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December 04, 2007

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BuckTracker: Huge Gas Station Rack

Just back from a successful Iowa bowhunt (I'll post the details in my next BuckTracker installment on our Whitetail365 blog). When I checked my inbox I found these deer pictures. I’ve confessed my adoration of, and obsession with, mule deer in other BuckTracker posts, so of course these pics rekindled the fire. According to my source, this tremendous mulie was photographed just outside Rawlins, Wyoming, a town of 8,600 people in the south-central part of the state.

Besides the tremendous headgear this buck is sporting, a couple of things are significant about these pictures. First, the country around Rawlins is not the mountainous terrain traditionally associated with mule deer. While great bucks certainly continue to live in the high country, fellow mule deer nuts are quick to point out that many truly large mulies are now shot in prairie/foothill environments. Whitetails are given high points for their adaptability, but its clear mule deer have learned a few tricks in this department as well.

Second, you’ll note the presence of a building (and/or sign) in the background of one photo. This buck is not only living close to people, he’s been bedding near a "Checker" gas station! This is an old whitetail trick that I give this deer high points for adopting. Making a convenience store part of your core area is a nifty survival technique. It is too late to obtain a Wyoming non-resident license of course…otherwise I’d be tempted to fly to Rawlins, befriend the gas station owner, and proceed to build a blind of old tires and spare parts.



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I have more pictures of this buck in Rawlins emailed to me. It is in someone's backyard and they are decent pictures. Scott, if you wish, please send me an email address and I can send you these pictures.


You know what's gonna be really sad, and I truly hope I'm wrong!

Some sleazoid, schmuck will probably wound, gut shoot, or poach this jewel just "because"!



Coltrain: I received quite a number of photos of this deer, but space must have limited what we could post. Several of the buck with a doe, bedded by a quonset-style hut, etc. Is this similar to what you have? If not, let me know!

I truly hesitated to publish the town where this big guy lives. Hope he's left alone to do his thing and grow bigger next year!


My apologies... This has been an email sensation passed along quite a bit. There are close up pictures of this buck in someone's back yard. I agree with your statement, but many people already know about this buck. If it has survived this long living in town, it should hopefully survive for another season. Some lucky guy will probably have some amazing sheds in his backyard! If you want, I can email the pictures to you. Just shoot me an email and I can send them ASAP!


Coltrain: Feel free to email me at [email protected] If you know anything more about this buck, I'd like to hear about it.


The email inbox is full! I cannot reply. I guess the emails are a ton of memory to send!


Coltrain: Try it now.


I am looking for those metal 3-hole pieces for my tent (holds the tent sting taut). do you have?? or know where I can find them?

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