we did a 2 day hike in to the backcountry of lake meredith, trying to fill our mule deer tags early. first day was a foggy start, and we sarted seeing deer right off the bat. i got busted by a monster buck, probably the biggest mule deer i have ever seen in texas. he was looking over a rock ledge at me 60 yards up. that's a little longer than i want to shoot, so i started devising a plan to stalk him. he had me figured out though, and was gone. i climbed up the bluff to where he was and the ground was too hard to leave tracks. i made the 1 1/2 miles back to the truck and saw 9 more deer, with 2 more bucks, on the way. all across canyons though. we crossed the lake and hiked through a much bigger canyon with several cuts. jumped a coyote out of the cactus and while we were sitting there watching him two small 6 point bucks walked up a ravine below us. i let an arrow fly and it went right over his shoulders. they disappeared over the ridge and i retrieved my arrow. after the usual ridicule from the guys, we decided to slip in to the next cut and look for bedded deer. when i got over the ridge the two 6 pointers were below me looking right at me. so i proceeded to shoot UNDER the bigger one. these downhill shots are killing me! the first day we saw 26 deer, the second day we saw 24 deer. the second day after lunch the temp dropped 20 degrees. it rained, then froze, then snowed. the fog x wasn't working on my glasses for crap. my buddies each missed a buck the first day as well. this is rough country so your heart rate will be racing almost the entire time. i have never hunted mulies with the bow before, it's been a humbling experience so far. not like bowhunting whitetails! had a a couple bobcats rummaging around in the boulders below me at the end of the first day, but i didn't want to break a broadhead shooting into the rocks. thanks for reading. hopefully my next post has a dead deer in it.