Up at 4 am, or thereabouts to shower, shave and put on some-but not all-of the clothes you'll need to withstand temperatures that might plummet well below zero.
Eat a hearty breakfast of good old Red River hot cereal (a Canadian favorite that consists of cracked wheat, rye and flaxseed) or steel-cut oatmeal, a mountain of French toast or pancakes and a few links of fried sausage or rashers of bacon.
Prepare lunch, which consists of some sort of meat sandwich, peanut butter sandwich and enough packaged pastries to keep your furnace stoked during the long day. Pre-heat the thermos with hot water, to be replaced later with hot coffee.
At 5:30 a.m., it's time to start adding the final layers of clothes, which for the 10 of us on this trip consists of warm wool or Thinsulate-insulated parkas and bib overalls, followed by all-white or all-hunter-orange wool parkas and pants as required by Canadian hunting law, and boots that seem swollen because they're packed with so much insulation.
At 6 a.m., waddle out to minivans with packs and guns and embark on the 10-mile drive to the edge of bush country. That's where warmed-up ATVs (or "quads," as Canucks like to call them) await.
Make an 8-mile run along a frozen (if you're lucky), rutted trail that snakes through boggy marshlands and then into the boreal forest of spruce, fir, poplar, maples, birch and various pines.
Get in a ladder stand covered with a nylon camouflage cover, make yourself comfortable and sit all day staring at a pile of hay and barley grain 50 yards away, waiting for Big Boy to show up.