3. Picking a poor hunting partner
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they didn't get a sheep because their hunting partner did X (you fill in the X with whatever perceived crime you prefer), I'd at least have my lunch money covered for a while. On a mountain hunt, it's wise to bring a buddy, but as with any team, you're limited to the capabilities of your weakest link. I've heard every excuse in the book, from legitimate injuries to faked injuries to crappy gear, but most commonly it's simply "my partner gave up and wanted to go home." This isn't intended to be demeaning, but bet your rear, I'm not taking someone I know is going to wimp out. If I did, it would turn into a solo hunt real quick. These hunts can be a huge investment of time, money, and sweat. Don't doom it before you even get started.