Walking up on an animal that you've harvested is a very surreal moment that often brings on a flood of thought, reflection, and emotion. Taking the life of an animal is never something to be taken lightly.
When I asked Erin what she was thinking at this moment, she told me three things. She was most thankful for the buck and the excellent nourishment that he will provide to our family. She was very happy and relieved that she made a good shot and that the kill was quick and clean. She also felt excitement and accomplishment knowing that she had successfully filled her first big game tag.
I'm proud to say this beautiful new huntress is undoubtedly in it for the right reasons. @e_stephens85
"I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the mountains and visit your friends." #almostfamousbutmontanastyle
This is the buck I failed to harvest on my 33 day #bowhunting marathon that ended last week. My buddies came up from KY to CO to hunt for a week. They focused on elk, while I focused on mule deer. It was the only part of the trip that was not #DIY#solo#publicland . Although we were unguided, we did have access to private land and elk recovery assistance. I did not get him because of greed and vanity - two of the seven deadly sins. Greed because there was a bigger buck in the same field randomly and when this guy gave me a 38yd broadside I did not take it. Vanity because I thought I could make a longer shot (still easily in my nomal effective range) on him later in the hunt and missed. It does not matter how many tournaments you've shot, how much long range practice you've done or how many animals you have harvested with a bow - the misses still happen. Lesson learned - take what the Good Lord provides. If that means taking a closer shot on a good buck vs. hoping for a shot on a great buck what do you do? That is every hunter's personal decision, but I am going to start channeling my inner @fredeichler because hope don't fill freezers #huntingisconservation#keepitpublic#backcountryhuntersandanglers#RMEF
Starting him young. This was my nephew's first big game hunt and the poor guy didn't know what was coming at him. The first day we covered close to 8 miles with no elk encounters but the little dude kept trucking on like a champ. I'm glad my brother @bjherrera41 decided to bring him along, I just wish he could've been there when we finally got into the elk.
I've been after a beautiful trout like this for a while now. Every time I snag one it's either too big or too small. #oneday#Repost @backcountryhunters (@get_repost)
Congrats to @bjstone14 for winning our #StreamAccessNow Photo Contest with his entry "Montana Public Waters Handshake"! We'll follow up with 2nd, 3rd and most creative later this week, and thanks to our tagged sponsors for the amazing prizes! #publiclandowner#keepitpublic
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