Hunting Mountain Whitetail (Video)
We just returned from our annual whitetail hunt in central Idaho. This is a hunt that keeps us coming back for more even though we’ve never taken a big buck … we see the big ones but just haven’t been able to make it happen. I can’t even seem to get any video footage of the nice bucks we’ve seen… they just appear and disappear so quick! Last year a very nice mature buck came running into our setup but before we could even react he did a 360 in midair and was gone. the swirling mountain thermals must have given him a snortful of our lovely scent! It all happened so fast we both looked at each other in dibelief… not too sure if we had actually seen what we thought we’d seen! But we’ve had all year to mull over the vision of him and anticipate the chance to see one like him again! This year we were later in the rut and the deer weren’t responding to rattling or calls… so made it even more of a challenge! We also seemed to pick the wrong week for deer movement. It would clear up around 1:00 am in the morning and the deer were out moving until daylight and then bedded back down about the time it was light enough to hunt. I did get an opportunity at a doe ( this hunt is a hair tag) but rushed the shot thinking she was going to disappear any second and shot right over the top of her! On the third day we did see some deer movement in the early morning and Gary got a shot at a very nice buck, but with the open sight in the dim early morning light he missed! On the last day of our hunt a little buck came wandering through our set up, and Gary wanted me to shoot. I told him to be ready to back me up, as I’m not very experienced with a rifle. It was a good thing he was there because I couldn’t find the deer in my scope… and the window of opportunity was very narrow! As soon as I told him I couldn’t find the deer, ” BOOM”, he lowered the hammer and we had venison on the ground! Unfortunately the camera was having a lot of difficulty with the cold and condensation, so I never got any footage of his deer. All in all we still had a great time… we really enjoy making a cozy camp, and the solitude of the woods in the winter.