I used to hunt there when I was in college, took a large 5x5 one year there, good deer numbers too. But I'm working on some Montana data sets right now, elk density is a little below average for the region at about 2.5 elk per sq. mile, the bulls get pretty beat up to with about 58% of them being harvested and about 7.5% of the bulls are 6 points.
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,...