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Dec 2013/Jan 2014 Issue of EHJ

The Bundy Bull by Jim Eggart

The Bundy Bull

Jim Eggart

December/January 2014 EHJ (Issue 140) - My son and I snuck into the area where we heard the bull bugling the night before. We had set markers out to assure that we could find our exact location when light broke the next morning. As we approached the ridge that we were going to use as an exit route my son checked to see if the wind to see if it was in our favor. Unexpectedly, just a few yards down the ridge, the loud echo of a bugling bull drifted up from the bottom. My son and I looked at each other, smiled and snuck out of the area.

Even though we were glad to hear the elk herd talking back and forth, the bull that we had named Bundy hadn’t showed himself. We continued down the ridge, hoping to stumble into area that he calls home.

We watched two 6x6 bulls go at each other for 30 minutes as they tried to exert their dominance over each other. There weren’t many cows with these two bulls, so my son and I thought that we had somehow snuck in on a smaller, secondary herd that the Bundy bull wasn’t managing.

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Prospecting for Brown Gold by Gary English

Prospecting for Brown Gold

Gary English

My fascination with the giant Alaska brown bear started when I was 12 or 13 years old. I can remember looking through the Boone and Crockett records book and being amazed at the sheer size of the coastal brown bears and Kodiak Island where most of them came from. At that moment, I wanted to hunt this mysterious island and take a world-class brown bear.

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All Uphill From Here by Mike Evans

All Uphill From Here

Mike Evans

I grew up in southern Utah chasing big mule deer around the high mountain peaks and tracking them through sagebrush flats. Mule deer hunting has always been a passion of mine and I have long sought out trophy-class bucks. I have put a few 180 and 190-class bucks on my walls, but always wanted that dream buck. This year, as my family and I put in for our normal general deer season tags, I decided to also put in for the black powder season with my sons.

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Second Choice & Second Chances by Ryan Hart

Second Choice & Second Chances

Ryan Hart

I noticed my credit card had been hit with two charges by the Game and Fish. I don’t have to explain this feeling to anyone who puts in for trophy hunts in AZ. All I’ll say is I had a bunch of jealous friends. With an early archery elk tag and an antelope tag, life does not get any better!

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Yukon Triple Crown by Chad Birrenkott

Yukon Triple Crown

Chad Birrenkott

I awoke to the hustle of gathering horses getting lined out for our ride to spike camp. It was September in the Canadian Yukon and the moose rut was kicking in. With two guides, one wrangler, seventeen horses and my good friend Otis, we made spike camp in a little over three hours. Along the way, Otis’s saddle came undone and he went for a spill. Luckily, he was unscathed, only losing his glasses. When we arrived at camp, I joking asked him if he wanted to buy some horses when we got home.

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The Crown Point Bull by Clay Creason

The Crown Point Bull

Clay Creason

After accumulating nine years’ worth of preference points, good friend Thomas Brunson, the owner of Timberline Outfitters told me it was time to try for a tag. Being a nonresident, the odds of getting drawn were not very good but I was going to chance it anyway. Real ity set in whi le my wife was questioning me about the $1,250 tag charge that posted on our credit card. Being the money was charged to the state of Nevada, I had a perfectly legitimate explanation for once. 

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Mr. Reliable Gets a Pass by Mel Hall

Mr. Reliable Gets a Pass

Mel Hall

Upon being notified that I had been selected for an Umtanum ram tag in early June, I committed myself to figuring everything out that I could. It didn’t take long to find out that the tag was going to be a fun hunt but nearly impossible to take a true, trophy ram that exceeded the 160 mark.

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Old Crab Claw by Greg Fisher

Old Crab Claw

Greg Fisher

As we sat on the crest of a small hill in the eastern plains of Colorado glassing a vast sage brush bedding area, Scott spotted a good buck with a handful of does. We were hunting near agricultural land and the bucks were with the does as the rut had kicked in early this year. I was amazed at the body size of these animals. Being from Wisconsin we have some big deer but nothing like what I was seeing.

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The Play for Splay by Jim Liden

The Play for Splay

Jim Liden

It was great to be back in the high desert country in my home state of Wyoming. I hadn’t spent any quality time in my old stomping grounds since college. I grew up in Cody, Wyoming, went to college at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and then disappeared from the state to make a living.

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Meadow of Chocolate by Chris Tennant

Meadow of Chocolate

Chris Tennant

We were looking across a canyon at the big, chocolate-colored black bear of my dreams. I had just told Tony that I was going after him. 

Tony had a different perspective and said, "You’re going to do WHAT?” 

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Moose in Memoriam by Dan Drake

Moose in Memoriam

Dan Drake

I started hunting with grandpa when I was just "knee-high to a grasshopper,” as he put it. I was old enough to tag along and that was all that mattered.

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Looking for Lefty by Nicole Rimsza

Looking for Lefty

Nicole Rimsza

March 20, 2012 is day that will be forever engrained in my memory. Most of you are trying to figure out what state posted their draw results on March 20th. Well, I wish I could say that I drew an amazing tag on this day but I can’t. This was the day my wife Nicole was diagnosed with stomach cancer. At 32 years of age this is something you never, ever expect to have to deal with.

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