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  1. I finally gave up elephant hunting, that bag of decoys was just too heavy to carry anymore

  2. AzNative63

    General Bull Hunts.... Who's going?

    Thanks! My buddy of 50 years showed me this area a few years ago. He loves this spot but to try another area, his son put them in and they were drawn for 7W starting this coming Friday. They scouted their unit and saw only 1 bull . I'm hoping he does well.
  3. AzNative63

    General Bull Hunts.... Who's going?

    Good luck everyone. IMO, it can be great hunting or you'd swear there's hardly and elk around in 6A. We hunted for 5 of the 7 days of the bull ML hunt that ended this week (11/12-11/18). All the dues I paid with walking, walking ....and more walking with my smokepole and my longtime buddy Fred so far not paying off. It seemed someone had stirred up the few herds we did see with no good shot to take. They were at a trot to other places. Finally on the last day, yesterday, as we walked up a Jeep trail, God smiled on me. A small herd crossed the trail just 75 yards in front of me just as we were in the shade of a pine tree. The third elk was a 6X6 and I sent a Barnes 290 grain into his lungs. He never took another step but did not go down. Actually, I wasn't completely sure I hit him because he had no reaction, but soon blood started coming out of the wound in his lower chest. I had time to reload and send one more, not 6 inches from the first, and he STILL stood motionless. Tough animal! He finally dropped after a couple of minutes. I will NEVER use another bullet than the Barnes TEZ either 250 or 290 grain bullets. The performance is outstanding. The round we recovered was exactly the same as what was printed on the box the bullets came in. And more good news, We were able to drive right up to him! Quartered at the butcher he was just under 400 pounds.
  4. It's sorta funny that I just got done ordering tire chains for my new (bigger) tires on my Ram 4X4 when the alert to check this post came up. I don't like the idea of spinning around and going nowhere so I was checking last years wx in Flagstaff on my hunt dates. I was remembering that old saying "it's better to have them and NOT need them, then to...well you know how it ends. Then as a FINAL decision-making choice, I called my best bud to get his opinion just for the heck of it. He absolutely stated no reason to do it, so after we hung up, I instantly ordered them.....LOL
  5. AzNative63

    Tick Tock

    YUP! Not sure if first or second, but going elk hunting!
  6. AzNative63

    Tick Tock

    And none too soon. Chase Bank on Wednesday says it's upgrading to some new card with new technology. I haven't read if all CC info is the same or if a new card will mean the old card info won't be valid. Not? Sure when THAT happens
  7. AzNative63

    Day 10 Archery Bull

    Congratulations! It still seems surreal when I get lucky enough to take a deer or elk. I say luck, but I'm sure it was hard work on your part. Any hunter would have a bunch of respect for you and your "stick to itness." Okay, it does remind me of a story one of the rangemasters ( LLoyd Van Sickle) at the then named Black Canyon Shooting Range told me back in the 70's. He elk hunted hard and came up empty and was headed back home and stopped at a G&F check station. Most wardens knew Lloyd and started to tease him about going home empty handed. He did a 180 and drove back up to his hunting spot and hunted until he downed an elk. No, I don't remember the particulars about when and where he was hunting but I got a kick out of his story and him not giving up. RIP Lloyd.
  8. AzNative63

    Elk Rut

    At my age I had to give up elephant hunting. The bag of decoys was just too much to handle any more
  9. AzNative63

    Elk Rut

    I do not have any info on elk but your comment on your dog missing you made me laugh. I feel the same way about my dog. I can phone my wife and "connect" with her about how things are going when I'm gone but my dog doesn't get it...LOL
  10. AzNative63

    The official “I didn’t get jack shoot” thread

    All I can say is at 68 years old, I do not have a whole bunch of time left to draw one more tag. I can't help remembering a guy I worked with put in for Bighorn Sheep on separate apps with his wife and they both got picked . I guess some people are just plain lucky
  11. AzNative63

    Credit Card Hit

    It was 7:20 a.m. 2 years ago when my alert from the bank hit my cell phone. Now that I'm retired I don't have to worry about making an a** of myself by jumping up and down and yelling "Yee haw" like I did 2 years ago when the alert came during a construction meeting
  12. AzNative63

    Unit 23 late rifle.

    That's a really nice bull! And a great bonus, as you know , is you had time to field dress and get it hung/loaded without worrying about losing the meat due to warm temps! When you get a chance can you let us know rifle/bullet combo? Due to the almost unending choice of artillery, it's always interesting to me what was was used . I'm sorta the nostalgic type and use a 1946 Remington 300 H&H magnum for deer and elk. Thanks
  13. AzNative63

    Ethics or not?

    Here's my 2 cents. That's not how I ever hunted, hunting by committee. I'm not saying it's wrong , just not the way I learned. I love to" still hunt" , just making my way ever so slowly in an area where I've found lots of sign and seeing the deer or elk before they've seen me. That's what I do and I'm not changing. I heard a long long time ago about a saying about fishermen. 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish. I sorta think that applies to hunting as well. Let those guys run around like nuts, on opening day I'll usually be on a elevated position, if possible, glassing , glassing and glassing until my eyes hurt. If that fails it's time to slither around and see how that goes. Oh, by the way, I have a "stage 4" subluxation degeneration of my spine. Sucks to hurt doing what I love but oh well. Everything changes if it's a CHAMP. I wonder if I'll want one when I can't walk. Not sure
  14. AzNative63

    2019 Muzzy bull

    Really nice bull! When ya get a chance, can you let us know the load you used and what kind of penetration you got out of it? Thanks
  15. AzNative63

    Son got it done again.

    What a great bull! I am sure you are very proud of him!