Nearly 20 years later, Warren is bowhunting for mule deer only a canyon away from where went on his first spot-and-stalk hunt.
If you ask any die-hard, adamant big-game hunter, he or she will tell you mule deer are arguably the hardest North American animals to stalk. Mind you, no spot-and-stalk harvest comes easy, but mule deer just have the ability to outsmart hunters over and over again.
They're as sneaky as they are clever, creating the potential for a streak of nightmare scenarios, especially for bowhunters.
Because archery tackle requires hunters to get so close, a seasoned bowhunter expects to get the dip more than once before actually hitting pay dirt.
Warren certainly isn't lacking in experiential wisdom, and this isn't some random public land unit. Yet, as you're about to see, mule deer can still give him a run for his money.
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Similar to many backcountry big-game, hunts, Warren scheduled about a week to get the job done. And, by that same token, he felt the pressure after a few days of repetitively striking out.
Coming back from a hunting trip empty-handed isn't so bad when you're only going for a day or a weekend in your home state. However, after taking off a week of work, paying for transportation, food, gear, tags, licenses and potentially lodging, you feel an obligation to bring something back.
Granted, this trip would've been incredible without the deer, but you know Warren had to feel good when he walked up on that velvet stud after a long line of trials and errors.
While failing during a deer hunt is enough to ruffle any hunter's feathers, it always makes the right shot feel that much better.