2012 Hunting Journal
Once again, the 2012 season was very successful and rewarding. We were able to keep everyone safe and healthy, not to mention filling a lot of freezers around the country with quality elk and deer meat. We laid eyes on some tremendous bulls during the archery season this year, but we weren't able to claim any of the giants. We did take several smaller bulls and had hunters pass on a few, hoping for that "Pope & Young" whooper. Well, they'll just be bigger when we harvest them this year. John from IL. took the biggest, a 5x5 the 3ard week with a through and through shot from 25 yards.
The rifle season was good from the first week to the last. We took deer and elk every week, with an exceptional harvest on what I would consider some really respectable mule deer bucks. Seven bucks were 4x4's and over 20" wide. The 4th. week of season, we had two hunters take both deer and elk, and Penny, a hunteress from MN., tagged her first bull elk . She came with her father, and said she had the time of her life. The third week of the season ,we took a gentleman that was 81 years young. He took a buck with a 1903 Springfield rifle that his father bought after WW2 for $39.00 dollars.
The longest shot was made by a return hunter from Texas. He shot a nice 4x4 buck with one shot through the heart at 548 yards. Robert, from MN., has hunted with us for the last three years in a row. He passed on a smaller 5x6 bull last year because it did'nt fit his "bucket list bull" criterea. This year he found one that fit , a nice wide, heavy 5x6 bull. He got to share the memory with his son Jake that came along for the first time with his dad. If he would have waited just a little longer, Jake would have shot the bull. The biggest buck taken this year was a toss up between John from MN., who took a good buck two years ago, and Jeff, a new hunter from Vermont. Both were darn nice bucks.
Thanks to all who hunted with us this year, and I hope we were as much a blessing for you, as you were for us!