The beginning of a hunt always starts well before the actual day of departure. It’s often months and even sometimes years of planning before you jump in the truck and put miles behind you.
The Idaho deer hunt that Mom and I have embarked on, is the result of many factors, one of those being our ongoing desire to enjoy the outdoors together and the second the wonderful people we meet in our travels.
Since the time when I was very young, my mom and I have hunted the North Dakota deer gun season. As a family ritual, the November gun season was that “one” time each year when we would gather in the woods as a family, covered in blaze orange. With the start of Wildlife Pursuit, we have expanded the reach of our adventures, with hunts all across Montana and into Saskatchewan. We simply enjoy the planning, the road trips, the challenge of the hunt and the memories created.
Meeting LockKey U Outfitters at a spring 2015 trade show was pure coincidence, as they offer big game hunts in Idaho, a place Mom and I have never hunted. With a backcountry horseback whitetail hunt certainly on the “bucket list”, Mom and I agreed it would be a great adventure.
As we traveled down the road, leaving Fargo in the early morning, with 14 hours in front of us, we all had time to think about what lies ahead. For me, it’s about the experience, the opportunity and our hopeful success, while also giving thought to making sure Mom has everything she needs to enjoy this adventure.
People often shutter at the thought of 15-hour drives just to go on a hunt and the reality that we travel 20K miles a year to go explore new opportunities. While it’s not for everyone, today I was again reminded of why love to travel as the sights of both my home state and neighboring Montana are simply hard to beat.
Arriving in Missoula around 730MST, we settled into our hotel and took full advantage of some time to stretch out and relax. Other than the extreme winds closing the Interstate near Livingston, MT, we made great time and everyone was safe. Day one is in the books and tomorrow we plan to ride into campy.