It’s been 32 days since my ankle surgery and if all goes well, I’ll be up and about in a couple weeks. Have to see what the Doc says on July 15.
Therefore I’ve decided that it’s time to start dreaming. I’m going to start by reviewing the successes of the last few years.
In 2016, I purchased an OZ tag and hunted primarily in Devil’s garden – M9. No success there, but I did manage to kill a buck during the Doyle muzzleloader hunt, M3.
This 2016 M3 buck is my favorite California buck. He has lots of mass and huge eye guards.
Here are some other photos from recent years.
This is my 2018 Goodale Buck. He’s not a big deer. His width is 21 inches, and height just under 18 inches tall. He has all four points on each side and also nice eye guards. Everybody who hunts Goodale wants a monster buck, but the truth is that they are hard to find. I am very happy with this buck.
Here’s a typical Goodale scene. This 3×2 and his harem seemed to be in the same place every day.
This was the best buck I saw during the M9 hunt in 2018, but not good enough. I figured he was about 22 inches wide. He was close, but the decision wasn’t hard. He came by on the next to last day of the hunt, following a doe. (2018 M9 hunt)
This bald eagle was chasng buzzards from a road kill during the 2017 A4 archery hunt..
This is my 2017 A4 archery buck. got drawn with four preference points.
This is how one buck chose to react during the A4 hunt.
2016 Doyle buck.
Lots of wild horses in the Devils’ garden.
You’ll have a better chance for big bucks if you can hunt during the rut.
Doesn’t hurt to dream. That’s half the fun. I’ll probably revisit these places and add a couple more in 2019.