About two weeks ago, a lottery took place in Arizona that many Rim Country families were anxiously awaiting the result of: The Arizona Game and Fish Department drawing for big game permits.
It is a common practice for many members of a family to try their luck at various big game permits so that the entire family can enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
I hope someone close to you drew a tag so that those memories created this fall can be shared by friends and family.
If you were fortunate enough to have drawn a big game tag with your name on it, then even more goes into the preparation for the hunt. Probably the most obvious part of the preparation is the immediate scouting trips to the unit where the hunt will take place.
Maybe it's a drive in a truck and then a quad ride down some two-track trail to new areas.
Please observe our National Forest's regulations of staying on existing roads and don't make any new trails by just driving those ATVs cross country.
Quads are a great labor saving device and they prolong the life of the family pickup as well as save money, with the price of gas at $3 a gallon.
I encourage you to use them wisely, but be willing to do your actual hunting after you have parked and are on foot.
There are so many nooks and crannies in a hunting unit that may be a canyon or two away from the nearest road.
Getting to these places may require more than an hour of walking.
Are you physically up to the task? The challenge and preparation starts now with a single exercise program that will improve the quality of the hunt and maybe the trophy of a lifetime.
I would highly recommend a simple walking program that may be initially a 15-minute early morning or late afternoon excursion around your neighborhood or join the Green Valley Park crowd that circles the lake on the paved path.
The human body responds to exercise and soon the work load will get easier.
When that happens, and it will, if you are consistent with your walking program, the results are all good.
You are healthier, a few pounds may be shed, and that far away canyon is reachable, which may have that trophy animal.
I encourage you to start now for the hunt that may be a couple of months away.
You will be able to enjoy more of the rugged Arizona outdoors in God's creation.