Three myself but been in on others kills in regard to being there helping and packing out. Also, been up close to plenty on scouting/hiking trips.
Edit: Also many years of not being successful were the keys to finally learning some things and being somewhat successful. With what I know now in regard to the animal and the area I hunt I feel I always got half a chance to fill my tag. As long as I am out there doing the work for those nine days the odds are at least one opportunity will present itself. Then it's up the hunter to close the deal.
Failures tend to be better teachers then successes if one is wise enough to recognize it
True enough Romey. The other aspect is loving it like nothing else. Some people like the idea of it until they get a taste of the work involved. For others the work involved enriches the whole experience and fuels the fulfillment it gives us. We're truly fortunate to get to experience it.
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,...