Utah Velvet Buck
I’ll return to whitetails later this week, but at the moment I’m in the high country, chasing elk and mule...
I’ll return to whitetails later this week, but at the moment I’m in the high country, chasing elk and mule deer in Utah.
Here’s a glimpse of my success so far, a wide-racked 3×4 mule deer, still in full velvet. I connected on this decent buck after chasing the biggest muley I’ve ever seen – a huge-framed monster with deep forks that probably would score around 190 inches as a typical. We spotted that buck in the midst of a driving snow and sleet storm, but despite looking in the area for the next two days we never saw him again. He probably tucked out of the storm in a patch of dense aspens, enough to hide from our relentless searching.
It’s an unbelievable place – northern Utah – at an amazing time. Early September hunters can chase bugling bull elk with a rifle and see gangs of bachelor mule deer all in their velvet. Check out previous hunters’ success at the outfitter’s web site (redcreekoutfitters.com). And wish me luck as I try to call in a big bull.
I’ll be back in whitetail country later in the week, after I butcher this buck and strip the thick velvet from the rack.