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Bowhunting and recently wildlife photography are my life's passions and along those lines, I just happened to draw a Bookcliffs archery deer tag, along with my son Cody.
In addition to those tags, 5 of us applied as a group for a Wyoming antelope tag and with our points and paying the higher fee, we should draw.
Of the 5, two are friends from back east. One is from WV and the other is from Ohio. The other three are my son, a good friend and hunting partner Jeff, and myself.
We are all bow hunters, and that's how we plan to hunt and try to fill our tags.
It's with great anticipation I await my Bookcliffs deer hunt. I used to hunt out there for bear and mule deer every year and I used to take my son with me, when he was just a pup, but in those days he was too young to have a license. That has now changed, as have the Books!
For years a good buddy and I backpacked into the road less area of the Books every year for mule deer and 3 of us began baiting bear out there in the early 80's and did that every year until they discontinued over the counter bear sales.
Here's a photo of the first bear I ever took at bait and my two original hunting partners. This photo was taken in the early 80's.
And here's photo of the bear I took in 1989, the last over the counter year for Utah bear tags. I have not had a Utah bear license since that time.
On the deer side of things here's buck I took back in the late 80's just prior to the closing of the Books. I took it on the very last day of a 10 day back pack trip, deep in the roadless area.
On the antlelope side of things its been a couple of year since we have been back to Badlands of Wyoming and we are anxious to return with our bows and cameras.
Here are the bucks we took when we had our last permits.
This is my son Cody's last Wyoming buck.
Here's the very first antleope Jeff has ever taken. He hopes this year to take his second and a bigger one.
And here's the buck I took on the last afternoon of my hunt.
So it goes without saying, that as hunters, we anxiously await our next adventure. I plan to take my camera to Wyoming and Utah this summer, on several scouting trips, to the Books and to the Badlans of Wyomning and will post a few photos that I take from those trips.
At basically 70 years old, I try to stay in decent conditon year round. I walk my dogs 3 miles every morning and another 3 every evening summer and winter. I lift weights daily too and try not to eat too much. But it does get tougher the older you get.
Best wishes to everyone. BB