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May-28-10, 
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"BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

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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



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May-31-10, 
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1. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

So as the time passes, until we get the word that we drew antelope tags, I just dream of big buck antelope, the land they inhabit and work on a couple blinds and since I have no talent, I let Photoshop paint my dreams.

In less than month now we should be placing blinds and I will be out taking photos.

Have a good one. BB

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Jun-01-10, 
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2. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Both my son and I realize the Bookcliffs will offer lots of smaller bucks, and hopefully a few decent bucks, which given some time we hopefully can place our tag upon. In the mean time we just dream and hope for a great time.

This weekend a buddy and I are going to make another ground blind so we will have things ready to go when we draw our antelope tags.

Have a good one. BB

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Jun-03-10, 
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3. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Last year I went up to the area I want to bowhunt this year and put in a blind just to take photos, as I enjoy photography and trying to learn the basics of the trade.

Anyway as soon as the rife season ended in that unit, I went up to get my blind. I sat it for a few evening hours, slept in my truck and sat another 3 or 4 hours the next morning, before I took it down.

This is one of the last photos I took before I took my blind down last year. I am getting anxious to go take some more photos and see how the buck population is doing, as this year I should have a license.

Anyway the buck to the far right made it through the hunt and looks to have some potential, considering he will have one more year of age on him. It shouldn’t be long before I can post a few photos from this summer.

Have a good one. BB

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Jun-04-10, 
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4. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Today Jeff came over and we ran down to Home Depot and picked up 6 sheets of plywood and 30 2x3's and the rest of the stuff to build another blind, including a couple gallons of paint.

We both spent a few hours this afternoon building another ground blind.

Either tomorrow or Sunday we will try to get it finished and when we do I will show a couple more photos of the finished product.

I have hunted from ground blinds for many years and its been a gradual progression from my early blinds to my present day blinds. They were pretty rough in the early days, but as I learned and thought I think I have them down nowadays to where they are easier to build, faster to place and I don't have to cut any native material. And they are far more cow and wind proof, and much more comfortable.

We started with a pile of lumber and got the main compartment roughed up. We still have to do the shooting holes and the bottom skirt we build that helps us set the blind like we want it and minimizes the digging required.

Once finished we will paint it to blend in to the country we will be hunting, and then just wait until we hear which area we draw.

Here are a couple photos of the blind we started today.


Have a good one. BB

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5. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Yesterday Jeff came over and we cut out the shooting holes, made the skirt and a casement sliding window for the front, along with the rest of the sliders for the side, back door, and peep holes etc.

Then he came over this morning and we cut the sliding windows, made the bench seat and finished some of the misc. stuff that needed to be done. We then painted it, dismantled it and now its ready to go as soon as we find out where we will be hunting.

Here's a few photos of how the blind looked on its way to completion. I've made many blinds through the years, but this one is probably the best over all, as I continue to learn and implement new and hopefully improved ways, like the casement widow and the sliders for the peep holes. With the sliders we have on this blind, every opening can be completely closed off or adjusted in size as needed.

Last evening a couple of our Grandkids came over and George just loved the blind and sliding the windows open and closed.

This morning Jeff's kids came over and played a bit as we worked and then the little girl helped us paint the the inside of the blind and the black side of the shooting windows.

My dogs and I get out of the heat for a minute during the blind construction. Notice the skirt the blind now sits upon.

Jeff completes installing the casement slider.

And here's how the blind looked once completed, minus the roof which removed to paint and to store.

Here's how it looks when about 1/2 apart. Notice we paint the whole interior of the blind black. You can also see the skirt it sets upon a little better in this photo.

Now I better get back to shooting my bow so I can break in the blind!!!!

Have a good one. BB


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Jun-16-10, 
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6. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Last week I ran up to Idaho to help my friend Jeff on his bear hunt. He happened to take a beautiful boar and I was there to take some photos and share in his joy. It also gave me a chance to photograph a few birds, a pica and a moose. It was really windy and so I didn't get any good photos of live bears, but that's how hunting goes. It also gave me a chance to run my dogs and stretch my legs in the mountains.

Here's a sample of some of the photos I took late last week and early this week.

I would think within 10 days we should have word on our antelope permits and more work and prep on that hunt will continue soon.

Until then, have a good one. BB

And here's a few photos I took of Jeff's Idaho bear.

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7. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

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I am waiting a few more weeks before I head to the Books Cliffs. By the time I go, most of the bucks will have grown most of their antlers.

On the antelope side of the equation, it won't be long before we hear from Wyoming on the tag draw. As soon as I hear I am prepaired to head up there and set up a couple blinds.

I drove up there for the day last weekend, to look it over, but the country where I plan to hunt, if we draw, is mighty wet and the majority of the antelope are still down country, from where they normally will be during the hunting season. Every push pond is full of water and many of the twe tracks had standing water in low areas.

I have never seen the prairie so green. It's was just a marvelous sight.

Here are a few photos I took last weekend.

I will take more photos when we set the blinds and I plan to get up a few times before the hunt and take photos some photos of wildlife.

For those of you reading this, I can only encourage you to get a camera and begin to use it on your hunts. It adds a fun element to your hunts and their challenge. Try it! I know you will like it!

Have a good one. BB

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Jun-29-10, 
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8. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Well it is now offical, our group of 5 hunters drew our Wyoming antelope tags. I will be busy putting in a few ground blinds and once they are in, I plan to go up and take some photos and a bit of video I guess. I used to video a lot years ago, but once I got into still photogrpahy let that fall by the wayside.

But I guess just to add a bit of flavor I will have to start doing a bit of that, although I prefer the challenge of still much more.

Anyway I am pumped we drew and now the work begins. I am glad I have my ground blinds ready to set up and will do that in the next couple of weeks. I have several spots already in mind and I still plan to look for other places.

I will try to document the placing of the blinds etc, via stills or video and once that's done it will be time to sit and get down to what I really enjoy and do this all for------watching wild critters do their things from close range.

For those of you interested you might want to check out my "Close Encounters" photo album on Facebook. If you send me a request to be friends and just say you are from MM I will make you a friend and you can look at my antelope, moose, elk, deer, sheep and goat photos.

Here's the link to my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1125940261&ref=search&sid=1125940261.3440039100..1

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Jul-04-10, 
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9. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Well I got up to Wyoming and got a couple blinds in place. Here are couple photos of how we did it.

First we place the skirt, turn it the way we want it, and then dig our hole.

Now that the hole is dug we just set the blind on the skirt and here's how it looked.

The reason we do the skirt is to keep the digging to a minimum. And if you dig a hole, always backfill the hole when you are done and leave the area cleaner than when you came. We also never cut any native material and I encourage others to never cut and use live sagebrush or bushes. If we treat the land and the vegetation kindly and leave the area better for our being there, we will be able continue to use our public and private lands, but if we abuse them, we will someday loose this privilege. We always backfill our holes and clean the area both when we set the blind and when we take it down.

After having the blinds in place I got to sit a few hours on the three different days and here are a sampling of the photos I took while sitting one of the blinds. My wife was along, as were my dogs, so my time was limited, but I got early and walked my dogs each day, ate a quick breakfast and then ran over to the nearest blind and sat for 3 or 4 hours each day.

As many of you know the antelope at this time of year look pretty shabby as they are still loosing their winter coasts. It can be late August or early September in some case before their coats look sleek and neat.

Here's just one example of a doe with a rough coat and their will be a few other photos that show how ratty their coats can be at this time of year. They are very different than elk or deer in that sense.

Here's are some other photos I took in the past few days.



Here's a smooth coat. Ha Ha







And this is my favorite photo that I took this past weekend and one of my all time favorites and it doesn't even contain a horn or an antler. But there is something about new life in all species that is just special, and I think this photos captured that!

The Horned Lark is a regular around waterholes this time of year.


I took a lot of other photos, and as time passes I will post a few more of the ones I took on this trip. I hope to get up at least one or two more times to take photos before the season opens and if it stays dry and once they get use to the blinds, I hopefully can show you a few photos of a nice buck or two.

Have a good one. BB

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Jul-15-10, 
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10. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

The wife and I took the kids and grandkids up to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks for about a week. We also took our dogs and thus I was stuck with dogs most of the time and didn't really get to photograph much.

Here are a few photos I took at the parks while there.


Just as first light broke this morning, my wife and I and our two dogs headed up the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake. I wanted to photograph some flowers with bees, but could never find the bees.

Here's a few photos I took today on that hike.

And here's a photo I liked of two fawn antleope I took 10 or so days ago when I was up putting in blinds for our antelope hunt.

I plan to go up to BWB tonight and shoot my bow and either get back up to the antelope area or the Book Cliffs soon.

Until then, have a good one. BB

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11. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

I have been chomping on the bit to get up to Wyoming and check things out and I finally made it up there on Thursday.

As I left the highway and headed on the dirt road, I immediately got into mud and water puddles. It was just starting to break daylight when I got to my first blind. I took a few photos of the early sky and then let it lighten and it wasn’t long before I started to see antelope.

It just so happened that this blind was smack dab in the middle of a dry area that didn’t get rained upon or did not have standing water, so I lucked out on that part.

Here’s some of the photos I took the first day as I sat from morning to early evening. I really didn’t see any big bucks, but I saw a lot of antelope and although I was happy with the numbers I saw I was disappointed with the quality of the bucks. In general.

Those are a few of the critters I saw that frist day. It rained hard both north and south of me that day, but it never rained hard enough where I was at to even wet the ground.

That evening I headed north towards another blind and I got into a muddy mess on the way. I got to it after dark and soon I will post what happened on the way and a few photos I took on Friday.

Until then, have a good one. BB

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12. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

By the time I got to our second blind it was past dark, and I had barely made it through part of the area that had been inundated with a down pour. The two track was filled with water and big ponds and pools were everywhere in that area.

It was that way all they to within 1/2 mile of my blind and just before I got to the blind the country started to dry out and by the time actually got within 200 yards of my blind the ground looked like it hand not received a drop of rain in months.

But I knew then, with all the available water around, I would not spend my time sitting that blind, but rather go back the blind I had sat earlier in the day.

So early the next morning, after taking a few photos of the waterhole, I headed back to Bubbles.

Here's a photo of the waterhole I decided not to sit. You can see it has been being used a lot.

Here's how it looked when I place the blind and before all the heat.

There is a huge difference in the amount of water but when things are really dry there is usually enough water there for antelope, but not for cattle and that, to a bowhunter during season, is a blessing.

Anyway I headed back south and about 8:30 that morning was back sitting in the blind at Bubbles.

Here's a bit of what I photographed that morning and until about noon.


I was very disappointed to find that someone stole one of our blinds. I intended to place another there, but someone else already placed one there after ours was stolen and between the time I realized that and could get another in place. So that left us with 5 hunters and only two blinds, yesterday Jeff and I ran back up there for the day and placed another blind at another waterhole. When I have a bit of time, I will show a few photos of the blind we lost and the new one we placed. Hopefully someone will know who has the blind that was taken. We of course would like to get it back, not questions ask, just the blind. Anyway I will cover that on my next post.

I would like congratulate all the guys participating in Adventure Hunt, as its been fun to check on a daily basis. Good luck to all of you guys on your hunts and good luck to everyone who just checks to see what we guys are doing.

To all my friends doing this, Darwin, Gary, Pete, Tony and to all the others, thanks for your great enjoyable posts.

Until next time, have a good one. BB

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Aug-03-10, 
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13. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

As many of you know I like to take photos of wild critters. I don't live by any parks so the photos I take have to be taken of wild critters doing their thing where they live. And personally I like it that way.

With that said, I like to place my blinds or treestands early, so I can go enjoy nature, as it happens around my blinds and treestands. I also try to share via the net many of the photos I take for others to enjoy, if they are of that nature.

So it came as a big disappointment to me, that someone would take my blind. Jeff and I spend well over $300.00 in materials for it and we both have over two full days of labor to its completion.

It was made as much for shooting photos as it was for shooting animals, so we hope that someone out there will be able to recognize it and let me know who has it.

I want no trouble; I just would like to get our blind back. So for those of you who live in Utah, or Southwestern Wyoming, I would bet its in those areas. And for those of you who will be hunting those areas, please keep an eye out for it. It could be in someone’s back yard, being used as a kids playhouse, or at someone’s favorite hunting spot. It will most likely be painted differently, but it will be pretty easy to identify from the photos I am now going to post.

If you can give me a lead to its recovery, I will make it worth your while. Thanks for all of your help and know that if anything like this ever happens to you, you can count on me to help you too. I’m sorry I even have to post this, but with the internet, cell phones etc. it at least gives us a chance to find something like this, where years ago we would have no hope.

Have a good one and thanks again. BB

Here's a few photos of the blind and as you can see it will be pretty easy to recognize.

Here' how one end looks. This is the entrance door and as you can see it has shooting holes on each side.

Here's a photo of the other end. Notice this end only has the shooting holes. These are sliding window holes so you can make the openings wider or narrower or close them all together. Also note the round hole at the top of the gable end that appears on both gable ends. Those are the holes I use to take photos. Note also the machine screws on the ends of the blind (and on the roof). These were used to attach the sides together and the top to the bottom. They are machine bolts and bolt into wood fasteners. It was very easy to put together and to take apart, thus it led to the blinds demise. One only needed to have one wrench and be a theif and the blind could be put in the back of a truck in minutes.

Both sides of he blind also have sliding window openings that can be closed or opened simply by sliding plywood panel windows.

Here's one of the gable ends of the blind as we were building it. Notice the red vertical lines I drew on to show where plywood joints would show. The center piece is a 4' sheet of plywood turned vertical, and the two side pieces are narrow plywood strips that make the blind wide enough to do its job.

Here one more photo of the blind under construction so you can see the framing of part of the inside. Of course this was before we put the window or doors into it.

Any help we can receive on getting our blind back will be appreciated and like I said I will make it right with you too.

Thanks for taking the time and interest in helping us.

In closing this post I would like to ask for a bit more of help. I have a couple pretty neat videos I took that many of you might like to veiw, so if someone whose good at that and knows how to do it could PM some pretty simple instructions, as I am a pretty simple guy, then I would be happy to post them for you to see. I really think you would like them

Thanks for looking in and thanks for any help you may be willing to offer.

Until next time, have a good one. BB

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Aug-08-10, 
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14. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

On Thursday the Wife, my two dogs and I headed for the Bookcliffs to do a bit of scouting.

I hadn't been to the area in almost 20 years and it hurt to see what is happening to that country. The roads are much wider and much better and the gas development is spread out in many areas. There were far more bucks than the last time I was there, but that aside, it hurt me to see what's happening out there. In the short run I guess it good for heating our homes and driving our cars, but in the long run it has to be hard on the whole area. The Bookcliffs now is not what it once was and sadly never will be again.

I hade a great time with the wife and the pups and saw quite a few bucks, but very few takers. I covered many miles on my 4 wheeler and ran a tank of diesel out with the wife and dogs and so I really spent most of my time just covering the country to see as many deer as possible. Therefore I spent little time trying to get photos, although I did take a few.

I meant quite a few guys who had some type of deer permit out here and quite a few guys who had elk tags. There looked to be a number of horse guys packed in the road less area.

Here’s a few photos from this weekends scouting trip.

I rean into a number of groups of bucks like these.

I saw tons of does and fawns.

I always find a special beauty in the young.

Here's one addition to the Bookcliffs that enjoyed seeing for hte first time in that area.

There were lots of deer this size, but I saw very few really nice bucks and could never get a decent photo of two I did see.

It have been really raining hard in the Books as of recent. It poured as left yesterday. I took this photo out the front of my window as I drove towards Oray.

I will close this post with a few more deer photos I took one evening heading back to camp just after the sun had set. It made me realize how tough it is to get a good photo when its there. I wasn't perpared and didn't have the right camera and didn't do a very good job with the camera I had. It all came and went so fast and to be honest I missed it, just like many bowhunters miss a good opportunity.



I will try to add a bit of video this week if time allows. It's almost here as a week from today we will be in Wyoming hunting antelope.

Until my next post, be well. BB


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15. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

My friend from WV arrives on Friday morning and I will pick him up at the air port and we will get things ready and head later that afternoon for Wyoming.

We will spend Saturday scouting the area a bit to see how things are and are hoping for a hot dry opening day on Sunday. It's been raining quite a bit and that's not good for sitting water so in that sense we are at the weather's mercy.

By the following Saturday if things go as planned I will be out in the Books hunting mule deer with my bow.

Here are a few videos for those that like video, albeit they are not very good. I used to video a lot, but have not a clue on posting video's, editing digital stuff, and these are pretty raw, but they at least show a few bucks coming at ya!

http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq22/buglinbilly/?action=view¤t=P1030989.mp4

http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq22/buglinbilly/?action=view¤t=P1030989.mp4

http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq22/buglinbilly/?action=view¤t=Antelopevideo2.mp4

http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq22/buglinbilly/?action=view¤t=AntelopeVideo1.mp4

http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq22/buglinbilly/Antelope%20Country/?action=view¤t=P1040103.mp4

That will probably be about it until after I get back from my first trip for antelope. Hopefully my friend Scott will be able to arrow a good buck as he only has from Sunday thru Wednesday to get the job done.

Take care and good luck to all. I hope to see you and your Dad Chad in the Books. Best wishes. BB

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16. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

At about 11:30 a.m. on Friday Aug 13th, I picked up my friend from WV at SLC International Airport and by about 2 p.m. We were on our way to Wyoming for our antelope hunt.

Scott had never hunted antelope before but had taken numerous big game animals including deer, elk, moose etc. But for years he had always wanted to try for antelope with his bow and within two days that hope would become a reality.

My son Cody and our friend Jeff would join us the next day.

We arrived safely at camp and got set up. The next morning I would show Scott the general area and take him to our blinds. We were both tired and hit the sack early as we planned to rise early.

The day turned out to be quite eventful. We had beautiful sunrise and from there things just seemed to get better.

Here's one of the beautiful sunrises we got to witness.

I showed Scott two of the blinds and we headed for the third and along the way Scott noticed a badger and so I jumped off my bike and ran towards him hoping to get a photo. He headed down a hole but it was shallow and so he turned to face me and I got several pretty decent photos of his face. Here's one I took of that incident.

We decided since it was still fairly early when we arrived at our last blind, that we would sit it for several hours. That turned out to be a great decision!

After a slow start we spotted a couple bucks heading towards the water. But they were leery and for almost two hours stayed their distance. Here's one of those bucks.

And here't the other.

During that time frame we spotted a pup coyote that finally came in and had a drink and I took this photo. He sure was cute, but dumb!

Finally the bucks watered and I was able to snap a few photos and here's one of those.

We then headed back for camp as we had things that needed to be readied for the opener which was now less than a day away. Here's a photo I took during the part of this antlope hunt that shows a bit of the country we were hunting.

I am in the process of getting ready to leave for the Bookcliffs tomorrow so I wlll post this much now and a bit more later today.

There is much to post and little time in which to do it, but I will post some pretty interesting stuff.

Stay tuned until a bit later. BB

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17. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

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Jeff, his wife and two young kids were in camp when we arrived. Soon Cody showed up and we shot a bit and got ready for opening morning.

As mentioned we had three blinds for but four hunters so two would have to sit together.

Scott would take my four wheeler and head for the far blind, the one where we saw the two bucks, the coyote pup and the badger. Jeff would take his four year old daughter and sit a blind we nicknamed Lil BH, and Cody and I would share the blind at Bubbles.

As the sun turned the horizon a blaze orange all hunters were in their respective stations. I can't say what went on in everyone’s mind or in each blind, but I do know what Cody and I talked about. We teased that Jeff would have his tag filled just after daylight as he has the itchy trigger finger disease. We hoped that Scott would see some nice bucks and of course we wished the same for us.

As the sky lightened and time passed, it was pretty slow and then a few antelope started heading towards our blind. Does, fawns and some small bucks, that neither of us were interested in, came and went and so did 7 and 8 o'clock. About 8:30 Cody's cell phone vibrated and it was Jeff telling us that he had just arrowed a buck, as his young daughter witnessed how hunters fed their family hundreds of years ago.

Jeff, who was alone with his daughters, snapped a few quick photos and got his buck and daughter back to camp to take care of his meat. Congrats to Jeff on a very nice buck and the willingness to share that moment with his young daughter. You did good Jeff!


Here's a couple photos of Jeff's buck and of Daddy's Little Girl!

Meanwhile back at our blind, Cody and I watched a number of antelope come and go but still nothing that temped either of us.

Then about 11:30 a.m. Cody's phone vibrated again and it was Scott's number. Had he arrowed a buck too, or was he just calling to see what was happening?

It happened to be a text, that said nothing, but had a photo of a buck antelope laying dead, in the waterhole. Before noon there was two down and two to go! And it was only opening day!

We called Scott and told him I would come and take photos and we called and told Jeff, who by then, had his buck on ice, and his daughter was asleep, after the early rise, and so he told us he would meet us and help with Scott's buck.

After washing the mud off, I began to take some photos. But before I show you the buck he shot, I want to show you a photo of a buck, whose photo I took last Oct. 18th, as the same waterhole when I went up there to take down my blind. As many of you know I love to take photos, so last year I set up a couple blinds, even though I didn't have a permit, so I could go take some antelope photos.

And here's the buck that filled Scott's tag! It just happens to be the same buck I photogrpahed last Oct. 18th, with his new horns. Beleive me, genetics are very strong, as his prongs, other than being larger, have the same basic bumps, turns etc. as did the set of horns he shed last fall.

And here are a couple more photos of Scott and his buck.

And here are Jeff and Scott with their opening day bucks.

While Scott and Jeff cared for this buck, I headed back to my bow and the blind where Cody was sitting. We sat the balance of the day, seeing one fairly nice buck but, but we both declined to shoot and returned to camp where Jeff's wife had a great meal waiting for us.

Well opening day was fun for all and there's still a bunch more excitement which I will to post, in brief, what happened in the remaining days before we all returned home.

There's still a few interesting photos and a tale or two to be told, so if you are following this thread, please come back and see what happens.

By this time tomorrow I hope to be well on my way to the Book Cliffs!

Have a good one. BB

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18. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

On opening day we had 4 hunters and three blinds, but now we had two hunters and three blinds.

Cody decided to go back to Bubbles while Jeff and Scott stayed back at camp, and slept for a while and they would later join each of us at our blinds.

I decided to go to Lil DH, the blind where Jeff had shot his buck. Both Cody and I got to our respective hiding area before first light.

I was welcomed to the morning with the splendid sights that only the desert seems to be able to deliver. It was like God was shining his light down on his creation so that I could see and recognize its beauty. Here are a couple photos from early that morning.

Then finally we spotted a buck that from a distance looked decent. Scott wanted to watch me arrow a buck and I knew that and so at the last minute I made the choice to shoot the buck. He was a bit nervous but finally came to water. I took several potos of him during this time and here's one of those.

Within moments the sky changed to that early morning orange.

And within a few more minutes the sky lightened and the light just faded into a past moment, that I will long remember.

But today for me would not be like yesterday. Hours past I never as much as saw one single antelope. It was as if the beacon of light I had witnessed earlier had zapped each and every antelope in the area. More hours past and not even a long range glimpse could be seen of a critter with the exception of this prairie dog that came to relieve his thirst in what now was an overcast but very warm day.

Early that afternoon Jeff called to see how things were going. He decided to come join me while Scott would go sit with Cody, as Cody was seeing more antelope than we had on opening day.

Finally I spotted a couple bucks that were heading for the water. I called Jeff and told him, but he had already seen them and held up on the ridge. The bedded and Jeff had to stay there for the best part of two hours. Finally they came into water, but they were not shooters and when they left Jeff joined me.

We had a few bucks and does and fawns come in but in general it was very slow. The same could not be said for Bubbles. Cody and Scott were seeing lots of antelope, but again no bucks of taking size. There were a few decent bucks, but most needed several more years of age.

Here's a couple that came in while Jeff and I watched.

All in all it was a pretty slow day at Lil DH. Jeff noticed this large moth just before we got out of our blind and headed back to camp.

Cody had spotted a huge buck that never came in, so he wanted to return to Bubbles. Scott and I decided to head to the far blind where Scott had taken his buck on opening day, and Jeff would ride his family around and show his family the country.

We arrived early and sat for many hours witout the glimpse of an antelope. Cody found the going much slower at this blind too.

Then Scott notice in the distance a badger coming to the water. The day he killed his buck a badger paid him a visit as did the little pup coyote.

Over the course of several hours we had two badgers come to water and here's a few photos I took of them------but we were still waiting on the antelope.

Then in the mid afternoon, a time when things can usually get slow, we saw a few antelope heading our way. It was doe and two fawns, and one looked like it had a broken ear, but at times it looked normal, but it seemed when it relaxed it fell down. Here they are as they left the waterhole.

Soon we saw a decent buck heading our way. I knew Scott would like to watch me arrow a buck and so after taking a few photos I picked up my bow as the buck watered just 10 yards away.

Here's Photo of that buck as he approached the waterhole.

As I drew, my drawing arm hit the back of the blind, making a slight noise and drawing the bucks attention for a moment. He moved a bit and then started to water again. I drew again, this time being careful to not hit the back of the blind, took what I thought was good aim and triggered my release. To my surprise the buck trotted out 20 yards, turned around and wanted to come back, but finally decided to head out. Meanwhile my arrow lay on the ground without a drop of blood on it. I had undershot that buck at no more than 10 yards. It was just one of several close shots I had blown through the years.

As I replayed the even in my mind I don't believe I pulled hard against the wall and being I only have a 30 yard pin, I should have held higher at that close distance.

It turned out to be fun day with the badgers and in the end I still had a permit and could still hunt.

Back at Cody's blind things were much slower and he hunted until about 2 pm and had to be home for work the next day. Jeff also had to be to work and by the time we got back at camp both were back home., Jeff with a nice buck and Cody still with a tag to use when we return later.

Scott and I spent until about 12:00 on Wednesday at Bubbles. It was very slow going but I did see the best buck I had seen on the trip, but he was at a safe distance and never came close than several hundred yards. We were back home by 6 pm and early this morning I took Scott to catch his flight and at this time he too is back in West Virginia.

I can't speak for Scott, but I do think he had a great time and so did the rest of us.

It's now on to the Bookcliffs and after that hunt I will let the rifle hunters have the area for a couple weeks and then return to hunt the rut with my bow. It's Cody and my very favorite time to hunt antelope. Hopefully I can share some neat photos with you at that time.

Until I get back from the Books, I wish you all well and good luck and safety on your hunts.

Have a good one. BB

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19. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Well after taking my friend Scott to the airport I began to get ready for my Bookcliffs hunt. I had a lot to do and a very little time in which to get it done. But by about 9 AM on Friday August 20th I pulled out of town for my Bookcliffs adventure. And what an adventure it turned out to be!

I live in the Salt Lake Valley and so headed east on I-80. When I was almost to the top of the summit (Parley’s) my 2007 Silverado diesel shut down on me. I pulled over to the side of the road and milked it to the summit where I called the Park City dealership about the problem. I was told it was probably just the fuel filter and that they could get right on it. By noon I was again on my way. But the ole truck with just about 20,000 miles on it limped all the way to Roosevelt. I contemplated continuing on, but decided I would see what happened and so I filled up and headed to the Books.

The truck had very little power, as compared to how used to be and it was burning a lot of fuel. By the time I hit Monument Ridge my fuel gage was nearing the half mark and I could see I would not be able to go as far in as I had hoped and still have enough fuel to get back out, so I pulled up to the first camping spot I could find.

I set up camp but by this time it was dark. I hunted early opening morning, seeing a bear right after first light and few bucks, but nothing I really wanted. By noon I headed to back to camp. I ate and set up my target to do some practicing. The very first time I tried to pull my bow, this is what happened!

I also found out my generator the air filter bracket which had been spot welded onto the generator had vibrated off and so I had no generator, no truck, and now no bow and no bow press or the brains to fix the problem. I did have an old back up bow that was 15 lbs heavier than the bow I had been shooting, and that would have to do the job. I sure struggled to get it back the first few times, but finally got to where it wasn't so bad to pull.

The guy I was camped next to shot a great buck on opening morning, but did not his photo or story posted to MM, but just let me say it was a great buck. Another guy I meant this summer while camping up Fairview filled his tag opening morning and when I stopped into PR springs to fill some water bottles I took this photo of his buck.

That evening I hunted a ridge and did not see one buck deer. I did see these elk getting a drink at a small pond.


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20. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

The next morning I got up early and headed for another ridge and hunted the morning without seeing a single buck deer. I saw lots of hunts and heard many trucks and four wheelers as they road the ridges looking for deer.

After the morning hunt and being I was so close to where I had taken my first baited bear, I decided to hike down the canyon and see if I could find the old bait site of some 30 years ago. I was amazed on how things came back to me and I was able to walk right to site. Here's a photo of the tree I sat the night I took my first baited bear (that bear is the bear in a photo I posted on my very first post on this thread.

The beetles have really worked that stand of trees over and many, including the tree I sat for that bear succumbed to their plight.

Here’s the photo of that tree which will always be special to me, even in its present state

That evening I saw a few bucks but had my camera in my pack and thus no photos. I hunted Monday and saw more bucks but again non that I really wanted or that offered good shots had I wanted one of them.

On Tuesday my son Cody would join me and arrived about noon and would be there for six days.

On Tuesday morning I had a great chance at a decent buck, but decided to wait and share the experience with my son. When I got back to camp just before noon, he was there. ( I am with AT&T and could find no cell service the whole time I was there, so I had to borrow a guys phone and tell him where I was camped.

That evening my son and I hunted a ridge and we saw upwards of 10 bucks, a couple of which were takers. Two pretty nice bucks feed by us, but we both declined and soon it was dark.

I made the decision that evening to start carrying my camera around my neck and let my son be my eyes and so from that time on I have more photos. Here's a few I took in the next couple days.

Check out this freak buck. We saw him on several different occasions.

Here's the same buck on a different occasion with another buck.

A little later that same morning, we both passed an easy shot at this buck.

One morning we spotted these two bedded bucks and my son headed back on the four wheeler and planned to park it and get above the bucks while I gave hand signals to him to help him stalk in on the bucks, but on the way he turned over the four wheeler, and hurt his hip and hand. They were slight injuries but bad enough at the time to foil our plan.

That evening we decided to sit an old waterhole I used to hunt many moons ago. My son sat on the ground about 100 yards above at the head of the spring, and I sat the spring fed pond. My son saw a few small bucks and lots of does and fawns and I saw a 5 or 6 bucks and plenty of fawns.

I have a great video of this hard horned buck, but really don't know how to post it. Here are a few photos I took that evening as I chose to pass on these bucks.

If someone will pm me how to post it I think many will enjoy the video as its sharp and crisp and quiet close.

Here's another buck I saw that evening.

Time was flying by and we were having fun, but we sure weren't filling any tags! And litte did we both realize the good and bad that laid ahead for both of us.

Congrats to all you successful hunters and to those of you yet to hunt or still trying.

Have a good one. BB

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21. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

One afternoon we decided to take the four wheeler and head over near 10 mile knoll. It looked kind of gloomy around camp, but looked clear and nice out that way. But by the time we got most of the way over there, we got into a cloud burst and we did not have our rain gear and got soaked. Needless to say it was a very long and cold ride back to camp.

Here’s a rain bow we saw after the storm.

That same evening we saw a few nice deer but too far too far and too late in the day to stalk. I did run into what I feel are the same turkey's I saw on my scouting trip, as they were in the same spot!

Cody's time was fast running out and by the end of this day he had but a day and a half to punch his tag. On the ride back we saw a pretty darn nice buck, just off the side of the road, but he said he did not want to fill his tag by "road hunting his deer", so we headed back to camp.

Early the next morning we found a good herd of bucks right after daylight. We hatched a plan but by the time Cody got to where the bucks were, they had moved or the ridge. I meant up withy him and told him where I thought they had gone and what I thought we should do.

As we snuck into the area where I had last seen the bucks head, I ran into two of the smaller bucks, within great bow range, but they were not the bucks I wanted, so I just let them walk.

Soon the group the headed across the large sagebrush valley and we watched as they ended up is a sage bowl.

Two were exceptional bucks for the Book Cliffs, and the others were just decent bucks.

Here's a photo of one of the two we were after at this time.

The bucks had ended up in a perfect stalk location and in no time Cody was within bow range of the bucks, as he neared their position by using a deep ravine to hide his presence. It was the best setup we had this whole hunt!

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22. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

I stayed back to give Cody hand signals and keep track of the location of each buck so I could warn him, as when one gets close, he can not see all the bucks.

As I was glassing, and Cody was moving in for his shot, I noticed another hunter coming in from above the bucks and before I could even warn Cody of his presence, he walked down onto them and scared them. By the time that hunter had an arrow nocked, the bucks were 80 yards away and running.

What a bummer!

We regrouped and again headed in the direction in which we had seen the bucks go. We talked briefly with the other hunter who was now on his way back from where he had come.

In an hour or so Cody had located two of the bucks bedded on an open hill and laying under a cedar tree. We again made a plan and Cody tried once again to get in on these bucks. They were not the two big ones we were after, but both were very respectable bucks and being he only had one about 1 day of hunting left and being it was so late in the morning we decided I would stay on the hillside across from the bucks and he would head way back up the ridge, cross over and get above the bucks and I would hand signal him down to them.

After several hours of positioning, and the bucks still bedded, he began his stalk.

Here's what it looked like after about an hour into his stalk. I have circled my son with red and made a red x near each of the bucks. Cody at this point is about 30 yards above the bucks and moving down the hill.

Within the next hour and with the help of a very strong south wind he moved to within 21 yards of the upper buck and 24 yards of the lower buck. Now all he needed was for the lower buck to stand up and feed or reposition himself as they commonly do.

Cody felt he had pushed his stalk as far as possible and did not want to chance scaring the bucks, so now he was just going to wait and let them make the mistake. --- An hour or so passed and the bucks and the hunter all stayed put.--- The the srong wind shifted and bucks were gone in a flash! So close and yet so far away!

That afternoon we headed early as this would be Cody's last evening of hunting as he had to be at work early Tuesday morning. I was surprise to say the least that he passed several decent bucks that evening as his time was almost over. Night fell, and he had but one morning in which to get the job done. He planned to head home about noon the next day and with his work he would not be able to return.

But as my friend---old 4finger---always likes to say, "Keep hunting till the "last day and the last ray", and in this case, that is exactly what Cody intended to do, even though the last ray would come about noon the next day.

Have a good one. BB

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23. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

On Cody's last morning we got up early and glassed and moved around a lot, but things were very slow. We saw very few bucks and the few we saw were very small spikes or 2x2's.

Cody talked about the close encounters of yesterday and how fun it was stalking these mule deer. Even if he couldn't fill his tag, he had learned a great deal and he had had a great time, and after all that is what hunting should be about.

The last morning continued unusually slow until we finally found a good number of bucks in thick spot in an otherwise open area. We watched for a short time through out binoculars and make a plan which included heading to the next ridge west.

Once we got on that ridge I began to glass again to finalize his stalk, but I noticed two hunters moving in on the bucks. We were too late and Cody's time to fill hit Bookcliffs tag had seemed to run out.

I watched as the guys moved in on the deer and I told Cody if he dropped off the back side of the ridge and got in a little finger of vegetation that he might have a great chance as I felt when they spooked the bucks they would end up going that way.

Cody took off on a run and I just sat and watched. Soon the deer were running and heading in the direction of where Cody hopefully would be. Then I saw them scatter in several directions, with 4 or 5 bucks coming right by me. I watched as they held up in a tall sagebrush bowl, as others went over the ridge.

I waited and waited but could not see Cody so finally I got on my bike and drove an old two track road down to its end. I began to glass the area where I thought my son might be, and low and behold I could see him sitting on the ground, hunkered down and giving me a signal that his buck had laid down. I then assumed he had hit a buck and that he was watching it in it bed.

So I fell off the back side of the ridge and carefully crawled up to my son, to learn the bucks had gone about 100 yards above him and that he was watching a bedded buck under and cedar. I glassed the deer and could see it was just a very average buck, much smaller than many he had passed, but this was his last hour and his time was running very short, so I told him I thought he should try for him.

The wind was blowing VERY hard, so it made getting close pretty easy. However, taking a shot in that wind would be very difficult. It was finally decided that he would stalk as close as he dared, get ready, and then wait on the wind until it died down, and then take his shot.

He got to within 25 yards and waited. The first time the wind let up a bit, he rose up, drew his bow and took aim for what seemed to me to be an eternity. He finally released as I videoed his shot and I could see the deer bolt from his bed and then lost sight of him.

Cody pointed to the south and I looked to see his buck struggling on his death run and within about 5 seconds of his shot and 50-60 yards, the buck fell dead. It was now just after noon, the time he had plan depart.

He cut it to the limit and made a great shot under lots of pressure. We took a few photos, quartered it up and headed back to camp for his departure.

Here’s a couple photos of his late moment buck.

It was not the buck he hoped for or had dreamed of taking, but it was excting nonetheless. He had refused to fill his tag by road hunting and at least ended filling his tag in the manner in which had dreamed and for that I respect him and his holding out to the very last. Your Dad is proud of you son, you did great! And it was so much fun for me to watch you in action and thanks for the great time you bestowed upon me. I love you. Thanks again. Dad

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Sep-08-10, 
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24. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

By about three Cody was on his way home and by 5 pm I was out hunting again.

Quite early that evening I got onto a decent buck but decided to pass him up and instead just take his photo.

Had I known what was about to happen, I would have ended my hunt with that buck. I saw several other smaller bucks that night but soon it was dark.

I hunted hard the next morning. It was hot, dry and no wind and the conditions were tough. I saw a few bucks but had no close encounters. I hiked hard that morning and got dehydrated and all of a sudden my legs went into cramps, and I didn't know if I would ever get back to my bike. They were the worst cramps I had ever had and it took several hours for me to get rid of them and get back to my bike. Once back at my bike I got hydrated a bit. It was just past noon and so I decided to go back to camp, but my bike would not start. I had no lights, and no electrical power whatsoever. The pull rope would not start the bike either.

I am about as far from being a mechanic as one can get, so I struggled with the few bike tools I to figure the problem out. I cleaned all the connections, etc and finally got it going. I went back to camp thinking my bike was fixed and that it must have been a bad connection. So that afternoon I got my pop up blind and headed for place in which I had leveled the ground for my blind, but when I got there, someone else had their blind in place.

I knew I was running very low on gasoline for my bike, but I decided to head for another waterhole where Cody and I had leveled a place for a blind, but the winds had come up at that time and it was too windy to blind hunt. It was a long ways and I hated to use the remaining gas I had, but it thought that was my best option. ---- When I got over there, low and behold someone had their blind in that spot, so I headed back towards camp and decided to hunt the lower country where Cody and I had been hunting.

I headed towards that area and soon realized I lots my chair I use in my blind, but I knew I did not have the gas to go back and look for it, as I had come a long ways.

I hunted a ridge early that evening and hiked back to my bike to go to another ridge, but my bike was dead again. I worked on it for a long while and had a very hard time getting it started. I was now without a dependable truck, a trailer that was on limp mode, my main bow un cabled and now a bike that had very little gas left and that I could not depend on if I could get gas, so I made the decision to try to head home and get things fixed. Thus I am home.

But the trip home was not without incident. I drove slow for lack of power and it sure was a good thing, as I had a blow out on a trailer tire and ended up ruining two tires and two wheels in the fiasco.

Since that time, I hopefully have my bike fixed to the tune of over $300.00, two new tires and wheels were over 600 bucks, and the truck was warranted with the exception of the analysis of which they charged me.

Last evening my daughter had her third child and everything went well and mother and child are doing great. Today at 4:00 I have a closing on a property I got back on a bad deal that has been a pain all summer and if that gets closed as scheduled, I will head back to the Books for the final days of the hunt.

Whatever ends up happening, I will keep you informed.

After getting back and getting all my equipment to the "doctors", I ran up to Wyoming, by myself, in my old truck for a day and half of antelope hunting. I saw lots of antelope but none I wanted. I also had a coyote and badger water so it was a very fun trip. I plan to meet my friend Don up in that area on Sept 25th and we plan to try to fill our tags at that time.

Here's just few of the many photos I took last weekend in my Wyoming antelope area.








And here's my new little grandson, born just last night.

Jacob Chad we love you and welcome you to our family. Won't be long before Uncle Cody and Grampa have you out bowhunting.

Until next time, have a good one. BB

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Sep-19-10, 
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25. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Just before the title company closed on Wednesday Sept. 8th, my wife and I signed the final papers on this troublesome real estate transaction I had mentioned earlier and early the next morning I left again to the Bookcliffs. My truck had been fixed, as had my four wheeler and trailer and I had extra gas this time so from that stand point I should be a lot better shape. I also had my bow fixed and the backup bow was now the backup bow once again.

I arrived in time to set up camp and hunted that evening. I saw a number of bucks but none I wanted. Things had changed big time as most deer now were all hard horned and the bigger bucks that I was seeing earlier just didn't seem to be around at this time. At least this rookie could not locate them.

Here’s a few of the bucks I saw that evening and the next morning.


And how could one ever go to the Bookcliffs and not show a horny toad?

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Sep-24-10, 
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26. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

It didn't take long for me to realize that I was better to sit my butt in blind on a waterhole than to try to chase those hard horned bucks in the open sage under such hot and noisy condtions. So I returned to the flat I made at the waterhole off the main road. It was a good waterhole, but I sure had a lot of interference from passersby.

Here are few of the bucks I saw on my morning and evening sits in that blind.








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Oct-07-10, 
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27. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

I was seeing lots of deer and even some nice bucks, but I was also having lots of interference from passersby's who would see the deer and stop and in doing so scare the critters that were either there or on their way.

Here's a photo of guy who scared a couple really nice bucks who were on their way to water. In his defense I don't think he had a clue I had a blind set up there. Others that did seemed to care less, especially the road hunters.

Although I was seeing deer each morning and each evening, and a few would be decent bucks, the waterhole was drying up fast and I knew it would not last and that I either needed to shoot a buck or find another water hole.

Here's a couple photos taken one of the last times I sat this pond of a Bluebird and Flicker woodpecker. Notice how the little water remains and how the mud is growing in size.

So as soon as I finished hunting one morning I went looking for other water holes. Here's one I found that had the best tracks and enough water to finish out the hunt, so I decided to set it up.

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Oct-07-10, 
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28. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

I headed back to camp and got a treestand and within a few hours I had a treestand setup at the new waterhole. I gave it a day's rest and hunted that evening and the next morning from my pop up blind at the waterhole that was now almost dried up. I saw bucks and lots of does, but many of the deer were reluctant to walk deep enough into the mud to get a drink.

Here's a photo I took on my last sit there, it was a buck I had seen a number of times, as he was a regular at that site.

And here's how it looked several days later.

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29. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

My next sit would be in the treestand at the new water hole and I would get there early. It was a hot, sunny day and I baked as I waited and waited and not one thing showed, with the exception of some cows.

But at about 7 things came alive and deer started showing up and several were decent bucks. Not big bucks by any means, but nice decent four points. By nights end I had seen a host of does and fawns and at least 10 bucks.

Here are a few photos from that sit.

By nights end, I quite impressed in what I had seen. But I did not like the setup. Most bucks were watering 40 or more yards away, and I have always considered bowhunting should be a close encounter, and to me 40 yards in not close enough. So I decided to sit the morning in the treestand and then place my pop up blind in a closer location that would also eliminate the steep angle incurred from the treestand.

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Oct-07-10, 
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30. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Mornings had always been better at the other waterhole, so to say I exited to see what happened on my first morning sit at this waterhole would have been an understatement.

Long before first shooting light, I was in my stand and waited anxiously to see what would transpire, but by 9 a.m. I had not seen one deer come to water. What a bummer and what a disappointment.

I had also got word from home that the guy who was suppose to close the real estate transaction had not done so and that Ogden City had sent me fines and planned to plow down the troubled home. That news could not have come at a worse time.

So my decision to shoot a buck had already been made. If I wasn't able to shoot one from the treestand that morning, then I would set up a ground blind and try to take one that evening and if that didn't work, then I would have to head home and deal with this on going headache!

I headed back to camp and got my popup blind and as I was returning I ran into a friend and fellow MM’er Ind Archer. Paul is a devoted Wt hunter and has done lots of stand hunting, and since we were close to the waterhole where I had my treestand, I ask if you would mind coming over and giving me his opinion on where to set my ground blind.

After some discussion we felt it best to place it in a small wash that afforded good, close, shots and would be very inconspicuous to the watering critters. Paul not only gave me good advice, but also stayed there and helped me get the job done.

It required lots of gathering rocks and filling and deep wash and then some shovel work to level a good place for my blind. Here are a couple photos of Paul as he helped finish the blind work.

And here’s how it looked once it was setup for the sit.


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31. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

By 5 p.m. I was in my blind, but I had one big problem that I hadn't anticipated. The wind began to blow and it blew hard, at one time even blowing the blind off the pad and tumble-weeding up the hill. I retrieved the blind, set it back up, tied it down, but even then I had hold it down with my hands.

After a while my arms tried and I finally just sat in my chair and put my legs out the two front shooting holes to keep the blind from blowing away. Here a photo of how that looked from inside the blind.

By seven I hadn't seen one single deer, but as soon as the wind died down, just minutes past 7 p.m. a small 4 point watered less than 30 yards away.

But the best bucks the evening before came in just before dark, so even though I knew this would be my last night, I pushed the limit.

It got later and later and a few does and fawns watered, but no more bucks.

Then just at the edge of dark I could see two deer coming in, but with my night blindness I could not make out antlers. When they got close I could see it was a doe and a fawn.

I pushed the limit to the end, but it was now at the far edge of shooting light for these old eyes. But out of no where a buck appeared. I could see he was heavy and high and I could see 4 points on the side I could see best. I knew he was very narrow, but quite high. He watered at about 20 yards, right in front of my blind. Here's a photo I took of that buck in the waning light.

I set my camera down, picked up my bow and before he could leave, I filled my tag. The buck ran but a shot distance and our 2010 Bookcliffs hunt had come to an end. Both my son and I had filled our tags, but not with the buck of which we had hoped or dreamed.

The next morning I took down my stand, picked up my blind, and headed home to the real world.

Here's a photo of the buck I shot that last evening.

After arranging some stuff at home, I headed back for the antelope rut hunt, with my son and a friend from Ohio.

It went much better than our deer hunt, so stay tuned and I will post the results of that hunt sometime this week and hopefully be done by this time next week.

Have a good one. BB


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Oct-08-10, 
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32. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Many years ago, when I hunted elk in Wyoming quite often, I became fascinated with antelope and their rut and so I decided to try my hand at taking an antelope during that time frame with my bow. A multitude of years have passed since that time and along the way I began to understand and enjoy that part of antelope hunt more than at any other time.
There are pros and cons, that's for sure, but over all I sure enjoy the rut hunt.
The biggest draw back, of hunting in that time frame, is the fact that many of the nice bucks have already been taken by the rifle boys. But as many of us know, boys will play when the girls are ready, and antelope are no different. So thus we headed back to antelope country during the rut.
There were five of us who applied as a group for our 2010 antelope hunt and as you may recall, two had already filled their permits. They were Scott and Jeff who both shot their bucks on opening day of the archery hunt. Here are the bucks that Scott and Jeff took on the earlier hunt.
This was Scott’s buck that he took about 11 a.m. on the opening day of the early archery season

And here’s a photo of Jeff’s opening day buck which he took about 8:30 a.m. on the archery opener. As you may recall, his 4 year old daughter was with him that morning and got to watch her Dad fill his tag.

Cody and I (thanks to a 10 yard miss) saved our tags for the rut hunt and joining me on that hunt was a friend from Ohio named Don V. I meant Don on the Bowsite many years ago and we had been cyber buddies for years.
Alone, I headed back to Wyoming on Friday Sept. 24, and would be joined by Don on the evening of the 25th, and his first day of hunting would be on Sunday the 26th.
I sat about a half of day on Friday and all day on Saturday and just took photos. When I got back to camp that evening, Don was in camp.
Here are three of the many photos I took while waiting for Don to arrive at camp.



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Oct-10-10, 
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33. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Jeff also arrived at camp that evening so now Don was there, and a good friend Jon who had spent the day sitting with me. We had seen a lot of antelope at Bubbles and I knew that Don had never sat an antelope blind before, so I didn’t want him to be bored to death on his first day of hunting, so it was decided that Jeff would take Don to Bubbles and Jon and I would had up to the waterhole we call the Wallow. It is the place where Scott had taken his buck on opening morning of the archery season.

Before first light we were well on your way to the blinds. The Wallow is a long, rough, dusty drive and by the time we got there is was well after shooting light. Bubbles was less than half the distance and has a decent road that goes near it, and then one has about a ¼ mile hike, so I knew Don and Jeff would be in and settled before first shooting light.

It seemed to me we had hardly got settled in for the days sit, when Jon got a text from Jeff saying Don had just shot a buck and it went less than 100 yards from the blind. So Jon text back that we were on our way and back we headed to help Don with his buck and take a few photos.

I sure didn’t take those guys from back east long to fill their tags. Both of my friends from back east both took their bucks on the first morning of their hunt.

Here are few photos of the nice buck Don arrowed that morning.

After photos we headed back to camp so Don could get his meat to a cooler and cape the head for his future mount. Jeff and Jon headed back to Salt Lake, and I headed over and sat Bubbles the balance of the day and took a few more photos.

Then the cows moved in and slowed things down until early evening, when they finally left and the antelope started coming in once again.

That made three down and two to go. I still have my permit, and my son Cody, who would be arriving on Tuesday evening, had yet to fill our permits. Some how it always seems we are the last to fill our tags!

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34. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Early the next morning, with only Don and I in camp, we headed out long before first light in hopes of being at the Wallow by first shooting light. A rough, bumpy road, and missing a road we should have turned on, insured we got there long after the time for which we had hoped.

But all in all it was a great day. We saw quite a few antelope, some being fairly respectable and Don got to see his very first badger, but by dusk there were still two tags to fill.

Here’s a few photos from that day.

Notice the battle wounds on this buck. It’s not uncommon to see limping and torn up bucks, as they fight hard during the rut.


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35. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Early the next morning, Don took off to finish his Wyoming elk hunt and I headed over to Bubbles and spent the day. Quite a number of antelope came in early but around 10 p.m. or so some cows started showing up and they just keep coming and kept staying. Most antelope will wait around for a while, but if the cows don’t leave, they do and that is exactly what happened on that day.

Here’s a few photos I took that day before the cows came, while they were there and after they left.


But in the end I did not see a shooter and headed back to camp to meet my son whom had arrived in time to shoot his bow and have all his stuff ready for tomorrow's hunt.

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Oct-11-10, 
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36. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Cody and I were up early and long on our way before daylight, but still didn't get to the wallow until after first light.

Bubbles is a place one will see far more antelope, but with the cows moving in, I felt the Wallow would be our best bet to fill one tag with a good buck.

But we sat a long time before we had any antelope come into water. They were rutting, and sometimes that helps and sometimes that hurts when you are trying to get a good buck with a bow. We were very much limited to very close shots at this waterhole, and it seemed that although we were seeing antelope, most that seemed on their way to water, would get sidetracked with a doe on a far ridge and head that way to check her out.

But as the day passed some antelope did come in, but again by the end of the day we still had two permits to fill.

Here's a bit of what we saw on this day within good bow range.

During the course of the day it became quite evident to me that my son would be holding out for a pretty good buck and more than likely be pushing this hunt much like he did his Bookcliffs deer hunt-------------right down to the end.

We had several respectable bucks’ water that day and one in particular was a wide, heavy horned buck that was the most aggressive buck in the area. But he said he didn't like the wide buck and thus passed.

By sunset that day we still had two permits to fill and tomorrow would be Thursday and our time was running out as we had to take all the blinds down and be home not later than Sunday afternoon.

So by the end of that day I had pretty much made up my mind that if Cody passed on what I thought was a good buck I would take him and at least just get it to where we only had one tag to fill in the last few days.

Here’s a sunset taken from the blind at the wallow.

And here’s a photo of the wide, heavy buck that Cody kept passing. ( I think I might have posted this photo in an earlier post. He was wide, long and heavy, but looking straight on did not look that high, but if you really looked him over one could tell he was a great buck and he certainly was the most aggressive buck in this area.

Here's another shot of that wide buck. He should be a dandy by next year if he makes it through the end of the rifle hunt.

Anyway by nightfall on Wednesday night we still have 2 permits to to fill and only three hunting days left.

Would tommorrow narrow down the number of permits we had yet to fill?

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-11-10, 
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37. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

It was now Thursday, with really only three days to hunt and two permits to fill. I set the alarm to 4:30 a.m. and after a very quick breakfast, we were on our way. I was determined to be in our blind at the Wallow before the eastern horizon even began to lighten. And for once we were.

It started off quite slow, but finally we started to see antelope in the distance, and soon some began to water.

Here’s the first antelope that came in that morning. It is only 10 yards away.

The next action wasn’t long after the first.

To me, bowhunting is about learning to get close to the critters you hunt. To me that is the challenge. Getting close is one thing, but getting a shot at a very close critter requires good timing, and allows for very few mistakes as far as movement, noise, etc. The blind we were sitting gives a great, close, shot, but allows little room for even the slightest error.
The closer one gets, the more exciting it seems to be, as least that has always been the case for me.

Things slowed for a while and finally Cody got up and looked out a small peak hole on the south side of the blind. He turned to me and whispered, “Dad, here comes a pretty heavy buck!” I said, “If you are going to shoot him, I want to video the sequence.” He said, “No, Dad, I am not going to shoot this buck, I think I can get a better one in the next three days.”

I immediately got up and looked out the peak hole to see a very decent buck, limping on one of his front leg, following a doe towards the water. They were less than 30 yards and heading right for the water.

I said, “If you are sure you don’t want him, then I am going to take him.” “He all yours,” whispered my son.

I reached over to my left and picked up my bow and nocked an arrow. Just them the buck walked into view. The doe and fawn walked to the water and started to drink, as the buck skirted the water hole, almost broadside on a slow walk some 18 yards away. I drew, aimed and released.

The buck whirled and ran hard to the top of a small knoll where he stopped, stood for a brief moment then took a couple steps and laid down. For just a few seconds you could see his head, but then he totally disappeared.

As luck would have it a nice buck appeared. It was the high heavy buck that Cody had his dreams set upon, but he again got detoured and after waiting for a long period of time and not having him come in, we both got out of the blind and walked over to where we last had seem my buck. He was lying right there, and had died when his head went out of sight. Our old friend rigor-mortis had set in and we needed to hurry and get him taken care of, so a few quick photos and we were skinning and cooling the meat. Once broken down and cut up we packed him to my son’s truck, bagged him, and lifted him off the ground and laid him to cool in the shade, under his truck.


Here's a couple photos of the buck I took that morning almost on the hour at 10 p.m.

We then returned to the blind for the balance of the day and although we saw more antlelope, none my son wanted. He was now down to two days.

Stay tuned as things heated up the next morning and yet another welcomed surprise lay ahead.

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-11-10, 
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38. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Early Friday morning found us once again at the Wallow. We again got there before first light, but this day was a bit different, as it was very cold, compared to how it had been.

As it lightened things began to happen at the Wallow.

An early morning, single doe watered----something that hadn’t been happening much recently.

Then a badger came in while, a couple antelope also came and seemed happy in waiting for the little badger to water and go on its way.

It watered and went on its way. By days end we had seen 6 different badgers.

Another wide buck came in, but it was not W2, but might have been his 1/2 brother, son, or a not so distant relative.

Then a smaller buck watered.

And then finally in the distance we saw not the buck Cody had hoped for but one he said he would shoot if it came within range.

Here's a photo of that buck just as he started to make a scrape at a distance of aobut 80 yards from the blind.

But just after this photo was taken, the buck saw distant antlelope and headed their way. Once again it was proving very difficult to get the bucks we wanted to water. The rut was a help and a curse, all at the same time.

The buck headed south a long distance and we could see him meet up with a doe in the far distance. We both knew his fate lay in her hands. At least that is a nice way to put it on a public forum!

Cody who was cold and had started to shake was now calming down and the blind was starting to heat and it looked like his chance at this buck was not that great. But as we all know, things can change on a dime.

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-12-10, 
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39. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

The new buck of Cody’s interest had now picked up a new doe and that was now his primary interest. We had watched this happen a number of different times. For a while it looked like they were going to head farther south as they topped a far ridge, but soon she was heading back towards the blind and the Wallow.

It took almost an hour for this to happen but it looked as if the doe was on her way to water, and we both knew that if she watered, he most likely would follow her and present a close shot.

It was now just a few minutes before 10 a.m. and yesterday seemed to be repeating itself and unfolding in about the same way and at the same time.

The antelope were now within 50 yards and it became obvious that the gal intended to get a drink. Cody had his bow ready with an arrow nocked. I had my camera in hand and planned to video his shot.

I was sitting on the right side of the blind as you face the waterhole, so I could see the doe break into the window opening long before Cody could. And as she approached, I began to video. Soon the buck broke the window opening as I filmed. Cody to my left could not yet see the buck but he watched as the doe walked down and started to drink.

The buck walked farther into the opening and then turned from me about 90 degrees and started to do a scrape. I whispered to Cody that would be a great shot, but he said he could not even see the buck. So as I continued to video, I quietly moved over to my right, so my son could also shift to his right. By now the buck had made his scrape and began to urinate and defecate in the scrape he had just finished making. And by now Cody was at full draw and going through his shooting ritual.

But just as Cody was about to release the arrow, the buck turned broadside and started walking to the right. He was about 18-20 yards in front of us and now in about the center of the shooting hole. He stopped for a brief second and by that time Cody’s arrow had passed through the buck’s front shoulder and fell onto the ground beyond the buck.

The buck ran to the right and out of my sight so I jumped up and stuck my head out the shooting window and got the camera back on him, just as he slowed some 70-80 yards away. He began to lose his back end, turned in a circle trying to keep his balance and fell over dead. It was now 10:00 a.m., almost the exact same time I had taken my buck just 24 hours earlier.

Here are a few photos of Cody’s buck. He was the highest buck we shot and he was very heavy, but in a different way. His horns were more round like a man’s forearm, versus the normal oval type horn. He lacked on is prongs, but still he was a very nice buck everything else considered.

We had gone 5 for 5, but there was still a surprise ahead. This hunt was not yet over!

I have some pretty neat video of bucks fighting right in front of one of our blinds, and I am sure many would enjoy Cody's shot and watching the reaction of the his buck, but I am not very savvy on the video part of this and hopefully I can get it figured out and post it later.

Stay tuned there is more to come.

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-12-10, 
09:13 AM (MST)
40. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

It just so happened on the very day that Cody shot his buck I had received a text from a fellow and his wife that we had first meant on the opening day of the archery antelope season. They had placed a pop up blind on a waterhole quite near our camp. At the time we talked and became acquainted. The husband had taken a nice buck on opening day but his wife had yet to fill her permit.

At the time I told them that they could hunt one of our blinds and if they had that desire to just give me a call or send me a text and I would let them know when they would be available.

So I told them that Cody had just taken his antelope and we were going to take that blind down that day, but that he could hunt Bubbles and we would leave that blind up until 4 PM on Saturday if need be. So the plan had been set for he and his wife to sit Bubbles early on Saturday morning. She just wanted to fill her tag and did not want to do it with a rifle, so it was a perfect set up. We also found out the day Cody took his buck, that the cattle were being rounded up and trucked out of the area, so that meant there would be no cow interference at the waterhole they planned to sit.

After a short photo session with Cody’s buck we skinned it and headed back to camp. Once we got his buck on ice, we headed back up to the Wallow and took down the blind and back filled the hole.

My dad taught me from a very young age to respect the land and to always leave a place better upon my leaving, than it was when I got there. So we back filled the hole, and picked up the general area and made sure we left it better for our being there. If we all learn to employ that practice, we all come out winners, including the land we use.

Here are a couple photos of how the waterhole looked when we got finished taking the blind down and backfilling the hole.

After finishing our work at the Wallow we headed back towards camp and on the way stopped by where our blind was stolen and back filled that hole.

Here’s a photo I took on the way back to camp that evening.

Next up, taking down Little Deep Hole, and the Lady fills her antelope tag, with her bow with a last day buck!

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-12-10, 
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41. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Early Saturday morning Cody and I got up and had a good breakfast and headed for Little Deep Hole to dismantle the blind and back fill the whole.

Meanwhile at Bubbles, our new Utah friends were working on filling her tag with a bow.

Here’s a photo of Cody working on taking down the blind.

And here he back fills the small foot hole. (Be sure to always back fill your holes if you use a blind that requires ANY digging.)

And here's how the area looked once were done, backfilling and picking up. Again we left it looking and being better, than had we not been there!

That is a good habit for all of us to adopt!

We then headed back for camp and dropped off the blind and got on my 4 wheeler and headed for a high point so we could watch a bit of the show at Bubbles. But it seemed like we had arrived a bit too late as we could see our Utah friends cleaning a buck less than 100 yards from the blind.

We jumped on the bike and headed down to them. By the time we got there, they were finished cleaning her buck and so I took a quick photo of them with her last day buck. The clock had not yet reached 12:00.

Here’s Jeanne and her Husband, Kelly with her buck.

In the end we took six archery bucks, four of which had been taken during the rifle season.

We then tore down and backfilled our hole at Bubbles, cleaned up the area and we were back in the City before dark, one full day ahead of schedule!

I will end this with my next post. It will be a potpourri of some of my favorite photos taken on these two hunts and a few passing comments about both hunts.

Have a good one. BB

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Oct-12-10, 
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42. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

LAST EDITED ON Oct-12-10 AT 05:09 PM (MST)

I started out hunt in Wyoming when I was just about as big as the sage grouse I was packing for my Dad, uncles and older cousins. I started out hunting deer with my uncles 32 special. It was an old lever action saddle gun, very similar to the old 30-30 that many of you either heard about or possibly have used.

In those days it was open sites and getting close to game was a must. A long shot, in those days was 100 yards. As I learned more about hunting, I got a scope and a pump 270 (I am left handed), but as my ability to shoot longer distances happened, deep down I had an urge and a miss for the close encounters of my youth. Thus in 1971 I gave up rifle hunting in favor bowhunting, as it was a better fit for me.

I hope through my photos I encourage some of you to pick up a camera and learn to bring home more than just a dead critter. It took me a long time to understand and really appreciate the multitude of satisfaction that can be achieved, just by being in and learning about the critters we hunt. Nowadays I don’t need to fill my tag to have a successful hunt, but I do need to spend a lot of time being close to the critters and their habitat.

I hope you enjoy these last photos. Some were taken before the hunt started, some during and even a few after my hunt had ended. All were taken at close range and when you get close and you rea<[8 mlisten, the animals will tell you a lot about themselves and the more you find out, the more you realize how little you know. [P>I can’t wait for next year!

As far as the Bookcliffs goes there was hardly a day I could not have filled my tag with a four point buck. But if you want a really nice, heavy, high, and wide buck, be prepared for a hard hunt and hope for plenty of good luck. But it’s a very fun hunt for those that just want to see a lot of deer.

If you want an exciting antelope hunt, don't be afraid to hunt during the rut. It's a great time to witness antelope as few ever get to see.

Thanks for taking the time to follow along. Hopefully some day we can meet and be able to call one and other friends.

I will end this for good with a collage of the 5 of us, who all applied in the same envelope and ended up having a great time, witnessing the wonderful prairies of Wyoming in their late summer and early fall glory.

Best wishes. Buglin Billy


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Dec-11-10, 
06:32 AM (MST)
43. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

Since this adventure thread is coming to an end, and since I still haven't figured out the way to post the videos I wanted, I will fill you in on the last couple of months.

I still had an elk tag for the Wasatch Front, but I never got out one time to hunt it. It is the very first time since 1969 that I have not hunted elk with my bow.

Since I had no buck tag, I had planned to run down to the Henry Mountains and take some photos of mule deer around the 10th of Nov. but things came up that made me delay my departure. Then I had planned to go right after Thanksgiving, but we got the big storm and my trusty new truck that gave me all the fits on the Bookcliffs hunt would not engage the four wheel drive and with all the snow I did not feel good going down there until that was fixed.

Yet another delay with my wife's work caused me to postpone my trip another week and finally I went down to the Henry's on Wednesday and spent one day on the Henry's and then moved over the Rattlesnake for a half a day.

By the time I got to the Henry's most of the bucks were starting to act like bucks once again and I never laid eyes on any great bucks.

Here are a few photos from my Henry's trip.

I've got to go eat, but will post a few more mule deer photos and show you a few sheep photos I took on the Rattlesnake.

Have a good one BB

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Dec-14-10, 
01:09 PM (MST)
44. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

By the looks of those bucks you might think I was back at the Books, but I was at the Henry's.

I then drove about two hours north, slept in my truck that night and spent a half a day on the Rattlesnake. I will do a few of the photos I took of the sheep and post in my final post.

Have a good one. BB


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Dec-23-10, 
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45. "RE: BB's Badlands and Bookciffs Adventures 2010"

I spent the night in the back of my turck at the mouth of Desolation Canyon, and early the next mmoring headed up the River. I have a favorite place that I can usually find quite a few sheep and its a place I can usually get right up on them, but this year there were no sheep, few sheep tracks and quite a few human tracks.

After about a mile hike up that canyon I turned back and headed up the River. In the end I saw several bands of sheep and got a few photos, but certainly not like I wanted.

About one that afternoon, I headed back to my truck and was back home by about 6 pm.

Here are few photos I took that morning/early afternoon.

Well that's about it for this year but I am already looking forward to next years adventures.

In closing I would like to thank all of you who took the time to read and follow along on our hunts. If nothing else I hope I have stimulated a few of you to understand the importance of picking up a camera and documenting your hunts. It's not only fun and rewarding, but its just another avenue in learning and understanding the game animals we pursue

I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year.

Have a good one. BB

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