GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Well, here we go.
Late last night my plane landed in Great Falls, Mont. After a night in a motel we’re getting ready to head west to a Augusta, a small town not far from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.
Tuesday morning we get on horses and hit the trail.
We are going deep.
The first day we will cover 24 miles. We’ll camp, then go another 7 miles the next morning to our final camp. Thirty-one miles on horesback. Can’t say I’m looking forward to that. I’ve packed a lot of Advil.
We’ll hunt for six days, and have tags for branch-antlered bull elk and mule deer bucks. I haven’t hunted for either.
My companions on this trip are my good friend Kraig Cesar and his dad, Bob Halverson. I’m here as Kraig’s guest. So, I guess you could say he’s more than a good friend.
I’m not sure what the Internet situation will be in Augusta this afternoon. I can assure you that I’ll be completely off the grid from tomorrow (Sept. 24) morning until Oct. 3. Going to be strange.
Rainy, cold weather is expected up there for the next few days. Of course it is! They’re even predicting snow at higher elevations. Actually, that could help the hunting.
I hate that I am missing youth/apprentice deer day, and also the bow opener. And I apologize in advance for not being able to post anything up here for the next week and a half or so. I will ask my boss to monitor the blog and approve comments when he can.
I’d like to ask a favor for those of you who will be hunting. Obviously, I’d like to see pictures. Please wait until Oct. 6 to start sending the hero shots. There’s a risk that if I get too many shots my mailbox will fill up and your emails will just get rejected.
I hope when I get back to this I have some interesting pictures and stories to share!