"Okay" is the best word to describe our 2000 whitetail season. 34 hunters harvested 26 bucks for a 68% success rate. Not bad numbers but no where near as good as we anticipated. Our overall success rate was 67% with an average size of 154 gross. I felt we should have been in the neighborhood of 80% success with an average of 160+, going into the season.
No shortage of big deer, we had nothing but bad luck with 5 very large deer being shot at and lost.
Ken Vaught of Texas took our best buck at 178 gross, 168 net. Extreme mass and long beams made up a good chunk of the score.
Repeat hunters did well this year. Dave Foster took a 29" wide, 168 gross on the third day of his hunt. Jim Moses on his seventh hunt with bear Paw took a 163 gross with rookie guide Gord Lavergue. Bryan King took a 174 non-typical with Chris Gilbert who probably saw more big bucks this fall than anyone else. Jim Nelson scored a nice 160, 5X5 just before he was to leave for home.
Sam Finch and Mike Belosky harvested a pair of 24", 3 1/2 year olds with veteran guide Bowen Dolhon.
Doug Shultz went home with a 177 non-typical with the assistance of guide, Ryan Jones. 22" of the non-typical points on his eye guard make this buck very unique.
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