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My name is Dillon Hoyt and I am a 23 year old studying Wildlife Science at Utah State University. I hope to someday be a wildlife biologist for the Utah DWR.
My season started last year when I took the statistics off of the UDWR web page to help me decide which hunts I wanted to apply for in 2010. I created separated spreadsheets for Limited Entry Elk and Once in a Lifetime Mountain Goats. I was sitting on 8 elk bonus points, 6 mountain goat bonus points and a general deer preference point. I compared my current bonus point status to the number of successful applicants the year before with the same bonus point standing. In conclusion I decided to apply for the following hunt:
Fillmore Pahvant Early Rifle Elk: My odds were < 1%
Willard Peak Mountain Goats: My odds were < 3%
Statewide Archery Deer: A preference point sealed the deal
Going to school really puts a damper on hunting so I applied for awesome, nearly impossible to get tags this year.
I only drew my statewide archery deer tag!
My adventure is going to take me to several different parts of Utah in search of Sharpie this season. I hope to scout the Cache area especially the Wellsville range. Living in Logan they are to close to avoid scouting.
I am not at all against holding out until it snows a little on the Wasatch front to go chase a big buck during the extended archery hunt.
Generally I end up in southern Utah hunting the Zion and Panguitch lake areas. Last year I was able to get a 20" 4x4 my first morning out after passing up several other bucks that same morning.
My 2009 general archery buck.
Lucky for me my dad was able to be with me on the hunt. He has a hard time breathing up that high on the mountain so he had to bring along the oxygen, but at least he was there. He has been my hunting partner since I started at age 14.
Thanks Dad your the best!
Hoyt Alphamax 32 with a 28.5" draw legnth
Easton ST Epic N-Fused carbon 340 arrows
Spot-Hogg 5 pin wrapped sight
100 grain Muzzy three blades
Bushnell Yardage Pro range finder
Bushnell Sportsman 10x42 binoculars
Cannon Rebel XTi camera
Cabela's Arrowhawk target
Desert Shadow Camouflage
1997 green Honda Civic (42 mpg)
This is my AM 32 that I will be sporting this fall... and I love everything about this bow!
I hope that you all enjoy following me as I spend the next several months looking for my next Utah archery buck.
Best of luck!