Colorado Mule Deer Hunt, Day 2

This was the first time anyone had laid eyes on this wary monster, and I would have shot him had he stopped to give me a chance.

12:15 p.m.
This morning the fog was so bad that it was futile to hunt. Out here, if you can't see, you can't do anything. There are no trees for stands, and to walk around blindly only heightens your chance of spooking a big deer and therefore ruining your chances for the next day. So we didn't do much. We drove around, glassing the first 30 yards of every crop field in vain, and then we went in for lunch, cussing the weather.

6:25 p.m.
Our cussing worked. By 2 p.m. the sun finally burned the fog off, and the visibility opened. At 20 minutes till dark, we spotted the buck, about 2,500 yards away, on the edge of the cornfield. With no time to lose, we set out at once to get within range for my Apex. That range would be about 100 yards, as in Colorado muzzleloader season, scopes and modern sabot bullets are illegal.

We raced up the edge of the corn, slowing down to a creep as we neared. To our surprise and dismay, another huge mule deer buck—obviously our buck's running buddy—was feeding in the corn beside him.

This was the first time anyone had laid eyes on this wary monster, and I would have shot him had he stopped to give me a chance. We spooked him, and in turn, he drew the attention of the gigantic buck that we were after, now standing 80 yards from the edge of the corn, about 150 yards from us. Seeing his buddy flee alerted him, but as the sun was falling like a stone in the  sky, it was now or never. We rushed to the edge of the field and lasered the buck with the antlers as wide as a bookshelf. He was 95 yards and staring right at us. I cocked the hammer and tried to get the sights on him, but before I could he stotted away, back into the corn and out of my taxidermist's hands.

Sometimes when big bucks are spooked they can become a different animal altogether. I wondered whether we'd ever see him again.

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