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GARTH JENSON PROFESSIONAL HUNT ADVISOR RESEARCH SPECIALIST L eaves are starting to change, temperatures are dropping, and hunting season is in full swing. This is the time of year when the cool morning air almost seems to smell like hunting. This is also the time of year when you can blink and it’s application season again, so I always make it a point to not get frustrated and down if situations don’t quite play out the way I wanted them to. I just try to enjoy the hunt and the outdoors as much as I can because I’ve waited all year for this and I don’t want to ruin it by having a pity party for one reason or another on the side of a hill. This year’s hunting season has me stepping outside my comfort zone quite a bit. I am hunting almost all new areas, with most of my hunts either being in areas or for species that I’ve always wanted to hunt but things never lined GARTH’S FIRST WHITETAIL DEER FROM MONTANA HARVESTED THIS SEPTEMBER 8 up or that I had reservations about the risk versus reward. I finally told myself that this was the year to throw caution to the wind and go for it on hunts I’ve always wanted to do but always had enough excuses to get out of. I finally dipped my toe in the Montana whitetail water this year, and I can’t believe it took me this long to put it all together. Although Montana doesn’t typically have Iowa or Kansas size bucks running around, they do have good pockets of whitetail scattered throughout the state. With a little bit of research and preparation, Jeff Warren and I were able to have some great success on an early season archery hunt. This new hunt ended up being a great way to kick off the 2016 season. By the time most of you this, I will most likely be uncomfortable hunting I couldn’t avoid it any felt I had to apply for are reading on my next adventure. longer and an elk unit in Wyoming that in reality has more grizzly bears than elk. I always avoided these areas like the plague, but with a little coaxing from Robert Hanneman, I will be experiencing an elk hunting adventure deep within grizzly country this year. My biggest fear with this type of hunt was always the unknown and the what-ifs, but at this point I felt it was necessary to explore and learn the right way to hunt around grizzlies so I could open up more options for hunting in the future. I want to say thank you to all the members out there who took the time to call and visit with us about your hunts this year and include us in your hunting adventures. Now is when all of us in the Huntin’ Fool community gather information to share with others so that we can all have great experiences all over the West. I am truly proud to be a part of a hunting community that is so willing to help their fellow members make the most out of their hunting opportunities.