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Speedy

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    Traditional bowhunting, geology, motorcycles
  1. Speedy

    Midwesterner Heading SW

    Well, getting closer but still no Coues. I managed to get a 20 yard shot at a 3x3 that was trying hard to be a 4x4 but shot too far forward resulting in a non-fatal flesh wound. Traditional bows have advantages and disadvantages over wheelie bows. An advantage is I can execute a shot sequence in under 2 seconds, but a disadvantage is not being able to hold full draw so timing of when to draw is critical. I waited till his near leg started forward but he only took ½ step and then pivoted towards me so I had to hold tight to the shoulder. Letting down would have resulted in a bust. Still I thought I had a good shot, but was 4" left. Centered in the kill zone on a broadside Coues that would have worked. I felt really bad but the deer looked fine when I jumped him later. He never bedded and was heading up hill. Not making excuses but I know what some might be thinking (as I would) but I’ve killed 3 deer this season with my recurve, all died in under 60 yards. This one was caused in part by my new shooting method. Not using the arrow for a sight means I can’t be sure my anchor is aligned properly. The method works, I just should have practiced with my face mask on. Bummed to the extreme again. I passed up a spork (1x2) that took interest in my decoy but wouldn’t get closer than 10 yards to it. Had a doe walk right by it like nothing was there. Another 3x3 saw it but then spooked right before entering the kill zone. Jury is still out on the deek, I’d like to see what an older buck thinks of it. For some reason there were a lot of smaller bucks this year, not sure if there was a bad kill or what but most were barely 3x3s and lots of forkys. Despite all that happened I think I learned more about coues deer than that last 3 years combined. For one it’s really easy to burn out a stand. I brought a trail cam which confirmed this. Deer sightings went down every day to zero by day 3 (even after dark). It’s not always the deer you see either, as I caught a few glimpses of deer sneaking away that winded me. Swirling winds and ground blinds don’t work well together, so based on the above it’s better to go somewhere else rather than risk burning a good blind. That’s not always easy to do. I thought going higher in elevation to use tree stands might be the answer to scent control but there were no trees big enough to get more than 12 feet off the ground which isn't nearly high enough. I also thought no way a coues deer won’t spot me in one but guess what, they don’t look up! That was a surprise coming from the Midwest where they all do. My reduced profile likely helps a lot. The deer I hit was out of a tree stand, which lead to - Coues deer are nervous wrecks to the max. I cut off a few small cedar branches for shooting lanes and left one little branch laying off the side of the trail. The buck I shot at came down the trail, saw the branch 10 feet away spun around and took off. A minute later he came back, cautiously approached and nibbled on it for a few seconds before walking past. Talk about acute awareness of your surroundings! I ran into 2 bowhunters one day just sneaking around, they were locals in their 20s. It was fun talking to them but I mentioned the low deer density in AZ and how I typically see 8-10 deer per sit in WI and sometimes 25 or more in a big field and their eyes lit up. That made me chuckle as they likely thought I was an idiot coming out here where if you see 2 deer a day it’s a success! The Sonoran dogs were as good as I remember. It's going to be a long wait till next year...
  2. Fixed crawl is a compromise. It makes more noise, is harder to tune and results in a loss of arrow velocity. Also some trad shoots specify one finger touching the nock, which makes it illegal. One solution is using stiffer arrows so they can be as long as possible to reduce or eliminate the crawl. My trouble is coues deer are so small and pretty much featureless it was hard to pick a spot, especially since my arrow point was wider than the kill zone at 20 yards. I can shoot elk all day at 30 yards and deer at home at 25 but I have a hard time picking a spot on a coues. The SRF sight can be seen as cheating but really it's just another sight reference like an arrow tip. I added a sight pin in the middle too, but that's just a much finer arrow tip. I aim and gap it the same as an arrow tip, but it doesn't cover up the target like my standard sized GT traditionals. Proof will be in 3 days thru next week if/when I have a shot opportunity.
  3. Awesome. Truth be told a 98% of all trad archers are gap shooting whether we consciously know we are doing it or not. That's a good point on range, I had to crawl 3/4" down the string to get it to 25 yards, but it really improved my shooting at all ranges. My anchor is my thumb knuckle in the dent under my earlobe behind the jawbone. Feathers touch my nose when I shoot no crawl 3 under.
  4. Speedy

    Midwesterner Heading SW

    It's that time of the year again to fly south to try and match wits with the wariest of all game species in the most hostile of all terrain. Those of us from the great white north like me are easy to spot, we are usually red faced and complaining about the constant sunshine after 3 days. I'll be there this Friday for another round of Coues deer vs. idiot with a recurve. They won the past 3 rounds but I'm not one to give up that easy. I've been preparing for 2 months so I'm ready, I even setup a special bow just for this hunt. I'll keep you guys posted. There no Packer games to distract me this time either. I also have another 34 a/b javi tag if anyone has some intel down that way they'd be willing to share that would be great. I'll be happy to share some of the meat ;). Actually I'd share some deer with anyone so I don't have to pay an excessive baggage fee. And yum I can't wait for a sonoran dog at Ruiz's food truck in Tucson. Truth be told they alone are worth the trip.
  5. According to the book Deer of the Southwest Coues deer are 32” high at the shoulder (they don't specify sex or age). Measuring pictures their legs are as long as the chest is deep, so that would be 16”. They don’t give height measurements for mule deer. Interestingly average dressed weights for 3.5-5.5 year old Coues bucks is 85#, Mule deer bucks 185#. New Mexico Game and Fish says this: An average Coues' white-tailed buck weighs only 80 to 100 pounds and stands only 30 to 32 inches high at the shoulder. In contrast, a Maine white-tailed buck stands 40 inches at the shoulder, while in Texas a buck is about 36 inches at the shoulder. A Coues' white-tailed doe weighs approximately 60 to 80 pounds and stands 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder. That's downright tiny and explains my issues with range estimation.
  6. BTW - I shoot a fixed crawl so my point on is 25 yards, but this year I'm using an SRF sight to force myself into doing a better job picking a spot as I tend to shoot high when I don't.
  7. So is your point on range beyond your effective range? Gap depends on what distance you are shooting at, and accurately guessing it. My first miss (of many) was due to judging midwest sized deer so I thought the 3x3 coues buck was farther away than he was. Then you have to worry about those little buggers ducking the arrow. Or not. That's been my story hunting them with a recurve the last 3 years!
  8. Speedy

    Elk Loin

    I never cut backstrap into steaks, always grill/roast whole then slice. You don't lose as much moisture that way. I also do my own version of a roulade - roasted red peppers, feta cheese, fresh basil and oregano leaves and a touch of garlic. Roll it up and tie with string. Penzeys greek seasoning and olive oil on the outside. Grill to 125F and let rest for 10 minutes (will rise to 130).
  9. Speedy

    Dang you Sous Vide guys!

    The meat is finished! It's perfectly medium rare just the way I like it. Made excellent sandwiches the next day too. BTW - Cooked a prime rib to 137 and it was about the same doneness. Med-rare is 130 for venison, 140 for beef. Go figure.
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    Dang you Sous Vide guys!

    Got one for myself for X-Mas. My first try with a midwest whitetail backstrap. Seared it, then cooked it whole at 130F for 7 hours, then seared it again.
  11. Speedy

    Love hunting in the snow...

    Wait what, it snows in Arizona? I'm headed there a week from tomorrow hoping to escape from it ;). Seriously nice buck. I'm still looking to get my first Coues, this will be my 4th attempt!
  12. Speedy

    WTB Heated socks

    This place has a ton of heated socks. If you can believe it I bought a pair of Volt 3V socks specifically for AZ as you only really need big boots for maybe 2 hours in the morning. Haven't really used them much but they seem to work. I only plan to turn them on when my feet get cold then turn them off so they should last a week. They are very thin so should fit inside any boot with your regular socks. https://www.thewarmingstore.com/electric-socks.html If you want serious pack boots made for hiking these are way better than the LL Bean boots. I use them for elk hunting. https://kenetrek.com/collections/pac-boots/products/10-grizzly
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    Sous vide guys

    Can you cook an 11 lb rib roast in only 6 hours? That seems too short. The beauty of SV is you can't overcook anything, but you also can't tell when it's done? I used a venison roast recipe form the Meateater's website so it was bagged with shallots, garlic and rosemary after a quick initial sear. This resulted in an odd taste that my wife thought was gamey (it wasn't, I think the rosemary and shallots were too much for an extended cooking time). However it made for excellent french dip sandwiches the next day.
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    Sous vide guys

    Just bought one for myself for X-mas! This was the first time using it. Midwest whitetail buck backstrap, 8 hours at 130F, quick pan sear.
  15. Speedy

    Anyone Else Pumped for January Rut Action?!

    Yep, he ducked and it bounced off his back. Took me about 20 minutes to find the arrow.
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