The Avalanche Buck

By Brandon Anderson
Utah, DIY, Public Land

The Avalanche Buck - Brandon AndersonMarch/April 2014 EBJ (Issue 82) - After having a successful bow hunt in Utah during the 2012 archery season, I was excited about going back and trying my luck again in 2013. Being a hunting guide, my falls are busy, but during the month of August, Utah’s early archery season gives me an opportunity to do some hunting.

In July, BOWTECH released a new carbon bow. I had heard how lightweight it was and knew it would be a great bow for this hunt, so I picked one up. When August came, I felt more than ready for archery season to begin.

I arrived at the trailhead well after dark, threw all my gear on and headed up the mountain to where I had hunted the year before. I spent the next two days glassing different basins but I was not able to locate any bucks that I wanted to take. When the season opened on day three, I had not located a buck to go after and there were lots of other hunters running around. I decided to pack up and move to what I thought would be a more remote area.

The next morning, I was able to glass up a nice buck that I watched bed down in a spot where I would be able to put a stalk on. Right before making the stalk the buck stood up and took off like something had spooked him. I knew I had not spooked him and a minute later a mountain goat came into view and I knew that’s what had scared the buck. After this happened I was feeling pretty down on my luck. I decided I would hike over into a different drainage to see if I could come up with a decent buck that night.

About an hour and half before dark I had only spotted a couple smaller bucks. I spun around to glass a nasty avalanche chute that I could picture a monster buck in and sure enough – there he was! I couldn’t believe my eyes.

It was probably the biggest buck I’d ever seen while hunting. He was all by himself but I knew there was no way I had enough time to try and put a move on him that night. I elected to watch him until it got dark in hopes that I would be able to locate him the next morning. I got back to my tent, ate a quick meal and didn’t get much sleep that night.

The Avalanche Buck - Brandon Anderson

For a full account of Brandon's adventure, go to page 24 in the March/April 2014 issue of Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal.