It’s finally here!
I’m literally packing the Bronco for the cross country drive as we speak. My spot-and-stalk Mule Deer bowhunt couldn’t get here fast enough and yet snuck up on me at the same time. I’ve been preparing, planning, and anticipating for so long it feels like a blur. But today, as I cram these coolers and gear into the back of my smaller-than-I-thought Bronco, it finally feels real.
As things here on RusticMan have grown over the last year, I’ve met a lot of new readers and created some new friendships. Many of you have emailed, messaged, and commented about the trip. I’m very thankful for everyone’s encouragement and interest. Sincerely.
A couple things you should note for the next 7-10 days regarding RusticMan.com
#1 – I’m working on a lot of new posts.
I’ve got new gear from First Lite Wool, Hoyt, Swhacker, Tenzing, and more that I’m going to be watching carefully during this hunt. I want to put everything to the test and give y’all a good idea of how the gear performs. I hate when there’s a lack of information on any product I’m trying to research. Hopefully it will help someone.
I’m also going to be journaling during the hunt. I’ll capture thoughts, experiences, perspectives, and events while I’m there. The plan is to write a short series about the hunt. It will be the closest thing I can do to taking you all with me, and I think it’s going to be awesome.
#2 – I’m going to be updating Twitter first.
RusticMan.com will not have another new post for about 12 days. However, if you want to know what’s happening in a more play-by-play format, I’ll be updating my Twitter feed as much as possible (assuming we have cell phone reception). You don’t have to be on twitter to see the updates to my feed, just click below or you can follow @rnfarley on Twitter.
#3 – I’m trying to be realistic.
If it weren’t for Randy Ulmer, this would be much easier. I see pics from guys like him killing some MONSTER mulies and it’s hard to keep my head in check.
I realize that the area I’m hunting isn’t a prime location for huge mule deer.
I realize that this is my first mule deer hunt and chances are I’ll come home empty.
I realize my skills and abilities are going to be tested, and I may not be the Robin Hood I think I am.
I realize the hunt is what I’m after, antlers are a bonus.
Truthfully, my goal with this trip is to have great time. I want to see some country, encounter some animals, and hunt in a way I may not have opportunity to for several years to come. This is going to be a time for lifelong memories, and stories. I can’t wait for that. If I am blessed to kill a nice trophy, that will be icing on an already awesome cake.
#4 – I’m glad you’re here.
It still amazes me how the internet makes the whole world so small. Thanks to RusticMan.com, I now have guys I consider friends in CO, AZ, MO, MI, and around the country. These are guys I would’ve never met in real life, and may never lay eyes on. But, they are friends.
So I want to say thanks. I’m so glad you all are here. I’m glad we know each other. I’m thankful for the mutual help, support, and encouragement we have. Thank you.
May this be your greatest season to date, Aaron.
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