The Tripod? So 2013. Next year may see trophy hunters rushing to Benge.
You know, Benge, out in the outback of Eastern Washington’s Adams County.
(King County hunters, just so your accent doesn’t give you away, it’s pronounced like binge, except with an “e.”)
We’re learning that a hunter with a late buck permit for the Ritzville Game Management Unit took a monster nontypical mule deer buck that green-scored 215 3/4 Boone & Crockett.
Miller says that Cook took his buck on Nov. 7.
“Spotted this a.m.,waited out fog,” Miller wrote on Facebook that day. “Came back in afternoon, waited out fog, (291) yard shot! Nice! Awesome!”
Cook’s buck has more points than the Tripod Buck, shot in October 2012 by Pete Fochesato in Okanogan County, although that 9×10 was final scored at over 235 B&C
Cook was one of 10 drawn for late rifle permits to hunt any buck in the Ritzville GMU. Wildlife biologists believe there are a lot more muleys in this area than you might think, and that a fair number migrate down from the upper Columbia Basin.
There is some public land out here in the form of BLM and DNR ground, but it’s mostly private. Blue Ridge is a collection of eight ranches that covers over 40,000 acres. Guided hunts run around $3,000.
If the score on Cook’s buck holds up when it’s officially measured in late winter after the drying period, it would be among the biggest of all time for Washington, says Miller.