Welcome back. I was wondering where you'd been. I hope they didn't remove anything important in the surgery. Congrats on getting hitched and don't worry about cutting the honeymoon short.
I still remember back when KYHillChick and I were fixing on getting hitched. She and her family had been all over me about signing up for the lottery to get into a special hunt in the Beaver Creek WMA. They said I should plan on doing the dance for 10 years or more before I'd get in. I signed up. Meanwhile, we'd set plans to get married in Jamaica around Halloween-- set money down on plane tickets,etc. One day I went out to the mailbox and lo, here was a letter from the state of KY telling me I'd drawn a tag for Beaver Creek on the day I was to be married in Jamaica.
I decided to tease KYHillChick and when she got home from work, I showed her the tag. She threw her arms around me and screamed with joy. She could not believe I'd been so fortunate to get a tag on the first try.
"But look at the date," I said.
"Oh, that!" she said. "We can get married anytime. It isn't every day you get to hunt Beaver Creek!"
"No," I replied. " I would not miss this wedding for anything. Any woman that would see it that way I gotta make sure never gets away."
As a guy who has had more first-time hunts with little preparation than I can count, I can tell you not to sweat it. Stick to the basics. Go over to my weblog and look up the piece I did on speed scouting ( http://genesis9.angzva.com/?p=2291
). Treat this year like its your first time on the place. You'll do fine.
What this will teach you is what's essential. Cut back everything back to the bare-minimum. The last time I was faced with this situation, I cut out the decoy, the scents, the calls-- everything that was not essential. I saw deer nearly every time I went out, and closed the deal on two.