Zach’s latest record buck!

March 2, 2010 by  
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Zach’s Latest record book deer.  Scoring in 228 net, Zach’s buck is the new number two record Pope and Young buck for the state of Idaho.  What a great couple of years Zach has had chasing monster mule deer.  Zach will be a guest speaker at the Mule Deer University, this weekend at the Sports show here in Boise.

A photo of Zach’s great buck from August 2009

Zach harvest a second great Pope and Young buck during the 2009 season.  His incredible typical buck would have scored close to the 200 inch mark if not for the 6 inches of broken main beam.

Zach’s state record archery buck from 2001. It good to see he finally upgraded his bow!  Rumor has it that Zach is going to be shooting Hoyt this coming year.  Welcome to the awesome world of Hoyt, Zach. I’m sure you will add some more tremendous bucks to your wall!

WASHINGTON’S TOP MULE DEER?

September 9, 2009 by  
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Possible new Pope and Young State record for Washington

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What a great guy!  Just got off the phone with the lucky hunter Mark.  What a humble person!  This is a great story, Mark has watched this deer for three years and was able to draw the tag a stick an arrow in this awesome animal.

“It really hasn’t even hit me yet.  The phone has been ringing off the hook and it hasn’t even giving it time the sink in.  I wish the deer was still alive and a pet in my back yard.  Its hard harvesting something you have so much time invested in.  I’ve watched this particular deer for three season now.  He deserves the respect, not me”

From my conversation with mark on the phone I can tell he is a true gentleman in every spectrum of the definition.  Its good to see good people work hard and get what they have put in, back out of a sport they so enjoy.  Congrats mark, on a spectacular buck! I can’t wait to see the field photos and hear the full story!  This is KARMA at its best!wash3

Currently the State record for Washington is a 202 0/8 incher harvested in Franklin County back in 2004 by Tom Adrian.  The number two Pope and Young buck was harvested in 1983 in Chelan County and scores 189 1/8 inches. We should have an unofficial green score some time today. (Information per the 2005 edition of the Pope and Young record book) I’ve my got fingers crossed for you Mark.wash2

Update 9-10-2009

Unofficial gross green score is 209 1/8 inches with 8 7/8 inches if deductions.  This gives it an unofficial net green score of 200 1/8 inches, putting him number two in Washington.  He is 31 1/2 inches wide, with great mass al the way out to the tips. This is a beautiful buck. Congrats mark, thanks for the update!

Steve

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Alberta, New #2 Archery Mule Deer!

May 27, 2009 by  
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Alberta Bliss

By Steve Alderman

canada-mag-coverAnyone and everyone in  the mule deer world knows that Canada is home to impressive mule deer including the current world record, the Broder buck.  Hunting the rolling hills of Alberta for trophy mule deer had been a dream of mine for the last ten years.  Harvesting a monster mule deer with a bow is a difficult task because of the mule deer’s keen senses. Nonetheless, before I knew it, a mule deer hunting buddy of mine, Joe Wiggs, referred me to an outfitter in Southern Alberta.  The date was set and I  was headed north to hunt the rolling agricultural fields of Alberta.

 

 I would be hunting the second week of the season in Alberta.  It would give my guide and outfitters some time to locate a good buck.  I called the outfitter every night of the first week to get updates and it seemed as if 180+ class bucks were the norm with every phone call.

 

My hopes were high as I started my trek to Alberta.  Soon, I would get my first chance at a trophy buck  with my trusty Hoyt.  As usual, none of the bucks that were seen the prior week showed themselves, however, I did find a 190 class buck on the third day of the hunt.  A sudden  wind change blew our stalk on the heavy Alberta muley.  The rest of the hunt was spent chasing the elusive 190-inch non-typical that seemed to vanish into  thin air.  Needless to say, my 2005 hunt ended without even taking an arrow out of my quiver.  

 

Fast forward to 2007.  This year I was on a cancellation hunt, but instead of the second week, I would be hunting the first.  I was really looking forward to hunting with guide and good friend, Scott Olson.    Lucky for me, Scott had a summer job grading roads before the hunting season, which in my eyes doubled as a daily scouting opportunity.  If nothing else, Scott would know what fields and water source the deer were frequenting.

 

canada-4We arrived in Alberta two days before the season started in an attempt to find an elusive 6×8 non-typical Scott had photographed the prior week.  As luck would have it, opening morning was upon us and we had not spotted the big buck. The morning dawned cold and wet with the pungent smell of freshly cut alfalfa overwhelming our senses.  We began scanning the hay fields surrounding the area where the buck was previously spotted twice.  Suddenly, in the distance, I spotted antler tips in the depression of a hay field  to the East.  We scrambled into position to try and cut the deer off as they were moving to their bedding area.  Crawling  through the freshly cut hay to the edge of the depression we were able to set up our glass.  Looking through the lens of the Swarovski scope we spotted the deer watering and realized these were eight bucks  Scott had never seen before.  Two among the group were worthy of a stalk with antlers grossing in the mid 190’s.  I chose to make the one with the extra kicker my quarry.  He was a little wider, much heavier, and he just had to be the one because mass is my big weakness.  Spirits were high as we had found a couple of great bucks to stalk on opening morning.  We were joking and making fun of one another as the deer made their way to an aspen patch located in the middle of the hay field.  The deer bedded for the day and the stock was planned.  The first 1000 yards would be in the open, but the last 200 yards had the cover of a spring where the grass was over two and a half feet tall due to the fact that it was simply to wet and difficult for farmer to cultivate it.  canada

Alberta and Hoyt, go together like peanut butter and jelly!

We snuck from hay bale to hay bale for the first 1,000 yards, but then it was hands, knees and bellies for the next  400.  Halfway through the stalk,  the deer got up and left the cover of the aspens to bed near a single bush in the middle of the spring.   The mature bucks worked their pecking order to vie for the best beds while the forked horns were left to bed in the open, 20 yards from the bush.  The stalk was back on. This time, however, we had to move more slowly to ensure one of the young bucks didn’t detect our movement and destroy the last two hours of painstaking stalking.  

 

canada-21Finally, we reached the cool, tall grass of the spring.  To our surprise, the spring was lower than the bush the deer had bedded near which allowed us to stalk within 50 yards of the big boy.  Unfortunately, the forked horn bucks were between us and my prize.  We couldn’t get any closer  so we settled in for the long haul.

Fortunately for us, after 15 minutes, the clouds broke and the skies began to clear.  It started to heat up and the deer began to pop up almost magically out of the tall grass looking for a shadier spot to bed.  The big boy stood up and began feeding on the bush he was previously bedded under.  I knew the buck was 50 yards from us and standing broadside.  The camera man had been standing over my right shoulder with Scott kneeling to my left.  ”Are you on him” I asked the camera man.  He replied “yes, I’m rolling”  I slowly started to draw my Hoyt Vectrex back, anchored  and let the arrow fly.  The buck spun 180 degrees and ended up facing the opposite direction.  To my disbelief, the arrow had flown harmlessly over his back.  Now he was standing broadside curiously trying to figure out what had just happened  allowing me to knock another arrow, ask the cameraman if he was still rolling, draw, anchor, concentrate on the spot, release and follow through.  The arrow flew perfectly and found its mark.  The buck ran eighty yards where he crashed lifelessly into the cattails.  It was almost surreal that everything had gone so perfectly, from finding this buck, executing the perfect stalk, and being granted a second shot.  It was amazing to share this experience with two great friends and harvest one spectacular animal with my Hoyt on the first day of the hunt.

As we made our way over to the buck, he kept growing and growing.  This was one of those times when the deer was actually bigger than we had thought.  His mass was spectacular with huge 3’s and 4’s.  He had massive blading which made all of his points appear shorter than they actually were.  Our Alberta buck measured out with a 204”  typical frame with four inches of extras.  He officially nets out at 195 4/8” typically, which places him #2 right behind the new #1 shot by Peter Tsoulamanis almost two months later.  

canada-5Camera man Cody Waldo and I on cloud nine!

 

What a trip!  Three days in Alberta and I had the biggest buck I had ever harvested!   I couldn’t wait to get it back to the States with my 208” gross buck and rub it in! 

One tip that I would pass on to new archers is that you need to have patience.  Don’t force the situation.  Allow the buck to do what is natural for him and eventually he will make a mistake that you can capitalize on.  This was an experience I will treasure. I now have an Alberta buck that still takes my breath away.  Good luck and “Dare to dream big!”

 

*On a side note, there was one down side to this hunt.  I called to rebook a hunt for this coming year and the cost of the hunt went up by over fifty percent.  It looks like I will be archery hunting in My home state of Idaho this year!  It’s not that it is not worth it, I’m just not made of money.  If I was, Scotty, would be busy helping me find that next trophy of a life time.

Hunting north of the border for mule deer is something everyone should try, at least in September when the weather is somewhat pleasurable.  You just never know when that buck of a lifetime will walk out of a thicket.

 

A special thanks goes out to my good friend and guide, Scott Olson, for taking us around and letting us stay at his grandparents house.  You are the man Scotty!  Thanks for all you have done to help make my dream a reality.  Thanks to my wife and son for making room in the house for one more mount and to Hoyt for making the best bow money can buy!  Thanks also to Kings for their awesome camo!  No need for shadows when you can flat hide anywhere.  Congratulations, goes out to Peter Tsoulamanis for his new Alberta record.  What a buck!

canada-6My guide and friend Scott Olson and I loaded and ready to head back to camp

 

Hunter: Steve Alderman

Location: Alberta, Canada

Outfitter: Jack Franklin

Guide: Scott Olson

Date: September 5, 2007

Days Scouted: 2

Weather: Overcast, rainy

Temperature: 70’s

Moon:

Terrain: Rolling agriculture with thick pockets of vegetation

Camouflage: King’s Mountain Shadow

Weapon: Hoyt Vectrex

Spotting Scope: Swarovski 20-60 ATS-HD

Binoculars: Swarovski- 10×42 EL

Range Finder: Swarovski

Pack: Mystery Ranch.  Nice System.

Boots: I wish they were Kenetrek 7” Hardscrabble Hikers

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