Well I finally took time to update. The trip this year was a little disappointing. The temps in WY were well above average and to make matters worse the private land we normally hunt was covered in hunters. So the only option we had left was to hunt some of our favorite honey holes on public land.
There were three of us hunting this year. Myself, my long-time buddy Mo and my bro-in-law. Considering the weather and the fact that some of our best spots were out of the picture, we all realized success might be difficult to come by this year. So when my bro-in-law and I spotted two mature bucks headed to bed down in the drainage that we were watching we knew this might be our best opportunity.
When the bucks finally stopped they were at 892 yards. I could see one was a 9 pt and the other an 8pt. I told my bro-in-law that he could have the larger buck the 9pt. While we were dialing in the necessary MOA's on the scopes the bucks decided to bed down. We then decided to move further down the ridge to see if we could get a clear view of the bucks. Long story short, about 3 hours later the largest of the two decided to get up and I told my bro-in-law to go ahead and drop him and I would try to drop the other when he hit his feet. Little did I realize that he intended to fire a warning shot. haha. Actually he was still in the process of getting the gun level when he accidently bumped the boom switch. There was a 20 ft bank behind the bucks and when the bullet hit it the bucks exploded in our direction. I ended up dropping mine at approximately 450 yards and he connected with his at 300.
Below are pics of the drainage and my buck. The first pic is where we shot from and the last pic is a view from the deer with the ridge that we shot from in the background. Unfortunately I didn't get pics of the other deer since we were in a hurry due the the hot weather to get the deer quartered up and packed out.