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Fastest Hunt Ever

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Last year, we went bear hunting with friends who had dogs. Within a couple minutes, the dogs had picked up a trail. We let the dogs go and in just a few minutes, they had the bear treed. We got to the tree and decided to shoot and the bear fell. I shot from about 50 yards away. I’ve always wanted to shoot a bear and it was really fun. The whole hunt took less …

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Eastan’s Mighty Mule Deer

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Eastan West combined luck and a long day to bag a trophy mule deer on the first day of the season in a field. West and his father had spotted the trophy buck just days before opening day, and sure enough when the two took to the field, he was there again. His dad wasn’t going to make it easy on 13-year-old Eastan. “I was getting tired of walking, we walked about three miles all …

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November Does

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It was rifle season and all I’d see were does out of range. But then, Tuesday, Nov 22 came.  I went out to my tree stand at a normal time of 4 p.m. I prayed that God would grant me a deer tonight after so many close calls. Around 5 p.m., there was a doe behind me in a field. It wasn’t a great posture to shoot from, with the tree stand harness restricting some …

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Managing Expectations

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For my deer hunt, I wanted nothing less than a big four-point, but the longer we hunted, the more I realized that might not happen. I saw a lot of good deer during our 8-day hunt, but just couldn’t get a good shot. I was getting really discouraged but my dad helped me keep going until I got one. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot. I saw a lot of …

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The Assistant

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Last fall, I was particularly excited for hunting season for one reason – archery elk hunting. In the past, my dad had one opportunity to kill an elk. But that was all about to change since he drew a combo tag, which meant he could hunt and harvest an elk and a deer (whitetail or mule). I got to miss a week and a half of school to tag along with him and be a …

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Teenage Hunter Turns Passion into College Scholarship

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To Abby Donald, it was a vivid and bone-chilling memory. “I remember I was hiking up and down mountains in negative-15 weather plus wind chill. A lot of things went wrong on the trip — getting stuck in mud and some camper issues where pipes were freezing,” Donald told the Missoulian. “It was a really long week but it turned out really successful.” She was 14 years old and ended up shooting a bull elk. …

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Hunting With My New RMEF Rifle

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My dad won a new rifle for me at the beginning of the year at a RMEF banquet and I couldn’t wait until hunting season to hopefully get to use it. Well, I got my chance and absolutely loved it! Two years ago my dad took me down this ridge in Montana and he called it his “secret spot”. Well that secret spot paid off for me then and I couldn’t wait to go down it again …

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Bighorn Sheep Party

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My dad and I went up to the Missouri Breaks on Sunday afternoon and I was able to collect a bighorn ewe. We spotted the sheep way up on the rim of a huge canyon. We crawled our way to the top and belly-crawled 150 yards into some tall grass on the top. There were 41 sheep all around us from 250 yards to 80 yards. It was like a big sheep party. Some sheep …

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Buck Detour

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So, my family was on our way to go hunting for bighorn sheep. We’re all pretty excited about that tag. But on our way we spotted this big buck from the road. It was about a mile away. Since I had a tag for that area, we pulled over and walked down to the bottom of the hill. We went the long way over two hills and spotted two groups of deer. The second group …