Originally Posted by Paul C
So George......was it cold? Did they get you up early? Did the food not agree with you? I know you wouldn't have had trouble with a short bed so I won't ask about that....LOL>
Well, Pauly, it was unseasonably warm that year. The guide let me sleep in as long as I wanted to, but since I usually get up around 5:00 AM that was no problem. The bed was a tad on the lumpy side, but I am used to sleeping in tents where the only rock ends up being smack in the middle of my back and my pillow is a sack with my dirty underwear in it, so I can't complain about the bed. Compared to my cooking, the food was gourmet quality, but then, so far I haven't found much in the way of food that doesn't agree with me. My W 1 FE unit thinks I have a cast iron stomach.
On a serious note,this particular hunt was the first big game hunt I went on after I retired. I really did not know what to expect, but now that I have been around the block a time or two, I realize that it was not the best moose hunt on earth. The outfitter books too many hunters for the territory he has, and as a consequence, his success rate is pretty low. Looking back on it, I was lucky to have taken a bull moose as good as I did. Name of outfitter witheld for a fairly good reason.
I book most of my hunts myself, but I will say this. If I could only book one or two hunts in my lifetime I would rely on the expertise of a guy like Larry Holjencin. You can save yourself a world of hurt.
I am probably easier to please than most guys. I even went fishing a few times with PaulC and had a good time.
Out of all the hunts I have been on, and there have been a bunch, I can think of two times when I did not enjoy myself to the fullest. One time, one of the guys threw a huge temper tantrum and acted like a three year old that had been refused ice cream. He and I used to go everywhere together, but not any more. The other time, I went on a hunt I was not in good enough shape for and spent a week suffering with sore muscles after the first day. I have never made that mistake again. Been there, done that, have a drawer full of tee shirts.