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May/Jun 2009 Issue of EBJ


Second Time's a Charm by Corey Jacobsen

Second Time's a Charm

Corey Jacobsen

The drive from Arizona back to Idaho in 2005 was particularly long and bittersweet. We were still six hours from home, and as the daylight faded, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had squandered my only legitimate chance of killing a true trophy bull elk. We were extremely fortunate to have drawn three coveted archery elk tags.

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High Altitude Archery

David Long

I felt a sense of relief as I peeked over the edge of the rimrock cliff and saw that the lone buck was still lying comfortably in his bed. He was perched on a long, narrow bench at 12,000 feet, contently overlooking the large alpine basin below him. His velvet covered antlers protruded well above the stunted willows on this cold and wet September day. Thankfully, the rain and snow mix that had been falling all morning had kept the buck bedded during our entire three-hour stalk.

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September Dream

David Day

The lowest visible elk in the drainage was a big bull. Bedded in the open grassy bottom, he gazed down drainage and my way. He was almost motionless, giving me only a straight-on angle, but that was the only view I needed. This bull had every characteristic a hunter dreams of: A wide six-point rack, long royals, heavy dark beams, and ivory tips. It had been a few years since I'd hunted a bull of this caliber.

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High Noon Encounter

Paul Navarre

From my high vantage point, I couldn’t see a single field of corn, sorghum, alfalfa, wheat, or beans - not even a food plot - and I doubted that any of these conditions existed within hundreds of miles. What vegetation I could identify was cat’s claw brush, mesquite trees, barrel and prickly pear cactus, various grasses, and other forms of thorn brush. It seemed like a strange environment to hunt whitetails.

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A Father, a Son, and a Year to Remember

Kelley Mingus

As I looked at my son, a beautiful trophy mountain goat, and the majestic mountains, a sense of contentment and happiness came over me like I’ve never known. I had just successfully completed one of my biggest bowhunting challenges, and my son had been with me every step of the way. Although we had a tremendous amount of work ahead, I made sure to enjoy the moment, as well as the last few months.

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Good Luck, Flatlanders!

Scott Engel

Our trip started out the same way most elk hunting trips start for a group of flatlanders with no experience chasing wapiti. It was a faint dream that began with a thought along the lines of, "Wouldn’t it be great if..."

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August in Alaska

Jason Boyer

August in Alaska means many things - return of the salmon, fair weather, and most importantly, the start of several hunting seasons. In 17 days, I would be in the Wrangells chasing Dall’s sheep. Normally I would be done hunting sheep this late into August, but due to the limited availability of flight charters, I was forced to book the second hunt into my area. There was a benefit, though; I was able to put together an archery alpine hunt for Sitka blacktail.

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Appeasing the Gods

Jeff Young

Wild onion and salami-stuffed tenderloin sizzling atop a flat rock over a juniper-fueled fire; bivy sacks spread upon deer beds; a million stars over a cold Nevada sky; a trusted friend. Hunting - or life - rarely gets better than this.

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Quest for a Utah Giant

Dale Osborn

Early April 2008 found me shooting a Diamond Liberty and preparing for the 2008 archery season, which was still over four months away. "Give her a second chance," my son joked about the bow I had just bought from him.

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