Day 10 is here. I’ve only got two more days to find a good buck. The buck pictured above is from my 2008 season taken in the same conditions and with the same techniques I’m using on this hunt. The 2008 season was preceeded by a deadly Idaho winter and there were very few bucks around. In seven days, I’d only seen two or three bucks total. I kept after it and on the second to the last day, caught up with this heavy buck that sported a few non-typical points. I’ve passed up bucks better than him on this current hunt only because I believe there are better bucks around this year. Passing up bucks is always a gamble, but in 23 seasons of hunting exclusively for big bucks, I’ve learned that if you can’t pass up the nice bucks, you’ll never kill a big deer. Hang on a few more days here and see if my gamble pays off.