Aaron Smith of Weatherby took this nice 3x4 mule deer just as a snow squall moved across a range of sagebrush-covered hills.
Smith hunted with the flat-shooting, hard-hitting 7mm Weatherby Mag. We used Barnes’ TSX bullets for mule deer and antelope.
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.
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.
Smith checks the zero on his Mark V topped with Zeiss’ bright Conquest scope.
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.
California hunter Stan Ruddell made a great heart shot on this remarkable “management buck” with matching sticker points.
Hunter Stan Ruddell poses with his buck, his brother, Weatherby’s Brad Ruddell, and outfitter Casey Tillard. Aaron Smith snaps the photograph.
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.
Validating a Wyoming mule deer tag.
Stan Ruddell shows off his notched mule deer tag.
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.
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.
Wyoming still-life. A couple of great “management” bucks ready to tote to town.