It’s been 4 years since Mike drew an archery tag in Iowa. In 2016, him and I hunted together on some of the ground that I am fortunate enough to hunt on. This year would be different, he wanted to take on the challenge of filling his tag on public land. In late summer, we did a scout trip and pinned a bunch of locations on BaseMap that we felt confident in. It wasn’t until late October when Mike would make his first trip down to hunt. A few good encounters in late October and early November had him itching to get back and give it one last go before the gun seasons came in. On the morning of November 23rd, Mike was set up on a narrow ridge when this buck came cruising by shortly after daylight.