To me, packing in has to be like running out of the tunnel at the Super Bowl. Months (years really) of planning have come down to this and emotions are high.
One of the big problems with backcountry horseback hunts after Halloween is keeping your horses fed. If the snow gets deeper than about six inches, horses will struggle to get enough feed considering the calorie demands of this kind of hunting. If you’re only hunting a weekend, you’ll be fine. This hunt is scheduled for nine days, so I’m packing horse feed (weed-free alfalfa pellets and oats) on my saddlehorse Charlie. Missy will carry camp. I’ll hike the five miles to base camp in my newly broke-in Tech-Lite Hunters. Once I get camp set, I can test out my new Titanium Wood Stove: