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ISSUE 127

Nine Days of Mule Deer Bliss

Nine Days of Mule Deer BlissOctober/November 2011 EHJ (Issue 127) - I hobbled to my computer with a cup of coffee and my ankle wrapped in ice packs. I had badly sprained my left ankle a couple days before and I was hoping that the grapefruitsized swelling was not a fracture. My first email was the results for the 2010 Arizona deer draw. I entered my data expecting to see the "not drawn” that I had become so familiar with over the past 12 years.

I called my wife to verify that my vision had not been distorted by any pain medication. She confirmed that not only had I been drawn for Arizona unit 13B, but also that I had pulled permit number one! She reminded me that I’ve always been very lucky in drawings but I was not feeling the luck as I gazed at my purple ankle. We celebrated the long awaited tag as much as I could on crutches and then I called my hunting partner, Bill Kirkpatrick, to share the good news. Bill and I had burned all of our vacation days hunting the entire season in Nevada Unit 231 the previous year. I knew that neither one of us had enough vacation days to scout and hunt like this zone deserved. Bill regrettably informed me that he would not be able join me for the first time in 15 years and he felt that my best bet was to hire an outfitter. Bill’s help this year came in the form of a recommendation. "Call Chad Smith at Vaquero Outfitters.”