Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Desert Mule Deer/Longbow

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David A. 12-Jan-19
David A. 12-Jan-19
Caughtandhobble 12-Jan-19
Bushytail 12-Jan-19
Pa Steve 12-Jan-19
reb 12-Jan-19
Homey88 12-Jan-19
chazz847 12-Jan-19
Bernie P. 12-Jan-19
Barber 12-Jan-19
Maynard 12-Jan-19
Ranger193 12-Jan-19
Bernie Bjorklund 12-Jan-19
CD 12-Jan-19
kennym 12-Jan-19
Jim 12-Jan-19
col buca 12-Jan-19
sammyg 12-Jan-19
60 Cowboy 12-Jan-19
Supernaut 12-Jan-19
Stoner 12-Jan-19
Jim Keller 12-Jan-19
Stix 12-Jan-19
Stalker 12-Jan-19
VADanno 12-Jan-19
Rick Barbee 12-Jan-19
Riverwolf 12-Jan-19
RymanCat 12-Jan-19
deerfly 12-Jan-19
GUTPILE PA 12-Jan-19
Al S 12-Jan-19
tradmt 12-Jan-19
jwhitetail 12-Jan-19
Al 12-Jan-19
KDdog 12-Jan-19
60 Cowboy 12-Jan-19
David A. 12-Jan-19
David A. 12-Jan-19
60 Cowboy 12-Jan-19
60 Cowboy 12-Jan-19
2 bears 12-Jan-19
2 bears 12-Jan-19
jk 12-Jan-19
JusPassin 12-Jan-19
Kelly 12-Jan-19
David A. 12-Jan-19
Wayne Hess 12-Jan-19
osage 12-Jan-19
Bryce 13-Jan-19
David A. 13-Jan-19
David A. 13-Jan-19
Stickmark 13-Jan-19
bowjack 13-Jan-19
kwanjangnihm 13-Jan-19
4FINGER 13-Jan-19
DesertMuelys 13-Jan-19
Turkeyman 13-Jan-19
Wayne Hess 13-Jan-19
jk 13-Jan-19
leftwing 13-Jan-19
Draven 13-Jan-19
Dry Bones 13-Jan-19
Gcg2 13-Jan-19
David A. 13-Jan-19
David A. 13-Jan-19
dm/wolfskin 13-Jan-19
GLF 13-Jan-19
badgerman 13-Jan-19
From: David A.
Date: 12-Jan-19




Took this desert mule deer on public lands in AZ...buck is bigger than the video suggests, just a monster body size. 23 yd. shot, called him in using my own voice and very satisfying to also use my own shooting method. Link to video: https://youtu.be/ugkEhSr-b_0

From: David A.
Date: 12-Jan-19

David A.'s embedded Photo



He took a dive thru a large cactus clump and I didn't have time to get him properly cleaned up. Very heavy buck and it took a lot of effort to haul him out...

From: Caughtandhobble
Date: 12-Jan-19




Way to go David. He's a STUD!!!!

From: Bushytail Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congratulations! He's a dandy!

From: Pa Steve
Date: 12-Jan-19




Wow! Congrats on a beautiful buck.

From: reb
Date: 12-Jan-19




Very very nice!

From: Homey88
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congrats!

From: chazz847
Date: 12-Jan-19




That's one BIG ONE!!, Congrats Sir!!

From: Bernie P.
Date: 12-Jan-19




He's a beauty!Antlers look more like a whitetail rack than muley.

From: Barber
Date: 12-Jan-19




Awesome

From: Maynard
Date: 12-Jan-19




Beautiful buck...congrats David!

From: Ranger193
Date: 12-Jan-19




What a hoss! Congratulations

From: Bernie Bjorklund
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice! Congratulations, that guy is huge!

Bernie

From: CD
Date: 12-Jan-19




Awesome!!!!!!

From: kennym
Date: 12-Jan-19




Great buck!!

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jan-19




Great buck! His rack looks like a whitetail rack.

From: col buca
Date: 12-Jan-19




Great job , congrats

From: sammyg
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice buck,big muley's get my blood boiling.Congrats.

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 12-Jan-19




Great buck, I grew up between Orical and Florence chasing mulies that looked just like that. I've got 1 on the wall that looks like his grandpa. Great job, I think that the desert mulies are the most difficult to hunt, because they don't migrate for the two seasons. Again great job!!!

From: Supernaut
Date: 12-Jan-19




Outstanding! Congrats sir!

From: Stoner
Date: 12-Jan-19




Big Congrats, I saw a couple in the Superstitions years back. Tough animals. John

From: Jim Keller
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congratulations. Nice buck!

From: Stix
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice buck!

From: Stalker
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congratulations! Nice buck!

From: VADanno
Date: 12-Jan-19




Really nice buck. I was hoping the video would have more details on the hunt itself. It did show a more typical mule deer antler on the right side...the left side looks like a whitetail or Coues deer is in the family tree.

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice one !!!

Rick

From: Riverwolf
Date: 12-Jan-19




Beaut of a animal , Congratulations !

From: RymanCat
Date: 12-Jan-19




Good deer. Looks like he may have been on his way down possibly. What did his teeth look like Dave?

He's a hog.

From: deerfly
Date: 12-Jan-19




wow, what a great hunt and nice deer. Congrats.

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 12-Jan-19




That thing is Awesome!!!!

From: Al S
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congratulations. Nice one.

From: tradmt
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice! I want to travel down there and take advantage of that season sometime. Was hoping this year but I just have too many expenses coming up to take that much time off.

Maybe next year! :)

From: jwhitetail
Date: 12-Jan-19




Holy Moley! That is a really nice buck. Great work! JW

From: Al
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice buck. But he is either a whitetail or a whitetail mule deer cross.

From: KDdog
Date: 12-Jan-19




Congrats! Nice buck! Looks like a couse deer to me.

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 12-Jan-19

60 Cowboy 's embedded Photo



I don't want hijack this thread but that's a very large desert mulie, an extremely large couse deer is less than half the size of this buck. Couse live at a higher elevation. I took this one in 1980 in the Tom Mix wash area (low sonoran desert) look at the similarity of the racks,almost 40 years apart.

From: David A.
Date: 12-Jan-19




60 Cowboy, I know the area you are talking about and I still try to get out there a bit. Took one 4x4 some years ago. Very low deer population but I have seen some real dandys.

Al, ya' it is possible he has some whitetail genes, but everything else was mule deer. We find this rack type now and then in southern Arizona and also in SW New Mexico mule deer.

From: David A.
Date: 12-Jan-19




60 Cowboy, very similar and btw, did you hunt on east or west side of the hwy. I preferred west side, but have been disappointed in recent years by the low deer population and too many motor bike desert off roaders/racers....lots of country on east side I never explored. Very tough bow hunt with such low deer populations. That's one of the hardest things about desert mulies, they are rarely abundant...if you have a shot opportunity "don't miss!"

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 12-Jan-19




Dave, again congratulations that's one helluva buck

From: 60 Cowboy
Date: 12-Jan-19




I always hunted the east side, kinda between Tom Mix and the Big Sandy and the washes going toward the Gila. I know guy's that hunted the open deserts south of Coolage adjacent to the farm fields that got some great bucks also. I moved from the Florence area back in 05. The deserts were getting quite crowded then, I couldn't imagine what it's like now. Great job Dave, January is a special time in the desert.

From: 2 bears
Date: 12-Jan-19




David strikes again. You definitely find the big ones and don't blow the rare opportunities. What you do works. Can't argue with your success. Way to start the new year my friend.>>>>----> Ken

From: 2 bears
Date: 12-Jan-19




David strikes again. You definitely find the big ones and don't blow the rare opportunities. What you do works. Can't argue with your success. Way to start the new year my friend.>>>>----> Ken

From: jk
Date: 12-Jan-19




That's the REAL David A ??

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice going David.

From: Kelly
Date: 12-Jan-19




Great buck, David!

Tells us about your bow?

From: David A.
Date: 12-Jan-19




Ken, got this buck close to where we scouted. Hope you are staying warm this winter, all the best. David

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 12-Jan-19




Nice Buck , David. It’s all so good to see different areas that people hunt. How hot is the desert this time of year. Thanks for the picture.

From: osage
Date: 12-Jan-19




Yeah, I would like to see pics / details of your bow also.

From: Bryce Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jan-19




You have quite the deer there and a wonderful story to match!

From: David A.
Date: 13-Jan-19




Kelly, it's a Bob Lee TD longbow with all micarta riser. 57# and 58". I hadn't taken a desert mule deer with a longbow in quite awhile so opted for the longbow on this hunt. It's pretty much a full out hybrid longbow with recurve type of riser.

Wayne temperature can get up to the mid 80s around noon time. But it just depends, we recently had a snowfall and usually temperature are high 30s to mid 40s at night with shirt sleeve temperatures mid day. Very pleasant for the most part.

From: David A.
Date: 13-Jan-19




Kelly, it's a Bob Lee TD longbow with all micarta riser. 57# and 58". I hadn't taken a desert mule deer with a longbow in quite awhile so opted for the longbow on this hunt. It's pretty much a full out hybrid longbow with recurve type of riser.

Wayne temperature can get up to the mid 80s around noon time. But it just depends, we recently had a snowfall and usually temperature are high 30s to mid 40s at night with shirt sleeve temperatures mid day. Very pleasant for the most part.

From: Stickmark
Date: 13-Jan-19




nice, very nice. Grunting by hand just makes the deer all the better. I live in AZ, and I concur that there are low densities in 37A and 37B. You have pulled some good sized deer out of the desert. Impressive.

From: bowjack
Date: 13-Jan-19




Very nice buck David!

60 Cowboy I did a combo hunt for coues, javelina and Mt lion NE of Oricle a number of years ago. Beautiful country! We did hunt one day in the desert closer to Oricle but the only mule deer we saw were at a distance.

From: kwanjangnihm
Date: 13-Jan-19




Well done sir! Congrats!!

From: 4FINGER
Date: 13-Jan-19




Congrats on a Fine Desert Buck...one of the Smartest Creatures on this Old Blue Planet...4finger

From: DesertMuelys
Date: 13-Jan-19




What a Monster.Very Tough and Smart Animals.Congrats on a Fine animal and Great shot.

From: Turkeyman
Date: 13-Jan-19




Congrats David.

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 13-Jan-19




Thanks David, Warmer weather is nice , The older I get the cold is hard on me, But I still enjoy it. I’m also a leftie and have a Bob Lee 3 pc. Long bow and shot a doe with. No big buck like yours, I like

From: jk
Date: 13-Jan-19




David probably won't remember because it was years ago, but he taught me how to mouth call muleys. It works!

From: leftwing
Date: 13-Jan-19




Not a easy task getting one of those monsters, been there, real nice Buck Dave, one very smart animal to hunt, congratulations.

From: Draven
Date: 13-Jan-19




Grats David!

From: Dry Bones
Date: 13-Jan-19




Congratulations, REALLY nice Mulie.

-Bones

From: Gcg2
Date: 13-Jan-19




Super cool, love those mulies... Congrats!!

From: David A.
Date: 13-Jan-19




JK, thanks for the memory jog. The problem was I couldn't shoot trad. bows worth a darn back then (nor could most others, IMO). That's about when I started to experiment, thinking outside the box. Never ever ever give up...!

From: David A.
Date: 13-Jan-19

David A.'s embedded Photo



Here's a better pic with a bit more Chuck Adams "long arming" photography...

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 13-Jan-19




Great deer at least you got his tongue back in.

From: GLF
Date: 13-Jan-19




Dandy buck David. And congrats on filling a tag on desert muleys. I've hunted them in the late Az season and prairie muleys in Montana. Any open country muley buck is a trophy. I'll stick with mountain muleys. Less tag soup that way,lol.

From: badgerman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Jan-19




Great buck David altho doesn't surprise me as you are on to those Desert mule deer big time. Did you get him close to where we scouted when I was down there a couple years ago. Great job! Joel





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