Looks like this Washington man really is “Living the dream”…

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When Dan Whitmus graduated from Ephrata High in 1989, he was convinced that hunting, primarily bow hunting, would always be a major part of his life, and he was already dreaming of harvesting real trophies, everything from big-racked mule deer and bull elk, to moose, goats, bear and sheep.

But this might be one of those rare stories where reality has outstripped a teenager’s dreams. Consider this: Here’s a young man who took Pope & Young mule deer in Grant County, black bear in the Wenatchee National Forest, elk in the Olympics, a world class goat in the Cascades, then moved on to Idaho for expanded opportunities.

Whitmus’ Idaho harvests were definitely impressive, ranging from more dandy mule deer and bull elk trophies to a bull moose and antelope, but it was his success on the big stage, first winning state championships in multiple states, then twice earning the title of World Elk Calling Champion, that gave him real recognition.

After that he was off on the road, giving calling seminars from Oregon to New Mexico to Pennsylvania, getting featured in an outdoor television film, getting invited on hunts from Kansas to Alaska.

Now, in the last several years, Whitmus has taken his next mantle, becoming a highly sought-after professional guide, with an annual six-week stint at an upscale Colorado lodge, shorter hunts in New Mexico and Idaho, and this last winter a five-week outing in Sonora, Mexico, where the quarry was mulies and Coues deer. Mixed in was an African jaunt, when an outfitter brought him in for a special hunt.

And the beat definitely goes on. Last week, Whitmus e-mailed me from New Zealand where he’s now on a three month guiding gig, saying his GPS indicates he’s 7,000 miles from home. “And it’s all good,” he wrote.

‘All good’ entails living in a luxurious mountain lodge that sits at 2,600 feet with awesome scenery and fantastic meals. Most days he’s guiding hunters after red stag (closely related to our elk), or chamois (a small, agile goat), and tahr (a bigger goat) that are hunted in the most rugged peaks. They mainly hunt above the lodge, for the tahr as high as 10,000 feet.

Of course, climbing rugged peaks on a daily basis definitely wouldn’t fall under everyone’s ‘all good’ radar screen, but this is the guy who called me on his cell phone one night last fall, happy as the proverbial clam, having just spent that day climbing an Idaho mountain before first light, stalking and dropping a bull elk, then making multiple pack trips out, the last one as darkness overtook him.

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