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Nov/Dec 2009 Issue of EBJ

Looking Back by Michael Hirschi

Looking Back

Michael Hirschi

There he stood only 39 yards away, a giant of a buck I had been watching for three years now. My pre-hunt intention was to let him live another year. But now, as I sat watching him feed unaware of my presence, I knew I had a buck of a lifetime at my fingertips.

It was a hot August afternoon. My brother Richard and I had hunted hard all morning with no success in locating the trophy mulies we had watched throughout the summer. Many thoughts coursed through me.

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The High Noon Bull by Jared Mason

The High Noon Bull

Jared Mason

Like most elk hunters, I’ve dreamt of that perfect scenario of a huge bull crossing a wide open meadow, bugling mad, as he comes into my calling. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, especially when hunting public land with a general OTC tag.

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Sticking With It! by Greg Busch

Sticking With It!

Greg Busch

In 2007, I was blessed to take my biggest archery mule deer to date in my home state of North Dakota (EBJ Sept/Oct. 2008). In the process, I learned that you can’t shoot a great deer if you keep shooting “nice” deer, a new concept for me.

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Hunting Tules Out in the Tulies by Cindy Krug

Hunting Tules Out in the Tulies

Cindy Krug

The draws were over and we were completely deflated; our luck was beyond abysmal. We were already making plans for over-the-counter hunting, forgetting about California draw results due to the overwhelming unlikelihood. Then one evening I came home late from a class with my daughter, and when I walked into the kitchen, my husband, Rich, and our son, Cameron, were acting a little strange. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was going on, but I knew something was up. As I started cleaning up the kitchen, I glanced and saw a letter from California Department of Fish and Game.

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Completing the Dream by Jason Stafford

Completing the Dream

Jason Stafford

It was October of 1986 and I still remember it like it was yesterday. My dad had drawn a once-in-a-lifetime moose tag in North Dakota. The day before the season opened I saw my first moose in the wild, a 35-inch bull with good palms. Dad ended up harvesting a giant 55-inch bull, which still stands as one of the largest moose ever taken in North Dakota.

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High Adventure by Omni Warner

High Adventure

Omni Warner

There are no words that can adequately describe the experience of a solo backcountry hunt. You just have to experience one for yourself. For those who have never experienced such a hunt, I will attempt to describe some of the highs and lows I experienced last fall on my Colorado deer hunt.

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Humbled Hunter by Matt Burrows

Humbled Hunter

Matt Burrows

Cut with deep basins overflowing with alder and waist-deep huckleberry brush, Idaho’s mountain peaks can humble any archery elk hunter. In 2007 and 2008 in these mountains, I was humbled by the heights and depths of my hunting experiences.

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20 Day Buck by Clayton Cox

20 Day Buck

Clayton Cox

It was the day before rifle season when my brother called and told me he had just spotted a big mule deer. I told him I would be there as soon as possible as I gathered up my gear and met up with him. The moment I saw him, I became obsessed and knew I wouldn’t hunt any other deer. He was a big 5x7 with deep forks, great mass, and great width. I watched the deer until the last bit of light was gone and then went home to make plans for the morning hunt with my dad and brother. This was the biggest deer I had ever seen or had the opportunity to hunt.

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