Welcome to my muledeerhunter.com blog, Hunter: For Life.
When David mentioned the idea of a blog to me, I first had to ask him what was one, exactly? A bit of research revealed they are basically regular installments about a certain topic. I think I can do that, provided you are interested in hunting in general and Western Big game in particular. I am far from an expert at any of it but, I do know people who are. I have lived and hunted in one of the greatest Western hunting regions for the last 28 years. In that time I have been blessed to meet and call friend quite a few of the very best western hunters in the world. Some you have heard of, some have shunned the lime light. In the months ahead I plan to pass on to you some of their stories and pick out some points that have led to their consistent success. I will also share happenings in my life as I soon begin every wife’s nightmare: Retirement! Not just any retirement, but early retirement! Recent health challenges have motivated me to turn in my notice (with my wife’s blessings) and focus on a more relaxed lifestyle with time to accomplish goals. Goals included among many are “bucket list” hunts, building my dream man cave ( ok, it will have to be attached to her new dream home) and the recently added, rehabilitating a chemo impacted body to mountain shape. I’m also building up a more precision hunting rifle, will have to do some upgrades to my hunting truck and of course a dedicated hunter like myself needs better gear etc.. My list is long but will be fun working through and sharing with you. I like to think of this next phase of my life as a second teenage hood, but this time around I tackle it with a plan and a little better allowance.
I hope you enjoy my Hunt for Life.
“ Hunt everyday as if it is your last”
( hey David, my wife isn’t a member of this site is she? Could you please block her to assure blog continuity. That allowance thing you know….)
Hunter for Life Blog 1/26/2018 Beginnings. A new year is upon us. A new season is ahead and right now is the time to put into action all the things you vowed would be different this year. Did you find yourself in poor shape for the hunting you did? Not everyone will shoulder a 60# pack and beat the crowds by hiking 7 miles in and hunting the big bucks. Most will be doing day hunts from road camp or hunt, but no matter your style of hunting all will benefit by being able to hike further and longer. Better conditioning will allow to feel like hunting more and have you able to make a better shot when the opportunity is presented. Even if you just walk around your neighborhood several times a week this summer you will be in better shape than doing nothing. Strive to improve from wherever your fitness level is at. You run 3 miles 4 times a week- bump it up to 5. You regularly walk a mile a few times a week- increase the distance or your pace. We all have room to get better, and sadly few of us will dedicate the time and intensity to be a Dave Long or Cameron Hanes. But we can all get more mountain fit. […]
Life is rolling high gear now in Western Wyoming. We have the first fire of the season in the wood stove and September isn’t over yet. The month began with sweltering heat. So much so that I hunted with little enthusiasm the opening week during our annual family bowhunt gathering. A few folks killed elk but were really having to hustle to preserve the meat. We process our own meat and I need decent cooling temperatures to do it right. I love big racks as much as any one but have always valued the meat most. Cool temps are here now, snow is in the high country and I am a week away from being unburdened and able to finally HUNT… […]
Once Spring finally arrived here, so did the hectic pace of life that it brings. Summer in the high country means all living things get very busy. Bucks and bulls are growing racks, mountain slopes [...]
Hunter for Life by Warren Hatcher Blog #3 SHED SEASON This a busy time of year for the Western Hunter. Shed season is open for most areas either by legal start dates or snow leaving the country. I’m not sure what exactly has caused the boom in participation for this activity but there are a lot of folks doing it. To some it is the dollar incentive, some want to “find the big one”, some the highest shed total and others just enjoy the excuse to be outside and hiking with a purpose. At various stages of my life I have been all those. Now of course, I wish I had kept them all. But the dollars raised thru selling sheds were reinvested in hunting trips and gear. I know of guys who have never sold a shed and have literally tons stashed away on their property. Several more have only sold smaller finds and have a large selection of big deer and elk antlers. […]
Apologies for the late follow up since last Blog . Life has been very busy with retiring from a 28 year career and making the change to official old guy status. The transition has finally slowed pace and with it is opportunity to pick up the Blog on a regular basis. I have a lot of things started and will delve into each in detail in coming post including: * The Precision Rifle Build: Can I achieve Minute of Angle accuracy on a budget? How accurate is enough? *Return to Mountain Shape: Does a Personal Trainer make sense for you? For now let’s finish the story of my first High Country Muley Buck…… REDEMPTION Fall 1996 (continued from Blog #1) A few days after the picking up my “dropped” antler found Dale and I again headed for the high country. We took the same route as our first trip although bypassing “ Hatcher’s Slide”. There was no wind and bright sun that morning. A beautiful day to be in God’s country. We eased along together while glassing ahead and climbing to the main trail that ran along the divide. Remarkably we saw not one deer while making our ascent. […]
To begin this thing, I may as well start in the beginning. Though I grew up in the South, during my teen years our family would take annual bowhunting vacations to chase mule deer in Colorado. […]