September/October 2011 EBJ (Issue 67) - Mentally drained and physically exhausted, I sat there in disbelief. To say I was bummed would be a gross understatement! The swing of emotions in such a short span of time was simply unbelievable. Only moments earlier, Nate Simmons had the camera rolling and I had a huge rush of adrenaline as I was about to come to full draw on the unsuspecting buck, which was only 37 yards directly below me.
Instead of exchanging high-fives in celebration of our great accomplishment, we now both found ourselves sitting there, not saying a single word, as we watched the buck scoot across the basin in what looked like some sort of an attempt to break a land speed record. Seconds later, the only remaining signs of the buck were the small clouds of dust he left in his wake. It was just another typical day of hunting high country mulies.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time archery hunting mulies in the backcountry has undoubtedly felt the same wide range of emotions I was feeling at that moment. One minute you are high on an unbelievable adrenaline rush, the next you feel as if you just watched your favorite dog get run over by a truck!