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  1. Realistically the real smugglers only run a few routes, and most of that country is gnarly and tough to access by vehicle.  They can't risk getting caught, otherwise the cartels will get rid of them and everyone they know.... 

      Most of the people you see are illegals, they cross anywhere and are likely to avoid you anyways and start running, maybe steal your crap from camp.

  2. 14 hours ago, Cloninger said:

    That is a great accomplishment.  Incredible mass on the horns of that buck!  Did you get a Pope and Young score?  It's also great that you got him with a traditional

    bow.  The only bows I have used are a recurve and a reflex, so I am partial to hunting traditional.


    I never enter anything in the books, but I did rough tape him at about 86".

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  3. The secret to getting so close is failing miserably a bunch of times...lol

      Realistically I drew a decent tag, spent a ton of time looking over a number of goats.  Found a couple of really good bucks and decided that I would make a play on them with the longbow, knowing I could switch to a rifle in a few weeks and shoot a grande, so there was no pressure to fill the tag.  Failed on a few stalks and while doing so, turned this buck up, which would have been a no brainer even with a gun in a few weeks.  Had I known this buck existed I would have brought the compound or held off completely until the rifle opener. Really it just worked out that was the only thing I could hunt him with at the moment in time...

     I botched a bunch of stalks on him during the day and eventually I caught him dogging a doe that I know was headed to water.  I caught them traveling in a wash and ambushed him in a brushy spot about 35 yards out, which is about as far as I feel comfortable shooting. Shot was a little forward, but managed to get enough penetration to get the job done... There's a long winded play by play on another site, but that's the short of it.

    Ironically enough the largest I've ever taken with any weapon... I knew he was big but stunned when I walked up on him...

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  4. 12 minutes ago, Bill@roofer said:

    That thing looks like a whitetail and muley mix with the ears and big head.. damb nice looking Buck. Big body 👍

    I would say that he was a fairly young deer (3.5) with great potential to be a giant.  Ironically that ear facing the camera is almost 2" larger than the other and his horns are a little willowy.  Being my first coues, I didn't wait for him to grow up any more, he was plenty big enough.

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  5. I think it's just fine as it is... even with crappy NR odds I seem to be able to draw a couple tags here and there.  I think that comes with a realistic outlook on what's possible to draw.  Obviously a crap ton of people chase a couple glory units with very few tags and minuscule drawing odds are going to be disappointed that they don't draw every time they have a pile of points. 

  6. 12 hours ago, turbo said:

    That is a great trad harvest, especially in AZ. Drought this year seems to have "shrunk" the antlers a little on lots of bucks. Got real close to one today, and looked like the tines had shrunk down on thick beams. 

    Great job on the harvest. I bet that "luck" on the trad bow kill involved you having the discipline to keep the bow handy in case something went down. 

    He also broke his G2 off flush with the beam on the side with the double eyeguard, neat buck regardless.  I did happen to have the longbow handy glassing, attempting to thump some doves, rabbits. He came to me dogging a doe,  I had to stop him which put him on full alert at maybe 25 yards.  I slightly plucked the string on release and pulled a couple inches back, but fortunately he also jumped the string and wheeled into what ended up being a decently placed quartering away shot...  I watched him go a couple hundred yards into a little ravine which he never exited.  


      They're just such jumpy little deer, combined with my limited scouting/hunting time down there and max effective range of maybe 35, I really hadn't given the longbow much realistic thought.  Maybe if I were a resident I would put a realistic effort into it.  I'm also not a big fan of sitting water, treestands or a blind either, I go stir crazy sitting...

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  7. Just recently returned last week from 20 days in the desert.  I left shortly after Christmas to try to fill my 2020 tag and then stay to hunt my 2021 tags.  I usually hunt a little later in January to coincide with the rut, but I wanted to give 2020 one last hurrah as well.   I was fortunate enough to fill my 2020 tag with 1 day to spare, and with the longbow to boot.(Decent older buck, I wasn't picky)  I had no intention of using it to fill that tag but it just happened to be convenient at the time. (Crazy story in itself).  With the Monkey off my back I decided I would shop for a really good buck during the rest of my hunt and also fill my javelina tags.  I had a couple decent opportunities at some really great bucks under 50 yards that just didn't materialize, no shots fired.  On the last day I decided I would shoot the first deer I could find a long as it had 6 points, and well I shot the first deer that I saw with 6 points.  Not a trophy buck but I do love coues steaks....  Great times, got to hunt 9 different units, killed an animal in 4 different units, got to hang with my brother and a good friend in the woods for a few days also....







      A couple cool buffleheads...


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  8. For what its worth I think you would enjoy the late hunt.  October hunt you have a chance to kill a good buck if you find his home turf.  After the shooting starts it gets tougher by season, deer hunker down and become tougher to turn up, move less during the day in the open.  Late December is definitely better as bucks start to travel more looking for groups of does, you definitely see more deer on their feet.  Bucks may not be with does but they will not be far and likely on the move. It's a super fun hunt and if you will see lots of deer and maybe a good one.  If you're lucky you might see a little pre/early rut action if it cools down especially after Christmas.   North/central they rut a little earlier but generally lower populations and thicker country, South they rut later but more deer in general and more glassable IMO.  If I were not familiar with areas I would stay away from the 6's, 30A&B.  I'm not a fan of the 21-24's personally...some are...



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  9. For some reason this movie quote kept running through my mind while reading this thread.... :D

    "Mr. Madison, what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

    I have 10 fingers...

    ...no you have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs

    .... 10 fingers

    ......no you have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs

    .... You're stupid

    .... No, You're stupid

     That Crap you read on the internet...