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Nov/Dec 2011 Issue of EBJ


The One by Brad Hunter

The One

Brad Hunter

November/December 2011 EBJ (Issue 68) - Hunting mule deer has always been a tradition in our family. My dad was never a trophy hunter, he just enjoyed getting out there with family and friends - we had a huge deer camp and that’s the way most everyone hunted back then. The equipment we had was very limited, two-wheel-drive trucks, poor optics, old leather boots and clothes that absorbed more water than they repelled. However, after all these years, three memories from back then stand out - we were always cold and wet, most of the big deer got away, and we learned to love hunting mule deer together.

In the early 1970s, I spent most of my time following my older brother, Donnie, around. He was a trophy hunter, willing to work hard, and walk all day searching for big bucks. I was right on his heels trying to learn everything I could from him and when I finally reached the legal age to hunt, the mule deer hunting in our area was sub par. It seemed like we had to hunt harder to find big bucks and when we did, I would almost always find a way to mess it up. By the early 80s, deer herds dropped, regulations changed and most of the big hunting camp family traditions were gone.

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As Fate Would Have It by Brett Ritter

As Fate Would Have It

Brett Ritter

I watched in absolute disgust as the arrow sailed over his back. I knew the yardage, used the right pin, my form and hold was rock solid. So why did I flinch so bad? Whatever the reasons, it was too late to take it back and I was now experiencing the lowest point of my hunting career. I had just blown it on the biggest ram I had ever seen in Wyoming. Not only did I feel extreme disappointment, I felt like I had let my dad and good friend, Jake, down also.

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All Pain, All Gain by Brian Soliday

All Pain, All Gain

Brian Soliday

The throbbing in my knee was almost unbearable and bending it was out of the question. After hiking over six miles on the 16th day of my public land DIY archery elk hunt, I could hardly make it up out of the last draw near the vehicles. As my buddy, Bobby Gray, and I topped out, a bull from behind us let out his distinct chuckle, just to let us know he was still around. My mind was on getting back to camp, putting my leg up, ingesting medication and trying to get some sleep, which had been eluding my body for the last two weeks.

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Taken By Surprise by Steve Schulz

Taken By Surprise

Steve Schulz

As I drove to my spot for the day, I couldn’t help but think of the days that had passed - it was the third of September and archery antelope had been open for over two weeks. The blind I was hunting was in a new spot and I decided to take a chance on it. My brother had already arrowed a great non-typical buck that had one horn jetting out vertically from his left side. The other was a great 80-incher taken from the blind I was going to hunt today.

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Saving PTO by Jason Hegg

Saving PTO

Jason Hegg

As I watched people pass by in the hall, I sat and wondered how everything was going to pan out - this was my third day in the hospital, and I was ready to go home. Luckily my family was with me to help me through. "You will have to get out of your wife’s bed before she gets back from the bathroom,” the nurse informed me. Then she handed me our second child, and as I looked at her I couldn’t help but think how much this was going to change my life.

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Christmas in July by Brian Rimsza

Christmas in July

Brian Rimsza

Is this really happening? It was 7:00 a.m. on opening morning of my New Mexico antelope hunt and the screen on my rangefinder just read 36 yards. The big buck I had seen just yesterday was feasting on cholla fruit at 36 yards and he had no idea what lurked behind him.

Unlike most hunting stories, this story didn’t begin with opening the mailbox to a tag from the game and fish department. I had applied in eight different states for nearly thirty different permits and I had nothing to show for it. Though my luck was non-existent, my father was fortunate enough to draw a coveted Arizona archery bull tag and a bull tag on the famed Valles Caldera in New Mexico.

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Chronicles of the Wenaha by Michael Miller

Chronicles of the Wenaha

Michael Miller

After 15 continuous years of applying for the coveted Wenaha archery tag in Oregon, my number finally came up, one of only 20 lucky guys. This is a hunt I had been dreaming of ever since I first stepped foot in this unit 13 years ago when a good friend, Bruce Wold, drew the tag and invited me to join him on his hunt and do some calling for him.

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Diggin' Down Deep by Brian Barney

Diggin' Down Deep

Brian Barney

Locating these bucks was an endeavor in itself - stalking these bucks seemed like mission impossible. I have stalked in every condition imaginable with my bow, and I must say these mule deer, in these conditions is a 10 on my difficulty scale. It seemed the crunchy snow gave away even the stealthiest approach. After each failed stalk, I tried to learn from my mistakes.

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Waiting it Out by Zac Griffith

Waiting it Out

Zac Griffith

I flew into Salt Lake City late Saturday night before the opener. My dad/ hunting buddy informed me that I was actually two hours later than I originally planned due to my negligence of time zone adjustments! We ripped out of Salt Lake and into Wyoming without wasting a second. I had been anxiously awaiting this archery antelope hunt in Wyoming since results were posted and seeing the Wasatch Mountains blow by finally confirmed the season was here!

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Blisters and Backstraps by Drew Howerton

Blisters and Backstraps

Drew Howerton

Sighing with relief, I rested my pack against a rock and sat down. I had just hauled 125 pounds almost a thousand vertical feet up to the pass. I had blisters on my heels the size of Texas and if I wouldn’t have had a set of horns lashed to my pack, I don’t know if I would’ve made it. As I looked back toward the basin that I had called home for the past six days, I couldn’t believe how lucky I had been. My mind drifted back to the hunt as I struggled to my feet and began the descent.

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Hardcore Field Test


G5 T3 Broadhead by Adam Bender

G5 T3 Broadhead

Broadheads are one of the most debated pieces of equipment in the archery industry and rightly so. Everyone has their "pitch” as to why theirs is the best and hunters have their favorites – it’s almost like a Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge debate. They all work, some better than others, but G5 has always remained steadfast in the broadhead community because let’s face it, their products work. With that said, the new T3 ushers in a new wave of technological development and confidence for in the field.

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