I did not hunt last year due to a planned 20 state road tip in America. So this year my wife and I both plan on hunting a bunch. We were each blessed with a Unit 13 caribou draw tag. So we will be able to hunt up North and on the Kenai with the grand kids.
On this years hunt part of our time will be spent in our 30' Toy hauler and in the new custom 10x12 foot Montana Tent & Canvas Realite wall tent I am ordering. Our travels will be made easier with the ATV's. She puts around in a 2013 lifted 570cc Polaris Razor and I run a 800cc 2011 Polaris Big Boss 6x6. Both have winches and after market 26" tires. I will still carry the old Barney's pack frame in the 6 wheeler, it might be needed.
For the last 40 years my wife has shared hunts with me and we have many great memories. She is the most patient person I have ever hunted with and lives behind her binoculars. We are in our mid 60's now and our hunting methods are being adjusted a bit. We still plan on doing lots of glassing and sitting around water holes at night. One advantage we will have is time. Being retired gives us lots of time and if one spends enough time in the hunting area something eventually comes by.
I am breaking from my traditional hunting loads, why I'm not sure. Instead of the 180 grain Barnes X flat base for the 30-06 I am loading up some 168 grain Barnes X Triple Shock Tipped Boat Tail bullets with some H4350. The .338 Win. Mag. is going to try out some 210 grain Barnes X Triple Shock Tipped Boat Tails and Reloader 19 instead of the 250 grain flat based X bullet I have used since they first came out. According to all the hype I read on the internet I should be able to shoot into the next zip code with my new loads! Does any one really believe those type of bullets give "Old Betsy" a real and measurable advantage when shooting Alaskan game at typical hunting distances? About the only noticeable difference I expect is less recoil, especially in my .338 Mag. As usual both scopes will be zeroed for 200 yards.
The planning for a trip is always enjoyable to me and I am praying for our safety and success!