Nevada, 2008, Guided
The planning for a trophy mule deer hunt with my good friend Kyle Barner began twelve years ago. After deciding on Nevada as a state to try and hunt, we started researching the different areas and outfitters. One main resource of information I used in deciding on an outfitter was the Outfitter Focus section of Eastmans’ Hunting Journal. I have been receiving Eastmans’ since 1990, when I met Mike Eastman at a show in Billings, Montana. I have always found the research sections of the magazine very helpful. We ultimately decided to start applying for the guided deer drawing, which increased our odds of drawing a tag, with Michael Hornbarger of Blackrock Outfitters.
In March of 2008, we found out that after twelve years of applying, we were finally successful in drawing two tags for an area that has good potential for trophy mule deer. After getting the good news from Mike that we had drawn the tags, we decided on hunting the last six days of the season with one-on-one hunts. However, as the hunt got closer, we found out that Mike had more hunters than normal draw guided deer tags for the same season, and one of his guides had been injured in an accident. After discussing the options with Mike, Kyle and I decided to do a two-on-one hunt and add a couple of days to the hunt.
On October 28, after all the years of applying and preparation for our hunt, we were finally on our way to Winnemucca to meet Mike. We then drove four more hours to our hunt area.
For a full account of Gary's adventure, go to page 30 in the December/January 2010 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.