Lot of wilderness, but there's enough other National Forest there that you wouldn't have to be commited to a wilderness hunt. Very little pressure. You'll like it if you drew. But you mentioned that you thought you drew it on a 4th choice. That tag hasn't gotten past 2nd choice in the past.
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...