2008, Utah, DIY, Public Land
One ordinary day in the first week of July, I received a call from my good friend, Dusty Zundel. He asked if I was sitting down. What could it be? A million thoughts quickly ran through my head and then he told me he had just received a call from the Utah DWR and they had informed him that he was an alternate for a limited entry archery elk tag.
I was happy for my friend, but I couldn’t help being a little disappointed because we had registered for the same hunt as a group. Why hadn’t I received the call from the DWR first? As I was saying congratulations to Dusty, he stopped me and said, “I told them that I couldn’t take the tag.” Dusty had a trip to Alaska scheduled and couldn’t accept the tag. That meant one thing - I would be next in line to get the tag.
At first, I thought Dusty was messing with me as he often does, but he assured me it was very real and that the DWR would be calling me any minute. No more than fifteen minutes later I got a call on my cell phone that displayed DWR’s number and I knew that Dusty was telling the truth. After rescheduling some previous guiding commitments and obtaining a “hall pass” from my wife, I was able to accept the exclusive Pahvant archery elk tag. This was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For a full account of Brandon's adventure, go to page 22 in the July/August 2009 issue of Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal.