Opening weekend yielded 4 hards days of hunting for Mike in western North Dakota, and a long drive home with a tag still in his pocket. After a week back at work, Mike decided to head back west for round 2, this time he would have Dylan with him running the camera. With a long weekend worth of experience under the belt, Mike had a better idea of where to start this time around. It didn’t take long for the guys to get eyes on deer, and a couple of nice bucks. This buck laid up in a perfect spot with another buck, and the boys came up with a plan. A quick stalk later and they were able to slip in above the buck that laid against a bank beneath them. The smaller of the 2 bucks bumped out, causing the larger to run out to about 20 yards and stop to see what was going on. When he paused, Mike released an arrow and it found its’ mark. Here Mike sits behind his 1st ever archery mule deer buck. There isn’t much more rewarding for a bowhunter than to be successful on public land after starting from scratch. This won’t be our last trip to this part of North Dakota to chase mule deer, granted we can get our hands on the tags again.