As much as I love to hunt, nothing brings meaning to life like a family. I’m happily married to my wife, Jodi, of 12 years. I’m also the dad of three great kids, Grace, Cash, and Sophia (the twins as we call them). I couldn’t really exist without them. In the words of Montgomery-Gentry, “Lord knows I’m a Lucky Man…”
Hunting big mule deer is nothing less than consuming. If a hunter wants to take more than even one in his lifetime, he has to be focused, dedicated, and willing to work hard for it. There is a quandary, though, for a family man. It can be very difficult to balance the demands of providing for a family with the dedication it takes to hunt big mule deer.
I try to include my family in my mule deer forays, but I’m the first to admit that they aren’t as interested in the pursuit as I am. I try to make sure we do the things they want to do as often as possible. Still, though, some of my fondest memories are those I’ve spent with my family in mule deer country.
Here’s a quick watch of a recent scouting trip I took along with my daughter Grace. She’s known on the Rokslide forums as Cowgirl Up, a name she picked for herself. If you’re lucky enough to be a dad, you’ll understand it when I say I’m more likely to remember the day this video was taken than any of my hunting days. Watch close, you might even see a nice buck. The video was shot on one of the ranches we manage for our outfitting business. It’s located forty miles from town at the end of a long rough dirt road. It runs on generator power but is a great place to get away with my family.