Thanks Jim, I'll try and do the knife well in my upcoming hunts starting next month in Arizona for a javelina. Now if my luck changes just a little I may even be able to try it out on a bison hunt in Utah in November, all I have to do is draw the tag. I'll send you a PM with my information.
My hunt starts on February 4 and I'll be hunting about 30 miles or so north of Tucson out of Oracle during the HAM (handgun, archery, muzzle loader) season. They also have a archery season that runs through January and a general any weapon hunt that starts around the 17th of February. The nice thing about it is that it is almost a guaranteed tag and since you have to buy the $151.00 hunting license to get into the draw you already have it in case you want to put in for any other big game animals or bonus points for the fall hunts.
The big thing for me is that we started going down there from Colorado 17 years ago to get away from the snow and cold and it became a annual trip.
No problems there. I hope that your wife does OK in her recuperation after all that she went through. Not to mention it happening on your vacation. That is one reason I gave up skiing. I blew out my knee and the doctor asked me what I liked doing better, skiing or hiking and hunting so I hung up the skis 30 years ago.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.