Need ideas for a hunt in the backcountry.
My brother in law and I are looking for a trip for next year. We have one week, but it can be any time in the fall. Our main priority is a serious backcountry excursion in mountainous terrain, followed by enough animals to make success likely, with trophy status of the animals taking a back seat. Cost is a concern - I don't want to pay for a hunt, just buy an easily obainable license and go way back on public land.
Deer seem like the obvious choice. I would love to climb back into some 5th class terrain at 12,000 feet after goats or sheep, but I don't know of anywhere I can do that with a cheap, easy to get license.
We live in PA, which means we can drive to roughly the Mississippi in a day. If we can't make it in a long day, we will have to fly or we would spend more time travelling than hunting.
The Black Hills in South Dakota or Montana look to be a great choice - lots of rugged public land, plenty of tags, and (barely) within driving range. Any other suggestions?