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First a little background on myself. I have hunted most of my life I grew up in central California on a small family farm. I used to hunt anything I could from doves in the fall, to crows and squirrels anytime I could sneak away from my chores. My dad and grandfather have always been deer hunters so I came by it naturally. I just had one problem growing up. They are road hunters now I'm not by any means bashing them because they have been extremely successful with both of them shooting 180" deer. But I've always felt there was more to be had. So this year I've decided to make a change.
Starting last December I have been slowly but surely been acquiring gear for a couple backpack hunts this year. I bought a Sitka bivy 45, I upgraded my binos to vortex viper 10x42, and have been tuning up my gun with a timney trigger and a new Nikon monarch scope. I still have ALOT of gear to get but one piece at a time is the best way I have come up with for myself.
Outside of California I have only ever hunted one state for deer, that being Colorado. So like a dumbass I only applied for Colorado once again. But since joining monster muleys I have realized that there are many more options then just hunting two areas in two different states. I am extremely fortunate because I have a good friend of mine who has came to the same conclusion I have. So next year I believe I will be starting a good tag application regiment.
The biggest benefit so far from my decision so far is my health. At age 23 I was in terrible physical shape so much that I didn't do things that I would've enjoyed for fear that I would look bad or not be able to keep up with some of my friends who are avid hikers. So far I've lost 20 pounds and feel like I did when I was playing football in high school. It is honestly one of the best things I have done for myself in quite awhile. I plan to run a 5k here at the end of June, with one of my sisters who just completed a half marathon a couple weeks ago so I've got to be ready for that because she will not let me slack off on race day.