Hunting Report subscriber Del Brady has killed a Rocky Mountain mule deer that will most likely take the Number 1 spot in the SCI Record Book. By the time you read this, the ranking should be official with a final score of 226 3/8 SCI easily surpassing the current Number 1 score of 221 2/8.
Brady took the buck in the Henry Mountain Unit of southeast Utah this past October. He was guided by Kalan Lemon, son of well-known lion guide Wade Lemon, and Wayne Brown, who were both working for Doyle Moss of Mossback Guides and Outfitters (801-372-8311; http://www.mossback.com/). We’ve reported before about some of the massive elk trophies Moss has been producing of late, and now he’s turning up monster mule deer as well.
Lemon and Brown say they previously had spotted Brady’s buck on five different occasions while guiding a muzzleloader hunter earlier in the season. However, they were unable to get a shot. When Brady arrived, the two guides already planned to target this deer, which they had named “The Buck.” On opening day, they left camp before daylight and spotted the deer as they drove up a hillside. The guides knew it was The Buck because of a 3½-inch kicker sticking out on the right side of his rack. The buck was feeding in a field with several other deer and bolted over the top of the hill when the hunters stopped to glass. Luckily for Brady, the buck stopped, giving him a long shot. Brady says he missed the first shot due to his excitement. Amazingly, the buck gave him a second opportunity at 211 yards, and Brady was able to connect.
The buck stretches a measuring tape 29 inches across, not counting the cheater point that would extend the width to 32 inches. The rack measures 24 inches high, with G2’s at 21 and 23 inches and G4’s at 16 and 17 inches. Congratulations to Brady, as well as Lemon and Brown for putting him on such a magnificent trophy! – Barbara Crown, Editor.