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Pro Skier Tags 200-Class Colorado Velvet Muley

Pro Skier Tags 200-Class Colorado Velvet Muley

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from Joe Derringer wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

good story and nice deer...but i dont think the guy really practices to shoot 100 yards out...that is a crazy distance...good for him though..impressive story

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from 1Browning2 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

SoILLHunter, I agree, very impressive, but I believe he practices that far. With todays bow technology, its easy. ive watched people do it before. Definitely not an ethical shot on a live animal, but its a good to practice that far

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from mkorpal wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Congratulations Drew! That muley is a stud!

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from SifordOutdoorz wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Great story! COngratulations on a great trophy and good luck with your recovery and success the rest of the skiing season!

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Not to take anything away from the guy, that's a GREAT trophy, and GREAT accomplishment, but bow shots at 100 yards are unrealistic and irresponsible for all but the top 5% of archers in the world. Maybe this guy falls into that category, but after blowing one at half that range and almost blowing another, it doesn't seem like it. I absolutely, positively couldn't do better, but it sounds like he came real close to mortally wounding this animal and losing it due to overconfidence in doing something extremely difficult.

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from Jim Berardi wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Great buck- r u getting it mounted with the velvet intact? Just seen where Stan Potts harvested a 195 class whitetail in velvet with his bow opening week in Kentucky. Our season starts in 2 days & they've all shed their velvet around Labor Day-shortly after so we can't get a chance at a rare trophy like that! Jim

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from drewskipow wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Actually I had the velvet stripped. I have a nice typical velvet muley on the wall and I wanted to enter him in the all time Pope and Young book. He will look awesome when they stain him with dark antlers to look like he would have.
@mountainman6 everytime we shoot an animal we come real close to mortally wounding it and losing it... it called chance and you cant take it out of the equation(we are all human even with hundred yard chip shot with a rifle I have seen my friends lose animals. I have shot thousands of arrows at long distance 80+ yards the last few summers in an attempt to make the shorter shots(50 yards out west isnt that far) more routine. He was qtred to and I couldnt tell but still made a good shot under alot of pressure. Not to mention I would have found him on my own on my next circle so... In my opinion I am not overconfident and I have the upmost respect for the animals I hunt and until you come shoot with me you will just be someone voicing an unfounded opinion. Top 5%? I could be there...and that is why i confidently took those shots that were within my abilty...

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

"I am not overconfident...Top 5%? I could be there." Ha ha I voted your comment up because it was well-said and I like it. That quote was just too easy, though. I hope you could tell by the extremely diplomatic tone I tried to convey in my original comment that I wasn't second-guessing you. IF you're that good, then you're that good, end of story. You struggled with some 49-yard shots, we've all blown closer. And hell, if I had seen that thing, I would've flung every arrow I had at it, thrown rocks, starting making traps, anything, it's freaking HUGE! I just don't want every weekend warrior with a bow kit from Wal-Mart seeing this and flinging arrows at big game from 49 yards and thinking they can do it out to 100. Again, not trying to take a thing away from you here, I hate negative commenters, but like you said we need to have a respect for the animals and make sure that others do too. It seems like you do, so that makes you one of the good ones, and I appreciate the conversation.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

"I am not overconfident...Top 5%? I could be there." Ha ha I voted your comment up because it was well-said and I like it. That quote was just too easy, though. I hope you could tell by the extremely diplomatic tone I tried to convey in my original comment that I wasn't second-guessing you. IF you're that good, then you're that good, end of story. You struggled with some 49-yard shots, we've all blown closer. And hell, if I had seen that thing, I would've flung every arrow I had at it, thrown rocks, starting making traps, anything, it's freaking HUGE! I just don't want every weekend warrior with a bow kit from Wal-Mart seeing this and flinging arrows at big game from 49 yards and thinking they can do it out to 100. Again, not trying to take a thing away from you here, I hate negative commenters, but like you said we need to have a respect for the animals and make sure that others do too. It seems like you do, so that makes you one of the good ones, and I appreciate the conversation.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I love this story and the photos are great, this is awesome I wish I could shoot a 200+ class muley, best in my books so far is a 175.

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from Deno wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Very nice animal, congrats!!!

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from chaplainthom wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Great photography!

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from AndyAnders75 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

Hey Drew, great Muley!! Kelly told me about your deer and this article. Congrats! Hopefully I can make it to Colorado this year and see it in person!

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from drewskipow wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Actually I had the velvet stripped. I have a nice typical velvet muley on the wall and I wanted to enter him in the all time Pope and Young book. He will look awesome when they stain him with dark antlers to look like he would have.
@mountainman6 everytime we shoot an animal we come real close to mortally wounding it and losing it... it called chance and you cant take it out of the equation(we are all human even with hundred yard chip shot with a rifle I have seen my friends lose animals. I have shot thousands of arrows at long distance 80+ yards the last few summers in an attempt to make the shorter shots(50 yards out west isnt that far) more routine. He was qtred to and I couldnt tell but still made a good shot under alot of pressure. Not to mention I would have found him on my own on my next circle so... In my opinion I am not overconfident and I have the upmost respect for the animals I hunt and until you come shoot with me you will just be someone voicing an unfounded opinion. Top 5%? I could be there...and that is why i confidently took those shots that were within my abilty...

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from Joe Derringer wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

good story and nice deer...but i dont think the guy really practices to shoot 100 yards out...that is a crazy distance...good for him though..impressive story

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from 1Browning2 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

SoILLHunter, I agree, very impressive, but I believe he practices that far. With todays bow technology, its easy. ive watched people do it before. Definitely not an ethical shot on a live animal, but its a good to practice that far

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Not to take anything away from the guy, that's a GREAT trophy, and GREAT accomplishment, but bow shots at 100 yards are unrealistic and irresponsible for all but the top 5% of archers in the world. Maybe this guy falls into that category, but after blowing one at half that range and almost blowing another, it doesn't seem like it. I absolutely, positively couldn't do better, but it sounds like he came real close to mortally wounding this animal and losing it due to overconfidence in doing something extremely difficult.

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

"I am not overconfident...Top 5%? I could be there." Ha ha I voted your comment up because it was well-said and I like it. That quote was just too easy, though. I hope you could tell by the extremely diplomatic tone I tried to convey in my original comment that I wasn't second-guessing you. IF you're that good, then you're that good, end of story. You struggled with some 49-yard shots, we've all blown closer. And hell, if I had seen that thing, I would've flung every arrow I had at it, thrown rocks, starting making traps, anything, it's freaking HUGE! I just don't want every weekend warrior with a bow kit from Wal-Mart seeing this and flinging arrows at big game from 49 yards and thinking they can do it out to 100. Again, not trying to take a thing away from you here, I hate negative commenters, but like you said we need to have a respect for the animals and make sure that others do too. It seems like you do, so that makes you one of the good ones, and I appreciate the conversation.

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from mkorpal wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Congratulations Drew! That muley is a stud!

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from SifordOutdoorz wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Great story! COngratulations on a great trophy and good luck with your recovery and success the rest of the skiing season!

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from Jim Berardi wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Great buck- r u getting it mounted with the velvet intact? Just seen where Stan Potts harvested a 195 class whitetail in velvet with his bow opening week in Kentucky. Our season starts in 2 days & they've all shed their velvet around Labor Day-shortly after so we can't get a chance at a rare trophy like that! Jim

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from MountainMan6 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

"I am not overconfident...Top 5%? I could be there." Ha ha I voted your comment up because it was well-said and I like it. That quote was just too easy, though. I hope you could tell by the extremely diplomatic tone I tried to convey in my original comment that I wasn't second-guessing you. IF you're that good, then you're that good, end of story. You struggled with some 49-yard shots, we've all blown closer. And hell, if I had seen that thing, I would've flung every arrow I had at it, thrown rocks, starting making traps, anything, it's freaking HUGE! I just don't want every weekend warrior with a bow kit from Wal-Mart seeing this and flinging arrows at big game from 49 yards and thinking they can do it out to 100. Again, not trying to take a thing away from you here, I hate negative commenters, but like you said we need to have a respect for the animals and make sure that others do too. It seems like you do, so that makes you one of the good ones, and I appreciate the conversation.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I love this story and the photos are great, this is awesome I wish I could shoot a 200+ class muley, best in my books so far is a 175.

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from Deno wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Very nice animal, congrats!!!

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from chaplainthom wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Great photography!

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from AndyAnders75 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

Hey Drew, great Muley!! Kelly told me about your deer and this article. Congrats! Hopefully I can make it to Colorado this year and see it in person!

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Professional free skier Drew Rouse tagged this 200-class Colorado velvet mule deer in late August. Rouse shares the details of his remarkable hunt, which capped both a 7-year odyssey to kill a big muley and his recovery from a serious skiing accident that could easily have ended the 32-year-old’s life.