|View from the boarder of Idaho looking into Montana|
Public Land "Slogans"
|My hike in|
|Solo hunting experience|
This is one struggle I have had for a couple years now... I recently saw a post that said, "Good hunting buddies are hard to find so keep the ones you've got". This post hit home for me because I have struggled recently to find someone to go hunting with me. My wife has naturally been my best hunting buddy while having kids, and her being a working mother, it has been hard for her to find time or justify leaving her other responsibilities to come hunting with me. My other hunting buddies either have moved, demanding work schedules, or other friends they would rather hunt with which has left me with the option of hunting alone most of the time. When you have spent most of your time hunting in a group of 2-4 people, it is quite an adjustment to learn how to hunt alone. Spotting and stalking can be done easier when you are a solo hunter, but when you try to set up and call in an elk, it is nice to have someone behind you calling while you set up for the shot. Another adjustment for me (which makes me sound like a softy) is being "okay" with experiencing some of the most amazing views, some of the most unique experiences, or some of the most rare moments in the wild yet not being able to share that moment with someone else. Don't get me wrong, I could spend days on end alone in the mountains and be as happy as could be, but sharing these moments with someone else creates a bond that can't be adequately expressed in words. No matter how good I am at explaining an awesome experience to someone, it never seems to do it justice.
"Hunters need to support one another"
|Permanent structure I found some hunters building|
|Under the permanent structure they were dumping feed, baiting in the elk|
|Moments I "hunt" for :)|