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SHORT BLASTS Jake Fife with the Washington state record non-typical archery mule deer. Washington’s Non-typical Archery State Record Jake Fife from Selah, Wash., notched his name into the record book with his 229 inch non-typical mule deer. It is now the record non-typical archery mule deer record for Washington state. This was Fife’s first animal killed with a bow. “I’m afraid it’s all downhill from here,” he joked. Fife, a teacher at Naches Valley High School, killed this buck during the 2017 archery season in Central Washington. It took him 10 days before he was in a position to get a shot. After spotting the buck, it bedded down in a patch of sage brush. Fife got within 40 yards of it after a one-hour stalk that included walking in his stocking feet and crawl- ing on his belly. When the buck stood up, Fife placed his arrow behind the deer’s front shoulder. After waiting for an hour, he found the buck laying in the sagebrush. The buck had a 45 ½ inch mass, and green scored 234 7/8. After the 60-day drying period Fife’s buck of- ficially scored 229 inches eclipsing the previous state record of 203 3/8 held by David Hollingsworth. Officially a 14x12, the antlers have four main beams on each side with 18 kickers and drop tines. The antlers are 5 6/8 inches at the base and each brow tine splits into forks. Fife hunted with a Bowtech Carbon Knight bow, 300 Spine Black Eagle Spartan arrows, and Radical Archery Design Ti Con 125 broadheads. 16 WESTERN HUNTING JOURNAL Spend More on Quality Ammo T It makes a difference. he rifle that a hunter carries often tells a story about who they are and how they pursue their game. Some shoulder a firearm that should be on the wall of an art gallery or a museum, others carry an old and tat- tered piece of family history. The backcoun- try crowd stuff lightweight carbon fiber wrapped barrels and synthetic stocked fire- arms that are precision machined into their backpacks. The scopes on any given of these rifles vary as much as the weapon them- selves. But it is what we put into the firearm of choice that makes the biggest difference. You can ha HH[\ӐXX[Y\K[XYHYH[]H]ܜKBHܛ\[HH^^HۈH[\[XZ[\]HHXB[ۙY[[ ]ܛ[[[][][ۈ\H^H\ۙ[X\]H[ˈY[H[ۈH[[[Z\H][\B[ܝ[ܙH[H[[[BYو\Y]Y\و[ˈH]ZX[B]HXHY[X[H[\[\ݙ\]^HX[HYYœ^H][[ۈˈH[]\^HۙHو]X[]H[[[[YH\و\\[[][][ۋH[و[[][][ۈ\XYH\ق\\ۙ[ΈH[] \[B\[[Y\H\H[[Y\\B]H[\]H\[H[ B]\][H\H^Z[܈[]Y\X\[ۈ[[[ˈ[\\\B]]\[XZ\HYY\[H[X\XKH[]\Yۈ܈H[\\B[[\ܝ[\وH[ Y[H]B]\\YH[X]Y[]]8']B\8'H\ۈ[\X[[Y[[[X[ [[Hۛ]HZ[Y[][Z[[\[ [\YYY\[]\Yۈ[Z[[]Y\H[[X[YH[H\H\Z[ˈ\\H\][ۈX\\YۙYY\\YH[]Z[ۈ[H\[˜H[ H\][ۈ[HZYHقH[]]Z[ZYX\YYYœXH[\KHX[H[Y\\Y[]X\HXXۙ \ [\Y\Z\[Y\[Y\[[ZX\Yۈ[[ܙX\HZ\XB\XK\\H][H[][Yۚ]YHH[Y\XZ܂Xܜ܈X\XH\HHۜ\[H[\YX\\[Y[[H\]HقH\[X\]H܈8'X\[۸'B[[][][ۈ\HY]\H\]HK[Y\[&]؝Z[\[\H\BY\[H[YX\\[Y[ Hš[ [Y[\X\ܙX]X\XBX]\HوHX\HYX\\[وZ\\˂\H\[و[\وH\B[[^H\H]]\][Z][H[Y\]\HX]Y[X[Y[\\\]\H\XH^Y[[[XYXHHY\[B\ZH[YH[][ܙX\\H H\HوXX[[Y\[^ B[]H\[[[ܙX\\H [\HH[]]\Y[\YۙYB[[Y\[YY[H\[][^X[XZ\H\]Y[\HX\H[X\]KH^[YB[H[ۈH[[[Z\H܈B]X[]H\ۙ[وH[[][][ۈ[B[ZHYY[ H]^H\œ[܈[[[][H[X\[[\YH[]\Z[H]\[\[\BX\ˈTӈ