Tune in as Nick Mundt, co-host of “Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector” on Outdoor Channel, Sundays at 10:30 pm ET, joins us to talk about this incredible hunt. Nick says that the mule deer in this unit are big with great genetics and this can largely be attributed to the strict management practices in place. There aren’t a lot of tags available and Nick says this is one of those places that you may never get drawn noting some people have been putting in for a tag for more than 20 years and have never been drawn. The hunt itself was tough, covering rugged and tough terrain and Nick says hunting with an outfitter that knew the area well was an advantage. Throughout the hunt Nick says that he passed up several opportunities to shoot 180 and 190-inch bucks and had seen a couple of 200-inch bucks, but none that he could get a shot at. While stalking a 200-plus inch muley, Nick says they stumbled upon the buck he ultimately ended up shooting. It was a buck that his outfitter had seen before and had trail camera photos of in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but they hadn’t seen him since. First spotting him at a little over 100 yards, Nicks says they made their way through the brush and he ended up making a 64 yard shot that double lunged the 226-inch muley. Listen in as Nick reflects on this hunt as well as the time and effort he has spent trying to get a 200-inch deer and having it now be a reality.
This mule deer hasn’t been the only great thing to come from Nick Mundt’s fall hunts. He’ll also talk about hunting elk with his dad at the Navajo Nation. A yearly tradition, the Bone Collector crew does a youth hunt with twenty Navajo kids who have never hunted before. They outfit those kids with tents, sleeping bags, camo, boots, optics and other gear and then take them on a youth hunt. Nick says that everyone gets to shoot a deer to fill their freezer for the winter and it also gives them the opportunity to get kids involved in the outdoors, get them out of the house, off of devices and for these kids, a chance to explore their Navajo heritage. In return, the Navajo Nation gifts the Bone Collector crew a couple of mule deer and elk tags. Nick says that Michael Waddell had planned to hunt elk with him, but when something else came up he encouraged Nick to invite his dad instead. It ended up being a trip Nick says he’ll never forget where he shot a 360-inch bull and his dad took a 332-inch bull. He’ll talk specifically about his dad’s bull and the stalk they made as the bull hung out in a lake and then went to wallow before ultimately being dropped in his tracks.
Finally, Nick will talk about hunting and taking from it what you want. For him, Nick says that he loves shooting big bucks and bulls, however, just having fun and enjoying the experience is often times lost today. He explains that the Bone Collector crew tries to show what hunting is meant to be and the tradition surrounding it rather than focusing solely on one big animal. Hunting Texas right now, Nick says there are a lot of great deer out there, but he’ll be happy shooting an average mature buck, he isn’t hung up on only taking record breakers. When score is the only thing that matters, Nicks says that hunters often lose sight of what hunting is really about, the experience is lost to a score. Nick says that he is an advocate of taking out of hunting what you want from it. If it’s meat you are after, that’s great. If it’s mature animals only you are chasing, that’s fine too. Hunting is what you make of it, Nick says. It’s not for the elite, not for those who are physically fit – it’s for everyone. Listen in as he talks about keeping the hunting tradition alive and how conservation efforts from dedicated outdoorsmen and women have led to the exceptional hunting we are able to experience today.
Happy hunting y’all