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  1. NewlyMinted

    Duwane Adams Glassing Lesson

    It was great meeting you too Tony! My hunt was 36A and it finished right before quail opened. Amazing experienced, learnt a ton, saw so many different animals (and bucks), met some nice hunters, saw the landscape adapt to our presence and am ready and addicted I didn't get close enough to a buck to harvest one, but being out in the desert alone, navigating mountain-sides, constantly trying to forget the fresh lion crap and tracks I saw every morning in the dark, staying hidden as coyotes and Javelina wandered passed was incredible. I've lived and camped and hiked in the desert for 22 years, but this was the first time I think I got to get down and dirty with the wild side of it. Need to find a cheap/decent unicorn of a SxS so I can give my truck a bit of a break when I need to shift positions. I was lucky enough to have a couple of forum members reach out in the PMs with help and advice, and one dude in particular who kept me sane before and during the hunt. Thanks to him, and you all, and my prep this was a great experience and although I don't have anything new in the freezer from it, 100% successful hunt.
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    2019 Coues hunt

    Great job!
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    Coues or Mule Deer

    The left antler looks like a double fork, but the right antler looks like a classic big coues rack. I’m posting all images in the sequence so you can see it’s not just weird shadows.
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    Quick Recap of Overnight Tuna Run

    I just got back from an overnight that went down to Mexico about 40 miles offshore. It's the 3rd year in a row for our group of 21 that charters the same boat every year - Relentless! Aside from the great crew and solid socializing on the boat we almost hit our boat limit on yellowfin and grabbed a few bluefin. 93 tuna on the boat and a fair number of ones-that-got-away and we each got a few mako steaks to bring home. Our tuna was all between 20-30lbs with the jackpot winner pulling in a 40lbs monster. I had a 110qt igloo max in the car and opted this year to have the boat gill&gut the fish and I'll fillet and pack. The 110qt cooler held 5 gutted fish and 40lbs of ice easily. Might have been tight if I'd been lucky enough to bring home either bigger fish, or a bluefin! My trolling set-up (we didn’t snag any trolled fish this trip) was a 85lbs braid with 60lbs fluoro leader on a Squall 60LD and a 6ft heavy action Squall pole with a bunch of lures I had rigged up. Next year I’m bringing Ballyhoo for the fun of trying it. My fishing set-up was 40lbs braid with 30lbs fluoro leader and a #2 hook on a fathom 2 speed 15LD2 and 7.5ft medium action carnage II. 6 of us brought our own stuff, and everyone who rented had slightly larger reels with 25lb braid and 20 mono topshots. They were equally successful. I chose to buy the 15LD2 to have a more versatile pole for other fishing if I wanted it. (I’m also as new to fishing as I am to hunting). The trip was a weekend trip and I was working in San Diego for 3 days afterwards, so brought along my vacuum sealer, knives and snippers, and cleaning supplies. I set my hotel bathroom up as a cleaning station. triple bagged trash for the bloodline trimmings and the carcass, 20lbs ice as a platform to keep the chopping board and the tools cold as I went along. Cleaned the shower down between every fish, and kept my tools, the chopping board, and myself clean between every stage for each fish. For the vacuum bags, the closing seal was 2 seals for top half of the fish, 3 seals for the bottom half, with the belly and collars for all 5 yellowfin being consolidated into a single bag for. Saved on labelling and adding a step. Once the fish were packed up in their bags there was 2 day old 40lbs ice underneath, a towel laid down, the packs spread out evenly and more towels, another fresh 40lbs of ice on top, and finally 2 towels on the top of the ice. I've found the igloo MAX 110qt to hold temp well except at the top. In AZ and road-trips to CA the lid gets very hot and the top ice melts fast warming the top layer of food a little. The top towels eliminate that. I drove home about 3pm from CA to AZ along I8 and it was 100+ outside from east of alpine until the sun set, with the sun always shining in the rear-hatch window pounding the ice-chest. After 6 hours of driving there was very little water to drain and the fish was nice and cold. I popped the fish in the freezer and we had poke bowls for dinner last night. Great trip.. wanted to share.
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    Bowtech Invasion CPX

    Is this a good bow for someone just starting out, or is it a little too much? What did you hunt with it?
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    Easy transaction! Thanks man!
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    I'll take them.
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    Scouting a new area

    I have the unit just north of yours and have spent a long time just driving the roads seeing where they go, which ones were passable and which were washed out or just impossible to drive with a standard truck. I found a ton of areas that on the map and google earth looked uninteresting but were great spots to hang out and watch. Most of the roads I found were only visible on the zoomed in satellite pics. It's been a wet year down there, tanks are happy and full. I'm a total newbie on the hunting side, but pouring over maps and then planning a quick drive-through were really useful for me to learn the area I am going to end up spending my October hunt in,
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    Solo kaibab Bison Hunt with help

    Thanks for sharing .. awesome story
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    Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd

    I'm banking points for bison to hopefully head out there in a couple decades or whatever, but have read that getting your animal out is not easy as they will be far from vehicle access.
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    Realistic Field Shooting

    So as a new hunter, based in Tucson, is BLM land the only none-range places you can shoot? There isn't a lot close by that I've found offering a 200yd back drop to practice in the dirt sitting or lying down. I'm shooting a muzzleloader this fall for coues, and have been very aware that as I try to extend my range accuracy from 100-200yds, I'm really only improving my field accuracy from 50/75yds to 100 yds or so with nerves and all the other factors (if i'm lucky enough to pull the trigger during the hunt).
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    After work success

    Wow! great buck!
  13. Amazing post and write-ups! Thank you for sharing!!
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    12ga stoeger over under, 12ga SXS, .357 S&W

    Does the Stoeger have choked barrels or replaceable tubes? any come with?
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    Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd

    What is the expected success rate for free roaming bison? Is 2/25 close?
  16. Hi everyone, I'm scouting for my first ever Coues hunt in early October. I'll be hunting solo in a remote-ish area and have been using my 12x50s on a tripod and felt really comfortable. They are Vortex Diamondbacks which was in my budget. I know they aren't on the high end, but I'm spotting deer and they are working for me until my hunting-savings account fills back up to consider something else. My question is about the spotting scope. I'm borrowing a 27-60x85 Razor HD spotter for the next 2 months and I took it for a spin yesterday and am confused if I'm an idiot or just need to adapt. I do have the ocular twisted out so it's sitting at the right distance for my eye. The eye piece is huge, my 12x50s fit snug into my eye socket and I have a clear wall to wall image. the spotting scope eye piece is too big to get up close and I seem to be dancing around to get the full FOV. It's also a lot dimmer and almost washed out. Now I know it's going to be collecting less light so the images are going to be less intense, but going from diamondback binos to razor spotter I figured the increase in quality would make them more comparable. I'm learning that my own expectation on anything related to hunting is usually the causes of my first and largest mistakes, but I'm hoping for some simple pointers here. Should there be an eye cup I didn't get for the eye piece? How can you put a 2" eye piece up against my eye without it being hit or miss? It's a angular scope so if I'm sitting with the bino's in my tripod and trying to switch to glass up the same deer with the spotter it's a nightmare to deal with. Should I not be sitting? Do I bring a second tripod? I'm hiking about a mile from the truck across rugged ground and the spotter is effing heavy. Any insight would be phenomenal. Thank you!
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    Put it all together

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    Excalibur 2.5 Day 8/24-8/25

    Belly hooks were killers vs. nose hooks for us on the yellowfin. We didn't use #1 hooks, just #2. Have chewable Dramamine. Take 2-4L of your own water. We had water on board, but I was grateful I had 1L nalgenes in my bag. 100SPF kids swimming spray sunscreen gets you back in action faster. Have a ton of fun, and take lots of pictures. I thought I took more, but I didn't.
  19. I love the outdoors, but my family (and my friends as I got older) just weren't hunters. My in-laws started showing me how to shoot a while ago, but they didn't hunt, and although really fun it never convinced me I should look at researching my first firearm. Fast forward about 10 years and my new girlfriend introduced me to her dad for the first time out in the field hunting quail.. and after bagging half a dozen that morning, went home and cooked them up - I was addicted. An 870, and a 10/22 later... About 4 years ago my co-worker started talking about his muzzleloader elk and javelina adventures and how his kids preferred his peccary sausage to anything else. He shared some mule deer steak with me a couple of years ago. He grew up hunting, and the outdoors is second nature to him, so our chats were enthralling, it was so different to how I grew up. Last fall, on a black friday deal, I bought a muzzleloader and started reading avidly, and heading to the range to figure out loads and get to know my front end stuffer. Here's the list in almost exact order: The Complete Blackpowder Handbook - Sam Fadal - pretty good general info on inlines that gets repeated over and over again in most muzzleloader books, and quite a bit on roundball (which I don't shoot) The Smoking Gun - Dan Allan - amazing. this was hands down the best get to know your muzzleloader, write clearly and explain reasoning, muzzleloader book I read. It's an eBook on my kindle, and I 100% recommend. DIY Elk Hunting Guide - Dan Allan - I bought because the one above was so great. Equally well written, and although I haven't seen an Elk yet have no idea how the infomation stacks up, it was great to see him break down public land, and areas within public land and offer advice on approaches and things to consider on a DIY hunt. I knew I was going to go after Coues as my first big game animal.. but it was cool to read. Diary of a Muzzleloader Hunter - Dave Sabrowsky - literally the best book that I read on my journey so far. It tipped me over any doubt I had (a) picking a muzzleloader as my first big game firearm and (b) picking deer as my quarry. He hunts whitetail in Michigan which is not a Coues and not Arizona, but the book is literally 10 years of diary entries on his hunt. It's like you are there. The disappointment, the wins, the in jokes, the struggles, the changing of regs, etc. It's a humbling insight into another hunter's mind and I'm grateful he published it. Beyond Fair Chase - Jim Posewitz - ok so in January 2019 I started to get serious. My hunter ed class was February and I had to make sure I wasn't just bumbling into hunting without understanding more about myself and the sport. Fortunately this book really just emphasized being ethical and moral in the way I'd expected. I learned great reasoning, and it reinforced why I wanted to hunt, and how I wanted to do it. A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold - I was told point blank that Ii had to read this, and I'm about 1/2 way through. It's a great book, and tribute to the history of modern conservationism. Do what's right, even if what's wrong is legal. Muzzleloading for Deer and Turkey – Dave Ehrig – great read and again good perspective on finding sign, stalking, and shooting deer. Coues White-tailed Deer - Annotated bibliography - Richard Ockenfels - I'm a scientist by training, and having this book was awesome. I could literally flick to a few pages, read the highlights and add to my growing lists of things to know or wonder about. How to Hunt Coues Deer – Duwane Adams & Tony Mandile – I was so excited this book even existed. I’d been listening to Dwayne on Jay’s podcasts and he just floored me with how much he knew and the depth of his experience. I am hopefully getting a glassing lesson from Duwane before my Oct. 11th hunt, but either way. Happy to have this in my library Hunting Butchering and cooking wild game vol. 2 – Steve Rinella – I really liked this hunting reference and explanation on how to do certain things even though dozens of you tube videos have shown me on repeat what to do The Perfect Shot North America – Craig Boddington – Also great info, and fascinating stuff. My legs when numb a few times as I kept this hand in the WC. Deer of the Southwest – Jim Heffelfinger – Oh man, this one was awesome. Between this book, tony & Duwane’s book, the bibliography and just getting out there I feel pretty good about my academic knowledge at this point on the coues. Now I just have to find the dang things right? Next to my bed that I have started or barely started are the 3 below: The still hunter – Theodore Van Dyke – written in the late 1800s amazing stuff Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey – recommended haven’t started really. Restoring America’s Wildlife – US Dept. of Interior F&W – History and official reasoning behind the current model that makes our model the best in the world. Long list, but I’ve been reading the archive here. Threads from 2005, 6, and 7 to more recently in the last few years, and there is just a wealth of info. I want to thank everyone who’s shared their thoughts and opinions, and asked questions that have been recorded here. For a new hunter this forum has been amazingly helpful, and shows the importance of me exposing my highschoolers to the outdoors like I’ve been doing, but also taking them with me as I scout and look specifically for deer.
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    Excalibur 2.5 Day 8/24-8/25

    Awesome! That's a monster! good eating!
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    My first Coues

    This is awesome! Thanks for posting!
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    35B October hunt

    It's my first big game hunt this October too, in a different unit. I first drove all the roads and 4x4 trails I could find to get an idea of the landscape and build a map with my favorite GPS app. I marked all the water and noted any hills (near and far) that would give me good views in a lot of directions. I poured over the USGS maps of the area and came up with specific hikes to take on the weekends to this hills noting proximity to roads and trails beyond my approach I'm still making mistakes but am finally (after months) seeing bucks and no evidence of people. It's a lot of fun out there! Enjoy it and post updates of the stuff you find!! Ed
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    Quick Recap of Overnight Tuna Run

    20x $284ea covered the charter boat, a hefty general tip for the crew and captain $12 for the Mexican fishing license $25 tip for the G&G of my 5 yellowfin $60 or so for beer, 2 meals, and snacks was my galley tab but depends on how much you drink/ eat $40 for the jackpot (winner walked away with $840) The rentals were $35 for pole, reel, and hooks.. the crew on the boat added the fluoro leaders onto the mono topshot and rigged them up.
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    Solar panels FREE

    would love them!