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2009 was for me, a poor hunting year, but a great year personally. I was finishing my last classes of my MBA degree and had a required MBA international trip planned to Hong Kong and China for two weeks in October. In August, our third daughter was born, so much for the bow hunt... In September, my dad had a Pahvant Muzzy Elk tag, which I was the main "guide." Sufficient to say, I would not be doing much hunting for myself this year. December, I graduated with my degree and finally finished two years of little hunting and lots of studying. It was a long fall.
The only consolation, was I also had a muzzy deer tag for the same area and would be able to take one, if a good one showed up.
The elk hunt ending up being entirely different than planned, hunted hard the whole hunt and my dad finally took a consolation bull on one of the last days. Saw lots of big bulls, never could quite get every thing to work to get my dad a respectable Pahvant bull. Really changed my mind on the muzzy tags, not sure if they are worth the points anymore. Me, never saw a deer over two points.
2010 rolls around, the Hunting Expo is calling and I plan on doing my usual $100 donation to the tag gods. I make the contribution of $100 on Wednesday while on a quick visit to the expo. I happen to work in SLC, about two blocks from where the expo is held. On Thursday morning, while being bored at work, I decide to go through the hunts again. I noticed some good archery units that I had passed on my first donation. So, being the sucker that I am, I put in for five more LE Archery elk hunts. Long story short, I drew the Book Cliffs Archery Elk tag, which was one of those five extra hunts I applied for. I guess the tag gods finally thought it was my turn. The best part, I still have all of my elk points saved.
So far, I have bought a new bow for the hunt, lost 20 lbs and shot more arrows than I ever had in my life. I feel great out to 70 yards, which is my last sight pin. I will be down scouting the next few weekends and will post those results later.
Goal: 320-350 bull.
I have from September 2-17 off to hunt, thanks to my loving wife, who may never forgive me. I plan on taking my first bull with archery equipment. More to come later...