Western hunting on public land in Southern California is no easy feat. Doing it with an over-the-counter tag in low-success areas is even tougher. I recently harvested a mule deer buck in the backcountry of Angeles National Forest. The D11 area covers over 700,000 acres and has a success rate of about 5%.  After two seasons of unsuccessful hunts in the area, I was finally able to pull the trigger on opening weekend of 2017. The adventure started at 3:30am Saturday and ended at 7pm Sunday. The old adage about the work starting after pulling the trigger rings true. We climbed in and out of canyons,Read More →