High and Tight

By Rylan Rudebusch

High & TightRylan Rudebusch
Colorado, Semi-Guided, Public Land

I knew we were close, but where was he? The willows were so thick that it was tough to see. Suddenly, there he was! Those incredible long palms above the willow tops reflected the rising sun, and then that massive, dark body came into view at less than 50 yards. He was on a mission, making tracks for the other side of the drainage. Why and what was he running from? This was the only bull that Rylan showed any interest in from all of our summer scouting. He couldn’t have seen or smelled us, so what was it? “What happened? You didn’t shoot,” I said, half asking Rylan and half stating. Sometimes things happen pretty fast in the field, especially to a 14-year-old.

My youngest son, Rylan had drawn a coveted Colorado bull moose tag at the age of 14 - the first year he was eligible. I started putting him in for points when he was 11 and boy did it pay off. Here’s Rylan’s account of his hunt:

My Dad is really into hunting and he got me into it, too. One day I came home from school and Dad told me that I had drawn a moose license. It was only my third year hunting, but I knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, literally. I was nervous, as in the past Dad had told me stories about people getting hard to get licenses but not getting anything. If these experienced hunters couldn’t find the animals they were looking for, then how was I supposed to? Luckily I had Dad to help.

High & Tight

For a full account of Rylan's adventure, go to page 20 in the April/May 2010 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.