Oregon/Montana, 2008, DIY, Public Land
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.
Months earlier, I had already decided that it was going to be a disappointing year. My career goals had put me in a situation where I wasn’t able to hunt much. I had been collecting points in every western state for a decade. Due to financial and time restrictions, I had decided this year to put in for “points only” on all but a few hunts. I would, however, apply in my home state of Oregon, even though I wasn’t expecting to draw. At least if I got lucky I would be close enough to hunt weekends.
While visiting my brother, I found out the Oregon results were out. A quick check revealed that I had beaten the odds and drawn one of Oregon’s top archery mule deer tags. In addition, my 13-yearold son had drawn the same tag in a different season. A few days later I discovered that I had also drawn a mountain goat tag in Montana!
For a full account of Kelley's adventure, go to page 30 in the May/June 2009 issue of Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal.