Step 1 is complete! I got permission from the wife. :twothumbs It was kinda funny. I brought it up... "You know your dad's asking if I want to put in for Wyoming this year..." She said, "Well, since you'll be gone for 2 weeks, can I see if my mom and sisters want to go to FL or something while you're gone?" I said OK (but dang, I probably just doubled the expense of the trip there). Then she said, "But we still need to take a family vacation sometime too." I said I was planning on that anyway, probably just staying here and hanging out at the lake. Then she said, "And you wont be able to take a big turkey hunting trip this spring." :smack: She's getting wise to my tactics! I told her I wouldnt take any big trips, but I'm still gonna take a few days off and hunt MO and AR. I should be OK there. We'll put in for WY. If we dont get it, we'll put in for MT. If not that, it'll be OTC in CO. Now for Step 2: getting vacation time cleared with my boss (the one at work).