This year was extra special for me. I got the opportunity to spend some time with Marty Tillard in Wyoming. He is one of my most favorite people in the world.
My phone number must be stuck in a good place somewhere in his phone. About two times a month, I receive a misdial from Mart. I always answer, “Did you mean to call me?”
He is a 4th generation Wyoming rancher, so his answer is blunt: “Well, Hell yes,” or “Well, Hell no.”
Either way, it makes my day to hear from him.
This year, we sat for deer early in the morning and in the evening. We hunted antelope during the day. It was an awesome experience to have this many great hunters sitting on a hillside glassing for deer.
October is a bit early for whitetails in Wyoming. The rut doesn’t really turn on until November. I knew that I would not be able to come back, so we hunted hard. It was a group effort. We all sat out in the cold just waiting for the moment to happen. It is an awesome feeling to have this group of guys helping. They are all team players.
After a few adult beverages one night, we all decided that Casey looked like Rip from the television show Yellowstone. Rip the character is a hard-hitting ranch hand in Wyoming. I’m here to tell you this is a real life Rip, not a Hollywood wannabe. I did hear that he did embrace the notion and that he did go trick-or-treating dressed as Rip. I’m sure there are pictures to prove this somewhere.
If it is at all possible get in the field for some hunting or fishing, it is therapy for the soul. We can all use some more time outdoors.
If you missed Part 1 of my Wyoming trip, you can read all about it here.