Mule deer were definitely on our radar this year. Brandon and myself snatched up tags for South Dakota and planned a trip to head west. We would be hunting with Grant Shearer, a cattle rancher, and long time friend of Mark’s father. My first time on this property was several years ago when I tagged along to film Mark on his first ever mule deer hunt. I fell in love with the area, and the spot and stalk style hunting. This trip we would be accompanied with Dylan, and Zach (Brandon’s younger brother) running the cameras, and Mark’s dad would also be in camp helping us out as far as navigating the property and finding deer. Less than ideal conditions the first few days had us handcuffed. We were seeing plenty of deer, and several good bucks. The kicker lied in the fact that there was virtually no wind, making spot and stalking nearly impossible. With cooler temps and high winds in the forecast, we opted to play it smart the first few days and not push any stalks and educate the deer. On day 5, the wind finally began to rip. At 8:30 in the morning, Dylan and I were able to sneak within 30 yards of this great buck and I was fortunate enough to sink an arrow in the sweet spot. He ran 40 yards and I had my hands on my first ever muley buck. We no more than got back to the truck to grab everything we needed to pack him out, and I got a text from Brandon that he had just stuck a nice buck himself. After 4 slow days, the conditions turned, and within an hour we had both arrowed great bucks. This is a trip that we will never forget, both of us were able to wrap our tags around our first muleys.