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    This past summer Mark asked if I wanted to go to Wyoming with him for an early season hunt and of course I said yes. The month of August was a busy month, most every second I was putting food plots in, placing new stands, and trimming sets, but I knew I had this trip at the end of all the hard work. About a week before the trip Mark told me that Kevin Gross and Lance Parrish would be joining us in camp that week, and that I would be filming Kevin. Of course with me being a baseball fan that made me that much more excited for the trip.
    
    Once we all got into camp and unpacked we headed for the Solitude to do some glassing for the next mornings hunt. The next morning Mike Schimd, the owner of the Solitude Ranch, placed Kevin and myself in a stand to catch the deer going from feed to bed. That evening we sat on a turnip field and seen a lot of deer, 5 or 6 different shooters, they just came out to far and never came into bow range. We noticed that all the shooters came out in the same general area and there was a tree close that we could hang in for the next evenings hunt. the wind was the same the next day so Frank, Lance and Kevin went in mid day and hung a new set in that tree. As luck would have it all the deer, including the shooters, walked within 20 yards of the tree that we had sat the previous evening. We were playing cat and mouse with the deer it seemed. All the deer went through the same area in the food plot, but that area was out of range of both trees. We knew the wind was changing the next day and the 2 tree stands would not work but we wanted to be sitting on that field the next evening. The next day Kevin, Lance, Frank, and myself went in mid day and put up a ground blind in to adjust for the wind change. We brushed the ground blind in a brush row that was in range of where the shooters went through the turnip field.

    The blind worked like a charm the final evening we had to hunt. Kevin and I got in the blind, seen some deer and our blind past the test and none of the deer seemed to mind it. Some of the shooters changed they're path that evening but when the shooter 8 point walk through the fence gap, we knew he was mature enough and that if he presented the opportunity we would take the shot. He walked straight to us checking out the blind, at 15 yards he turned broadside and Kevin released the arrow. We let the buck lay over night, and unfortunately Mark and I had an early flight so we couldn't go with Kevin to recover his buck. While waiting at the airport we got a text from Kevin saying he had found his buck.

    Congratulations to Kevin on his buck!! It was a pleasure hunting with him all week, and getting to know him and hear some old stories from his baseball days. Wish him the best of luck this season!!


Joseph Foster