Finding a new secret hunting spot on public ground isn’t easy. This hunt started in June as my good friend Paul Klassen and I decided to find a new spot to hunt deer. We researched deer densities and talked to Fish and Game Officers to narrow down some areas that held promise. We also used Google earth to look at some terrain that had few roads and fewer ATV trails. I called the forest service and learned that the one main road into the area had been closed to motor vehicle traffic. With this information, we had found the area, and a scouting trip later we knew we had chosen wisely.
Backpacking into the high country takes planning and logistics as well as the physical and mental discipline to put forth the effort needed. We decided to wait and hunt the last few days of the season hoping to see some bigger deer getting into the pre-rut.
In late October we parked at the trail head, dawned our 60 lb. packs and headed into the high country. We packed in 3.5 miles to our base camp and as we suspected, left most of the other hunters behind.
During the next 2 days we covered 19 miles on the trails into and out of some amazing deer country. We glassed large basins and aspen covered slopes and saw over 100 deer. The peace that comes to you sitting on a hillside glassing such beautiful country renews a hunter’s soul each year.
The second morning we headed into some new country and saw plenty of deer on almost every hillside and ravine. Several tempting smaller bucks found their way into our spotting scopes and we encouraged each other to hold out. Not that we were trophy hunting, but neither of us wanted to pack a small buck that far out.
At one o’clock I had been sitting on a hillside glassing for about an hour and finally saw my buck on a distant ridge 940 yards away working some does in the timber. One good look and I knew he was worth the effort.
I set off to get closer and climbed another ridge that was between the buck and my position. This is steep country and an hour later I gained the ridge I wanted and settled in to relocate the buck.