July/August 2013 EBJ (Issue 78) - We were 5 days into our 10 day backpack trip deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our hunting area had been taken over by black bears and grizzles, so we made the decision to cut our trip short and hightail it back to the jeep. Backpack hunting is not for the weakhearted. It takes pure determination one step at a time. Trekking through the backcountry with Johnny and his brother Joe is like trying to keep up with Cameron Hanes. As a woman I have to work twice as hard, be tough, and stay focused each day. No matter what happens I know I must carry my own weight; there is NO room for whining. But, without them pushing me to be a better hunter, I would not be where I am today.
Joe, Johnny, and I literally hiked six straight hours to our jeep and headed home to make a quick stop to restock our food and swap out some gear to head to goat country! My ultimate goal was to harvest a billy with my bow. Of course I dreamed of taking the state record, but I wanted to set realistic goals. I was set on shooting a billy even if it meant eating my tag. The terrain these goats live in is the toughest of its kind. I can tell you from a six day scouting trip covering over 44 miles that these goats hang out in the most ridiculous terrain.