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Lee McKoen, Winner of the 2012 Mule Deer Dream Tag

Leo McKoen with his 2012 Dream Tag Buck harvested on the last day of a 30 day state-wide hunt.

Leo McKoen with his 2012 Dream Tag Buck harvested on the last day of a 30 day state-wide hunt. 

The hunt was great in every respect. We hunted five different units in five very different and distinct areas of Nevada. Truly we enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience.We spent close to 30 days in Nevada, almost all of it hunting. Several of our friends joined us for parts of it and together we had a good deal of fun. We stayed in motels, (does Brunos in Gerlach count as glamcamping?) and used ATVs and UTVs to travel the countryside.

Wildlife was abundant and the habitat looked in good shape. We saw a tremendous number of elk, including one bull with an extra main beam, wild horses, and antelope. We heard plenty of chukkar, and a few sage hens and grouse and saw several mountain lion and bobcat tracks as well.

We saw hundreds of legal bucks though it took until the very last day to find the one to harvest. I’m not sure if it was plain pickiness or that we just didn’t want the hunt to end.

I cannot state strongly enough what a great opportunity this was. Given our farming life we struggle to find hunts that work for us. The Dream Tag provided so many options we were able to relax, take care of business and hunt exceptional areas for nearly a month. For the first time in memory we didn’t have to stress about how we were going to get away for a few days and keep the farm running. If only our wives weren’t so cranky about our participation in Thanksgiving and Christmas, we might have stayed out in the field a little longer.