Monday, November 21, 2011

Holding off until the end

Today I have another buck to share with you that I have been wanting to get up on our page for a while now.  This buck was submitted by Zach Owens of Panguitch, Utah.  Zach and I have been friends for years, and he is also someone that I work with fighting fire.  That's right, apart from myself it looks like this was a great year for firefighters to haul in some nice bucks!

Zach tells us that he first spotted this buck on the general spike elk hunt, and knew he needed to return to the area during the general season deer hunt.  Zach hunted the area off and on for 3-4 days, as he had also seen other good bucks in the area.  Now, anyone that knows Zach will know that this is a guy that doesn't go out and fill his tag on the first day!  In fact, he has often told me that the last couple of days of the hunt are his favorites, and this year was no exception.

 Returning to the area on the second to last day, Zach spotted the buck at 290 yards, where he took aim and let the wind out of this toad.  When I asked Zach what he was shooting, he replied, "my .30-06 with Grandpa Devon Owens' special reloads".  Well, boy did they do the job!  Zach reports that this buck, while measuring in at 25 inches wide, scores an impressive 181 inches!  A tall frame, deep forks, and good mass make this 4 X 6 buck an awesome sight.

Now the work began.  Zach and his brother, Spencer, and Mike Marshall had to pack the deer out to their Rhino, which was 2 miles away in the dark.  Spencer's wife Laura made it to the Rhino a while before them.  As they hiked out they ended up in a canyon to far over, and had to have Laura give them a shot to signal them in to the Rhino! 

All the effort paid off of course, just look at the smile on the face of Zach's son!  That right there is a little boy that couldn't be more proud of his dad, and that's what it's all about!  Congratulations Zach, and we can't wait to see what the last day of the hunt brings for you next year!

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