December/January 2013 EHJ (Issue 134) - Excitement and doubt crept into my mind when I found out that I had drawn this special bull elk tag on the Paunsaugunt in southern Utah, and with only four bonus points. Lucky me! I was so excited, but nervous at the same time. My son, Dan Hatch, had already stated that he would take the time off work to help me out. I have always been out on hunts, but never was serious about them, until now. I was telling everyone that I was going to bring something home, not knowing what it would be. I felt confident that it would be something, but unsure of how big. I just knew in my heart that it would be something.
My husband and I traveled to southern Utah to set up camp on Friday night and get ready for the next big day— the hunt! Dan and his wife Jordan joined us for the evening, as well as other family members that came out. We went up on a point to glass down into the field where the herd of elk was feeding. There were two shooter bulls in the herd. We were now getting excited for the morning to come.