I have registered 32 bears for the MDNR since Sept 10th and butchered 23 of those bears. I have a hanging scale and we have weighed almost all of those 32 bears. I doubt that this bear would go much over 150# dressed.
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,...