DIY, eastern plains, Colorado. It doesn't get any better. (for anyone who might inquire, we wear orange head gear in CO when hunting; for better pictures we dress up some)
We took 3 bucks off the Ghost Ranch this year. This one was taken by a family friend during the rut and taped out rather wide!
I spotted these bulls at 520 yards and got to around 80 yards before the wind swirled and the big boy stood up. It was a chip shot off the sticks and the hard work began. Elk extraction is tough unless you have a tractor and my tractor was about 115 miles away. My friend thumped a good bull too!
In reflection I feel terrible for the state of mule deer in eastern Montana. It's not good now and may not get better any time soon. I had gone into the Region 7 office of MT FWP and bought my tags before the season for non-resident trapping, migratory waterfowl, swan and doe tags. I bought a doe mule deer tag and immediately tore it up. The clerk couldn't even fathom my thinking but in my mind I just saved another muley doe and next years fawns. You do what you can for the resource. It's obvious that biologists are behind the curve with mounting pressure to sell more tags and raise revenue. Never forget, follow the money and most things in life will solve themselves.
I hope you have a great Christmas season and that you had a whole lot of fun in the field this year. From our house to yours I wish you a great 2022 ahead.