Style depends on what you want out of the hunt. Lots of bonding time with friends/family then stick together. If there are plans of everyone tagging good deer then may want to split up. I tend to let good glass cover a ton of ground so I don't have to by foot.
I will share the story of my Region C buck from last year.
It was a windy morning (it was right after the 70mph wind advisory days) that blew threw north central wyo last October. The winds were "only" blowing 30+ this day. And it was colder too. I was sitting on a high point over looking what I call a sage flat/sage bowl. 3 Satelite canyons that break from the main canyon we hunt, met up together in this sage flat/sage bowl. I had came in from the backside and was perched along the higher ridges looking into this bowl. It was getting light, and I did not see a single deer in the entire area. It was cold and blustery, so I decided to get up and move. I went over the ridge into the next sage flat/bowl, and immediately ran into deer. group of 8 does and a small forkie. snuck past them, went around a corner, and saw some more deer, another 8-10 in a group. Then I saw another group. In less than an hour, I had seen over 30 deer. It was Day 2 of our hunt, and we had 2 more. It was the first time hunting in Wyoming for 2 in our group, and day 1 was a bust, so I had planned on shooting the first decent buck I saw to give the group some confidence! I sat for awhile, then went around the corner to the next basin. Unknown to me, there was a small hidden saddle on that ridge, and when I crossed the peak into that saddle, a buck was standing there 30 yards away. It was a small saddle.....only 50 yards across, and not super deep.....just deep enough to hide a deer! I immediately thought "shoot it" as he jumped and ran, and I missed him running and bouncing. He disappeared up over the ridgeline. I ran my butt off up to the top of the ridge, and he was headed away about to drop into the next canyon. I steadied myself and waited..........and in typical mulie fashion, he stopped just before dropping from sight about 175 yards out. I was ready and let one fly, dropping him in his tracks! I texted my buddies, and they were excited. I had told them I was up and moving when seeing deer, so they followed suite from sitting and seeing nothing, and they too also started seeing deer. It was a fun morning and one I wont forget! It was a lot of fun! The 4 mile hike back out with deer 2 deer quarters, horns, and backstraps (my buddy took the other 2) was not fun! But it is all part of the experience!
One reason why I like getting out and putting miles on. You see so many cool things! sheds, beds, different rock formations, we found a dead bobcat, a cave, hidden springs, rubs in the valley bottoms, different rocks, old dead animals, and old fence going into hill buried from years of soil erosion..........all sorts of neat things! Many of them you would have never seen just glassing.
So that is why I like getting up and putting the miles on. Ya it is hard on the body, but I enjoy the physical challenge!
Last edited by Ilovethewest; 08-27-2013 at 06:49 PM.
This pic is of the last deer I shot in that area...he nets about 163 and was 5 1/2 years old. I shot him in 2009 and it was a miserable 3.5 mile, 5 hour slog out to the truck through gumbo that kept jamming up the wheels on my cart, rendering them unable to spin. I learned that if it is muddy or wet it is best to forgo the cart and BONE OUT your deer, even if it means a couple trips.
I passed on this nice, young buck early in the 2010 season. There were a few better bucks around that year, but work and the weather kept me from making a return trip in late November.
That winter there was an immense die-off and I would guess that 50-60% of the herd in the portion I hunt died. I haven't seen a buck I wanted to shoot since (170+), but they are coming back. Maybe this year......
Thanks for the replies everyone. I am planning next years hunt and am indecisive on what to do. Last year we pulled a cargo trailer out there and slept in that. Problem was, we were in gumbo area and were lucky we had no rain. Fish and Game said I would never make it out where we were if it rained. Made for a nerve racking week. I would prefer not to haul a trailer with big tents..etc... I am driving from WI. That's why the thought of spike tenting crossed my mind. I would save probably $500 in gas not having to pull a trailer.
E MT gets slick and sticky in a hurry if it rains or snows and melts. If it freezes pretty good at night you can usually get out first thing in the morning, if not you could be there a while. Personally I wouldnt take a trailer off of gravel roads that time of year. Even a 4x4 with good tires can get in trouble pretty easy. I took my 4wheeler for the dirt roads when I have hunted there. I would atleast take tire chains your truck. They will get you through places nothing else will if you do get in trouble.