S9:E1 “MULE DEER SWAG” Nevada Archery Mule Deer
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S9:E1 “MULE DEER SWAG” Nevada Archery Mule Deer

August 17, 2019

– [remi] Sometimes,
you just have to be a weekend warrior. With schedules, and
work, and other things, you may only have a long
weekend to get after it. Three full days to burn
the candle at both ends. Leave the house,
drive all night, hunt as hard as you can, till dark on that last day, then drive all night again to make it home in time. A lot of us have
experienced hunts like this. You give it everything
you have, and then some. This is how hunters enjoy their three-day weekends. (engine roars) I’m back. Okay, boy. Welcome to Mordor. I bet you wanna
see me, don’t you? Boom. Look at that guy. – [Tim] I tell you
this right now. How he’s got a
big buck like that to these damn cameras. Patience is definitely a virtue. We’re lacing up. This thing’s a tank. It’s a bad day right there. (Western guitar music) – [Remi] Well, it’s
1:30 in the morning, and I have arrived
at my hunting spot. (sighs) Gonna get the truck unloaded, get ready for a short nap. (engine revs) It’s really late, or early, depending on how you
wanna look at it. I’ll make camp here, but, because I
rolled in so late, what I’m gonna
do, I’m just gonna back the truck up
to this flat spot and just throw my bed roll out. If you’re from Australia,
they call them a swag. It’s just something we
carry around in Nevada, and, because there’s a lot
of distance between places, so if you’re out, you just need to
spend the night. It’s just essentially
sleeping pad, bag, and pillow all tucked into one. All right. Night. Well, morning came early. After about an hour
and a half of sleep, I’m up, ready to go. And I’m gonna head up to
the top of the mountain on a four wheeler, and then hike from there, start glassing. It’s fairly cold this morning, and I wouldn’t be surprised if today it just heats
up 50 degrees hotter than what it is right now. That’s just the
high desert for ya. It’s real cold at night, and then scorching during
the middle of the day, and the temperature
drops really fast in the evenings again. I start out at one of
my favorite vantages, excited to see what
opening day will bring. It’s high hopes
spot-and-stalk hunting in the high desert. With limited time,
if I see a good buck, the stalk will be on. Gotta cut the deer over
here off in the distance. They’re far enough. I can’t tell with my binoculars if it’s buck or a doe. It’s a pretty good size body. There’s a lot of brush obscuring and I can see it . Looks like it’s bedded. It might be a decent
spot for a stalk. I’m gonna hurry
up and make a move while he’s bedded. I think that full moon
had him out pretty late, so I’m hoping he’ll stay bedded for another 15, 20 minutes. There might be more
bucks over there at this time of year. They’re in bachelor groups, so, I doubt that’s
the only one, but. I’m gonna head over there, make a move. (gravel crunches) There’s some nice bucks in between me and
where I need to go. I wanna get on that bedded deer but these other
ones are in the way. So I’m just gonna
have to wait them out, and if they give me
a shot, I’ll take it, but there’s one, one shooter buck in there. Nice three by four, but wide. (blows) There they go. Now that the bucks
have moved off, it’s time to stalk
in to the bedded buck I spotted earlier this morning. The deer delayed me, but I have to
assume that the buck is where I last left it. Hunting alone in these scenarios put me at a disadvantage. I have no way of knowing if the buck stayed
put or moved off. My saying is, you
have to simultaneously expect that they are
still where you left them, as well as expect
that they moved. This means stalking in, like the buck’s there, but constantly looking around, just in case he’s
somewhere else. Well, that didn’t work out. The deer moved off before
I got into position, and I made a perfect
stalk to an empty tree. It went from a cold morning to a scorching hot day, with over 50-degree
swings in temperature. I encountered a few bucks, but my best opportunity
did not work out. There’s not been a lot
of activity or movement, and with the heat of the day, it now means I’m
going to have to glass the shadows to
find a deer bedded. (exciting music) The deer seemed to be on
a very strange pattern, bedded in the cool morning, then heading
straight to the cover when it heats up. This makes me think that they’re being active
during the night. That’s never a good sign with only a few days
to make it happen. Let me tell you right now. When I have a lot of time, there’s nothing better than looking for a big mule deer. But when I don’t
have a lot of time, I’m pretty much just looking for meat for the freezer, so I think at this
point, really, especially how slow it’s been, any decent-looking deer, I’m gonna make a stalk on. We got a buck. Right where I was
this morning, damn it. Oh, I don’t know. I’m gonna hustle. I’ve no clue what he looks like, but it’s a buck in
a good location, and the thermals are
gonna be falling, so I might be able
to get behind it, and get a shot off
the light side. So long as I beat him
before he crosses over. The wind is dicey,
but I’m gonna risk it. (tense music) He’s a three by four. He’s about 135 yards away. I don’t know if I’ve pushed him
down to those does, or if he’d just those
does and moved down. This is just one of
those scenarios where if there’s someone else
on the other ridge, giving me hand signals
me where to go, I probably would’ve got
a shot at that buck. It’s just, one again, another added challenge
to solo hunting, whereas if someone
is on the other side, guiding you in, you can just get right to it. Ah, I think we might have
caught a little bit of wind. Dang it. I’m gonna back out, come back in and
be looking in here first thing in the morning. (wind lashes) This morning is just dead. There’s a couple does around, but that’s pretty
much it so far. I don’t know if the bucks
are gonna pop up later, or if they’re just
not really around. It’s a little bit frustrating. Now, I’m debating
whether I just go to a whole new area completely, or stick out what
little time I have here. It’s just a bummer not
having the amount of time that I’d like to
to hunt this tag. When you aren’t finding bucks, it just makes it a
little tough, you know. You need to be able
to get some stalks in. Back to step one,
finding the deer. You never know, maybe
something will pop out a little bit later. Just, give it a go and commit to it. But in the back of my mind, I’m gonna be
constantly thinking, ah, I should’ve moved areas. Today, deer movement
is extremely minimal, so I’m trying to do
everything in my power to make something happen. The day heats up and wears on, and I’ve not picked
out a single buck. I spot a few does and
decide to stalk in, just in case the bucks bedded with them in the trees. It’s a perfect
spot, just add buck. Dang. Where are the, I have no clue where
the bucks are today. It’s like they just vanished. Fly away. (wind lashes) Day three. I’m headed back to glass the same spot. Although I did not
turn up a single buck the day before, I don’t really have
time to move areas, so I choose to stick it out. There’s some bucks just milling around. I think I’m just gonna watch ’em and see what happens. I’d like to look for
some other deer too, because in case these
don’t bed in a good spot, and then you take
your eyes off of them, and then they disappear. Well. If one of those deer decide to come over this way, that wouldn’t bother me at all. Oh, there’s definitely
two of those smaller bucks headed in this
general direction. Not really toward me, but away from where they were. I might be able to
come down this ridge to my right, and cut them off. I was looking with my
binos in the thicker trees, and I think I see where those other
deer bedded too, so if it doesn’t work out with these two smaller bucks, then I think I’ll, for
the rest of the day, I’ll plan on working
in on that other group. I’m gonna leave my pack
here so I can go faster. Got water. I always take a pocket water. Never know where
the day might lead. Get mobile. There’s a row of trees that goes down to
where those deer are. Just gonna make
my way over there. They started to pick
up their pace, so. I don’t wanna lose them. (tense music) All right. Dang it. That actually kinda sucks. I had that buck 30 yards away. One of the tripod legs got stuck and I had to fidget with it longer than I wanted to. By that point, he
kinda looked this way. It’s not easy to film yourself, and not be able to
spot your stalk. It doesn’t matter. There’s big ones,
there’s small ones. It’s tough. (sighs) After getting close
to a couple of small bucks that busted out, I decided to go on
a banzai mission to check a water hole I
found a few years back. It’s in the middle of the day, and I have no clue
where the other deer I was watching disappeared to. It’s a long hike to
where I wanna go, so I grab my pack
and make haste. On this way, that few seconds of
cloud cover is nice. My head feels like it’s
cooking in my skull. And, now it’s gone. After about five miles, I reach the spot and
realize the spring is dry. Water. Oh man. Dehydration’s setting in. Tongue wants to stick
to the roof of my mouth. I gotta get up here
and get in some shade, drink some electrolytes. I’m fading. To not waste time, I decide to hike
the five miles back to the deer that
disappeared this morning. I feel so much better. Now it’s time to refuel. When your body says, hey, I need some water,
and some energy, it’s a good idea to just sit down, take the time. My body was saying that
about two hours ago, and I was like, ah. I feel so much better now. They’re up feeding again. I really hope they
move this way, ’cause right now, they’re
pretty unstalkable. I’ve waited, been patient, but I kinda put all my
eggs in this basket, so I hate to say it, this is pretty much
my last opportunity. I just need this to pan out. Deer 200 yards away,
feeding up to my left. I don’t know.
There’s still time. Gonna get my stuff
ready to move. That way, if they
start feeding up in that direction, that’s the direction
I’m going anyways. I might get one
last opportunity. My third time up
the same mountain. Completely out of water. Everything is just dry. (sighs) I’m hustling. I wanna try to catch up to them. (sighs) Gotta give it your all. (tense music) (sighs) Well, that’s pretty much it. It’s past shooting time. Ay-ay-ay. (sighs) I don’t know what I really
would’ve done different, except for bring more water. (laughs) Major dehydration. I’m gonna wake up with, it’s gonna feel like a hangover. Like I said, fajitas don’t have antlers. Some hunts, you just don’t have the time you need, but you can still make the most of the time you have. On those shorter hunts, I really feel like I
give it everything, and then some. There are just some days the animals won’t cooperate. If you give it 100%,
sun up till dark, and grind till the bitter end, you know that you did
the best you could with what you had, and can drive home
through the night, content that you
hunted your best, but this time, you got beat. Some of the hardest
deer I’ve ever hunted. I say that, and I’d be
driving home tomorrow, they’re gonna jump out
in front of this truck and stand there. (laughs) I’ll take it.

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  1. Very cool video. I know all to well how this hunt went down for you had many hunts just like that but thank you for your video I look forward to seeing anything from you solo Hunters very interesting and I learned a lot. ! ???

  2. Love new stuff…thank you!! I personally cannot stand the noise those plastic water bottles make…especially as they get empty. Obviously not an issue for you…but if you do go to another set up what do you choose?? Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the footage. I really appreciate that you put these up for free. I am new to hunting and have been trying to learn all I can from you and others. Just the little things add up and ease the learning curve, so thanks for that. Best wishes to you and the family.

  4. Great episode, Remi. Are you slowing down a little bit? I am the same age, and I am finding that I get dehydrated a little easier, tired a little more readily and being sore takes longer to go away.

  5. Matt from New Zealand here! I'm always tuning into all your new hunts too! Great adventure hunting for sure. Really appreciate all the hard work and how it somehow condenses into a good 20 minute video. Must be damn hard filming in those heated moments. Good self discipline and devotion there. Sorry it didn't work out! I've only done three bow hunts and two have turned up nothing.

  6. Remi is the only person on this channel worth watching. The other guy is a fucking joke. If it was just remi this channel would be 150k. Other guy ruins it. Give the channel up we don't like you man

  7. Great video Remi. I think I enjoy yours most of all. BTW, if that one spring was dry where are the deer getting their water?

  8. Great stuff as usual Remi. Hey, a bad day (or weekend) of hunting is better than any good day at work. Keep on keeping' on….

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