Tomorrow's the day.
My gear has been checked and rechecked, and my pack is packed but I'll probably tear it down again tonight just to be sure (don't want to be boiling socks again). I was surprised to be under 50lbs with my bow while not taking any shortcuts on gear, and for a cold weather hunt too.
So it's time to climb up into the gathering snow and log yet another episode in my quest to take a mature Dall ram. I had hoped the weather of the past couple of weeks would hold just a bit longer...but it was not to be. After all, it is nearly October.
No matter. While I'm not as physically stout as I'd like to be, I feel good. (I broke my ankle last year and have not quite fully recovered. That put the damper on my aerobic training.) Good news is I can walk with a heavy pack so long as I'm careful where I put my feet on rough ground. My plan is to follow the sage advice of an AOD member: I'll walk slow and drink a lot of water.
Mentally, I'm more prepared and I've got far better gear than in hunts past. I will be warm and dry (for the most part).
I know my chosen spot pretty well. I have hunted it before. There are rams in that valley. It's up to me to do the work, stay tough, and hunt hard (and smart).
All I ask for is a good stalk and a clean release. (and maybe a bit better visibility)
Best of luck to my fellow DS-140 tag holders. See you all in a week (or maybe less;-)