Hi Turkeyman85, No problem. I don't blame you at all and I really appreciate all the advice you've given me
. For my first turkey hunt though, it was a bit more than I could take (and I can take a pretty good beating from nature). It wouldn't be bad with only a gun and no back pack, but it's a little far to go without the pack or hydro. When I saw how thick the vegetation was when I first walked in, I should have turned around and went back to the truck. However, not being one to give up too easily, I just kept going and hoping with every step through a bush, shrub, tree or boulder that there would be a clearing or some sort of game trail through there and I only saw a couple of small (10' diameter) clearings the entire time. The area was extremely thick and over grown (at least in my opinion). I don't think I've ever been through areas that thick, period (other than when I helped clear a flat area like that with a bull dozer). I even tried traveling up the dry creek. But that also had large boulders, brush and tree limbs making it impossible to do that most of the time. Sometimes it felt like the plants were alive and holding onto me so I couldn't get through
. I literally have cuts, bruises and welts all over my legs, arms and side from the branches of the bushes and trees tearing at me and smacking me all the way up and down the mountain
. I also took a few hard bounces on my rib cage across a few of the boulders (I'll heal though). My wife is a little concerned with my bruising and cuts, but I told her they don't hurt as bad as they look (at least for now). I was determined to make it to the area you talked about, but after trying for 3 hours to get there and covering very little ground, I couldn't take it anymore. According to the distance on my GPS I estimated that it would have taken me another 2 hours to get there and at that point I just wasn't willing to go through with it. When I got home, I did clean my Marauder (took it all the way apart and cleaned it), scope, binos, rangefinder and everything else that looked destroyed and I've gotten them all back to working order (took about 5 hours for everything) and just have to re-zero the scope. The only item I couldn't fix was my lense cap on the eye piece. A branch got a hold of it and broke it. I'll have to see if I can find a new one that will fit it. Well, that area is definitely a place where very, very few people would attempt to make it through there and it is defintely not easy to navigate. I made it to the bend at the top of the "V" and quite a ways to the East, but just couldn't manage to get to the end. I didn't see any other wildlife either (I could hear crows in the distance and some other birds, but never saw them). If I can find a place that I can walk to, I don't mind walking long distances (except if we're talking 6 to 10 miles) if I don't have to fight the trees and bushes all the way to get there. I'll PM you this week. Anyway, did you get out today and score a turkey?
Saturday was a very wet day and you must have been soaked and cold.