by 50 animals over the course of several weeks. Officers began the nighttime work last week, baiting a half-dozen box traps with apples and a mix of grains and molasses.

Officers kill the deer with a bolt gun, which uses a blank cartridge to fire a cylinder into the deer’s brain. It does not fire a projectile.

Information from: Independent Record,


To me, a hissing male mountain lion on my front porch constitutes a threat – much more so than mule deer eating my shrubs. In my opinion, the mule deer in Helena should be relocated and the mountain lion shot on the spot. Modern-day priorities seem to exibit a love affair between agencies and predators.  It is almost as bad to kill a predator as it is to cut down a pine tree.