“37” hits the dirt

I was fortunate enough to take “37” on August 27th at 9 yards. I talked to the local biologist, Corey Heath; he informed me that here in central Oregon, the purple tag indicates an animal that has been tagged because of an incident.

On December 10, 2012, 37 and a non-typical buck were locked after fighting and getting their antlers locked with rope in them; the biologist believed that one of the bucks had become tangled then began fighting with the other buck. When the bio arrived, the non-typical buck was dead.
He tranquilized 37, they cut the other buck off his rack, tagged him and aged him between 4.5 and 6.5 years old and then sent him on his way, with a new piece of jewelry. Biologist Heath also said that his face was cut up as well as his hear…you can see how they healed in the photo.
I shot the buck 2-3 miles from where he was tagged, so he wasn’t traveling too far between winter and summer areas.

Pretty cool to know the details on this awesome animal; I truly feel blessed to have harvested 37, to have hundreds of photos of him and now even know what happened to him before I knew he was around. Blessed I am!






Doing quite a bit of editing work, both photography and video, right now…very pleased with it so far. Heres a couple for Cameron Hanes, the BEAST MODE bowhunter, and champion archer Levi Morgan; as well as a great deer from Tyler Abert and black bear from Jeremy Johnson!

2012 Oregon Archery Antelope Pictorial

14.5 hours in the blind, 104 degrees, 25 yard shot, 40 yard recovery, 74 1/2″


they say, whoever “they” are, that success comes when hard work meets opportunity; for me, this directly relates to bowhunting.

I spend nearly all year, from the time season ends until it opens again, shooting my bow; in the woods, its my partner and if I can’t trust it to do its job, I can’t do mine. I select gear that makes me as confident as I can be, so that when an opportunity comes, I am ready. During late summer, I rarely shoot at ranges less than 60 yards; if you’re slammin’ arrows in there at 60, 80 or even 100 yards…it makes shooting 30 yards at an animal that much easier. My ultimate goal is to place a perfect arrow into my quarry…to make the best of each opportunity.

That said, I make some moves this year, to new equipment. I am shooting a Diamond Deadeye, which is quite different from the binary-style cam I was shooting. I shot Spot-Hogg sights for years, but decided to mix it up this year, and go with a Montana Black Gold Ascent with a Vengeance 4-pin head. I made the change in bow, and sight because I felt it was time to explore some of the other quality products out there, and boy have I been satisfied!

Shooting more than 315 feet per second, and being able to have an adjustable 4-pin setup has been absolutely money! So far Im two for two with the new combination, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to shake it up a little bit!