Idaho Mule Deer on a Super Tag!
By Dennis Pahlisch
Dennis’ awesome buck from Colorado, Haveseted two months after his Idaho Super Tag
You may have read about my Colorado story by now, but this one is focused on Idaho. I have a long time friend, Steve Alderman, from Boise , Idaho and Steve and I have gone on many hunts together in Oregon, Old Mexico and Idaho. Steve always told me if I draw a tag in Idaho to give him a call!! When I received the call from the Idaho Fish and Game informing me that I had drawn the Idaho Super Tag for deer, I couldn’t wait to tell Steve the great news. I picked up the phone and the dates were set for the hunt. Due to work conflicts I couldn’t make it to Idaho until the first part of November.
Dennis’ great 191 gross Idaho buck!
I met Steve the night before the hunt was to begin and we set out to glass several areas that held big deer. I was excited to hunt this great area. Two years earlier I was lucky enough to hunt it and I knew there was the potential for a mature buck. I soon remembered why they call this the Lava Region as it has the most rock in all the world . You literally have to walk from rock to rock at times. Oh well, what ever it takes to find a big deer has always been fine with me! We looked around for several days and were seeing several deer in the 170-180 ‘’ range. We saw great deer, but I wanted to hold out for 190 or better. More importantly a deer that was special!! I am really not a score fanatic but I love deer that are in the older class with mass, cheaters, width, or something unique.
The search went on for several days when we ended up on a large mountain top where we could see for miles. Steve saw the buck first and in an instant we both had our spotting scopes on him at about 1&1/2 miles away. We both thought the deer we were glassing was a mature buck with a very high and narrow rack grossing somewhere in the 190s. We continued to watch him until he bedded down on a sharp cliff ledge where, of course, he could see danger approaching from every angle. We made our plan, left our perch and the stalk was on. After we had covered the first mile through a deep canyon, we started up the other side but had to wait a number of times because we could see the deer’s head as he lifted it occasionally to scan his surrounding and then put it back down to rest. We were approaching him from below and had a rim that we could put between the deer and ourselves. This was the only way we could approach the big buck and stay somewhat concealed. We crossed one area which had a straight view of the deer and we approached. We pressed on very slowly through this area within constant view of the deer as he slept!! We made it past the deer’s senses and got into position a mere 60 yards away to take the shot when he awoke. We waited and waited until finally we got impatient. Steve made a deer bleat sound to get him to stand. It didn’t work and the buck slept on, occasionally moving his ears around as Steve bleated at him. Finally after about 5 minutes, the doe that he had pulled from the herd to breed became nervous and got up to leave. This was shot we were hoping for! The the buck did not want to leave his doe, so he rose to round her up. It was at that moment that I took the shot and of course the picture is proof of the outcome. I hope I would not miss at 60 yards!!!
Deer like this are very difficult to harvest and I owe Steve my gratitude and thanks for having kept me company and tagging along with me on my Idaho Super Hunt. The hunt, the friendship, and even the pack out, was a trip to remember!!
I first met Dennis at the Mule Deer Foundations national banquet in Reno Nevada. Dennis and I hit it off from the start. A strong love for the sport of hunting and an extreme desire to pursue monster mule deer. Dennis and I keep in touch after the banquet on a number of occasions, discussing mule deer related issues through out the West from Canada to as far south as old Mexico. What I know and respect about Dennis is that he is a family and Business man first, then a hunter and provider. He includes his family in everything, including his successful business as a builder and his love for hunting. Dennis understands the plight of the mule deer and donates time and monetary contributions to the cause every year. I am honored to be a friend of Dennis’ and to have had the pleasure to share many successful hunting trips with him. This Story is one of the many lasting memories that Dennis and I share.