Okay folks, what are you're hunting plans this year? What type critters? What type weapons/loads? Whereabouts? How much you planning on spending? How long you planning on taking? For me, its early October (two weekends) for 3 point Muley bucks in the dryland wheatfields of eastern Washington. I'll be taking my 13 year old daughter out muzzleloading for the first time this year. She'll be shooting 250 grain maxies and I'll be using 370 grainers, both in 50 cal. We're both gonna use 90 grains of that new 777 hodgdon black powder substitute. It's been working real good at the range. End of October is a full 7 days of Modern Firearm Elk season in the eastern Cascades just north of Ellensburg, spikes only. I'll be packing my 44 mag Ruger SRH revolver with 300 grain JSP loads, or my 7mm mag browning A-Bolt Stainless BOSS with 170 gr Nosler ballistic tips or scirrocos. That'll be elk camp in the snow and I'll be camp cook as well, but that's the kinda stuff I like. Back out to the wheat fields with the muzzleloaders the weekend of Thanksgiving if we struck out earlier. Of course, we'll have a couple weekends from mid September to December for upland bird hunting if we can actually find a spot with birds in it. I'll either have my Mossberg 500 or one of the new Charles Daly semi auto 12 ga. Steelhead and salmon fishing on the Columbia ought to take up any remaining free time I'll have. I figure it'll cost me about $2,000 more or less. The kid surprisingly doesn't add that much more to the overall cost. I should get about 20-25 days of good hunting time in, and maybe a few days in the boat draggin' line. I hope I get a freezer full of meat, and some new buckskin.