I refined my definition of respect for our beloved mule deer this week. After watching my buddy arrow his first buck and then following a grueling, difficult blood trail all night, we finally got to put our hands on him the next morning. What a crazy, awesome, exhausting, unforgettable day. I hope it happens again soon.
Words cannot even begin to describe this weekend's adventure! An over the counter, do it yourself elk hunt in remote wilderness is not for everyone...but it is for me!! I experienced every emotion possible. I was challenged physically like never before and I realized that I have so much more to learn about elk hunting. I will never forget the smiles of Eric and our friend Mark as they shared their stories of their kills. Mark has waited 15 years to harvest a bull with his bow! I will never forget the labor of love and endurance that goes into to working together to pack out 100s and 100s of pounds of meat. There is something so deeply innate that drives this madness and it is indescribable. I had a beautiful 6x6 bull within 50 yards but could never get a shot. I didn't know it until now, but this wasn't my time to harvest my first elk with a bow. I have a lot to learn and I was thrilled to be part of this show!! #sickforit#huntressview#huntinglife#elkhunting#publiclandowner#keepitpublic#adventure#bowhuntress
Recently I had on Phillip Baribeau director of the film Charged Film It was a lot of fun talking with Phil about the film. If you get a chance I would highly recommend checking out charged. @firstlitehunting @chargedfilm @chefeduardogarcia
We had a blast hiking around the mountains of South East NY. We didn't expect to see any bears, and we were right. Still got a chance to enjoy good times with friends, see some gorgeous #publicland , and spend some time on the ground before spending the next three months sitting in a tree. Also learned that I am horribly out of shape. #publiclandowner#newyorkbha#bearhunting#keepitpublic#catskills
What. A. Season. My cousin worked his head off this season, and when I say that, I mean literally. From getting an average of 4 hours of sleep per night, hiking about 5-9 miles UP and DOWN mountains every single day he hunted, to bushwhacking several hours in the thick, nasty stuff to just simply "explore" and learn the area better, he EARNED himself this beautiful public land Washington bull. I only hunted with him for a total of about 2 days, and I can tell you that both days were pretty hardcore. However, that's why on the first day I hunted with him, I got my cow and on the second he got his bull! We both got a few pictures of this bull on our trailcams, but disappeared from it since the third day after season opened. But, we found him when it mattered. The Big Man above has been great to us, and we look forward to continue the 2017 hunting season!
Pronghorn are super athletes, evolved on the plains with the North American cheetah as a pacer. Capable of sprints of over 60mph and sustained runs of 35mph they are truly amazing creatures. We spotted close to 100 in Grand Teton yesterday, bunching up for the mating season and preparing for the fall migration.
I successfully hunted my first pronghorn buck this weekend. Sneaking up on a wary animal with long range vision, then tracking it through several miles of difficult terrain, relying on a faint blood trail and occasional hoof print before finally harvesting him was a test to my physical and mental strength. Opportunities like this one are a result of a century of hunter funded conservation, bringing wildlife back from the brink. The truth is in the numbers, larger populations and biodiversity today than in the last 150 years. And none of that would have been possible without the open expanses of habitat protected by public land. #publiclandowner