Harlow Hunt October 2016

Montana Wounded Warriors was invited to return and hunt for whitetail and mule deer on the Miller Ranch for the second year.  As if it wasn’t an honor to be allowed to hunt for antelope, now Mark and Mary have opened their ranch to allow us to park a camper and hunt for deer.  Two great warriors, Clint Mainwaring and Mike Kuntz, were invited for this great opportunity.  We had the chance to throw back some cold ones and joke with one another to prepare for the first hunt early in the morning.  The first morning tested Mike as the whitetails along the river were very allusive and skittish to the first sight of any hunters.  Mike was a good shot, but not too many hunters could have shot in the time the whitetails presented themselves.  We changed gears and took Mike to the mule deer area and that’s when the fun began.  There were several mule deer bucks for Mike to choose from but the trouble was getting them to be clear for a shot from the many other deer bunched together.  Several hours of chasing and stalking the deer led to them returning to the very spot we started hunting them.  Mike got the shot at dusk and hit his deer in just enough light to find him lying not too far from where he shot him.  We retreated to the camper for a great dinner and hours of laughing and teasing one another.  The next morning proved much like the first.  We hunted the whitetail and just could not get enough time to get a shot off before they ran into thick cover.  After several attempts and a few miles of kicking through thick brush, we only saw glimpses of the deer as they eluded us.  We decided to take Clint to the mule deer country that Mike took his buck on.  We were driving to the field from the night before where we had seen all the mule deer just beyond a big hay stack.  Clint wanted to sneak to the hay stack and try from there at the deer.  Clint did a perfect stalk undetected to the hay stack and climbed up to the third level of the round bails.  He just missed his first shot and the deer ran for safety and stopped at what they thought was a comfortable distance.  Clint took a beautiful shot at over 600 yards and dropped the buck dead in his tracks.  It was an amazing shot and impressive to see it firsthand.  Clint did a great job and after tagging the deer, he informed us he wanted to donate the meat to a veteran that needed it.  There was enough light in the day as we were returning to camp to pack up and head home when a nice whitetail buck came out of the thick brush into the field.  Chris Grudzinski, our host and a wounded warrior himself, seized the opportunity and filled his tag as well.  We ended the trip on a high note.  All the warriors did great and we had a lot of fun together.  It was a great trip and we cannot thank the Miller Ranch enough for allowing us to camp there and hunt their land.

  • Harlow Hunt October 2016
  • Harlow Hunt October 2016
  • Harlow Hunt October 2016
  • Harlow Hunt October 2016
  • Harlow Hunt October 2016
  • Harlow Hunt October 2016