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    Last Day Bull (pics)

    Holy schmokes man! Awesome bull and way to pull it out in the clutch!
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    Rut Activity

    West side of 6A was lighting up on Sat evening about 8pm till 3am! It was awesome hearing the action, listening to locations of the bugles and comparing to the sound to all of my dropped pins for rubs! Hard work was paying off. Bulls were progessively getting more aggressive and the bugles were almost nonstop Sat night after a very slow start. FINALLY! The moment we all lose sleep over in anticipation - the rut was on!!! THEN at 3:00am all went quiet in the house when not a single bull could be heard snoring till, Mooooooo... Mooooooo... Mooooooo.... A heard of cattle got dropped and shut then place down like a light switch got flipped. Haven't heard a bugle at night since and the bulls I've been working have gone deeper in the canyons and quiet. There's a few head of cattle in every canyon, every meadow and hillside for 100 square miles. Love me some cows!!! Keep getting after it to those still working hard to make it happen. 4th quarter on deck!
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    Pelican 50qt elite cooler

    Will you take $150?
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    Verde Rim Access

    Super sucky roads and that rim road is among the worst around and gets flat ugly with any weather. It'll break the spirit of even a new truck with a novice driver behind the wheel. I haven't been on a couple of the roads you mentioned, but that whole part of the unit is nothing but mean on a rig and not a place to venture without a reliable 4x4. As already mentioned, best off with an ATV/UTV to spare your vehicle. Helluva 1st time draw for the kid!!! A lot of the local herd has moved out of the area but there are still some fantastic bulls hanging around back in there. Which tag did he draw?
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    I appreciate your organization and all that contribute do to collaborate on all of the important projects. You've certainly pointed out a few and deserve full credit. It does not, however, change the reality of what is truly happening out there and the fact that there are more ranchers breaking those rules and agreements that were so hard to reach. If you've spent time in any of the wildernesses that have been mentioned here and have nothing but generic responses in defense... I'm sorry, but that is a tell to me that there's more to your partnerships than what meets the eye. These are the hard truths the outside world are seeing and maybe why it's so dang easy for the anti's to gain so much traction in the court of public opinion. Be offended all you want and aim your defenses at me, but I am just the dude that will say it. Edit: You can throw in the obligatory teardown by calling those that disagree with your POV "so called sportsman", and I'll again refrain from the tit for tat. I've never related to that title and you can have it to yourself. I consider myself more of an "outdoorsman" anwho...
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    I'll pass on the tit for tat petty name calling. Says a lot about who you are and it is very consistent with your point of view. Well played Sir. To be clear, and since you've either missed or not read my initial post on this thread: Bar X is NOT the ranch that I take issue with. Far from it based on what I've read here. Bar X is the exception and not the rule is my point. Now carry on with your denial about what is truly happening in our wildernesses and closed-minded statements.
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    I feel you couldn't be more wrong if you have directed that statement toward me. If I were to take pictures and share them the next time I'm out in any of the wilderness areas I frequent, you wouldn't be able to hold a candle to that statement. Believe me, you don't want that if you are an advocate for cattle on public land... My best guess is you either don't spend time in the backcountry (>1,000yds from the 4x4), are affiliated with the industry, or have your drinkin goggles on as it relates to this conversation. Fact of the matter is that your attitude is what will hands-down lose this fight to maintain our rights as hunters and unfortunately there are many with similar attitudes that don't know how to practice 'leave no trace' ethics and prefer to throw every can of Copenhagen, beer can and bottle in the fire pits that they leave behind. Far too many of these types in the old guard hunting culture. Say what you will about those infamous organizations everyone loves to hate, but they are FAR better at caring for the land than the average hunter. Feel free to take aim - READY GO!!! Lol There isn't anything hippie or Cali about protecting the environment and preserving what we still have for future generations. It's about living responsibly and sharing the resources we all enjoy.
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    I don't like to talk too much of that area on the interweb for selfish reasons. I'll only mention it for the purpose of speaking the truth about cattle and there impact. But if you've been out there, you know what's out there and it would make you sick to see what has happened to all of the springs and vegetation. It is/was truly a gem of a place and unique. The wildlife and fauna in there is nothing like it once was.
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    Double T Ranch owners should be ol' school tarred and feathered publicly for what they have done out there. I've spent a lot of days and nights in that wilderness over the past 5-6yrs. It's only occasionally that I will see another soul more than 1/2mi from the primary trailhead used. Trust me when I say - it ain't the hikers.
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    Pine Mt is the worst case I've seen - cattle stretch the wilderness end to end, Hellsgate in the past (haven't been out there in a few years), North end of the Superstitions near Rogers Trough area, is what comes to mind without digging too deep. I spend a bunch of time in 20B out the Bradshaws and though not wilderness, lot's of disheartening stuff going there as well. I have honestly yet to see grazing not overlap wilderness where ranchers have leases butting up. Fence lines are almost always not kept intact, particularly when in-line with access to water. Coincidence...???
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    Need help, Clever pest control company names.

    CowPow Pest Infestation Removal Pro's.... Sorry. Couldn't help myself.
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    These are the questions everyone should be asking even if their eyes can't see what is really happening out there. I would love to see the evidence and facts to support what you've relayed. Logic tells me your intel is probably very close to the truth of the matter.
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    Isn't this all a bit on the selfish side when we as hunters look at very real issues like this through such a narrow hunting lense? Wouldn't we be much better off and more closely aligned with the rest of the 'greenies', conservatives, etc. if we didn't just see public land in such a hunting centric way? If the land doesn't support more game as a result of us as humans managing it in as close to a natural state as possible given current understanding, technology, and what have you... than that's just the way it outta be in my opinion. If the number of tags and hunter opportunity drops than so be it. It would certainly be a bummer no doubt, but that won't stop me, my family and friends from adventuring into the backcountry and spending time where we always have and long before my hunting journey ever began. I backpack a fair amount and many of my favorite natural riprarian areas that are sensitive to such large populations of cattle and non-native species are getting decimated. There are several wilderness areas I used to be able to take a nice soak and a drink right from the spring and now they are all too often infested with fecal matter and urine and barely filterable due to the cattle being moved in. Places many of you reading this don't see unless you're truly in the backcountry and miles away from your vehicles, ATV's and UTV's. I see it almost everywhere I go and that cattle are present. Some of those places will come back in time if given the chance and others, well... might not be so fortunate. I'm not an anti-cattle person though it may come across that way. I'm pro-wildlife and would love to see better utilization and management of public lands. There are plenty of other more suitable places in the country to raise cattle.
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    Respectfully, I don't believe that to be the case though. When I see the landscape underneath cattle and how devastated our very sensitive ecosystems become after falling victim... I just can't see the difference. The majority of AZ, in my opinion, is just not well suited to support cattle on the scale required for ranchers to make a profit. I would have no problem eliminating beef from my diet if it meant our public lands would be rid of them.
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    It's always a bit surprising to see how much support the cattle ranchers get on this site. Based on what has been said in this thread, Bar X Ranch appears to be doing it the right way and I would love to see more ranches follow the same model. It's my experience that Bar X is more of the exception than the rule when it comes to the stewardship described, however. I am of the opinion that our public lands would be far better off without cattle on them, in the same way that they would be better without the donkeys and feral horses. The irony I have observed is that a lot of folks that support cattle on our lands have a polar opposite view on the donkeys and feral horses, though their impact on the land and the wildlife is identical. I've seen some of the most beautiful wilderness and backcountry I know around the state get turned into a near post-apocalyptical landscape as a result of irresponsible grazing and ranchers that reflect an attitude of entitlement instead.