2010 My Year To Remember
June/July 2011 EHJ (Issue 125)
Wyoming, 2010, DIY, Public Land
- My adventure last fall started when my dad, my older and younger brothers and I each drew deer and elk tags in Wyoming. As a family that lives to hunt, we started the summer off by scouting and fishing in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. We have always enjoyed vacationing there, so drawing buck and bull tags made it even more exciting and gave us all the more reason to go over.
Many family camping and scouting trips with my parents, Jed and Jenni, and three brothers, Lane, Eric and Kyle, were made with our horses packing in and looking for trophy deer and elk. We located plenty of bucks and there were also good numbers of elk, so we were really looking forward to the hunting season - September couldn’t get here quick enough.
My older brother, Lane, and I made an early September archery trip, but unfortunately we weren’t successful. Lane ended up missing a 175-class buck with his bow. However, his friend, Garrick Richins, ended up filling his bear tag, so it was a good time.
When the rifle season arrived, we made another trip, but were unsuccessful in locating any good bucks. We were successful in seeing plenty of other hunters, though.
After school on Friday, September 24, we headed back to Wyoming for a quick Saturday hike and hunting trip. We slept by the truck that evening and in the morning we woke up at 5 a.m. and got ready for the morning hike. We left the horses at home since this was a quick trip in an unfamiliar area.
After walking through brush and over downed logs for four long hours, we finally arrived at a spot where we could see an opening on the opposite hillside. It was a great spot to glass and we soon saw a fair number of bucks. I spotted a 165-class buck that my younger brother Eric decided he would like to shoot.
Since we were hiking straight up a very steep hill, we stopped for a rest. When we looked up the mountain, I spotted a different buck feeding in the shade of some trees. We decided he was big enough to warrant pulling the scope out and getting a better look. When we finally got the scope on him, we decided he was a shooter and the best buck that we had seen all summer and fall!
For a full account of Todd's adventure, go to page 40 in the June/July 2011 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.