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ISSUE 139

Taking Mr. Cheater

Dean dolenc - taking mr. cheaterOctober/November 2013 EHJ (Issue 139) - Like the hunters in many stories, I drew a tag, scouted, worked hard and got a big buck, but in this story I wanted to showcase another couple aspects of my hunt. I found that you need confidence in your abilities and that a little common sense can solve an ugly situation.

On an early May morning I was eagerly watching the hunting blogs and my credit card for any signs that tags had been awarded. After 17 years, this was a pretty common routine during this time of year. It would turn out that I was one of the fortunate individuals to draw a Henry rifle tag and keep it after a Utah drawing error caused many to give up theirs.

Almost immediately, a trip to the boss’s office was in order to request the three weeks of vacation I had been saving for this trip. My parents, wife, and kids were the first to be called, followed closely by calls to a few great hunting buddies I have known over the years.

I was very thankful for the tag, but it also came with some sadness because the point system has really made this literally a once-in-a-lifetime hunt for most.