0

0

September 2: Kyle Lamore

This past fall, JJ and myself headed west to meet up with Mike Schmid at the Solitude Ranch (www.huntsro.com) in Hulett, Wyoming for a muzzleloader hunt and fell in love with the place. I harvested a great deer, so when Mike extended the opportunity to come back and try our luck with the bow, I couldn't wait. However, one little problem...work. School is usually back in session by this time and it's kinda tough to get a week off when you just had the previous three months! Well, my school district didn't start until September 8th this year, so the chance was there. JJ on the other hand..back to school, but I wasn't going to let this stop me. It is usually kinda hard to find someone who will take a week vacation just to go along to run a camera! So, when I called good friend Corey Knochel, whom I met during Dream Season 3, he said he would love to go--I was pumped! 17 hours and a few pit stops later, we had arrived ready to try our luck at a Wyoming velvet!

Well there never has been a shortage of deer at the Solitude Ranch, but when we saw over 100 deer from the stand on the first day, even my expectations were exceeded. Several shooters showed their face, but the closest was 57 yards..so on day two we were anxious to set up on smaller food plots to get into bow range. Twenty-some deer invaded the plot, including a great 140" full velvet, so we moved the stand 50 yards and couldn't wait to try it again the next morning. Again, right around 7am, deer start piling into the field, including a great 8 point, at only 39 yards. As he fed along in the plot, he turned quartering away hard and I tucked the pin behind the last rib and watched the Rage pop out right behind the opposite front shoulder.

We went back for lunch and reviewed the footage with Mark and Rick Kreuter, both of whom assured me the arrow placement was there and he couldn't go far. The buck managed to go only 70 yards down the trail before piling up. At 212 pounds live weight, it was a chore getting him loaded up, but we couldn't have been more excited. It was the fourth buck down in three days at the ranch! Everyone had scored! An absolutely great trip topped off with a great buck, and since he had already stripped his velvet, I have an excuse to go back next year for a fuzzy! ~Kyle