A number of years ago I went on my "hunt of a lifetime" (there have been many of those) and wrote about it on some Internet site. I don't even remember where it was. Someone read the story and dropped me an email telling me he liked the story. Always interested in chatting with another hunter, I answered. We started what turned out to be a strong "pen-pal" friendship that lasted for several years.
Three years ago, he flew out from New York to do a mule deer hunt with me here in Washington. Groovy Mike was an instant friend and great hunting partner. (he introduced me to this site) He fulfilled one of his dreams; a Western hunt for the floppy eared muley.
As I was reading the tip "Don't Wait " by Ed T this morning, I thought of Groovy Mike's hunt and how it happened. Mike had a pretty good hunt and went home with a respectable mule deer buck that hangs on his wall today. And he did it on a working man's salary.
Which leads me to my tip...... if you would like to host a fellow hunter on "your" hunt in exchange for being hosted by him, maybe we could set up a forum on this site for those of us willing to exchange hunts. I'd love to go on a quality hog hunt sometime, or javelina, or....... the list goes on and on and on......
So, if you want to go on a specific hunt and don't want to pay the high dollars of a professional guide service, put out a notice on this site of where you'd like to go, what you want to hunt for and what you have in exchange. You can ask Groovy Mike if he enjoyed his trip out West. Come to think of it, Mike owes me a hunt.