Mountain Men: Jake Needs Meat (Season 7, Episode 6) | History


NARRATOR: A mid-season melt for a hunt. But today, Jake Herrick
isn’t chasing lions. He’s tracking his next meal. JAKE HERRICK: I got
an empty freezer, and I definitely need to get
some really good, clean meat. NARRATOR: Mule deer are known
to graze at high altitudes where the terrain is steepest. I’m trying to find my
way through the rocks here. It looks like I found a spot I
can finally crawl through here. NARRATOR: Jake’s betting that
the receding snow has reopened their feeding ground 6,000
feet up the mountain, but not for long. Once the deep freeze returns,
the herd will be out of reach. Trying to find a spot
I can poke through. This country is rugged as heck. You don’t want to make
a slip and a fall. Oh, [bleep]! [sighs] Close call there. Lost my footing a little bit. All right. I’m at the top of the hill. I just need to make my way
down to this rock point, do some glass, and hopefully
I can get them spotted. Oh, shoot, right there
sneaking out of the brush there, chasing that doe. Let’s see if I can’t
sneak down somewhere and get a shot at them. That doe is just streaking
across the hillside with the buck hot on her tail. I’m thinking they’re going to
end up out on this point here. I’m going to work my way
down to this little rock knob and get set up to shoot, see
if we can’t get that buck. NARRATOR: In the
steep and jagged peaks of the Tobacco Route
Mountains, Jake’s moving in to get a clean shot. They’re feeding across
that hillside over there. NARRATOR: He’s been chasing
the mule deer for three hours. And now, still 100
yards out of range, he can’t risk letting
the opportunity pass. All right. They’re working their way
up towards that ridge there. The buck is following the doe. [gunshot] Well, it looks like a good hit. Doesn’t look like she’s
quite tipping over yet. NARRATOR: Big game like
this 200-pound buck get a surge of
adrenaline when wounded, enough to run for several
minutes after a hit. Damn it. He’s heading up over the hill. NARRATOR: At this
distance, there’s no way to confirm a kill.
– All right. I better get over that ridge
and get up buck tracked down. Just hoping we can turn up
some blood here somewhere and track him down. This area right
here is about where I thought he was standing. He could be anywhere out here. They usually tend to go
downhill when they’re shot. They’ll try to find a hole
or something to lay in. There he is. Woo! All right. We got us a nice, mature buck. He’s got a nice body on
him, lots of good meat. NARRATOR: The
full-size buck will provide nearly 70
pounds of meat to last through the end of winter. But breaking down such a large
kill takes a skilled hand. We don’t want to be out here
after dark with fresh meat on our back. There’s bears and
mountain lions out here, and it’s a wild place
with wild animals. This was their home, and
meat is what they eat. When I butcher my deer,
the processing of it is just something I love to do. This, to me, is
what keeps me going. There’s nothing like outsmarting
the smartest animals out there, and doing it yourself. All right. Over the mountain I go. This nice buck here
is going to provide me with a lot of good meat through
the wintertime to keep me out and about running lions and
keep me chasing them hound dogs. Got a lot of work ahead of me. The work has just begun. And we’ll be back at
it again tomorrow.

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