50th Birthday Wish

A note from TRCP’s Ed Arnett:

Greetings all,

One of the things I really like about the TRCP family is sharing our great experiences on public lands hunting and fishing.

I’m down off the mountain for a day and wanted to share one of the more special moments in my life as a hunter.  This is my cousin, Larry Lanter and I after he took his very first buck and first mule deer on public lands in Wyoming.

Wyoming Muley

Sharing a great experience on a public lands hunt. Photo by Ed Arnett.

There are too many stories to tell, but there was snow, extreme mud, lots of hiking and a little drama at the end with an evening hit on the deer that yielded a tracking exercise this morning.

It took me two hours — often on my hands and knees looking for blood and the right tracks — to track him down, but we found him! He’s no monster wall-hanger, but a magnificent trophy for a first time mule deer hunter, and fair chase on public lands.

Larry and I are one month apart in age and both turned 50 this year (don’t look a day over 49 though now do we…) and this was our treat and wish for the half-century mark. My main goal was to get him a buck and I’m so happy as this is the first time he and I have hunted big game together.

I wanted to share the moment with my TRCP friends.  Also, notice our headgear. We’re promoting as we tour Wyoming!  Now we’re off to hunt pronghorn.

More later,



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Ed Arnett

Ed Arnett

Ed Arnett is the Senior Scientist for the TRCP. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University. Ed is a lifelong sportsman and enjoys big-game hunting, fly-fishing, waterfowl and upland bird hunting, and training retrievers.

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2 comments on “50th Birthday Wish

  1. russ delaney on said:

    Boys great job in fufilling a dream you both can be proud of. With the hard work and dedication to our sport and heritage amazing things happen. Moreso it’s great to have a family member as a partner.
    Good Luck on your next adventure.


  2. Eric Ogden on said:

    Where did your hair go man! You guys were some of my favorite Hunter Safety students many years ago. Proud of you!

    Eric Ogden

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