Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wyoming's First and Only Wolf Season?


This wolf was killed by Scott Richards near Rock Springs, WY. That's Pilot Butte in the background. This wolf was taken well outside the areas wolves have been previously documented in and goes to show the endless expansion of these animals. Several lawsuits have been filed against the state of Wyoming citing its wolf management plan as being too aggressive and not having a long term solution to maintaining a healthy population of wolves. These suits arose after several wolves wearing radio collars put on inside Yellowstone and Teton national parks were legally killed by hunters in Montana and Wyoming.

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Given the success rates hunters have bad in killing wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, I wonder if hunting them is really going to affect the population enough to be concerned. I also wonder how we hunted them to the brink of extinction in the past, considering the weapons and other tools were much more primitive then. During the 2012 hunting season, Wyoming sold 4,469 licenses and made $112,518 from the sales that will contribute to wolf management. As of December 29, 64 wolves have been killed by hunters and another 39 killed by wildlife officials for livestock damage. 41 of those wolves were killed in the trophy area of northwest Wyoming outside the national parks, just under the quota of 52. The season closes Monday.

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Most of the lawsuits accuse the state of attempting to eliminate wolves altogether in the so-called predator zone where wolves can be shot on sight. But the reality is, the majority of the wolves were taken near the core of the reintroduction efforts. These are also the areas whose elk and deer populations have been hit he hardest by the presence of wolves.

As is the case so many times in this country, he fate of Wyoming's future wolf seasons rests in the hands of the courts. For the same of the Wyoming elk herd, and all elk herds in the region for that matter, I hope the wolf hunting program will continue. Though our contribution may be small, I feel it is needed to help keep a balance in the western ecosystem.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Range the Traveling Decoy



Range is a traveling decoy that’s passed among a handful of water fowlers who take him hunting in different states across the country. At the end of the season he will have visited Michigan, Missouri, Georgia and Texas and he will be sold on eBay with the profit going to charity. When I was approached about participating in Range’s journey this year, I jumped at the chance.


Shortly after he got to Georgia, I took Range on a couple deer hunts just to get him acclimated to Peach State. We didn’t have any success on these trips, but Range started feeling at home in the Deep South.

Welcome to Atlanta, Range.

Last Saturday I was finally able to take Range out for some waterfowl hunting. I got in touch with Chris Scalley and he sounded interested in taking me and Range out for some duck hunting. Chris took us to some private property with swampy flooded timber. Turns out it’s a very small world. Chris is also a fishing guide and I used to see his River Through Atlanta truck and boat all the time when I lived in Roswell, GA right on the Chatthoochee River.


Our party ended up with 11 mallards, 1 wood duck and 6 Canada geese. One of my favorite parts of the hunt was watching Chris’ dog Jesse. She was a natural hunter! She had a great work ethic and did a great job retrieving our birds.


To read another account of Range's travels, check out this story from Hunt Ducks Hook Fish. Look for more about Range in the future!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gear Review - Bushnell HuntTrack GPS




I recently had an opportunity to review the HuntTrack GPS from Bushnell. This small GPS unit is based on the simple operation of Bushnell’s popular BackTrack units but it adds some hunter-friendly features like a game activity chart, sunrise/sunset times and barometric pressure.



Here's what Bushnell has to say about it:

Features
• Logs up to 48 hours of trip data
• Mark and return to up to 25 locations
• View/record time in military or civilian, temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, and altitude
• Distances in yards/miles or meters/kilometers
• Latitude and longitude coordinates
• Weather-resistant construction
• 1 year limited warranty

I've found the HuntTrack very easy to use in the field an that's very important to me. If you've ever been afield with a piece of gear and forgotten how to use it with your owner's manual back at the truck or the house, you'll appreciate that too. It's built very rugged as well and on my first trip out with it in a misting rain, I dropped it about 25 feet out of my treestand onto the wet ground. When I picked it up after the evening sit, it worked just fine.


The HuntTrack let's you mark the location of your truck, treestand, downed deer, and other landmarks with special indicators. You can then see where those spots are in relation to your location on the map. I used this feature for marking deer sign on a scouting expedition as well. This allowed me to stay oriented when hanging stands near sign.


The geocashing feature on the HuntTrack allows you to upload your trips to a computer and track your hunts on highly detailed maps. You can also set waypoints on your computer that you want to access in the field. This is great when you want to check out an interesting spot you found on the aerial view map.

This is a piece of gear that has now gone with me on every hunting trip since I've had it, no matter how short. Most of us know the safety benefits of having a GPS in the woods, and now with the streamlined hunter-friendly HuntTrack, it's easier to stay oriented than ever.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Deer Season Update

My deer season at home in Georgia has been pretty slow. I've hunted some but the unfortunate part of working retail is that as the deer rut kicks in this time of year, so do holiday sales. I had this past week off but had to cancel it due to events at work. That's really put a dent in my time in the woods.


I've also been hunting a lot of unfamiliar, public land, and both of those can make for a challenging season. I moved to the north side of Atlanta right as season started and haven had a chance to secure any private hunting property on this side of town. That is first on the list before next season though! I've seen deer sign in the areas I've spent the most time in, but I believe the deer are mostly nocturnal on these public tracts.

But I'm not complaining! Any chance to be in the outdoors, sitting in a treestand and interacting with nature is a blessing and I'm thankful to be able to do it. My buddy Mark at Sole Adventure makes some great points about perspective at the end of this post. Check it out!


A couple of my friends have killed smaller bucks and some does have been taken as well. It's always great to share in the success of your friends. Although the deer will likely be in lockdown here soon, I've still got some more time and hopefully will have a Georgia whitetail on the ground before season is over.


In the meantime, I've been having fun reviewing a Bushnell HuntTrack GPS. It's an awesome little gadget that is simple to use and works like a charm. Look for that review coming soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gear Review - Real Avid Toolio


If you own a compound bow, at some point you're going to need a set of Allen wrenches to adjust something. Whether it's your rest, sight, quiver or the bow itself, Allen wrenches are king when it comes to bow adjustments. I've owned a few sets of these wrenches and although several of them did the job, none were as handy and easy robust as the Toolio bow tuner from Real Avid.


I'm a big fan of gadgets, but they have to truly serve a purpose in order to stay in my pack or gear box. Anything that doesn't perform or doesn't perform as intended is discarded or sold on eBay. I like to be prepared, but I also like to travel light. This little Toolio replaced two Allen wrench sets and is easier to store than they were. It's also very quiet which is nice when it's in my hunting pack on the way to the stand.

This wrench has hex bits in 10 different sizes and fits just about any bow, sight or rest screw out there. I love taking it on the 3D course because invariably somebody's rig is going to have a malfunction of some type and with the Toolio we're able to get it fixed without lugging around a whole tool box.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Georgia Black Bear


I've been spending my available hunting days here at home in the Cohutta Wilderness and Wildlife Management area just north of where I live. It's a beautiful area home to a healthy black bear population and every year more Georgia bears are killed here than anywhere else in the state. My first hunting trip here was also my first time going into the area, so this has been a "scout-as-you-hunt" proposition for me. My first two days I saw 4 bears, so things looked good right away.


Those were also the only bears I saw all season here, but I was able to learn about the area and do a lot of scouting. I found plentiful sign in some areas, and others devoid of any bear activity. Resident hunters here always say to look for the acorns and you'll find the bears. The only problem was, there were acorns everywhere! The task of narrowing down a small area to concentrate on was easier said than done, so I spent a lot of time walking and scouting new ground.

Baiting is illegal in the northern zone of Georgia, so bear hunting is much like deer hunting. You are looking for trails and funnels in addition to feeding and bedding areas, and hoping to catch the bears in between. The steep country and beautiful scenery make this a very different hunt than most would expect to encounter in the south. This is a true wilderness area, with no motorized or wheeled traffic allowed on most trails. Horses are even restricted in some areas.


The season in the Cohutta Wilderness/WMA tract has closed, but there are areas of state land inhabited by bears that I hope to pay a visit to before the deer rut begins. Although I didn't harvest a bear here, this has been some of the most enjoyable hunting I've done in Georgia and it's fast becoming my favorite area in the state. There's also some great trout fishing close by so I plan on spending a lot of time here during the next year, and I'll be ready for ole Smokey early next season.

Gear:

Bow: Hoyt Maxxis 35 Sight: Spot-Hogg Hogg-It Arrows: Easton FMJ 400 Broadheads: Rage 3 Blade Chisel Tip Optics: Bushnell Excursion EX 10x42 binos, Sport 650 rangefinder Pack: Under Armour Camo: Under Armour Ridge Reaper in Realtree AP Boots: Danner Pronghorn Raingear: Redhead Thunderlight

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gear Review - Spot Hogg Wiseguy Release

A few months ago, during the last 3D shoot I did, I had a release malfunction that gave me a case of target panic. My release wasn't firing as it should and subconsciously I began to hold low and punch the release. It was bad enough that I had my worst score ever, but with hunting season approaching I didn't have any time to spare in curing the target panic or release situation.


Looking for answers to both problems, I decided to stick with a wrist strap release, so I searched for a dependable fool-proof design with an open hook. I found the Wiseguy by Spot Hogg, and knowing the quality of their sights, I decided to give it a try. I chose the nylon strap connector version for two reasons. First I believe that the nylon connector would theoretically apply less torque to the string than a solid connector. And second, I have small hands and didn't feel the solid connector had enough adjustability to give me the solid finger hook around the trigger that I wanted.


Through hard work and some intense practice I was able to cure my target panic, and using he new release my groups tightened up. The Wiseguy is a fail-proof design, meaning there is no possibility of it not firing when you pull the trigger. It is built solidly and feels natural in my hand, and it fits my small hand very well. The open-hook design makes hooking up to your loop a snap, even without looking down. This is a great feature in a hunting release in my opinion. If you haven't shot a release like this, I highly recommend it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Dad's Pronghorn Antelope


Just a couple of days after I left Wyoming, my dad went out to try and fill his antelope tag. He found this buck early, passed on him once, missed him the second time he saw him, and then connected on his third encounter. I guess it's safe to say this was HIS speed goat!

My dad took this goat with a Remington 700 ADL in 7mm Rem. Mag.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wyoming Elk



My friends over at Food for Hunters have some great recipes. I wonder if they have one for tag soup? I have an elk tag to eat. This will hardly be my first time eating a tag, but they don't seem to taste any better the more you eat. It's definitely not an acquired taste.

But before I go on, let me tell you that this isn't going to be a "woe is me" kind d of story, and aside from the fact that my tag is still intact, I actually had a great trip. I spent some quality time with my mom, dad and sister who were able to stay at the cabin in Dubois, WY that formed my "base camp." I saw some breathtakingly beautiful paintings done by our Creator and I had some close encounters with good bulls. What more can you ask for?

I know, I could ask for my tag to be wrapped around some elk antlers right now. Oh well.


The first couple of days were pretty slow. The weather was hot and dry causing he elk to be mostly nocturnal and there was very little bugling activity or signs of the rut. I saw a spike bull one morning on a water hole, and although I speculated that sitting water would be a good bet with the weather conditions as they were, I didn't see any more activity over water the rest of the hunt.

Once I put some time into hiking new areas, I basically scrapped the areas I had located on my scouting trip. He sign in those areas wast fresh and there didn't appear to be much more activity since I was there before. I did locate some new areas that had fresher sign and eventually I got on some elk. The common theme of these areas was high elevation. I hiked farther and higher than I had on my scouting trip to find elk and I attribute that one factor to the encounters I had.


While walking up one side of a steep draw that led to a pass between two peaks,  I spotted a decent bull meandering his way along the other side. I had two things working against me in this scenario. I was out in the open and the wind had switched since I started hiking the ridge and was now angling closer to him. He was about 125 yards away, so I dropped back down on the side of he ridge opposite him and started some cow calling. At this point he turned and headed my way but disappeared into some timber. Still keeping the wind in mind I worked my way up and around hoping he would do the same in an effort to check my wind. As the time passed, he never appeared and I still am not sure if he winded me or decided I wasn't talking sweet enough.

Another consistent factor was the bulls lack of response to calling. I'll admit to not being the greatest caller, but it's hard to mess up a Primos Hoochie Mama or Cowgirl. I ran into this bull, a nice 5x5, several times during the week but  twice he busted me and another time he breezed along the ridge about 90 yards away from something else that had spooked him. The only thing I successfully called in all week was a curious black bear.


This draw would be the hub of activity for the rest of the week. I was very conscientious of wind direction, and I was only busted because of the wind one time that I'm aware of. That time it was a wide 6x6 that came from he direction I was least expecting. I had abandoned calling and focused on funnels and ambush points and was set up near a bedding area in some dark timber with the perfect wind. The only problem was the 6x6 wasn't bedded there, and came up behind me, caught my movement when I saw him, quickly circled and caught my wind. I think he only took two bounds to cover the entire ravine. He busted me at 35 yards.

One of the advantages of hiking so high was that I had the area to myself. One of the disadvantages was that it kicked my butt. I'm in decent shape but I hiked farther and up steeper grades than I had anticipated based on my previous scouting. On the last day I was still able to make the climb, but not as spryly as before. This has created a new fire in me to commit to being fit so that if I'm able to draw an elk or any other western game tag next year, I will be up to the challenge without so many rest breaks. And ibuprofen.


All in all I had a great hunt, tag soul aside, and I'm pretty proud of myself for finding the elk and staying on them despite the conditions. I still have plenty of local hunts to redeem myself this year and next elk season starts now.

To see more photos from the trip, go to my Facebook page Up and Adam Outdoors and check out the "September 2012" album.

Gear:

Bow: Hoyt CRX32 Sight: Spot-Hogg Hogg-It Arrows: Easton FMJ 400 Broadheads: Rage 3 Blade Chisel Tip Optics: Bushnell Excursion EX 10x42 binos, Sport 650 rangefinder Pack: Under Armour Camo: Under Armour Ridge Reaper in Realtree AP Boots: Danner Pronghorn Raingear: Redhead Thunderlight

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Mexico Mule Deer


I don't think you can get much closer to the wire than the evening of the last day of a hunt. Thursday evening as I headed toward our hunting area with my friend J.J. Salinas, his dad Joseph, and their friend John Collins, I found myself somewhere between the finality of returning to Georgia empty-handed and the hopefulness of having one more opportunity to wrap my tag around a set of velvet-covered antlers. If I didn't tag out on this trip, my tag was still good for the January archery hunt during he rut. The locals all agreed that was the best time to kill a giant muley anyway. But I wanted one in velvet.



The first morning of our hunt was pretty eventful, but not as expected. We glassed up a few does, went a little farther and climbed a hill to do some more classing. Just as we were getting settled, we spotted a 4 1/2 foot rattler, then a 4 footer, all in the span of a few minutes. Both were dispatched with a few arrows.

With my good friend J.J. Salinas

We took Sunday morning off and went out for a drive that evening. We saw quite a few does, a couple spikes, and 3 legal bucks, one of which was a border-line shooter. We weren't able to get on him to really check him out. On day 3 we split up in the morning and hunted different areas, then convened for the evening hunt to glass opposite sides of a canyon. The morning hunt was pretty uneventful except for pegging a jackrabbit with my bow. That evening, the Reverend was able to put a stalk on a group of bucks, and took this bruiser at about 60 yards with his Bowtech Insanity. We knew the hit was lethal, but with light fading fast we elected to wait until morning to recover him.

Team Bowtech's Daniel Gissendaner with his 28" wide muley

On Thursday evening, the last day of the hunt, after a last-minute change of plans, we headed to the area where we had seen the most bucks through the week. As we went along a fence line we jumped a bachelor group of 4 bucks. After they initially spooked they stopped a little ways off and turned around and looked at us. After quickly scoping them out I ranged the largest buck of the group and slowly lowered my rangefinder knowing they could bolt at any moment. Sure enough, they did and ran down into a draw and up the other side. Once there they calmly kept walking away at a quartering angle. Just before he went behind a tree I ranged the buck again and estimated the range he would be when he cleared the other side of the tree. I quickly dialed in my Spot Hogg Hogg Father sight and came to full draw. Just as he cleared the tree he stopped at a perfect quartering angle. I settled the pin on his heart and squeezed the trigger. 

Some "bonus" New Mexico game.

I lost track of the arrow in flight, but I heard the distinctive "whack" of a heavy arrow hitting something. I still wasn't sure, but  J.J., who was watching the deer through binoculars said "dude, you got him!" At the shot the deer turned away, causing the Rage/Easton FMJ combo to strike him in the shoulder and exit his neck. With part of a lung and his windpipe severed, he ran about 25 yards and went down. He wasn't the biggest buck we saw this week by any means, but I was very happy with him. And in my opinion any animal taken on public land with a stick and string is a trophy. 


Sunset near Lordsburg, NM.

Gear:

Bow: Hoyt Maxxis 35 Arrows: Easton FMJ 400 Broadheads: Rage 3 Blade Sight: Spot-Hogg Hogg Father Release: Spot-Hogg WiseGuy Binoculars: Bushnell Excursion EX 10x42  Rangefinder: Bushnell Sport 650 Camo: Under Armour Heatgear in Realtree AP Boots: Danner Pronghorn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bonsai Scouting for Elk

I just returned from a trip back to Wyoming to see my mom, dad and sister, as well as to do some "Bonsai" elk scouting for my hunt in September. Bonsai scouting is a term referring to scouting a hunting area as hard as you can in a very short amount of time, usually due to the fact that you are saving all of your vacation time for hunting season. This is certainly true in my case. After putting in some time studying topo maps of the Dubois region, I was able to narrow down a few places that I wanted to scout for signs of elk, and hopefully see some critters. I'll be hunting an area 67, which I have never hunted before, and to me nothing compares to actually putting your boots on and seeing the land with your own eyes.


We got to the area on Saturday afternoon and spent most of the afternoon driving around getting the lay of the land and a general feel for the area. I hiked around a few areas and found some sign that should be a good indicator of elk activity. I found a few wallows, rubbed trees, tracks, poop, bedding areas and travel routes, and hopefully I can put the pieces of the puzzle together come September with some more scout-as-you-hunt hiking. Sunday morning bright and early, my dad and I were at it again, this time checking out a completely different location. There we found some really high elevation meadows, with lots of vantage points.


Although we didn't see any elk, I feel pretty confident with the sign I found, and I think I have some huntable spots that will hold elk. We did see a bunch of mule deer, and that got the wheels turning in my dad's head for the his general deer tag. They were mostly does, but we did see quite a few decent bucks still in velvet in broad daylight. Many of them were right in the town of Dubois.


As I write this, I'm sitting in the airport in Denver, CO waiting for my flight back to Atlanta with a camo backpack and duffle bag at my feet. Over the course of this trip my camo gear has gotten quite a few reactions, from crazy stares to silent nods of approval, to questions about what and where I'm hunting and what bow I shoot. The camo badge is one I'm proud to wear and I'm never ashamed to show up in boots and camo to any affair. After all, I've got friends in high places....


Monday, August 13, 2012

A slightly political post...


A few weeks ago I posted a picture of me shooting my bow in a suit and tie. It was right after church on a Sunday afternoon, and I got home and decided to shoot a few arrows before heading to bed to get ready to work that night. Although I had already taken my coat off, standing out there in my dress clothes with a bow in hand really tickled my funny bone for some reason. So I put my jacket back on for the photo opp.

Now that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, a picture of him in a suit and tie with his Mathews at full draw has surfaced. I'm not sure when the photo was taken, but it certainly wasn't circulating like it is now. I just thought it was pretty cool that our pics were so similar. And it's certainly nice to think of having someone in the White House who understands outdoorsmen and women because he is one of us.

So there's my plug for Romney/Ryan 2012.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Look Back and Ahead

Hog hunting near Mershon, GA

Just an update from the last few weeks! A couple of weeks ago I went hog hunting in South Georgia on a farm that belongs to some friends. They've been having some problems with hogs destroying corn so I wanted to try and help out by shooting a porker or two. Unfortunately I didn't see a live hog during the hunt, but still had a great time and it was good just to be back in the woods. It was the first time I'd been hunting anything since May, and I have managed to hunt something every month this year except for June. Hopefully I can continue my streak by hunting some hogs again in the month of August.

Last Eyecon Black Widow trail camera at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, GA

In the meantime I've been working at Bass Pro Shops during their Fall Classic Sale on behalf of Big Game Treestands, and attending some of the outdoor shows and expos that have been happening in Atlanta recently. One of the highlights for me was meeting Troy Ruiz of Headhunters at Buckarama. Troy was a member of Team Primos for several years and has always been one of my favorite TV personalities.

Troy Ruiz of Headhunters

I also got to meet some legends of the bass fishing world including Jimmy Houston, Larry Nixon, Roland Martin and Forrest Wood at the FLW Outdoors Expo at the Gwinnett Center. The Forrest Wood Cup was held on Lake Sidney Lanier this weekend.

Forrest Wood, founder of Ranger Boats

September is just around the corner, and with it comes a month full of hunting. The first week of September will find me chasing mule deer on New Mexico. My buddy J. J. Salinas who lives there has been scouting and seeing some good bucks, so hopefully our group of three hunters will be able to connect on muley or two. We'll get back to the South just in time for the Georgia archery deer/bear season to open. I plan to spend as much time as I can during the early season looking for a black bear in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia.

When the last week of September rolls around I will be in Wyoming on a DIY archery elk hunt with my dad. I was able to get a last minute leftover Type 9 archery-only elk tag for area 67 and this will be the first time I've gone back to Wyoming to hunt in several years. I'm really looking forward to hunting again with my dad and hopefully smoking a Wapiti with my bow.

In the meantime I'll be shooting as much as I can, studying maps, and fine-tuning my gear. September can't get here soon enough.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

How bad do YOU have it?


Took a few minutes after Church today to sling a few arrows. Cause September is getting close. Every little bit helps, they say, and after all, I'm hoping for just one shot on each hunting trip. I've read that Randy Ulmer has practice sessions that consist of only one shot, executed perfectly. Makes sense.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hunting With Kids

If you have children, you should teach them to hunt. It's that simple.

No, I don't have kids. Yes, I'm telling you how to raise yours.

I was raised in a family that hunted and fished. Born in rural Mississippi, and later living in Wyoming, we were not in the minority for those areas. In fact, it was quite difficult for me to imagine the lives of those people I later met who did not fish or hunt. For my family, there was never a question of "are we going to hunt deer this year?" The question was "when are we going again?"

My First Squirrel, Age 12

Hunting is a lifestyle, and one that is often misunderstood and misrepresented by media outlets who make hunters out to be beer-guzzling Bubbas hunting from their pickups with a spotlight or blood-thirsty savages who kill poor, helpless, defenseless animals. I generally like Walt Disney movies, but the movie "Bambi" with its portrayal of a massacre of animals carried out by hunters that you never see has done more to damage the image of the hunter than any other movie. I can't tell you how many times I've heard from non-hunters "oh, did you kill Bambi?" My response of "no, I'm after his daddy" gets mixed reactions. The big, sweet eyes of the critters in that movie are forever ingrained in the minds of anyone who watches it.

My First Pronghorn Antelop, Age 14

The media doesn't want to give credit to the conservation work that hunters do. They don't want the general public to know that the average hunter who responsibly takes his share of game does more for the health and general well-being of our wild game populations than most so-called conservationists combined.

If you've ever had a discussion about the positive side of hunting with an anti-hunting liberal, you know how futile it can be. No matter what facts they are presented with, they still see Bambi's big, brown eyes every time they think of a deer dying at a hunter's hand. These people will rarely change their opinion of hunting, or of hunters. That's why our children are so important.

The health and economy of our sport depend on new participants being brought into it on a regular basis. This where kids come in.

My "Papaw" Daniel Hemphill

If you start your children hunting, fishing and generally enjoying the outdoors at an early age, they will gain an appreciation for these things before our modern society has a chance to brainwash them. They will also create a lot of memories that will never be forgotten. My fondest memories of my Papaw involve fishing in his old Cajun bass boat, and the one time I went duck hunting with him. We didn't get a single duck, but I remember the trip. In my opinion, children aren't going to have those same kind of experiences and memories sitting in front of a Playstation or Xbox.


One of my dad's Wyoming Mule Deer

My dad is still alive, and the days we spend together hunting in the fall are some of the most important days of the year to me. Some of my most vivid memories of time with him were our hunting trips in Western Wyoming. Last year I didn't make it out to Wyoming to hunt with him, but this year I'm going to be there in September. It'll be a chance to make some new memories, and thank him for the old ones.