My first call was to the local game warden, Ron Iverson, who agreed immediately that Baggs was indeed producing some big bucks these days. He felt one reason so many were taken this past season was because of an inordinate amount of publicity heaped on the area last year by two major outdoor magazines, plus a well-known trophy hunters' publication. All that press at one time concentrated many of those holding Region D mule deer tags near Baggs. The hunters dispersed hither and yon, kicking out some mighty fine bucks in the process. He went on to tell me the story of one man this past fall who had never before killed a deer when he visited Trails West Taxidermy in Rawlins, north of Baggs. He saw a monstrous muley there that had been taken by a Rawlins woman, and he decided that if she could do it, so could he. Not knowing any better, he headed off to McCarty Canyon, just south and west of Rawlins, and perhaps the most heavily hunted ground of any in Region D. Not 10 minutes after arriving, this hunter bagged a dandy 4 x 4 buck.
"McCarty Canyon is state ground and open to the public," Iverson said. "Although it's hunted heavily the first week, it's not overly crowded later on." Iverson says hunters who want to give it a try should get out and bust the brush rather than just glass from their........(continued)