Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Location of hunt: Wyoming
Date: 2009
Game taken: Mule deer
Ammunition used: Federal Premium Vital-Shok .300 WSM 180-grain Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullet
Skinny: "Recently I went hunting with four friends. Over the course of three days, we hiked 30 miles with over 11,000 feet of elevation, packing two deer and our gear on our backs.

We were starting to pack up to move to a new area we saw a nice buck in the ravine 400 yards away. We spent five minutes glassing over the deer, debating the size, the retrieval of the deer, and the distance of the shot.

I laid down on the cliff, my barrel hanging over the 150 foot drop, and got ready to shoot. I waited for the deer to come out of the trees. I shot and the deer immediately stopped… stood there… and then tumbled onto the ground into the trees.

Finally, when we got back to camp; we measured the rack. We knew the deer was big but still couldn’t believe the measurement—the rack was 30.5 inches wide. I had shot the Holy Grail for mule deer hunters. We earned this deer the hard way, on public land, with no guide, and no horses. We were just four friends with an eye for adventure, a lot of hard work, and a little luck."