PSE’s Dustin Jones Finding the Honey Hole
By Dustin Jones
Hunting on public land can be difficult but extremely rewarding. Growing up in Idaho there are plenty of opportunities for over the counter tags and lots of public land to hunt. I am a big fan of do-it-yourself hunts on public land. It’s a challenge not only to find the animals, but the fact that you have to be aware of the other hunters and stay one step ahead of them as well.
The key with public land is you have to put in the time. The time that is put in when finding that “honey hole” of a hunting spot on public ground starts early and carries over from season to season. I spend a good amount of time studying maps and finding areas that look promising. Sometimes you find that honey hole and sometimes you find a spot that every other hunter in the state loves to hunt.
What I enjoy the most is hunting deep in the back country. I like to drive until the road ends and then hike a few miles into the mountains where very few people are. These areas are the ones that I treasure the most mainly because of the time it takes to scout and get familiar with the area. Nothing compares to a 3 or 4 day hunt where you pack everything you need on your back to try and harvest an animal. Most of the time I hear of hunters that spend all this time in the woods in hopes of seeing an animal and come back feeling like it was an unsuccessful hunt. Whenever I get to spend a few days in the back country chasing wild game I consider that a successful hunt.
Even though I am passionate about bow hunting, my true passion is my family. Taking time to hunt definitely takes time away from my family and balancing that time can be a challenge. It is something that I am aware of and try hard to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with the time I spend with them. I enjoy taking my wife and my son out on scouting trips and spending that time with them to show them what I look for. It is a great way to share both of my passions; my family and bow hunting.
Dustin was born and raised in Eastern Idaho where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.