Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hannah's first big game animal

Sorry I haven't posted more photos of the coues deer taken on our Mexico hunt;  I will get those up in the next couple of days.  I have to share some photos of my daughter and her Javelina she harvested this morning.  She was very excited to say the least.  We have been hunting the past couple of days with no Javelina sightings until this morning and we were able to get within range so she could get one.  We did find a dead Javelina Yesterday morning that had died sometime during the night because it was still limber when we found it.  I couldn't find any visible signs of trauma, so it must have been sick.  If I start foaming at the mouth in the next few days I had better go get some rabies shots after handling it.  Anyway I posted a photo of that pig as we found it and also a couple of a happy Hannah with here nice Javelina from this morning.

A happy Hannah and her Javelina

Hannah, her Javelina and  a proud dad

Hannah and the dead javelina we found yesterday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sonoran Giant

Here are some photos of the giant coues buck my father-in-law, Earl Laforge, took while we were in Mexico last week.  Earl and good friend Jeremey Gugelmeyer were on the buck for a couple of day and finally got it killed on the third day of the hunt.  I actually saw Earl shoot the deer from my vantage point across the canyon.   I got to see the deer alive, and believe me he is impressive to look at.  He is has a typical 5X5 frame with split eyeguards and an extra on each side making him a 7X8.  I put a pretty accurate tape on him in camp and came up with a little over 131" gross.  He should make the all time Boone and Crockett nontypical coues category.  We will be doing a lifesize mount of this buck later this year and I will post photos of it when it is completed.  Enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sonora Coues

I just returned from Mexico a couple of days ago where I was hunting with five others and we had a great hunt.  The trip went smooth and I saw nothing different from the past 11 years we have been going down.  I am sure that there is some risk involved, but we didn't mess around in town and stayed on the ranch the whole time we were down there.  Everyone harvested nice deer and I will post photos of them over the coming days.  This is the buck I took on the last day.  I have been wanting a true 4 X 4 for years and I was finally able to get one.  He gross scores 100 7/8 and I couldn't be happier!  Check back for more photos to come including a monster buck my father-in-law harvested.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Family Affair Coues

Here are a couple of bucks taken in the late season by Jeremy and Kristy Ulmer, owners of Chasin A Dream Outfitters archery shop here in Payson.  Jeremy's buck is a gnarly old dude that grosses in the upper teens and Kristy's buck is pushing the 110 mark.  Kristy harvested her buck on the second to last day of the season with a strong and cold winter storm moving in that morning.  It turned out that it would have ended her hunt if she hadn't found her buck that morning.  The upper photo is Jeremy with his buck and the lower photo is Jeremy, Kristy, and their son Zach with Kristy's buck. Congratulations to both of them and if you are coming through Payson, stop and visit them at their archery shop across the beeline highway from Dairy Queen.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Archery Buck

Check out this coues deer that my good friend Gavin Weller took last week.  Gavin has taken many nice bucks with his bow over the years, but I think this will be his biggest to date.  Congratulations on a great buck Gavin!