dukhnt Posted September 25, 2012 Share Posted September 25, 2012 Finally have a little free time so I figured I would try and share my ND DIY bowhunt story. September 1st my buddy(Louis), his dad and I headed across North Dakota to the badlands for our hunt. As we were driving the thermometer reached 100 degrees on the truck. I definately was not looking forward to hike out in that heat. Not to mention the week before I was in the Black Hills on a family vacation. My wife, father-in-law and I hiked up to Harney Peak on that trip. I thought it would be a good way to break in my new boots. Bad idea! This is what I had to deal with on the entire hunt. When we parked the truck and geared up it had cooled down to 98 degrees. Time to head out. The first couple hundred yards hurt quite a bit with those blisters. Then eventually my heels went numb. It was like that every day of the hunt. At first I could hardly walk from the pain. Then they would go numb and I would be ok. On the hike out I had my first encounter with a Horny Toad. They kinda look like baby dinosaurs. Some scenery from our hike out. We only went about a mile and half in and then set up camp. After camp was set we still had about an hour and a half of daylight. So we each picked a different spot to glass to see if we could find any deer. At about sunset I had a tall 3x3 come into the creek bottom I was overlooking. He was about 200 yards away. I was thinking different season, different weapon, I would have my hands wrapped around the antlers of my first mule deer buck. That first evening I also was astonished on how big the area was. I texted my wife telling her that I thought it would be impossible to get within bow range of a deer out here. This was my first trip out here. Louis and his dad have been out there 3 other times. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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