After much schedule juggling and piggy-bank raiding my flight home is booked for rifle season! I prefer muzzleloader, but it just wasn't do-able this year. We'll miss the opener; My brother has always wanted hunt later in the season after the initial rush fades, and we always seem to miss the chase phase by a few days so I guess this is the year.
Catch the red-eye to Stoon 5 Nov,
6 Nov shake the jet lag, pick up licence and check zero, hopefully hang some cams.
7-8 Nov scouting: I can count on one hand the number of times I've been back where we're going, the last was in 1988. My brother knows it a bit better but not that well. It's a 5 hour drive each way for him just to get to the farm, and that doesn't include getting back where we're hunting which is an adventure in itself so its not like he can be there many times before the season.
Thank God the area is (shockingly) covered by high-res Google Earth so we have a few spots already on the hitlist, but we're still going in the next closest thing to blind.
That leaves 5 days solid butt-in-blind hunting (the 11th will be afternoon only and the 14th morning only)
Afternoon/evening of 14th - pack up and head back to Stoon.
15 Nov - fly home.