Extreme Wyoming

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Smith hunted with the flat-shooting, hard-hitting 7mm Weatherby Mag. We used Barnes’ TSX bullets for mule deer and antelope.
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Our mission on this hunt was to cull mule deer and antelope bucks on the Tillard 55 Ranch outside Glenrock. It’s a more challenging proposition to count points and assess antlers and body condition on an individual buck rather than simply looking for the biggest rack. We sneaked on a bachelor group of mule deer that included this up-and-coming 2-point (left) and the buck on the right that looked like a whitetail/mule deer cross.
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The best buck we saw was the wide 4×4 in the rear. He was a savvy, mature deer and didn’t stay still for a longer assessment.
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Smith checks the zero on his Mark V topped with Zeiss’ bright Conquest scope.
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McKean picked this 2×3 mule deer out of a herd of five bucks that was steadily tracking across the prairie, looking to bed down in a stream bed.
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California hunter Stan Ruddell made a great heart shot on this remarkable “management buck” with matching sticker points.
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Hunter Stan Ruddell poses with his buck, his brother, Weatherby’s Brad Ruddell, and outfitter Casey Tillard. Aaron Smith snaps the photograph.
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Stan Ruddell, on the right, cut his teeth on California mule and blacktailed deer, but this Wyoming mule deer was his first open-country buck. He presides over a happy trio of hunters.
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Validating a Wyoming mule deer tag.
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Stan Ruddell shows off his notched mule deer tag.
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Next up: antelope. I was looking for a freak, an older buck with non-typical horns. That means either forward- or rear-sweeping horns, weak prongs or straight or narrow horn configuration.
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I found this buck, an older antelope with prongs that split off the main horn. We made several stalks in a strafing wind before we finally sneaked on the bedded antelope. I shot this buck at about 60 yards with a left-handed Weatherby Mark V chambered in 300 Weatherby Magnum.
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Wyoming still-life. A couple of great “management” bucks ready to tote to town.