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  First - sorry about losing

 

First - sorry about losing your best hunting partner.  Dads are great hunting partners as is mine.  However, look at it this way - this does give you an opportunity and does not have to be a challenge.  It is always great to have the couple of hunting buddys around the camp fire and with the help in hauling out your harvest - so I say work on that hunting group scenario.  You did write that this is an "all or nothing" with the family group.  If that is so you have a good percentage of possibility to be on your own.  So you have two options (1) plan alternatively that you will be hunting alone or (2) plan to have back-up hunting partners if possible... and if the leftover tags allow.  Leftover tags also allow a decision to be made on alternate hunting partners after June of next year and could also provide you with 1 or 2 more people to be added to the hunting group if the hunting area allows.  Personally my backup plan this year was to hunt alone... and I had to for half of the 1st rifle season and early deer season.  But that was okay and I think it would be okay for you too.  Good luck on whatever you decide to do.

 

 

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I say go and if it ends up

I say go and if it ends up just being you and one other guy that is still a good deal. It is nice to have someone in camp to talk with and help pack out the meat for sure. The one guy bailing this far out is a good thing that it was not last minute. Keep in contact with the other guys and I bet it works out well. Just because you are in camp together does not mean you have to hunt side by side. Very rarely do I hunt side by side with my wife or son. I like being out on my own when hunting. Go for it and enjoy the experiance and the company even if it is 10 months out. Planning for the trip is fun too.

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I'll be off hunting alone for

I'll be off hunting alone for sure. I'm not sure they even know what still hunting is.  Big smile

 

They'll be glassing the open areas, and i'll be poking along in the timber. Yes

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That sounds like a good plan.

That sounds like a good plan. I am a still hunter too and cannot sit in one place for very long. I like moving slow and quiet all day long. Did not work well this past 3rd season as the snow was way to crunchy to be quiet. Oh well next year will be ML or 1st season so prob no snow.

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I agree. Other than I like

I agree. Other than I like muzzleloaders to hunt with. I also like the idea of not dealing with snow. I've never found a way to be quiet on crunchy snow.  Confused

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Fortunately neither have the

Fortunately neither have the elk and if you walk slowly enough as I know you do they can be tricked into thinking your one of them.

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Especially, if you give a cow

Especially, if you give a cow call when i'm extra noisy. Like slipping and falling down like a clutz.  sad

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The crunchy was really bad

The crunchy was really bad for us this year. Tried the cow call and it did not help. I think I would have been quieter walking thru a mile of broken glass bare footed and then jumping into a pool of rubbing alcohol than on the snow we had.

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Yes, the snow wasn't friendly

Yes, the snow wasn't friendly this year. Too cold out. I love hunting in snow. It's easier to track, but no help if it's noisy.

The glass and alcohol is not a pretty picture.

 

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When the snow gets noisy or

When the snow gets noisy or even the grass and leaves in the fall it is time to find yourself a nice vantage spot and get out the glasses and start to use them.  I have been out the last two mornings and I didn't even think about doing very much hiking due to the crunch of the snow under my boots.  I found a vantage point and went to work.  My only problem is that I have found the elk but I don't feel like packing one out of the drainage that they are located in.  I did it twice and I said that I would never do it again after the first time.