Favorite Products at the 2014 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

Big Game Mounts at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

Here's just a few of the many mounts that can be found at 2014 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo.

I had a little time between work and Dallen's High School basketball to check out some of the booths at the Western Hunting Conservation Expo this year. I decided to to donate $50 to put in for some of the hunting draws I would like most. The Desert Big Horn and Rocky Mountain Bighorn were no brainers. The Hunt Expo is most likely my only chance to draw one of them. By the time I have enough points to draw my once in a lifetime moose hopefully before I die, I think I will put in for a Mountain Goat and there's no way I'm living long enough to start on a third once in a lifetime big game animal.

Anyhow with the $50 for ten different hunts, $12 for parking, $10 to get in the show and my gas to drive down. It's worth it to have another chance to get a limited entry hunt in Utah.

As usual there are some pretty cool stuff at the show. The place is just packed with huge mule deer and elk mounts not to mention tons of sheep and other critters. I do like walking through the taxidermy judging section. I feel a lot better seeing realistic sized deer and elk in this section. Many of the mounts are of deer with antlers the size I might actually see in the areas I hunt. Now throughout the rest of the show the antlers just don't look real. I've hunted hard my whole life and never seen bucks or bulls anywhere near the size of most of them found in the show... wow!

Poison Arrow Bow Mounted Elk Decoy

Here is the Poison Arrow elk decoy collapsed on a bow.

Poison Arrow Bow Mounted Elk Decoy Deployed

Here Poison Arrow Gear's cow elk decoy deployed on the side of a bow. You can see how you can hide your draw behind the decoy.

Anyhow there where two products that caught my eye as I walked the show this year.

First was a lightweight decoy/blind that Poison Arrow is making that mounts to an arrow in your bow quiver. Being a solo DIY archery elk hunter I have many a time found it difficult to call in a bull within range without getting busted. My most successful technique is to ambush elk along a active trail or water hole. There are times when I am calling and I can see that carrying just a few more ounces of weight on my bow with one of Poison Arrow's cow elk decoys could help buy me some precious time to get the shot.

The decoy is a "flag" of material with a cow elk head printed on it. There is a small bungee chord that ties the decoy flag down by being wrapped through the nock of the arrow that the decoy is attached too. The decoy can be deployed in just a couple seconds. The decoy attached to the arrow can also quickly be removed from the quiver and attached to a tree or brush etc.

Most of the time I try to ambush the elk and would prefer not to have the decoy visible attracting attention to me however sometimes I do have to cow call to pull a bull within range and if I have a bull coming directly to my calls this decoy might just buy me the time to get the shot. I can also see that it would offer a great shield to block the view of me drawing my bow. I might have to get one of these before next archery elk season.

CamStrap Video camera head mount

Solvid's CamStrap video camera head mount and one of their hats with a slot in the side for the mount to come through.

Another product that looked pretty cool was a nice solid camera mount that straps around your head called a CamStrap from a company called Solvid. Unlike GoPro cameras and mounts this mount appears very strong and secure allowing for the use of variable zoom digital video camera. The footage they were showing of archery mule deer hunting and other hunting was pretty amazing. I was impressed.

I could see how this could get awesome footage of my archery hunts and I could see how it could be vary valuable to review the footage after a shot to see how well my shot placement was on an elk. A GoPro is cool but the footage is so wide angled that anything past a few yards looks very distant. This system can bring the action in much closer. This could be a lot of fun as long as I'm not fiddling with the camera when I should be focusing on taking the shot.

Now if I get one of these straps I'll have to get a camera to use with it, hmm....

For more information about the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo check out huntexpo.com.

Trail Camera Tips - A Few Things I've learned Using Them

In May of 2013 I got my first trail camera and I quickly had to have more. They have been so much fun seeing what is going on in the woods when I am not there. Here are a few of the things others might find helpful that I learned about using and setting up trail cameras this year.

Rayovac ultrapro aa alkaline batteries with a Browning Recon Force trail camera

My favorite batteries for my trail cameras, Rayovac UltraPro AAs. They are inexpensive on Amazon.com, they last well and they have been capturing video down to 19 degrees below zero. 

Batteries.
I have yet to swallow the pill and buy the expensive lithium batteries. I'm sure Lithium would be by far the best to use but they are just so very expensive and I have been really happy with a much less expensive battery. I have really liked the performance of the inexpensive Rayovac UltraPro AA alkaline batteries. I buy them in 48 bulk packs from Amazon.

I like to change out the batteries when they show near 50% on the management screen of my Browning trail cameras. I would guess that I get an average of around 700 videos that are 30 seconds long before the batteries drop near the 50% mark.

The reason I switch out the batteries at 50% is not that they won't keep taking photos and video. It is because of the possibility that it may take me a month before I get back in to check the cameras. A lot can happen in a month and I would hate for the cameras to miss any possible action. I do generally get around 6 weeks before they drop to 50% and I generally check my cameras every two weeks.

How cold is too cold for alkaline batteries?
I have found that with the Rayovac UltraPro batteries I can capture video with temperatures that are well below zero. All my online research showed that alkaline batteries were only good down to zero. I have captured many videos on all on my cameras in temperatures below zero. The coldest temperature so far has been some mule deer when it was 19 below.

Here's a few interesting video clips that show the cold temperatures where the Browning Trail Cameras have captured mule deer, coyotes and turkeys using Rayovac UltraPro alkaline batteries.

Bears.
If you have bears in the area they will mess with your cameras. They will try to destroy your cameras. Bears are bad... but pretty exciting to get on camera. I'm thinking a electrically charged wired right next to the camera would do wonders at keeping them from messing up my cameras. So for next year I am looking into a small electric fence option for the bears.

SDHC Cards.
My favorite SDHC cards are a Sony 16 Gig Class 10 variety. Video can fill up card quick so I like the extra room of a 16 Gig card. The Sony Class 10 cards read extremely fast and run around $12 on Amazon. Their speed comes in handy when downloading the files to my computer. The Browning trail cameras don't require the class 10 but I sure enjoy how fast copying the files to my computer is.

Mounting to trees.
You have found the perfect location to watch game with a trail camera but there aren't any perfect trees to strap a camera to. Often this is the case. Finding a solid straight tree in the right spot to watch a muddy spring may not be possible. I have found that Browning Tree mounts are just the tool to mount trail cameras to just about any tree and then once you have it on the tree you then can angle the camera in almost any direction.

Browning Trail Camera tree mount oak brush

Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount Bolted to tree

Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount around a small tree with the camera pointed up the hill to watch a trail the passes above. Lag bolts can also be used to securely mount a Browning Tree Mount to a solid tree. This camera is also angled to match the slope of the trail it is watching and tipped slightly down.

Browning Trail Camera tree mount bundle limbs

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera tilted to match slope of trail

Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount used to bundle several small trees together. The trees were about three feet apart and using the two cinch straps I pulled them all together to form a fairly solid mounting location for this spring I wanted to watch. I got some fun action from this location which was only made possible by using the Browning Tree Mount. Below is my favorite elk video from this camera's location.

Notice how this Recon Force trail camera is tilted. I have found it best to angle the trail cameras to match the angle of the trail that it is watching. See sample images.

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera mounted on fence post with tree mount

Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount on Angled Tree

Here is a Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount used on an old metal fence post. A half fallen tree works great for mounting a trail camera with the Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount.

Better framed critters.
I get much better framed images and video of critters if I tilt the trail camera to match the angle of the trail it was watching. A perfectly level camera pointed at a trail that is on an incline chops the heads off the critters on the uphill side and chops the legs off the critters on the downhill side. The best way to get a trail camera angled to match the trail angle is a Browning Tree Mount. These mounts also make mounting cameras to all sorts of strangely angled trees a breeze.

View from trail camera that is level

View with a trail camera that is tilted to match the angle of slope

Checking the view from the trail camera on this setup showed that on the high side of the slope my head would get cut off. The camera is setup in a level position when taking this photo. Here is the view after tilting the trail camera to match the angle of the slope of the trail it was pointed at. In this position I get a nice view of the antlers of a bull elk all the way across the view of the camera.

Reviewing video and images in the field.
Most of my cameras do not have a viewfinder to preview what the camera is pointed at. I do have one Spec Ops camera with a viewfinder that makes getting the camera pointed exactly where I want it very easy. For all of my other cameras I purchase a USB adapter cable for my Samsung Galaxy SIII camera. This adapter allows me to plug in USB devices like keyboards, hard drives and in this case, SD card readers. Whenever a set a camera in a new location I walk past the camera then pull the SD card and review it to make sure it is pointed right where I want it. I also review what is on the camera when I go back to swap out SD cards and batteries. Sometimes I find that the critters are passing more along one side or the other. By having the ability to check this in the field I can make the adjustment to the camera without waiting another couple weeks before I go back out to check them again.

Samsung Galaxy S3 usb sdhc card reader for trail cameras

Using a Samsung USB adapter and SD card reader to read the SDHC cards from my trail cameras.

To review the AVI format of the video that my Browning Trail Cameras take I had to get a video playing app. At first I found that the "MX Player" app worked to play the videos however after an upgrade in Android I could never get this app to play the video format anymore. I found that VLC worked great at playing the video format. I did have to side load the app because it wasn't available in the US because of some US phones not being compatible or something. Anyhow VLC works great on my SIII.

Here's a weird thing I also found about using the USB SD card reader. For whatever reason I have to huff warm moist air onto the USB connecter just before I plug it into the adapter cable to get the card reader to be recognized. I have two different SD card readers and both of them require the huff to work. I'm guessing that the moisture gives the connection just a little more strength. I wonder if a gold plated connector would do the trick. Whatever the case this trick always works.

More is better.
I ended up using six trail cameras to scout for elk in relatively small area. I found that the elk did frequent the area but were not in the area all the time. I learned that they generally moved in a clockwise pattern completely opposite of how I thought they would have moved. I learned that they never frequented the timber I thought that they would be bedding in... The point is I learned a ton about what was going on in that area when I wasn't there. This gave me confidence to stick it out when the first three trips out archery hunting I didn't see a single elk. On my fourth trip I found and shot a spike. Having several cameras gave me valuable information on how and when they moved through the area giving me the confidence that I wasn't wasting my time hunting the area. This also proved in helping my son Dallen take a nice bull elk a few weeks after I took the spike.

Where I like to place them.
I like to put my cameras out watching areas that I think would funnel elk and deer. Along the edge of a cliff, in a saddle going over a ridge, along a heavily used game trail, these are typical places I set my cameras to watch. And of course I like to set them up watching springs.

One location that has amazed me with the videos it has captured is a bare patch of dirt along the edge of some quaking aspens. I set the camera out watching this relatively barren of vegetation spot because it offered a clear view where animals would not be blocked by under brush, limbs etc. The bare patch is about 30 yards in diameter and I just have the camera pointing across the center of the spot. There isn't any trail trails going through it but deer, elk, bears, and coyotes have all been captured crossing that bare patch.

In some situations I will position dead fall trees and limbs and set them along the edges of where the camera is viewing to get critters to funnel around the dead fall and in front of the camera better.


This is a playlist of all my YouTube trail camera action.

2013 Utah Mule Deer Rut Trail Camera Action

There have been a few pretty nice bucks crawling out of their hiding spots and showing up to chase the does. Below are a few compilations of rutting mule deer bucks in Northern Utah. I have also been taking photos of mule deer this fall including most of the bucks I have captured on the trail cameras.


This buck has been named the Church Buck because of me getting a bunch of photos of him on a Sunday morning and apparently my friends thought I was skipping church. No, I wasn't sneaking out of church... well at least not when I took photos of this buck. Church Buck is also a fitting name with the fact that he has such a "perfectly" symmetrical four point rack. "Be ye therefore perfect..." Hmm...

 

This Recon Force trail camera caught the Church Buck catching up with a doe.

 

Here's a couple of nice bucks in hot pursuit of does.

 

This doe pees in front of the trail camera and two bucks curl their noses in pursuit.

 

This buck with a broken G2 is very elusive. I have not been able to find him in person.

Pulling My Trail Cameras From The High Country For The Season

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

One of my Recon Force trail cameras on this tree for the last time this year.

 

Browning Spec Ops trail camera

This Browning Spec Ops trail camera has been watching a spring (to my back) for the past six months.

 

Aside from a cow elk tag that Dallen has for this year our big game hunting is over for the year. With winter approaching I took one last trip up the mountain to the high country to pull my trail cameras. I have spent so much time this year going up hunting and checking my trail cameras that I have become really fond of the area.

I found the trail camera on my favorite spring broken right off the mounting bracket and the camera was lying on the ground covered with mud. I have been able to use some super glue and a little time to let the moisture that entered the camera dry out and it appears to function fine now. Reviewing the footage from the camera and from past experience, I can only guess that it was a black bear. Those critters have it in for me I swear.... or at least they really don't like trail cameras.

I have thoroughly enjoyed communing with the mountain this year. With all the time and the video/images I have of the animals that frequent the area I can't help but feel connected with the mountain more so than at any other time in my life. People can say one thing or the other about the use of trail cameras but I'm here to say that I am very grateful for them in helping me feel so connected with such a beautiful place on God's earth. Not only did the cameras help provide elk meat for our family they are directly responsible for helping me loose weight and in getting my bad knees in better condition, something I could not force myself to do at any gym.

The mountain looks so different now. All the leaves fallen, much of the vegetation flattened from crazing and snow, the area feels deserted. It was a sad day for me to take this last trip.


Here's one of the best bucks I have seen on camera this year. I love the long cheater on the right. Where was this buck hiding during the hunting season? I really like this buck. He has a pretty set of antlers.

 

This young bull comes in with some cows and plops down right in front of the camera one evening. What's really neat is that this was the bull that I have the most on camera all through June and July then he disappeared from the area.

Bull Elk Browning Spec Ops Trail Camera BTC-3

5 Point Bull Elk Browning Range Ops Trail Camera BTC-1

Here is the bull on July 3rd. The camera shows 2012 but I had the date set wrong in the camera. Here he is on October 29th back in the area he spent the summer.

Here's a cow that comes up and licks the camera. This is actually a pretty common occurrence. The cows are really curious of the cameras. The self adjusting illumination on the camera is nice so it doesn't blow out the exposure as the elk gets closer.

 

This video is just of various elk that pass by the cameras over the past several weeks. Nothing big. I wonder if the two 5x6 bulls we were after made it through the hunting seasons.

 

Here's the camera that I believe Mr. Bear tried to destroy. Once the camera hits the ground a cow elk comes by and a magpie lands above it.

2013 Utah Rifle Deer Hunt — Dallen Shoots "Whitey" A Four Point Mule Deer Buck

Mule Deer Hunting X-Bolt Rifle with Vortex Viper HSLR Scope

Dallen watching for mule deer from some cliffs opening day. Setup using my X-Bolt 270 WSM on his favorite shooting sticks, Stoney Point Magnum Steady Stix... except they are now Primos Magnum Pole Cat Steady Stix Magnum.

 

Deer Hunter on snow covered cliffs

Waking up on the cliffs we slept on deer hunting.

 

Dead coyote taken with a 150 Gr. Accubond LR bullet at 300 yards

Dallen smacked this coyote at just over 300 yards on opening day of the rifle deer hunt.

 

Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope deer hunting

Glassing for deer with a Vortex Razor HD spotting scope. This scope is ultra crisp and clear for spotting deer way down the canyon.

 

The two deer hunters on opening day.

Dallen and me on opening day of the deer hunt.

 

Small mule deer buck hiding in the brush.

Using the Vortex Razor HD spotting scope to find deer hiding in the brush. Holding my camera up to the scope is a little of a trick. I need to get a camera adapter.

 

Hiking ridgeline with 24 inch wheel Pack Wheel Game Cart.

Dallen hiking along a ridge line with his Pack Wheel game cart.

 

Pack Wheel 29er Game Cart on ridge.

Dallen at the wheel of a Pre-Production All-Terrain Pack Wheel 29er game cart.

 

Hunting with Pack Wheel game carts on mountains.

Stopping to look for deer while hiking with our Pack Wheel game carts.

 

Glassing for mule deer Vortex Razor HD Spotting scope

Weston glassing for mule deer with the Vortex Razor HD spotting scope.

 

First sighting of Whitey the Four Point buck Dallen later takes.

This photo was taken of the buck Dallen named Whitey on Tuesday morning.

 

Vortex Razor Digiscope four point buck

This is a small four point buck Weston and I found that some other hunters found and later took on Thursday morning.

 

This year I decided to hunt mule deer in Utah with a rifle. I have generally been getting a muzzleloader tag because I like wearing camo and seeing far fewer hunters. This year I wanted to test out my new Vortex Viper HSLR scope and I wanted to hunt and scout along with my oldest son Dallen.

Over the last several months I have worked up a handload for my 270 WSM X-Bolt and Model 1885 with the new 150 Gr. Accubond LR bullet. That along with getting new Vortex rifles scopes on my rifles had me pretty excited to test them out this fall.

The night before the opener Dallen and I used our Pack Wheel game carts to haul in our gear a couple miles to spend the night. We decided to sleep right on the edge of the cliff we wanted to hunt and glass from. It's a good 200 foot drop just two feet away from the small spot to slept on. We placed a row of rocks along the side of our sleeping bags to prevent us from rolling off the cliff in the middle of the night. We decided to sleep on the cliff because the year before we slept just over the ridge from the cliff and two hunters went right past us just before light and got on the cliff before us. That wasn't going to happen this year.

That evening we glassed a couple of small bucks and several does below us for a hour or so before dark. Nothing big but it still got us excited for what we might see in the morning. Just before light we rolled out of our sleeping bags and were waiting on the cliff watching the canyon waiting for it to get light. Just as it got light two hunters popped up behind us wanting to hunt from the cliff we were on and one hunter spent the morning sitting 30 yards to our left and the other 200 yards across a saddle from us. Public land during the rifle hunt in Northern Utah is very crowded.

We spent the entire day watching the canyon. We watched five or six small bucks off and on all day below us but nothing to get us excited or even tempt us to shoot. Although, while we were watching a group of deer late in the afternoon we noticed that they were looking at something to the left. Glassing around a little more and I found a coyote working it's way up the canyon. As the coyote approached the 300 yard mark Dallen sent a 150 Gr. Accubond LR from my X-Bolt 270 WSM down to greet him. This sent the coyote into a typical death spiral they like to do when shot a little too far back.

Using a quick MOA reference card I made for the rifle it is really nice to dial in the exact range on the Vortex Viper HSLR scope and hold dead on as Dallen did to take the shot on this coyote.

With Dallen needing to get back in school and church we headed off the mountain Saturday. I would watch for him a buck during the week that we might be able to get him in on come the following Friday and Saturday.

Early Tuesday I was headed back up the mountain with my brother Weston. From first light until around midday we slowly Pack Wheeled our gear along the mountain stopping frequently to glass for deer. We found quite a few deer along the way and two four point bucks that we took a second look at. We decided that we could find better and that I would try and get Dallen in on one of those bucks on the upcoming weekend. I texted Dallen a photo of the larger of the two four point bucks and Dallen wanted him. He also named the buck "Whitey."

Weston and I hunted through the next two canyons through Wednesday and Thursday. It was pretty cool to get into areas that very few foot hunters go. We were in horse hunter range from the truck with ease thanks to assistance of the Pack Wheel game carts.

We found ample supply of first year bucks and a couple of second year bucks sporting the 16 inch three point variety of antlers. We just could never find any of the big boys that we knew were on the mountain. The weather was fairly nice all week with a bright moon and this wasn't helping to bring the big bucks out. In fact we even noticed that small two point bucks were bedded before daylight in one canyon.

Thursday night we wheeled our way back off the mountain and back to a soft bed for one night.

Friday afternoon Dallen and I headed back up the mountain looking for Whitey. Whitey was not horribly far from the end of the road so we planned on making day hikes in to try and find him. I strapped on a collapsed Pack Wheel to my pack so that we could use to haul a buck off the mountain should the need arise. As we were slipping our way around the ridges we noticed a doe bedded, hiding in the chaparral. This really made us really keep a keen watch for other deer that might be hiding near us.

After we made it down to a small rock out cropping we laid or packs on the cliff and I had Dallen practice quickly getting into position to make a shot in this direction and then in that direction while resting the X-Bolt rifle over a pack. Dallen loves to shoot from Steady Stix and I'm trying to get him to be just as comfortable from other shooting positions.

After sitting in the rocks for a few minutes I told Dallen to watch from 12 o'clock back to 6 o'clock and I would watch from 12 o'clock forward to 6 o'clock. No sooner had I said this and made my first pan looking across my section I quickly noticed a four point buck's head sticking out over the tall chaparral brush. The buck was looking away from us. I quickly told Dallen to dial the Vortex Viper HSLR scope to zero as the horizontal distance was 125 yards with the actual distance probably near 150 yards with the steep angle of the shot. I also set my Vortex Viper HSLR to zero and had the buck in the scope ready to fire if the need arose.

Dallen then sent a 150 Gr. Accubond LR from my X-Bolt 270 WSM down to take out his spine and that he did. The buck disappeared into the chaparral with a whop. We watched for a few minutes to make sure he didn't get back up then headed down to find him.

We weren't sure if the buck was Whitey or not until we got to him. Sure enough it was. A very nice mature buck with awesome heavy burly bases. The buck was in a "super bed" dug out under the chaparral for maybe decades. The buck had stood up out of the bed and Dallen dropped him off the front edge of his bed.

Recovered 150 Gr. Accubond LR From Mule Deer
Recovered 150 Gr. Accubond Long Range bullet. With a muzzle velocity of 3034 FPS from my 270 WSM X-Bolt this 150 Gr. Bullet is reduced to 58 grains after the 150 yard shot into the neck of Dallen's mule deer.

The 150 Gr. Accubond LR bullet made a small round hole going in and it penetrated around 8 inches breaking the bucks neck. We spent probably an hour in the middle of the night trying to find what was left of the bullet. It appeared to vaporize within just a few inches. We could only find a few very small lead flakes and a small lead bonded to copper piece that weighs 4.9 grains... However a couple days after returning home while cleaning off the skull I found the mushroomed bullet remains in the muscle near the back of the tongue. The lead was bonded to the copper this time unlike it did with Dallen's bull elk from the month previous and the bullet weighs 58 grains. Even though this bullet expands rapidly I was quite surprised that it didn't pass through the deer's neck.

Unfortunately the day I went back with Dallen to hunt I forgot my FujiFilm HS50exr camera. I wish I would have had it to take photos when Dallen shot the buck he calls Whitey. I did at least have my Samsung S3 phone with me and was able to at least get a few pretty decent photos of the hunt and his 2013 Utah mule deer. The camera in the S3 isn't too bad for a phone camera. I do however love the photos I get with the HS50exr.

On this mule deer hunt I have been testing a new pre-production version of the Pack Wheel game/hiking cart. It's much the same as the original Pack Wheel but built to tackle extreme terrain with a 29er wheel. I'm working on a name for it maybe the "ATPW 29er", All-Terrain Pack Wheel 29er. This All-Terrain Pack Wheel should be available for purchase sometime in 2014 on packwheel.com.

We boned out Dallen's buck and placed all of the meat (75 lbs) into the Pack Wheel panniers and strapped it to the All-Terrain Pack Wheel 29er. We were in the middle of thick chaparral brush with no trails of any kind for several hundred yards. I angled the Pack Wheel to descend slightly and across the canyon I went right over the chaparral. The Pack Wheel worked awesome at rolling right over the chaparral. By angling slightly downhill I was able to use gravity to help propel the Pack Wheel and get it to roll over the chaparral. It worked awesome!

Once in the bottom of the canyon there was a trail that went from top to bottom in the canyon. It's a rough and steep trail and since our truck was at the top of the mountain we decide to go up. It took some time to make it back up the mountain but the Pack Wheel with such a large wheel, disc brake system and low balanced weight I personally hauled all the meat out with relative ease considering the steep "trail" we were ascending. It would have been an absolute breeze to go out the bottom of the canyon but we then would have had the hassle of getting someone to get us back up to our truck in the middle of the night.

I have had six knee surgeries in my life to date and will have a few more before I'm done. Using the Pack Wheel makes it possible to haul large amounts of weight without having to haul extreme amounts of weight on my back and knees. I love it. Two days later as I write this blog entry my knees feel great. If I had of been carrying all that weight on my back I would have extremely swollen and sore knees for many days or weeks. No arthritic pain and inflammation, yes!

No mule deer for me this year. It's been a few years for me now. I'll be itching to get one next year. I have a few areas on my bucket list that the Pack Wheel is going to help me get into to hunt hopefully next season.

Dallen has had a pretty darn good year shooting Charlie One Horn and now Whitey. Good job Dallen!

Dallen with 2013 Four Point Mule Deer named Whitey

Dallen with Caped Mule deer on frame pack

Dallen with his 2013 mule deer he named "Whitey."

 

Dallen hauling his mule deer head caped out on a frame pack.

 

Dallen with Mule deer caped and X-Bolt on his frame pack.

All-Terrian Pack Wheel 29er Game Cart with Boned out Mule Deer Going Through Chaparral Brush

Dallen hauling his mule deer head caped out on a frame pack.

 

All-Terrian Pack Wheel 29er game cart with the boned out mule deer going right over chaparral brush.

 

X-Bolt Rifle and Vortex Viper HSLR scope shooting from rocks.

Loading the boned out mule deer on a Pack Wheel game cart.

Location where Dallen shot Whitey from with my X-Bolt 270 WSM and a 150 Gr. Accubond LR bullet.

 

Finished boning and caping out the mule deer now it's time to load it on the Pack Wheel and frame pack.

 

Model 1885 and Vortex Razor HD spotting scope

Caped out mule deer on frame pack

When Dallen is hunting with my X-Bolt I fall back to my favorite rifle, a Model 1885. I would hunt with 1885's all the time if they were as light as my X-Bolt.

 

Whitey caped out ready to be tied on the frame pack.

Pack Wheel game cart at sunset.

All-Terrian Pack Wheel 29er Game Cart

Weston standing on the ridge at sunset with his Pack Wheel game cart.

 

All-Terrian Pack Wheel 29er Game Cart.

 

Whitey, mule deer head view from side

Glassing for mule deer

View of "Whitey" Dallen's 2013 mule deer buck from the side.

 

Dallen glassing for mule deer.

 

Whitey, mule deer head view from side mounted in living room

Whitey mounted in the living room looking at camera

Dallen got a surprise for Christmas in 2014 with his deer back from the taxidermist. Alan Cox did the mount for us and did an incredible job.

Alan put a lot of time in to give it life like qualities, like the tension in the throat, the shape of the face, the contour of the brisket area. I love that it also angles out of the wall subtly to the right and is looking left.

 

My father (Dallen's grandfather) summed up the looks of the mount when he stated that "it just looks like it is alive."

 

 

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