Jim, I'm sitting here and hoping your dream of a hunt out west next season comes to fruition. I am also grinning a bit as well, remembering my first few days walking those mountains at 8,000'+. It is an exercise in gasping!...lol. After a few days, I got more used to the thin air and actually did a good bit better than some in camp much younger than I. But, those first couple of days will be some eye openers, I can promise you that!
I am going skiing next week - Steamboat Springs, so I will at least get to breathe some of that mounting "thin" air.
I was originally planning a 2012 hunt - I am going to shoot for 2011 now.
I went to town a few moments ago to get 2 trail cams for the new lease - and changed my mind when it was time to pull the wallet out... I am going to save as much $$ as I can this year, with CO, MN, UT or somewhere like that in mind.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...