Blood Sweat and Years

It’s a dilemma many mule deer hunters face at some point.  Finding a trophy buck can take BLOOD, SWEAT and YEARS.  It’s no easy task.  The training, hiking, early mornings, late nights, soaked to the bone during a summer thunderstorm, alone, and the long hikes out in the dark can become drudgery.  But when it happens, it happens!  There he is – the buck that made all that work, sacrifice and suffering a distant faded memory.  The work has paid off, your work, not someone elses work.  You didn’t find that buck from the truck window, hire a guide or purchase the GPS coordinates from one of those ridiculous trophy animals for sale website.  You #EarnedIt!

Share or Shut Up

Now comes the the dilemma part, the internal argument a hunter has when they finally find that big buck.  The one where part of you wants to show the world that you heard all the snickering as you obsessively searched the mountains, but now it has paid dividends.  The other half of you wants to crawl in a hole, not talk to anyone and spend the next couple of months on the mountain until opening day of the hunt.  What’s it gonna be, do you share your newly found treasure with anyone or do you shut up?!

The author hunted this buck on his own. Having a buddy or two to help pack out a buck might add some incentive to share your buck information with a person or two. PC: Muley Freak

The author hunted this buck on his own. Having a buddy or two to help pack out a buck might add some incentive to share your buck information with a person or two. PC: Muley Freak

3 Types

The answer can be easy for some and complicated for others.  What’s it for you?  From what we see there are 3 general types.  #1)  Those who wouldn’t tell their dying grandmother even if it was her last wish.  You know this hunter is lying every time they open their mouth about scouting trips and what’s been seen.  #2)  This hunter is part of a tight knit group of a self proclaimed team of elite mule deer hunters that hashtag #Team…… on every social media post and will only share info on the inside of the “team” but never to outsiders.  And if someone spills the beans, they’re off the team!  #3)  This hunter can’t help but tell everyone how great they are at finding bucks, and their social media accounts reflect it.  Every buck they find is shared, and even bucks they don’t find they share.  You may have made the mistake and shared a picture of your buck only to find out it was forward to everyone in their contact list and posted it on Instagram as “their” buck.  Never again will you open your mouth to person.

Who Are You?

Who you are and what you do with a big buck you found is up to you.  Some enjoy sharing the info with a group of buddies who team up to hunt the buck, and others enjoy scouting, finding, and hunting the buck on their own.  Either way it’s you and you can do whatever you like!

Is it easier or harder to keep a REALLY big buck like the one that showed up on this trail cam all to yourself? PC: Muley Freak

Is it easier or harder to keep a REALLY big buck like the one that showed up on trail cam all to yourself? PC: Muley Freak

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