Every year I dream about what I am going to see and do when the hunt comes around. I become very excited and prepare the best I can for what will happen.This year for the hunt, my brothers and I got to hunt on private land in Kamas Utah. Out of the five of us that went, three of us had deer tags. I was one of those that had a deer tag. The private land we hunted on is owned by my brother-in-laws family. In total, there is around 1,700 acres of land to hunt on. This was the third year in a row that I hunted on this property. From past experience, we have learned a general mountainside on which most of the deer reside. Because of this, some may call us spoiled hunters. I like to phrase it more as that we are lucky hunters!
When the time came to finally hunt, we hiked to the top of one of the mountainsides. The moment was finally here. As we sat, sitting and waiting for the sun to come up, I tried to envision what I would see when there was light. When the sun finally showed its face, we looked and looked for the sign of a deer. An hour went by, and we still didn’t see anything. Because of the lack of movement, we decided to split off into three groups. Once separated we were able to see a doe and a fawn darting across the mountain at a fast pace. Over 1,000 yard to the east of us was a group of a few doe’s. These deer were walking farther and farther away, so it did not make sense to chase after them.
Time went on, and my brother and I decided to start hiking to the other side of the mountain top to see if any deer were there. Once there, the oak and brush was so thick we could not see a thing. At this point, it felt as though there was not a single deer on the mountain and that all was lost. We weighed our decisions on what to do next. The best option seemed to be that we should go and meet up with our other brothers. By the time we found them, it was almost noon day. During this whole time, they saw a group of bucks that headed into some thick brush and never came out. The two of them have been sitting and watching them for a few hours. We were currently positioned on a mountainside, while the brush with the deer was on the mountain side in front of us. The deer were 350 yards away.
Thirty minutes after we showed up, a couple of bucks decided to make their entrance. Both of the deer were slightly older two-points. The two of us who were there, who had a tag, both took a shot at one deer. We both missed. The deer slowly walked back into the thick brush.
At this point, we figured they would try to run off, so we hiked down to cut them off. To our surprise, the deer were no where in sight. We decided to hike close to where the deer were originally. Once I came in to view of the spot they were, that same buck was standing 50 yards in front of me broadside. Without thinking and adrenaline rising, I raised my rifle and double lunge shot the deer. At the end of the day, I was the only one of the three to harvest a buck.
When it comes to hunting, there is a lot of strategy that comes into play. There are moments of disappointment, exhilarating adrenaline, and fatigue. Hunting helps me test my limits, and it teaches me patience. No matter how frustrating it may be, some of the best times of my life have come from sitting on the mountain and watching the beauty of nature. That is just one of the reasons that it draws me back every year
Below is a picture of the buck that I shot. The second picture is one of my wife and I the morning after the hunt. Just before that picture, we had been hiking and were listening to a couple elk,a few hundred yards away, bugle and talk to each other. Those are some cool moments.
For those who have any questions about how to hunt and what strategies to use, I would suggest watching the Netflix show called MeatEater. I hunt very similarly to how they hunt on that show. If you liked this hunting story, leave a like below. If you have any fun hunting stories leave a comment below. I am always interest in hearing stories and learning new things.