Jackson County Hunting

Bingham Mountain - Private Land

We hunted few years on Bingham Mountain in Jackson County.  The property was a small parcel of private land with a cabin on it.  We harvested several deer on the land including my first buck - a small knot head I shot during "doe days" thinking it was a small doe.  We had some good times there.  On one trip, Vince shot a deer that ran almost to the bottom of the mountain and we had to drag it all the way to the top.  He harvested another deer in the snow one morning.

Cabin on Bingham Mountain. Sleeping quarters were upstairs and consisted of about a dozen mattresses on the floor. We would pitch a sleeping bag down on the floor and sleep. The rats were so bad that you could feel them running across the sleeping bag of the night. A few of us even had them run across our head sticking out of the sleeping bag. On one trip up there, Vince Edmonds and myself cleaned out the cabin when we arrived as it was the first trip of the year. That night we were cooking fresh venison and burned the grease. We were out of grease and remembered an old can of Crisco that we had thrown out. We went outside and took the can of Crisco out of the trash. It did not have a lid on it and the top was covered with bugs that had gotten stuck in the can over time and died. We scraped the top layer off and cooked the venison in the remaining grease. It had a twang to it! That night when we went to bed in the "Rat Loft", we sat the can on the table in case one or both of us got sick we could grab the can on the way to the hospital. We survived.

A hunting trip to Bingham Mountain in Paint Rock Valley. That's Charles Edmonds' "Green Goat" in the background. That's my 3-wheeler ... I've turned it over many times trying to haul deer out of the rocks and mountains in Paint Rock.

Maxwell Mountain - Trophy Buck Hunting Club

I was member in Trophy Buck Hunting Club for many years and really enjoyed the hunting and fellowship.  Most of the guys were from Grant where I grew up - some good folks and good hunters.  We harvested a lot of deer every year with a bow and rifle.

Charles and Ken on the porch of our cabin on Maxwell Mountain in Paint Rock Valley.
I've spent many a nights in there before a big hunt.

A Paint Rock Valley 8 pointer

Weapon: Hoyt SuperSlam Bow
Arrow: Easton XX78 - 2312
Broadhead: Thunderhead 125gr.
Range: 25 yards

I harvested this deer on opening morning of bow season during the 1994-95 deer season. I was hunting in a hardwood draw in Jackson County and it was my first hunt in the Mossy Buck Hunting Club. I had scouted the area and found several white oaks that were being used by deer. Lots of cut acorns, tracks, droppings, etc.. I hung a Loc-On Limit treestand in a red oak tree 25 feet high and was sitting there on opening morning. A few does came through right after day light and then around 7:00am a herd of does and a couple of bucks came into the acorn trees to feed. I had several shots at the doe, however I wanted to harvest the larger of the two bucks. The deer were about to spook and he finally gave me one shot through a hole about 25 yards away. The arrow flew true ... he traveled about 60 yards. Several of my friends helped me drag him out: Charles Edmonds, Vince Edmonds, Ranzy Evett and Brandon Givens. We noticed a snake bite on his shoulder as if he had lain down on a snake. The bite was scabbed over and appeared to be several months old. I got him mounted in a turned mount with his tongue out licking his side. It just so happens that he arrow cut in the hide is exactly where the mount placed his tongue. Pretty cool. He's not a state record ... but to me any deer harvested with a bow is a true trophy!

Weapon: Pedersoli
Scope: None
50 cal
Bullet: Hornady XTP 300gr. 44cal Pistol Bullet
Range: 20 yards

This was one of the most memorable hunting trips I have ever been on. Jim Childers and myself were both members of the Mossy Buck hunting club and decided to take advantage to the end of season either-sex muzzleloader hunt. It was my first experience with blackpowder hunting ... I was hooked. We had a great hunt as we both harvested deer. We stayed in the old cabin and hunted for several days - the deer were really moving! I shot the deer with a 300 grain 44 caliber Hornady XTP pistol bullet - some serious power.

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