Since I hunt and I take my horses hunting, I do a lot of riding during the hunting season. It's a 7 mile ride in from where I park the truck/trailer to where we pitch our tent. And we usually make that trip several times. Once to haul in the tent and sleeping bags, Once more to haul in hay/feed for the horses. Sometimes like this weekend. We get away from home late and have to ride up the canyon in the dark. The night ride we did Thursday evening riding into camp was one of the most enjoyable rides I've done this year. We had a half moon shining through the trees, it was fairly warm. Just very pleasant.
Here is a daytime picture of some of the trails we ride while hunting.
My friend on his horse leading one of my mares are we go to pick up an elk
This is the canyon we ride up. My truck is at the very far end.
I'm going on another trail ride tomorrow, but Montana's coming! I'm so super excited!
We are heading out early... horses are getting on the trailer around 8:30... we'll probably head out around 9-9:30 and make it to the trail around 10. Me and my 2 friends are going. Not sure if anyone else is yet, but I'm SUPER excited!!!!
Just remember hunter orange won't always help you. There are some stupid hunters out there. Horses are killed under their riders every year, even with hunter orange. I work for state fish and wildlife and it seems like you hear of this every couple of years just with our agency.
If you can avoid going out in hunting areas - you can find these out by going to your local fish and wildlife offices, you are better off.
No matter how prepared you are, there's nothing to prepare against some of the anxious stupid hunters. We had a woman killed by a young hunter who thought she was a bear.
If you decide to go, just know it's a risk, bells or orange gear.