I too always love reading your no nonsense quality hunting info advice. You ever make it out to to the east side of the Rockies lemme know we'll hunt elk in the canyon or coyotes on the plains or both!
I might have to take you up on the dog hunt. It has been a while since I went after them and there are not too many of them in my neck of the woods during the winter.
I have been using a 7-30 Waters shooting a 120 grain Nosler balistic tip at 2200fps, but am trying to figure out another caliber to shoot out of it, but I do love that 7-30. I may stick on the 357 Herrett barrel for this upcoming season. The last time that I used that caliber I dropped a raghorn 4x4 elk with it.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...