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  1. 34 points
    Here are some pics of my sons big horn hunt success, 15ds amazing hunt and memories 165 5/8 Gross 165 3/8 net
  2. 28 points
    It’s been a minute since I’ve been on here but this forum definitely used to be one of my favorite places for recent success photos and any help I needed when it came to hunting AZ. It’s been tough to find time to hunt for myself lately but I finally had a few days to get out and chase desert bucks with my bow. My buddy glassed this buck up with some does and we put them to bed. I made my way to 45-60 yards of the deer bedded and waited for the buck to stand. Things got a little western but the buck stopped broadside at 65 yards and the arrow found its mark. Grateful for good friends and the opportunity to take this neat buck.
  3. 27 points
    Hunted this buck for 8 strait days. I seen him scouting 1 time before my hunt. Never to see him again for 2 strait weeks. The times I did see him he was way out in a completely different location miles away. The buck was always on the move... For the few seconds I did have to see this buck I could tell he was an awesome deer; Deep forks, great mass and height! I called this deer “Ghost” he was unpatternable.. The buck never stayed in a certain area like almost all bucks do. This buck knew that staying in any given area for too long was bad news for him. Super smart deer! To make things even more difficult he was the only buck in the dam area not chasing does😂 Including scouting and my hunt I only seen this deer 3 times and the only time I seen him was at the last 10 minutes of shooting light; completely nocturnal animal. Below is the story on how it went down... I spotted a buck at 1 mile at dawn. When I put the spotting scope on him I could tell it was a shooter buck(not ghost). The buck was herding and rutting these does hardcore. It didn't take me long to pack up all my gear and start closing the distance on them. I get to a half mile of them and these deer rutted over the top of this hill away from me. I didn't wanna run right into them and spook them so I gave It about 30 minutes and just glassed the two drainages that came out from where they dropped into. I did this to make sure that they didn’t escape out of this pocket when I ventured into it. They never did so I headed over to the deer trail and started track them to where they went, I pursued them extremely slow because I knew I could get really close hunting this method. I tracked them for half a mile when I noticed ears walking towards me 100 yards away. I get down on my belly and just watch these deer get 20 yards to me and feed right around me lol they had no clue I was there. So then I see a 3x3 buck about 150 yards away and I grunted at him to try and pull him closer. He came in 20 yards and had a stand off with me and had no clue where the grunting had come from. He was looking around for 10 minutes right in front of me. The buck then started grazing and eventually met up with the does that were right in front of me. It was at that moment that I started hearing grunting and trampling like a stampede lol I just got ready on my belly cuz I knew something was lurking in front of me lol. I pulled my muzzleloader and have it on my side as I'm laying in my back. I then see about 25 deer within 30 yards of me. All I could see was little heads pop up out of nowhere. Then behind the does herding them up is a different buck than what I had seen this morning. An even bigger buck had pushed the big buck I seen this morning out of the group in the span of like an hour. This buck happened to be my target buck. "Ghost" I called this buck ghost because this buck I tried hunting for 7 days with no success. The smartest creature I have hunted lol. He had no pattern to hunt and never showed himself. He was nocturnal. But anyways this buck was pushing the does, nudging them in the rump and grunting like a mad man😂 I got on my knees as he got 50 yards from me and I let him have it. It took me 3 shots to bring that bad boy down. Here he is fellas, an awesome desert mule deer with a muzzleloader🤙🏽
  4. 26 points
    Filled my 2019 tag yesterday. Glassed him up on a hillside in the afternoon following a doe around. Took him at 350 yards with my 270. To date he's the best buck Ive ever taken. Going to get him mounted for sure. Glad I decided to take Friday off rather than go to work.
  5. 23 points
    This was my first coues hunt and dang was it a fun one! Went out today snowing and raining all day finally broke for A couple hours my buddy found this guy and we got it done!
  6. 21 points
    As the year draws towards the end, and the decade for that matter too, it becomes time to select one's favorite images of the past year. In 2019, I got out photographing less due to a lack of several things, but I did get to spend a few weeks in the desert this spring and also time with a new GWP pup. In reviewing images, I noticed that I was drawn more to black and white this year, so hence there is a good percentage of those in the set. Here are five of the eleven images from 2019 that resonated with me the most. The whole set of favorites can be seen on my website. https://www.plateaulightphotography.com/Favorite-landscape-photographs-yearly/2019-Favorite--Landscape-Photographs/ Merry Christmas and blessings to y'all in 2020
  7. 20 points
    I finally got my login working on here again so I thought share my 2019 buck from early November on the general rifle hunt. Long story short I ended up missing a good buck on opening morning so I was irritated about that until we found this buck. My wife and stepson both killed their first bucks this year so it was a good year. I like the pitchfork he has on his left side.
  8. 19 points
    My dad, cousin and I wrapped up the late coues hunt. My dad shot his buck with one shot at 500 yards. Mine was one shot at 430. We looked over a lot of bucks and had a blast while doing it. I am grateful to still be able to hunt with my dad. He follows me into some gnarly country. He was able to watch my shot hit home and I was able to do the same for him. Memories that will last a lifetime.
  9. 15 points
    haha and you guys are the same clowns that bitch about poachers, but hey as long as its coming out of someone elses pocket (especially big business) its ok. fk'ing pathetic So much for integrity and Character
  10. 14 points
    Lee Marvin went on a guided elk hunt back in 1963 on my grandfather's ranch in South Western Colorado. Here is a picture of him and my dad and granddad and the elk that he shot. There is an article, supposedly written by Lee Marvin in Gun World Magazine May of 9164. My grandfather is right behind Lee and my dad, 18 at the time, is sporting the tactical plaid shirt and glasses. Just lost my dad last week, but photos like these keep him alive. https://culturepulp.typepad.com/culturepulp/2008/08/elk-hunting-with-lee-marvin.html
  11. 14 points
    I think you should sell your stuff for the price you want. Don’t need any Carl Marx types telling you what your selling price should be. Free market economy will determine that.
  12. 13 points
    https://www.fieldandstream.com...the-meaning-of-life/ What Is the Meaning of Life? David E. Petzal shares the most valuable lessons he’s learned during his lifetime in the outdoors By David E. Petzal December 25, 2019 I’ve been around awhile. When I was born, there were men alive who had fought in the Civil War. I can remember bits and pieces of World War II, and I clearly remember life before television. I bought my first rifle in 1956, began shooting in organized competition in 1958, and got my first hunting license in 1960. After 70-some years of fart­ing around on this planet, mostly out of doors, I can’t exactly tell you the meaning of it all. But as it says in the insurance ad, I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two. Here’s some of it. 1. Hunters, more than other people, are reverential of life because they know far better than others how difficult it is to stay alive, and how ­suddenly life can end. 2. There’s no worse experience than putting down a dog. She would die for you, and now she’s dying because of you. 3. Big-game hunting is the great leveler among men. Either you can climb the mountain or you can’t; either you can shoot or you can’t; ­either you hold up your end or you don’t. Money, education, and social standing have no ­bearing on any of this. 4. Nothing in the outdoors gets your attention like a grizzly paw print with water still oozing into it. 5. According to anthropologists, Neanderthals never built big fires to sit around and swap stories, which is one of the reasons why they vanished and our ancestors did not. 6. The best judges of ­character I have met are African trackers. Their assessments are ­brutal. One hunter with a drinking problem became “Bwana Ginni Bottle.” Of Robert ­Ruark they said, “He has bad legs and much fear.” To ­paraphrase Hamlet: Of all the people in the world, you do not want a bad review from them. 7. The great, unspoken allure of true wilderness, in an era when we are trying to remove all risk from life, is that if you screw up in it, you can die in it. 8. When The Moment comes, your armored, shockproof, waterproof, SEAL-approved $75 butane survival lighter will go click…click…click…click…click…click…. 9. Scent is the great memory jogger of the outdoors. If you smell an elk ­wallow, your hair will stand up ­every time you scent one thereafter. 10. You may have the hardest body in your gym, but you’re not going to be able to keep up with someone who runs up mountains as a regular thing, even if they’re 30 years older and smoke three packs a day. 11. Ecstasy can be defined as how you feel when you’ve gotten your critter and can stay in your sleeping bag while all the other poor ­bastards who haven’t ­gotten theirs are rolling out at 3:30 a.m. 12. Hunting and fishing are, at their core, sports of solitude, and they will end when enough sh!theads decide that nothing is worth Being Out of Touch. 13. Some of the ­greatest thinking takes place in bathrooms. If I’m told by people that they read my stuff in the john, I take it as a ­compliment. 14. Being afraid is a waste of time, in the outdoors or anywhere else. What bites you in the a$$ is going to be something you never worried about. 15. There comes a moment in the life of every hunter or angler when intuition blossoms and they Catch On. In my case, this held for hunting but not for flyfishing. I became an acceptable caster but remained baffled about everything else. If this happens to you, accept it. You don’t have a choice. 16. True marksmanship requires a tranquil mind. I’ve never met an angry man who was a good shot. 17. When Homo sapiens is ­finally gone, Earth will give a shudder of relief and clean ­itself up again, just as it ­always has, over and over, in its 4.6 billion years. 18. A long time ago, I read the words: “Like most brave men, he was also kind.” Experience has proved this out. The sons of b!tches you meet usually have a yellow streak, in addition to being sons of b!tches. 19. I’ve been writing for Field & Stream since 1972 and am proudest of the fact that every time I’ve made a mistake, the readers have caught it. 20. Hospitals ask you to describe your pain on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being unbearable. There is an 11, and you can experience it on any horseback ride longer than one-tenth of a mile. 21. If you want to be a legend in your own time, never say a word about your accomplishments; let others do it for you. 22. “Thank you” is the most ­useful phrase in any language. That’s why I learned to say it in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Shona, Russian, ­Kikuyu, and Afrikaans. 23. For those who would be writers, here is a golden rule: Keep your big mouth shut and listen. 24. In New Zealand, a South ­African told me that the reason he hunted was to be able to stand alone in the wilderness and be reminded of his own insignificance. Ted Trueblood used to do the same thing by letting the campfire die out as he sat watching the stars. 25. If you’d like to know the true worth of a person, watch how they deal with major disappointment on a big-game hunt. 26. Whenever you leave ­wherever you’ve been, turn and look one last time to engrave in your mind what it looks like, because you’ll probably never see it again. 27. What I’d like as my epitaph: “He had just enough intelligence to appreciate it all.”
  13. 13 points
    So i had the pleasure of hunting with my two older boys for the first time in 7 years. Both were competitive swimmers and missed most hunting seasons due to trips and then college. So after a long absence we hit the southern hills for a coues hunt. Glasses up two shooter bucks first morning and they slipped us on three different stalks the first two days. Great hunting though we were having a blast but starting to think these bucks had us beat. Third morning the wind was howling and everything seemed bedded out of the wind. We flipped to a side of the canyon that we thought would block the wind and just before 10am we caught them moving to beds. After some leap frogging to keep them in the glass and move to a shooting spot. The best we could do was 420yrds and we couldn’t get low enough to get out of the wind that was swirling around the top of the ridge line. My oldest got set up and we waited for a couple hours hoping it would stand up. During the time we went back and forth on the two bucks. One a classic 3x3. Most likely 85-90 so good solid buck. But we could get away from the old 2x2 with him. He was unique with great mass and tall. Big body and we just couldn’t pass on him. Yea the 3x3 would score better and look good but this old deer had to be taken. Finally we said let’s take him in his bed if you fell good. I know my son felt confident with his old 30-06. Not the perfect Coues rifle but he trust it and it shoots great. He didn’t have a BT so we were working out the drop at 420 and one of his reticle hash marks lined up good. So he went hot and let it fly. Deer came busting out. Shot was high. He found it again on the run up the to the top and fired an ill advised shot missing Unlike most coues I’ve hunted this buck granted him one last perfect broadside at the top. Reset he fired and the buck went ten feet into a prickly pear and folded up. Ranged 465. Double lung. Side note. Using new Sierra Gamechanger bullets. Went through and blew half a lung out a hole about the size of a quarter. Minimal internal damage. Nice bullet in the wind for sure. Couldn’t have had a better hunt with my two oldest boys after a long gap in the field. Enjoy the pics
  14. 12 points
    Hey guys! Been a while since I’ve been on the forums, but I wanted to share my 2019 buck this year! This is a buck I found in the summer of 2018. Saw him in July scouting and got 160yd of him opening weekend of early archery. I didn’t see him again the next two weekends, didn’t see him scouting this year when I found out I drew the late tag, and didn’t get him on camera at all. This years hunt comes around and I packed in enough food and water and winter clothing for a 4 night backpack hunt. Get camp set up early Saturday morning, top the ridge to my area and the hillside is covered in deer. A couple good bucks, a couple small bucks, and a few does are milling about and this guy I dubbed Mr. Eyeguards from 2018 is in with them pushing everyone around! Spotted them at 500yd, moved in to 350yd and then had to wait him out a few times as he was either behind a tree, skylined, and once he even topped over and I thought I would lose him. He finally came back over and stopped quartering to me and I put one shot through his front shoulder. My 2019 hunt was done in just a couple hours! Velvet pics are from 2018, he lost an extra on his right side. He’s my first rifle buck, first time filling a tag on day 1, first time getting a “target” buck, and my biggest buck so far!
  15. 12 points
    I had two days to kill to try and get on the board for 2019. The mule deer hunt didn’t pan out (so many does- not a single buck to be seen) and with the wife and middle son already successful, I bundled up and did some solo treestand time near Payson. I had no idea it was going to be so windy.. Day 2, at 4:20 pm this guy walked in with his girlfriend. Shot was a tad high, he ended up going about 120 yards. Luckily not so much downhill from the shot. I backed out and waited at the top for two hours- tracked him in about an hour (thank God I found him before the storm really kicked in) I still had to carry him up to the truck- and uphill - and at 8pm the sky just opened up and started with hail. I realized I’m not 30 anymore.. Didn’t have time for pics in the field- got a group photo at the house.
  16. 12 points
    Called in our first bobcat today. Shortly after starting our 3rd stand this morning we saw what looked like a light colored tree stump about 90-yards out. We watched this stump for about 6-minutes and it never moved. At that time we saw a fox coming in. The fox was taking his time until he got close to the stump and then he took off. My son brought his AR15 up slowly and dialed the scope up to 6x. He could clearly see the “stump” was a bobcat He put the cross hairs under the cats chin and touched off the round. The 55 grain Vmax hit the bobcat a little below the bottom jaw and a little left of center, exiting behind its right shoulder. Our first bobcat was down
  17. 12 points
  18. 11 points
    yeah yours stinks. i thought it was a good read.
  19. 11 points
    My dad always told me “If you don’t have the time to run the bolt then you don’t have the time to safely evaluate the situation and get the shot off.” I can run my bolt action almost as fast as I can locate the safety to flit it off. Why take the unnecessary risk to save a second.
  20. 10 points
    Shot a pretty cool bird in the desert a couple weeks back. She was a little leucistic. Never seen one like this before. Check out the feet and topknot color. Hard to see or much different it is in photos; in person it was pretty wild.
  21. 10 points
    I was going through some folders and came across the image below. So I figured I'd give PRDATR a chance to make one of his snarky comments and for all the rest of you guys to have a hoot and holler. My friend of 40 years, Joe Reynolds, who lives in Ocean City, MD, was the photographer. At the time, I was a field editor for Outdoor Life and he was the northeast regional editor for Field & Stream. We were also business partners in the running of CompuServe (now owned by AOL) outdoor forums for about 15 years. Although Joe and I hunted doves once near Navajoa, Mex., he's more of a fisherman than a hunter, preferring to use his fly-fishing skills for about any species. Consequently, on an almost twice-a-year basis from 1980 until about 2008, he and I have fished all over the US and in a couple Canadian provinces. This was one of those trips. The set-up photo was taken on a horseback fishing trek into the Bob Marshall Wilderness sometime during the late 1980s. This is where we were fishing. We could view mountain goats on the slopes while catching huge cutthroats. SUNBURST LAKE
  22. 10 points
    I only put one in the chamber when I’m ready to shoot. Too much bad stuff can happen keeping them loaded always even with safety on.
  23. 10 points
    Boarman03, I don't mind calling out someone when they are blatantly trying to rip someone off, but for being a new member here with so few posts of your own, and bashing the post, maybe you should lighten up a bit.
  24. 10 points
    I feel like having early rifle before archery is a win-win. The outfitters complain about it a lot because they make most of their money on archery hunts and the rifle hunters take some of the cream off the top. The rifle hunters that have waited 20+ years for a tag get first crack at the bulls before they are busted and the archery hunters get to hunt more of the prime rut. I'm probably in the minority but if i were to draw an early rifle bull tag, I'd rather it be before the archery season.
  25. 9 points
    Heres a few more pics, ill do the story later today. Thanks for all the nice comments