“It is difficult to believe that the year is almost half gone already. There are only a few weeks left until we start seeing the first fall colors in the Sumac leaves and the first of the early hunts begin. A week ago I finished applications for all of my special hunt permits here in Washington. This year I applied for 21 special permits and that is just for me and does not include my wife, grandchildren, or permits for other states. Now the waiting game is underway to see if we had any success. With as many as 22 preference points for some species, you would think I could get drawn before I am too old to get up and down the canyons anymore.”