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Jon Boy
03-10-2012, 05:57 PM
With all of the nice weather we've had in central MT I decided to try a different access point into one of my back country spots. Its not real high in elevation (4500-6k) so most of the snow was melted off. I was back in around 3 miles or so. It was my first overnight trip solo and the mental aspect of it played a bigger part of it than I thought. It should get easier from here on out though. Didnt get hardly any sleep with the winds almost flipping my tent over a few times but watching the sun rise was worth it. Saw quite a few deer and some elk and ended up being a pretty successful trip. Here are some pics.

NoMoreOldNo7
03-10-2012, 06:09 PM
Fantastic pics, sounds like you had a great time.

miller1
03-10-2012, 06:16 PM
Awsome pics, somthing I have been wanting to do


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Kevin Root
03-10-2012, 06:44 PM
Nice pictures. Sounds like you had a good solo adventure.

tommyp
03-10-2012, 07:22 PM
Right on. Going solo is not easy. Working your self into it like this will really help when hunting season comes around.

Darktimber
03-10-2012, 08:07 PM
Nice! Great pics and country there.

Muleys 24/7
03-10-2012, 08:16 PM
Very cool, When I get my new pack I'll be doing a pre-run as well.

NDHunter
03-10-2012, 08:32 PM
Very nice pics.

backstraps
03-10-2012, 11:28 PM
looks like a great weekend.

The mental aspect becomes easier with more experience. Some of my fondest memories are of those tough or scary solo times in the backcountry, ie lightening storms, winds, bears and extreme terrain. Ear plugs for sleep (wind). A book to keep your mind busy and bear spray a pistol or a big knive if your in bear county always brings a little piece of mind.

IdahoHombre
03-11-2012, 12:45 PM
Looks like excellent hunting grounds! Thanks for sharing the pics ~

Ikeepitcold
03-11-2012, 01:11 PM
Great pics. I love hunting old burns. Be careful, use your head and don't try and bite off more then you can chew. You will find yourself getting discouraged. One step at a time and you will love solo!

Jon Boy
03-11-2012, 03:13 PM
By hunting season hopefully ill be comfortable with a week long solo trip. I plan on getting into this area twice a month or so until the season starts. I posted this pic before but he still haunts me and keeps me motivated to train harder. Hopefully this season Ill be able to get a shot at him or one of his buddies with my bow this september.

NoMoreOldNo7
03-11-2012, 04:23 PM
Now that looks like a shooter.

Wish I could do the same thing you are for my upcoming elk hunt in Wyoming (pack in and scout twice a month). Funds are short but I might still try and get up there this summer. As it is I figure to do a couple solo pack trip to X9A (calif - Eastern Sierras) this summer. I have hunted there many times, but want to try something new. There are a number of places I have kept an eye on through the years and the best way to check them out is by being there.

Good job and good luck on your hunt (you have a good plan for making your luck this year)

Shaun
03-11-2012, 06:25 PM
Now that looks like a shooter.

Wish I could do the same thing you are for my upcoming elk hunt in Wyoming (pack in and scout twice a month). Funds are short but I might still try and get up there this summer. As it is I figure to do a couple solo pack trip to X9A (calif - Eastern Sierras) this summer. I have hunted there many times, but want to try something new. There are a number of places I have kept an eye on through the years and the best way to check them out is by being there.

Good job and good luck on your hunt (you have a good plan for making your luck this year)

I am in the exact same boat I have hunted A-16 (archery X9A) for years and want a change of pace so i am doing backpack style this year also. PM me I dont do the rifle over there but maybe I can help you out

Bitterroot Bulls
03-11-2012, 07:22 PM
Don't worry Jon Boy, it gets way easier every time. Now I prefer goin' solo, but my wife doesn't like it. Nice pics. That is some neat country over there.

Kevin Root
03-11-2012, 09:37 PM
By hunting season hopefully ill be comfortable with a week long solo trip. I plan on getting into this area twice a month or so until the season starts. I posted this pic before but he still haunts me and keeps me motivated to train harder. Hopefully this season Ill be able to get a shot at him or one of his buddies with my bow this september.

Hunting the burns and seeing bucks that haunt are good motivators. Seeing this picture reminds me of hunting Custer NF last year and seeing some of those bucks that haunt. It's cool you can get in your areas twice a month. That surly will help you with the puzzle and help you towards success.

Jon Boy
03-11-2012, 09:50 PM
Im sure it will get easier as my trips progress. I made the goal in the "2012 goals" thread to get a mature mulie and my first bull this year and I plan on doing everything I can to make it possible. Hopefully 2012 is the year.

Kevin Root
03-11-2012, 09:51 PM
Don't worry Jon Boy, it gets way easier every time. Now I prefer goin' solo, but my wife doesn't like it. Nice pics. That is some neat country over there.

My wife gets a bit uneasy when I'm away solo too Bitterroot. She knows I love it though and puts up with my outdoor obsessions. Devices like SPOT, that I've read in posts you carry as well, help with the anxiety a bit both hers and mine but sounds like you too get the same concerned wife hoping we will come back home safe and sound from all our adventures.

Hoping all you fellow solo hunters will have safe, succeful hunts and adventures.

Dixie07
03-17-2012, 01:10 AM
Don't worry Jon Boy, it gets way easier every time. Now I prefer goin' solo, but my wife doesn't like it. Nice pics. That is some neat country over there.

What is it with wives worrying about us going solo?

mthuntress
03-17-2012, 01:31 AM
Think it is the "Moms" inner got to protect mode.I had to get a SPOT so my mom would calm down as I have no {being a female myself} heading for the backcountry and with me most of the time This is where I'm going call ya when I get back.