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Shooter McGavin

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About Shooter McGavin

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  • Birthday July 23

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    Tucson
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    Spending as much time scouting and trying to fill whatever tag I have in my possession, as well as teaching my children everything I know about the great outdoors.

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  1. Shooter McGavin

    PSA For Quartering Game

    Exactly, I went to BigLots for mine. Two for $5, made carrying the elk quarters real easy, super strong and even zippered to keep the bugs and debris out.
  2. Shooter McGavin

    Already over!!!!!!!

    Really appreciate all the thumbs up!!!!
  3. Shooter McGavin

    Already over!!!!!!!

    Got drawn for the 1st general WT hunt in 33, had two locations I was tossing back and forth that hold deer. Well I went to the Redington location and it paid off. Started glassing at 0600 and by 7:15 had 3 bucks at 792 yds. Closed the distance to 438 yds and tag filled. Kind of sad that it’s over so quickly, but looking forward to WGP’s chorizo and snack sticks!!!!
  4. Shooter McGavin

    JR elk hunt 2 weeks away, can’t wait!!!

    Thanks for flipping these!!!
  5. Shooter McGavin

    JR elk hunt 2 weeks away, can’t wait!!!

    Well just got back from my kiddos hunt and let me tell you what a hunt/memory maker it was. From day 1 until this morning was non-stop action. We had the 6A/5BS jr hunt and stayed in 6A the entire time. Day 1: Got some tips from a buddy of mine from their archery bull hunt 2 weeks earlier and it was crazy. The bulls were still bugling so it made it real easy to get started. We got on about 25 cows and a couple of bulls going crazy. Got close but the forest was too thick to actually send lead. That evening went to the same spot and got on more bugling bulls which had cows. My daughter had a shot but missed, then the sky opened up and poured on us. We high-tailed it back to the truck only to get a text from her good friend who shot one at 5:27. They sent us coordinates so we could lend a hand. We used OnX but only to find out that the road was nonexistent. We started walking about 6:10, we got to them at 7:00 and it was pitch black. Helped finish quartering and started back, we had 6 pillow cases filled. Could only get 4 of them back to the truck so me and the other dad went back for the other two. The girls were spent so we left them at the truck with 2 pistols just in case. We left the truck at 8:20 and got back to the kill spot at 9:30. Let me tell you walking at night with only headlights and a handheld light you get some effed up thoughts run through your mind. Well we made it back to the truck at 10:15. The ride back to camp never felt so good. Day 2: Got up around 7 due to the previous night, headed out in two trucks and within 10 minutes see a huge herd cross the road in front of us. We park and go after them. Two hours later no sign of any elk. Kids are griping that they are hungry so we go back empty handed. A buddy of mine who joined us for the hunt recommended we walk out of camp and give it a whirl. As soon as we crest the hill 20 cow go running buy, my son couldn’t retrieve his gun from his scabbard in time to get a shot off. My daughter and I run back down the hill to get in the truck and try to head them off at the road. We hike up the hill and see nothing, but we hear a bugle not to far off. As we head closer my daughter says” dad…elk “, well it was a massive 6x6 bull all alone screaming. It eventually lays down about 40 yds in front of us. We both almost in sync say “ I wish I had a bull tag” she giggles and mutter an expletive. We decide to back out and go around and as we do my daughter says look dad more elk, well the previous herd had doubled back and we’re going back the same direction the came from. A lone cow stops about 110 yds away and that’s all it took. Cow drops and the herd takes off. As we are walking up we hear another shot, to find out my boy had taken a shot and hit one but couldn’t recover it after about 1 hr track of a tiny blood trail. We all help out and get this cow quartered and back to camp and off to Casey’s for butchering. Day 3: Headed back right outside of camp again and got back on the herd again, but couldn’t get a shot off. The boy wanted a change of scenery so we went to Upper Lake Mary to do some fishing. No fish were caught, but it was a beautiful day to drown some worms. Got back to camp and did an evening hunt only to turn up empty handed. I could tell the boy was getting tired and frustrated and time wasn’t on our side for many other excursions. Day 4: Left again just outside of camp and immediately got on 2 bulls, we followed them only to turn up empty handed. Got back to camp and it was getting really windy so the next 3 hours were playing poker (Omaha, Texas, 3 card and screw your neighbor) the kiddos really liked this. We ended up going into Flagstaff for dinner, this was a nice change of pace. When we got back to camp, just in time it started to rain and rain and later to find out snow all night. This morning was quite a shock, needless to say we weren’t going in this and packed everything up and headed back. Two out of 3 tags filled……not too shabby.
  6. Shooter McGavin

    FREE (4) youth bird vests

    Vests are are accounted for (Tyson), will let you know if anything falls through.
  7. Shooter McGavin

    FREE (4) youth bird vests

    I’ve got (4) youth bird vests for free, with quail right around the corner if anybody is needing them!!! There is some dried bird blood stains on a couple but that just means good luck to the new shooter/wearer. 1st pic L 2nd pic M 3rd pic XL 4th pic M Located in Tucson, will be in and around Flagstaff this weekend for a JR elk hunt.
  8. Shooter McGavin

    Ruger PRC 22lr

    Great squirrel gun!!!!
  9. Shooter McGavin

    JR elk hunt 2 weeks away, can’t wait!!!

    Currently yes, but I really appreciate the offer.
  10. Shooter McGavin

    JR elk hunt 2 weeks away, can’t wait!!!

    We actually have 3 jr tags to fill, my two kiddos (son-has only killed 1 deer and daughter-has killed 5 deer and 1 cow)and my daughters best friend who hadn’t filled any tags yet. So the plan is daughters friend first, followed by my son then my daughter. Like you said, being there and watching them is an absolute blast and memory maker. Reminds me of when I was there age with my dad. Rifles are dialed in out to 500yds, but hoping to get within 100 yds or less. This was my daughters 80yd shot same unit 3 yrs ago.
  11. Shooter McGavin

    JR elk hunt 2 weeks away, can’t wait!!!

    Drove up to 6A/5BS yesterday to get some last minute intel for the Oct 8 jr elk my kids have. Saw 3 different herds and got within 44-133 yds of these different groups. Pretty excited, but also saw the mother load of herds congregating in the middle of Mormon Lake. Had to have been 300+, counted at least 37 bulls. Actually had a lady hunter tracking them with a cow decoy, she had hit one and was tracking it across the lake. We sat there and watched it hobble across until about 6:20 before we left. This morning the same group of hunters were still looking for the bull in the lake area, hopefully they were able to locate it. Also found someone’s arrow, it was busted and no blood on it. I can only image, if this hunter was after the bull we saw in this area is cursing themselves for missing because it was a monster. We got 3 jr tags, hopefully we can make it happen.
  12. Shooter McGavin

    Ruger PRC 22lr

    Wednesday bump
  13. Shooter McGavin

    Doctor 15x60B Nobilem binos

    Back up, $650.00
  14. Shooter McGavin

    Doctor 15x60B Nobilem binos

    SPF and meet up on Friday.
  15. Shooter McGavin

    Not Cool!

    Went out after work, a little warm but decent amount of birds to shoot at with the amount of rain we got the night before. The birds were on the smaller side though. And 1 less rattler, dang snake didn’t even rattle and I was 1 1/2’ away from me while looking for a downed bird, needless to say it was DRT……dead right there!!!
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