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Where the buffalo roam

Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 7, 2016 6:14PM

Rod Carpenter, left, is joined by friends and family members during his once-in-a-lifetime buffalo hunt on Nov. 14, 2015, in the Henry Mountains of southeast Utah. From left: Carpenter and his son Josh (front), Neil Clayton (Delta, Utah), Abe Johnson (Delta, Utah), Darrel Holliday (John Day), Mark Woodbury (Prairie City), Eric Livingston (Provo, Utah), Doug Hansen (Midvale, Idaho) and brother-in-law Gary Hatton (Gresham).

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Rod Carpenter, left, is joined by friends and family members during his once-in-a-lifetime buffalo hunt on Nov. 14, 2015, in the Henry Mountains of southeast Utah. From left: Carpenter and his son Josh (front), Neil Clayton (Delta, Utah), Abe Johnson (Delta, Utah), Darrel Holliday (John Day), Mark Woodbury (Prairie City), Eric Livingston (Provo, Utah), Doug Hansen (Midvale, Idaho) and brother-in-law Gary Hatton (Gresham).

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Rod Carpenter of John Day claimed a trophy-sized buffalo, and a freezer, or two, full of meat Nov. 14 last year on a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

Carpenter and a troupe of eight friends and family members traveled to the Henry Mountains of southeast Utah for the expedition.

The area is one of only a few places in the U.S. where buffalo roam freely.

After two days on the hunt, Carpenter found the bull, taking it in three shots at 330 yards with his .338 Winchester magnum.

The Boon and Crocket trophy club rated Carpenter’s buffalo in the top 10 for Utah, scoring 124.

Carpenter works as a nurse anesthetist at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, and enjoys target shooting at the local range and hunting in his spare time.

The 1,200-pound bull yielded 400 pounds of processed meat.

“It tastes very good — a little like elk,” he said.

He’d planned for Joe Hitz of Prairie City to make a shoulder mount for him.

“It was the best time of my life,” Carpenter said. “It was my fourth time applying for the tag.”



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