While most of America is diving into turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, my daughter and I will be hunting southeast Montana for a chance at her first buck. Katelyn has tipped several wild turkeys over and showed an interest in big game, so this trip is for her.
My good friend Doug Gardner at Gardner Ranch Outfitters offered to host us; he's been in the field all fall, so I'm looking for his direction on where to find a big buck. We can hunt muleys or whitetails, and I'm just going to roll the dice and see where they fall. We'll try to rattle-in some whitetails, but I don't see a reason to turn down an opportunity at a muley blinded by love.
If you're taking your kids hunting this fall and/or winter, use these tips to make it comfortable:
1. Bring lots of snacks and drinks to keep them energized.
2. Carry lots of warm clothes and piles of disposable warmers so they never get cold.
3. Bring along a bipod and shooting sticks to ensure a solid shot.
4. If the day begins to get long, stop and take a nap. (Lord knows I need one after hunting nonstop since August.)
I'll check back in next week to let you know how our Montana outing went.