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Next Generation Hunters: Last winter, both dad and Caden received the dreaded notice from the DWR letting them know that neither had drawn out for the general hunt. His cousin, Alex, had the same result. Both of their dads were bummed, but hope was not lost. The DWR’s mentor program, provided the chance for the boys to still hunt. Grandpa quickly offered to mentor Caden, and Alex’s dad would mentor him. Hunt preparations began. This was Alex’s first hunt since passing Hunter’s Ed. He and his dad had a great hunt. They saw lots of deer and came across a herd of 30 with several bucks in it. The deer were on the move, and Alex took a shot just over a large 3 point. While the shot didn’t connect, his dad made sure to teach him the importance of checking for signs of a wounded animal. They scoured the area to be sure that it was a clean miss. Meanwhile, Caden, his dad, and grandpa were on their own hunting path. That adventure took them much further than dad anticipated. Grandpa was a trooper, and climbed the mountain, back pain and all to help his grandson on his hunt. The deer weren’t to be found that morning, and after meeting up with his cousin and uncle, the group decided to head back to camp to rest. When the time came for an evening hunt, Caden and grandpa were pooped, and decided to stay in camp. Grandpa suggested that Caden grab a chair and watch the side of the hill, while he cleaned things up and prepared to head back home. Caden’s dad was thinking there would be no chance that any deer would walk through, but figured they could have some good father and son bonding time anyway. Grandma came out and did her special deer “call” to bring in the animals. No words can really describe the sounds that she made. Maybe 30 minutes later, 5 or 6 deer crossed the hill in front of them. All does, but it sure got the blood flowing. Grandma came out again, and said that she needed to do her buck “call” to bring in the bucks instead of does. Caden said, “I think we will see some in like 5 minutes.” Dad was just happy that they saw any animals. True to Caden’s prediction, about 5 minutes later, dad looks over and sees two more deer making their way toward camp. Dad grabs the rifle and sees antlers!!! He tells grandpa, and Caden got set up for a shot. Using the camp chair as a rest, he steadied for the shot. The shot rang out, and we could tell that the deer was hit. Grandpa took a second shot to make sure the deer went down quickly. The deer walked out of sight, and then disappeared. Dad, grandpa, and Caden took off up the hill to find the deer, and it was Caden who was the first to say he found it. The three then took time to give thanks, take pictures, and field dress the animal, before dragging it back to camp. This was the easiest drag that dad had ever had….300 yards, and all down hill. The others were sure surprised when they heard on the radio that we were sitting in camp with a 3 point hanging. Lots of smiles and celebrating were had around camp and on the way home. But perhaps dad’s happiest moment of the trip was the picture of Caden and Alex walking down the mountain trail together. Their dads, grandpa, uncles, aunts, and friends have enjoyed this range for many years, and now their kids have the chance to do the same. . Photo submitted by Mike Christensen on Nov 29, 2016 10:08 PM
Next Generation Hunters: Last winter, both dad and Caden received the dreaded notice from the DWR letting them know that neither had drawn out for the general hunt. His cousin, Alex, had the same result. Both of their dads were bummed, but hope was not lost. The DWR’s mentor program, provided the chance for the boys to still hunt. Grandpa quickly offered to mentor Caden, and Alex’s dad would mentor him. Hunt preparations began. This was Alex’s first hunt since passing Hunter’s Ed. He and his dad had a great hunt. They saw lots of deer and came across a herd of 30 with several bucks in it. The deer were on the move, and Alex took a shot just over a large 3 point. While the shot didn’t connect, his dad made sure to teach him the importance of checking for signs of a wounded animal. They scoured the area to be sure that it was a clean miss. Meanwhile, Caden, his dad, and grandpa were on their own hunting path. That adventure took them much further than dad anticipated. Grandpa was a trooper, and climbed the mountain, back pain and all to help his grandson on his hunt. The deer weren’t to be found that morning, and after meeting up with his cousin and uncle, the group decided to head back to camp to rest. When the time came for an evening hunt, Caden and grandpa were pooped, and decided to stay in camp. Grandpa suggested that Caden grab a chair and watch the side of the hill, while he cleaned things up and prepared to head back home. Caden’s dad was thinking there would be no chance that any deer would walk through, but figured they could have some good father and son bonding time anyway. Grandma came out and did her special deer “call” to bring in the animals. No words can really describe the sounds that she made. Maybe 30 minutes later, 5 or 6 deer crossed the hill in front of them. All does, but it sure got the blood flowing. Grandma came out again, and said that she needed to do her buck “call” to bring in the bucks instead of does. Caden said, “I think we will see some in like 5 minutes.” Dad was just happy that they saw any animals. True to Caden’s prediction, about 5 minutes later, dad looks over and sees two more deer making their way toward camp. Dad grabs the rifle and sees antlers!!! He tells grandpa, and Caden got set up for a shot. Using the camp chair as a rest, he steadied for the shot. The shot rang out, and we could tell that the deer was hit. Grandpa took a second shot to make sure the deer went down quickly. The deer walked out of sight, and then disappeared. Dad, grandpa, and Caden took off up the hill to find the deer, and it was Caden who was the first to say he found it. The three then took time to give thanks, take pictures, and field dress the animal, before dragging it back to camp. This was the easiest drag that dad had ever had….300 yards, and all down hill. The others were sure surprised when they heard on the radio that we were sitting in camp with a 3 point hanging. Lots of smiles and celebrating were had around camp and on the way home. But perhaps dad’s happiest moment of the trip was the picture of Caden and Alex walking down the mountain trail together. Their dads, grandpa, uncles, aunts, and friends have enjoyed this range for many years, and now their kids have the chance to do the same. . Photo submitted by Mike Christensen on Nov 29, 2016 10:08 PM
Courtney's 1st big game animal : 14 year old Courtney filled her first ever big game tag with this cow elk , one shot from her 6.5 creedmoor at 339 yards is all it took! Dad is extremely proud ! . Photo submitted by Scott ware on Nov 29, 2016 07:41 PM
Courtney's 1st big game animal : 14 year old Courtney filled her first ever big game tag with this cow elk , one shot from her 6.5 creedmoor at 339 yards is all it took! Dad is extremely proud ! . Photo submitted by Scott ware on Nov 29, 2016 07:41 PM
Rainbows & Honkers: The season opener was a good one. I got an invite to head up North for a morning field hunt. What a fantastic morning it was watching so many geese fly. A few even made it to our decoy spread. The double rainbow was icing on the cake.. Photo submitted by Rob Rasmussen on Nov 28, 2016 09:35 PM
Double Double : A great day in the Marsh for My son Logan, age 14. Not only did he punch his swan tag but he shot a double! Two geese, which were both banded!! . Photo submitted by Jason Robbins on Nov 28, 2016 11:12 AM
Double Double : A great day in the Marsh for My son Logan, age 14. Not only did he punch his swan tag but he shot a double! Two geese, which were both banded!! . Photo submitted by Jason Robbins on Nov 28, 2016 11:12 AM
19" cutthroat: Sara caught her first fish of the year! 19" cut throat at lost creek! It was in the slot but was happy to see him swim away so that he could live to see another day! Glad to see that the slot is working!. Photo submitted by Thore Richins on Nov 28, 2016 10:36 AM
Tough Rewards: This was one of the hardest yet most rewarding hunts I've ever been on! Our family drew not one but three limited entry tags for the Utah SW desert late hunt, great right? My father who is 76 years young and in poor health drew his first limited entry tag, my brother who is physically very limited drew a tag, and my daughter in law drew a tag " her second ever big game hunt". Since my son Kody and I live In Wyoming and we're busy on our own hunts we didn't get a chance to do any scouting. Luckily my brother has a local friend who pointed us in the right direction! The hunt started out rough, with 70 degree temps and the largest full moon of my lifetime. For the first four days we seen a few good bulls but none we could get on with someone with a tag, however, on day five the weather started to change and the wind picked up. With the wind we were able to get the side by side into a good area without spooking every elk out of the area. We got my dad into a good position to watch a large clear cut and I decided to take a look into a deep cedar canyon. After working my way A hundred yards down ridge line I spotted two feeding bulls. I got back to my dad and he pushed passed his limitation to get into position two hundred yard above the bulls. After a twenty minute wait for the larger of the two bulls to clear the trees my dad made a great 225 yard one shot kill on his first big bull! That night we got snow and the next morning found us back on the mountain early. Kody spotted a nice bull feeding in a small pocket at the top of the ridge, the only tag holder capable of making the climb was my daughter in law Becky, so off they went. It took about 30 minutes to get to a ridge across from the bull. The bull was only a few steps from going over the ridge so Becky got into position and Kody and her husband Kris got her equipment set for a long shot. At the first shot the bullet hit in front of the bull and Becky looked up and said " I closed my eyes and jerked, ok just like shooting rocks" she made a perfect second shot on her first ever bull, an awesome 340 inch stud! The next evening found use glassing a large cedar flat hoping to catch the bulls staging at the edge of openings and as luck goes we found several bull and one was an awesome bull and best of all he was in a good position for a stalk. So off we went with my brother Paul. Paul was able to make the mile walk to where we had last seen the bull. Close to where we wanted to get too we got busted by another bull and thought the game was up, we pushed on and kept glassing the open draws, we finally found the big bull still feeding with no clue we were in the area. Paul crawled the last few yards and we got him set in a prone position 250 yards from the bull. Paul got on the bull who was slowly feeding and made a crushing one shot kill! The bullet impact was one of the loudest I've heard and the bull hit the ground hard!! Paul's 335 bull is his biggest bull yet! Amazingly the antlers of all three bulls we're in perfect condition not a broken or chipped tine! This was a tough hunt with early mornings and long hrs of glassing, all three hunter pushed past their limitations and with the support of family, made it happen!. Photo submitted by Todd Meyer on Nov 27, 2016 07:20 PM
Uinta Sunset: I still have a cow elk tag that I didn't fill when the season started back in October. I'm in grad school at the UofU so it's not often that I get to hunt due to time requirements, but it clears my mind and being outdoors in Utah is simply amazing. I got this picture on 11/26/2016 as I was hiking back to the car after a long day in the mountains without much luck. However, this sunset was a great reward for a hard day in the high country. . Photo submitted by Adam Lambert on Nov 27, 2016 08:22 AM
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