2012 Muzzleloader Mule Deer Hunt

Weston with a Pack Wheel Game Cart hunting for mule deer

Looking for deer above the alfalfa fields on the Henefer-Echo property.

Beautiful automn leaves

With the lack of rainfall we have received the leaves are beautiful this year .

Weston glassing for deer

Weston glassing for deer as the sun was going down.

Glassing for deer at sunset.

The only deer I saw this season was down this canyon.

Hunting with a Pack Wheel game cart.

Prepared to haul a deer off the mountain with a Pack Wheel game cart.

KB preparing for surgery

KB getting ready to go back for surgery.

KB with a camo cast on his arm

Post surgery KB now is sporting a Camouflage cast. Nice choice on the color of the cast KB!

With my general muzzleloader deer tag in the new Utah deer unit of 4/5/6, I was hoping to make up a little ground from my dismal Limited Entry Archery Elk hunt on the Wasatch unit.

Unfortunately much of my life since I drew my LE elk have been spent all around that hunt. I didn't take any vacation to spend with my family so I would have as much time as I could possibly get to hunt. With the LE tag I burned up all but a day of my vacation time so I didn't have much time to take off for my muzzleloader deer hunt.

On the opener of the hunt my brother Weston and I hiked in on the Henefer, Echo property working our way around sage brush draws above green alfalfa fields that were down in the valley. With the extra dry year we have been having we figured and hoped there would be abundant numbers of deer filtering their way back into the sage to bed after being down in the alfalfa all night... well apparently the deer just bedded on the edges of the fields because we didn't see a single deer all morning long. And we only found one set of deer tracks.

Next up I wanted to go back in to the high altitude area I hunted last year. Weston was going to come with me and we were going to pack our gear in to spend the night with a couple of Pack Wheel game carts. On our way up the mountain my wife called to inform me that my youngest need to have surgery to set his broken arm with pins. Such was my luck this year.

We did hike in and try to find some deer in Red Rock canyon before returning home. I was able to get some cool photos of Weston glassing just as the sun was going down. I was also able to see a doe about a mile away in the binoculars for the only deer I saw for the season. Well so much for my opportunities to fill my tags this year.

Dallen's rifle elk tag is coming up and hopefully his luck will be better than mine this year.

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