The reality of being a big or empty hunter is that sometimes you need to understand that you will go home EMPTY on occassion. Mother Nature just did not provide the cold or the snow that Canada is known for. Both of my outfitters were excellent and the accommodations and food were first class, I will be back hunting with them both sooner rather then later!!

This was my Facebook Post earlier tonight and I think it really says it all.

This morning after looking at tape from the night before we found a buck that had come into the stand a couple of times and was a bruiser.  He had a good 8 point rack tall but nothing extraordinary but well over a 300lb body and the nose of a six year old deer.  He just did not come in last night in shooting light or really camera light.  I spent the whole day back in that stand and what I saw amazed me.

There is a storm coming in hopefully tomorrow and with it expectations and hopes for snow so the deer were moving along quite well.  The big buck came through at 7:30 and I had the camera on but it just could not pick him out with the low light and while it is legal shooting light, this buck had to be on camera.  He cruised through and was off in a flash and out popped several more today including a 9 point in the high 120’s.  I put the crosshairs on that young 9 point, and whispered “BOOM” and let him walk for another year so that in 2010 when I come up to hunt with Brad Desjarles, Brian and Buck I will be able to see him roaming the baits and get to see how he has matured.

This evening, I got a great send off from 7 does, a grunty little forked horn and over 500 geese as they cruised over my head and I got to watch the little fork chase the does around in front of me and hit the bait pile.  It was as it should be, the deer were hunted hard, I chose to let the deer walk and wait for the big mature buck that I was looking for.  I will be hunting many many more years in Canada as it truly is a paradise for sportsmen the world over.

Brad Desjarlais (Big Chocolate) is an exceptional outfitter and he knows deer and he knows the lands we were hunting like the back of his hand.  His cooking all week was exceptional and I am looking forward to many more great hunts with him and Buck as my guide.  I am blessed to have had the opportunity to hunt with them and hunt we did and we did it the HuntingLife way….BIG OR EMPTY…..This trip it was empty but there is no doubt in my mind that one of these trips it is going to be REALLY BIG!!!!

If you want to join me next year on this great adventure give Brad a call and book a trip and tell him you want to hunt hard with Team HuntingLife because we will be back in 2010 and I am excited!!!!

Brad Desjarlais Hunting and Guiding

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