After hunting the archery and muzzleloader hunt with no success, it was opening morning of the rifle hunt on October 22, 2016. We had scouted hard leading up to this day, knowing where some great deer were, hoping to have a chance to at least see one and luck into a shot. We hiked for miles while glassing, only seeing does and smaller bucks that I knew I wouldn’t be happy about shooting after seeing a lot of big deer prior to the hunt. After a couple hours hunting that morning, we went back to camp to rest before that night. We knew we needed a different plan to find the deer I was hoping to bring home that year.