Expectations Versus Reality


November 28, 2022

John Bradley

Racking Up Rewards. The author celebrated a last-minute opportunity to harvest a nice buck, rising above the battles against the elements, others, and himself in a deer season hallmarked by determination.

It was my third trip to eastern Montana in as many weeks. The week leading up to the gun opener I had high hopes of shooting a dandy mule deer buck. During the archery season, I had snuck in to 70 yards on him twice, but never was able get in closer for a shot. The night before the gun opener, I thought for sure I would glass him up the next morning, sneak in within 300 yards, and be packing hi...

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