Hunting Eastern Montana

Big Buck in a Truck

Hunting out in the big wide open is some fun stuff. Eastern Montana has some awesome deer habitat! We are fortunate to Lease some great ranches that have the habitat and genetics. We try and do our part by harvesting old deer and on occasion we take out the ones with dad genetics. Big mule …

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Mule Deer

Montana Mule Deer Hunts

Gene from Wisconsin shot this fine-looking mule deer. We had an encounter with the buck earlier that day but bumped him. The buck and several other deer moved to about 2 miles away and bedded down in some wide open terrain. The deer was in a spot that was unapproachable! I decided the only thing …

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Nick’s Buck

Nicks Buck

Nick has hunted with us 3 times. He usually lets his brother shoot first. This hunt was the same deal, brother Colby shot a big one on day 2. Nick passed a buck on day 3 that they took pictures of. After seeing the pictures I told him he was crazy! Usually you don’t just …

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Montana Big Buck Stories

Trophy Mule Deer Hunts

This is the story of Colby’s big buck. The story starts last season when Colby first laid eyes on this deer. The deer was a tight basket rack with good mass and lots of points. Colby’s guide Aaron said no way “That deer is to young! Fast forward to the 2019 season, I was with …

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Big Buck

Montana Mule Deer Hunts

 

Some of you may have read the story of Mike’s incredible buck in the latest issue of Eastman’s Hunting Journal. Congratulations to the hunter Mike LaVoy on great Buck! 

Just a few thoughts on this truly giant mule deer buck. The Hunter and guide have been humbled by our good fortune. Even though Mike’s buck made the cover story of Eastman’s and we possibly harvested the biggest buck taken in Montana in 2016, we are still just a couple of average guys who love the outdoors! 

Sometime dreams do come true! We will never forget the morning that all the planets aligned and we were able to harvest this tremendous Mule Deer! Good shooting Mike!

Montana Rut Hunts

Montana Best Outfitters

Well, here goes hunt story number two. My wife says that everyone loves these hunt stories. I don’t really like to write the stories because it is hard to write sarcasm! This hunt took place about mid November. The deer were rutting hard but the Super Moon had showed up. The big moon plays a role in deer movement during the rut. The hunting had been stellar but I feared a big slow down due to the moon.

First day of the hunt for some great guys from San Antonio. Art was up to shoot first. We were looking for a big deer I had seen the hunt before. I thought he would go 180 or better. As we set up in our early morning perch, we glassed across a valley with hay fields on the bottom. We spotted a few young bucks and many does. Finally I seen a good one and put my spotting scope on him. He was a great young deer with potential for next year, we passed!

After glassing for quite some time it was time to move. As we got up I looked to our right and seen a good buck rutting does. He was under our nose the whole time. We needed to get a better look! The deer was only a half mile away but was now out of our sight. On the way we bumped a few doe with some small bucks in tow. As we approached the spot where we had last seen the big one. There he was laying in the wide open prairie with three does.

We had to get flat on the ground as not to be seen. We were able to look at the buck for a long time as he lay there chewing his cud. He looked like he was old and we could see he had some extras. I could not put eye guards on him but Kyle said he could. I propped up my pack and had Art get in position to shoot. We laid on the cold ground for quite a while waiting for our chance. I was starting to shiver but Art stayed calm.

The deer finally stood up, we all agreed that this would be a good first Mule Deer for Art! Just as Art was going to shoot the buck laid back down. The buck got up again and never gave a good angle, the tension was building! Finally he turned and Art put it on the money at 240 yards. I told him to shoot again but it was not needed.

As we approached Art’s first muley it looked good! I was surprised to see the buck had double eye guards on both sides! A big hook and nice mass, a real character buck! Nice shooting Art!

Eastern Montana Mule Deer

Eastern Montana Mule Deer Skull

 It has been another mild winter for Eastern Montana. Mild winters are good and bad! Good, because the deer live another season. Bad, because we are headed into another drought. The deer are very resilient, even in a drought we still kill some nice deer! With any luck at all, we will get some moisture out in the big dry.