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.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...