What is your dream whitetail hunt? \u00a0Does it take place in a manicured field of crops or someplace still wild enough to get lost? \u00a0If you\u2019ve spent any considerable amount of time chasing whitetails, chances are you\u2019ve already done the former. \u00a0So, I\u2019ll go out on a limb and guess that your dream hunt probably involves chasing whitetails somewhere different, somewhere wild, somewhere where your body and mind are put to the test. I\u2019ve walked for whitetails in western Minnesota farm country, gutted deer in suburban backyards and grunted atop the bluffs of the Wild and Scenic St.Croix River. \u00a0I\u2019ve done deer drives down drain ditches, pursued bucks in lust on haunting Halloweens, and spent numerous after-school afternoons in a tree alongside a neighbor mowing his grass. \u00a0And, I\u2019ve hunted wild lands of the West, but my dream whitetail hunt remains but a dream: a backcountry whitetail hunt by canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).Just as most fishermen don\u2019t start with a fly rod, most hunters don\u2019t start with a bow in the backcountry. \u00a0Yet, as hunters become more experienced, most desire something more than gunning down a backyard buck over a bait pile. \u00a0They want something more.It seems un-American not to want something more. \u00a0Yet, when it comes to hunting and angling, less is often more. \u00a0As we progress through the five stages of hunting, we turn to more primitive means of take in search of an experience that is more challenging, more rewarding and more memorable. \u00a0The wild backcountry lands, such as those found in the BWCA, offer an opportunity to fulfill this desire. \u00a0Wild lands offer experiences of solitude, challenge and reflection in areas free of technology, motors and noise.For hunters who understand this concept and who perhaps someday dream of pursuing whitetails in habitat that remains the same as it was for the Native Americans, you\u2019ll be glad to know that there are still plenty of places to chase this dream; places still wild enough to hear the buck breath. \u00a0The wilds are what make out nation great and what keep the hunter\u2019s dream alive. \u00a0To keep the dream alive, we must keep the wilds alive. As Aldo Leopold once said \u201cthe richest values of wilderness lie not in the days of Daniel Boon, nor even in the present, but rather in the future.\u201dWhat about you? Do you dream of shooting a baited deer from a pick-up truck that was raised behind a fence? \u00a0Or do you dream of something more?