Thanks. I am happy for my family life that I recently was given a position at work that is Monday to Friday, day shift. However, that means I can only hunt weekends. It was nice to get out mid-week every once in awhile......
Don't say I didn't tell you so. Remember the hunter orange question? That place is always a zoo on opening weekend. It dies down pretty quick after that though!
I went to my son's baseball game Sunday morning and then after it was over, we boogied home and changed clothes and then took off for the hills. We got to our spot by 2:30 and started glassing. The wind was blowing pretty good when we got there but by 5:00 it had picked up to un-huntable gusts. When you can't hold your binos still enough to glass, there's little chance to be able to safely and effectively hold steady with a gun. We ended up making a road hunt out of the rest of the evening and didn't see a single animal. It was still pretty cool to get out with my boy and enjoy mother nature (even if she didn't want to cooperate)
I feel your pain with only being able to hunt on the weekends. Some of my best hunts were during mid-week. Of course, most of my weekends are completely occupied with the kids' activities until Thanksgiving!
Yeah, tell me about it. I am going to probably bypass this weekend, but I have managed to spread a few vacation days over the next couple of weeks during the mid-week time. Hopefully I will be able to do some good hunting without a crowd. Just gotta figure out where I want to go. I figure the places that I was talking about earlier have been hit so hard, I doubt that there are any animals left there.....
Wow... twenty eight trucks on one road huh. Hopefully that road was a hundred miles long and those trucks were spread out evenly acrossed it. I know, I know... yeah right. Wishful thinking I guess. Well atleast you were able to get out there. Although sometimes it is just more frustrating than anything else when you get to the spot that you want to hunt and there is a hoard of people already there. This sucks even more if you found the place while scouting over the summer and if you thought that it might not get that much pressure when hunting season rolled around. That is never a pleasant surprise.
Well, out here, it's not a surprise. There are alot of hunters, and many of them take the easiest routes. Those 2 roads are very accessible, and probably the closest part of the National Forest to civilization. I had 8 trucks just in my one pulloff that I started in, and another spot just a couple miles up the road had 6. Plenty of guys just driving too, doing the typical road hunting thing.
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,...