Dad and I headed up to the Thorley's Property on the last weekend of the hunt. We weren't sure how the weather was going to cooperate. It stayed good enough to shoot a couple of nice elk and still make it out in time to listen to the BYU Football game. What a wonderful weekend with my Dad.
I didn't have much time to hunt this rifle season so I decided to run up after work. I threw some of the kids in the truck, picked up Brandon and we were off. If we timed it right, we would get to the spot we wanted to go with only minutes of light to spare. We were almost there when I noticed a flat tire. We changed it in record time and flew down to the pond where we had seen some nice bucks before. With very little light left I spotted this incredible buck 70 yards away in the aspen trees. I raised my gun up and he took off running through the trees. I tried to be patient and wait for it to make it's way to a small opening 100 yrds away. He bounded right into my cross hairs and it was over. We ran down to the trail and there he was. It was so fun to have Brycen and Hunter there with me. Brycen put his hand on my shoulder and said, "Dad, I am so proud of you. That is one nice buck. This is the funnest hunt ever!"
It was the funnest hunt ever. It is great to make your son proud every once in a while.
I'm not sure how Rob talked me into hunting 6 1/2 months pregnant, but he did. We actually had a really good time. I've never seen so many deer. It was cool! We were hunting the Heaton Ranch near Alton. We stayed in the lodge and they fed us really good. I have to say. . . Rob was smart to make my first hunting experience so enjoyable. I might actually want to do it again. However, I could have done without some of the pressure. I had my dad, husband and guides all hoping I would be able to get a really nice buck. I'm really glad I did it though. It made for an experience that I will always remember. My dad was in heaven with all those bucks running around! He was really proud and happy that I would give hunting a try. He loves that his daughter got such a sweet buck! I definitely have a new appreciation for hunting. I never thought I would say this, but thanks Rob, for encouraging me to try something new.
This is Mica posting for Christy to get her started! So I'm putting this cute picture of our little pumpkin bellies on here! She'll get it all figured out soon, right Christy? Or else you'll just have to email me all your pictures, ha ha!