Western Hunter Magazine July/August 2019 #70 - Page 16

WHEN YOUR DREAM BUCK APPEARS, IT’S GO BIG OR GO HOME M y pursuit of this particular buck started a year earlier upon my first encounter with him as a semi-mature animal. However, in reality, my quest started at about age ten. I was able to go along on my first muley hunt with my father and was present for the harvest of an old monarch. It was at that moment I knew this would be a huge passion in my life. I harvested my first mule deer – a big 3x4 – at age 14. I’ve taken several great bucks since then. Even though I’ve been blessed with many great deer, the deer of my dreams still eluded me. 16 WESTERN HUNTER From Imagination to Reality In November of 2017, I was fortunate enough to find this tremendous deer. Unfortunately, I had already filled my tag on a 30-inch-wide typi- cal on opening day of the season. I instantly fell in love with his mass, boxy frame, and mostly BRIAN FOSTER COLORADO 2018 his brow tines. I watched, filmed, and snapped pictures of him from only 75 yards away until dark. Naturally, I looked for him extensively af- ter that to no avail. In January of 2018, he appeared again – though for just a few minutes – and I was able to get a few more pictures of him before he disap- peared over the fence and into the deep canyons. I was very relieved to know that he had made it through the hunting seasons. My hope from then on was to see him in the 2018 hunting season... if I would be lucky enough to get a tag again. www.westernhunter.net