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  1. My group also drew 1133, Nov 8th 35A. It was our 4th choice and we mailed it in on Friday for Monday delivery. We got tag numbers 384-387. That choice only had 375 permits allocated in total. Does the G&F issue out more permits than they state in the regs, is this an error due to the manual processing and high volumes? I was told they received over 3000 applications. Did anyone else notice they got tag numbers higher than the total being handed out? I'm grateful to have a tag but this was interesting to me. 

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  2. A little late but it's been a busy stretch. My daughter turned 10 this year and drew a few tags for the fall break. A lot of built up excitement (mostly my own) over the years and it came and went in the blink of an eye.

    We started off with a southern deer and javelina hunt. Fortunate enough to have the help of my Dad and friend Nate. Opening morning started with a close call on a good buck but after watching Marissa handle the pressure and miss like a champ I knew she was going to do just fine as a young hunter. Later opening morning we had pigs bedded and the stalk was on! We closed the distance and patience paid off with a perfect heart shot that dropped her first kill ever! Watching her reaction afterwards was priceless and easily one of the greatest experiences I have ever had!

    We headed back to camp with her confidence sky high. It was already a successful hunt and my Mom's birthday was on Sunday in a couple days so the plan was to head home early for that. Little did I know that Saturday morning she wasn't done. We had some other close encounters and as the morning hunt dwindled, Nate spotted a spike across a canyon. We made a stalk and got above the buck who was bedded deep inside a juniper. The wind was blowing pretty strong and Marissa struggled identifying the buck. After some more patience she finally was able to pin point him. The buck was now on to us and once again, under pressure as a first time hunter, she executed a great shot and the buck went 10 yards! Another priceless moment! 

    Fast-forward to the following weekend and we are now on her final hunt for the fall, junior cow elk. Opening morning we had some bulls talking but nothing coming in. We decided to head back to the same canyon for the evening. As we hiked in with Nate we spotted some elk moving away below us. I tried getting them to slow down by calling when Nate whispered to us to look up. Coming in to the call was a young antlerless bull. We hurried and get her setup and she was a seasoned vet at this point. The young elk dropped in it's tracks! More excitement, hugs, celebration, and the trifecta was complete.

    Marissa was a bit skeptical going into the season but grew confidence in abundance and learned to trust herself and appreciate the sport. From campfire talks, quad rides, watching wildlife, seeing the diversity and beauty of the outdoors, to all aspects of the actual hunt, I could see her enjoy something I've been so passionate about my whole life. Passing this on and building a future with her as hunting buddies is about the greatest feeling there is. It has been a great start and I can't wait for the memories to come.






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  3. Well I finally get to take me kid hunting! She turned 10 and was fortunate enough to draw the 34A youth deer tag and the 34/35 javelina tag all for early October. I had an area picked out to get on both pigs and deer but went down yesterday and the water source is no longer available. Couldn't turn up any pig sign anyways. I tried a couple other spots but same result. Turned up a few bucks but with a 10 year old on her first ever hunt I really wanted to have pigs in the back pocket just because I felt it would be much easier to get her on them and have some success. I'm headed down to do some more scouting next weekend. Any tips or suggestions for pigs in 34A would be appreciated. Thanks.

  4. That sounds like a predicament! Is she right handed? And left eye dominate?

    What I might try is borrowing a leftie rifle and let her try it to see if it's more comfortable for her to shoot and operate. If she's both left eye and left handed I would think that Jr lefty 7mm 08 might be a good way to go. Just my 2 cents


    She is mostly right handed but when shooting she felt comfortable left handed and got very frustrated trying to shoot right handed.

  5. For what it's worth.


    I'm left eye dominant but grew up shooting borrowed RH rifles. I prefer shooting RH rifles since it allows me to cycle a round while maintaining a trigger hold. If she has been shooting a RH rifle already and has no problem with cycling rounds let her shoot it as a lefty.

    Lots of rifle stocks do not have a cheek rest so the rifle doesn't really have any negative toward lefty shooting other than the bolt.


    Plus you can borrow her rifle!!!


    Appreciate the feedback! I actually have been torn on this concept. I have leaned towards the left handed rifle though for a couple reasons. 1, the motion to rack a new round after the first shot makes it a little harder to keep your targets point of reference. 2, I actually would prefer (her being a new shooter) to not have her finger on the trigger while chambering a new round just for safety reasons. I know it's probably minor things and I have heard that most left handed shooters do prefer the right handed rifles but I just want to put her in the best position to be safe and successful without developing any habits she may want to alter down the road. Going left handed might end up being the wrong decision but that's why I wanted to get more opinions and try to do the right thing. Thanks again for the input, I really appreciate it!

  6. I have 2 youth Remington 700 in 7mm-08. One for my wife (LH) and one for my daughter (RH). They are great rifles. I did swap the triggers out as I did with all my Remingtons after some of them were recalled. Actually gonna drop off my daughters to get a brake installed soon.

    I know Remington had that issue for a while with the triggers. Good to hear they like the rifles!

  7. So my daughter is 9 and is officially put in for elk. She has been shooting with a youth right handed .243 and enjoys shooting but I have a problem. She is left eye dominant and I have tried to use an eye patch to get her right eye stronger but she just isn't enjoying it so I have decided to keep her shooting in her natural position. I want her to have the proper equipment and have been looking into left handed youth rifles. So far the option I have found most appealing is the Remington 7mm-08. There doesn't seem to be many rifles out there for youth lefties. Any advice, opinions, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  8. Has anyone heard more on the sub-account option? I have been trying to find out when this will become available but after 15 minutes on hold I left a voicemail. That was over a day ago and I still haven't been called back. I will try calling again tomorrow if time permits. Hopefully they get this figured out before the draw is completed.

  9. If you login to the portal it shows results pending but next to it will be the hunt number. If not drawn it has the hunt number as 0000. Pretty sure they are in the process of uploading results. Looks like 36B October Coues for me!

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  10. I recently bought a Weatherby Vangaurd S2 .270 for deer hunting and am shopping around for a scope to pair with it. I was looking into a few Vortex scopes like the Viper HS 6-24X50 and 4-16X50. I was curious what everyones thoughts were. Is the bigger scope too much? Is it worth getting into the HS LR scopes? I am not the greatest shot and never got into long range shooting but hope that this new setup will help me get comfortable shooting farther shots. Any info is greatly appreciated.


    Thanks Jake

  11. I have to share my experience with Double Buck as well. Nothing against Rick as a person but as a taxidermist he handles his business very poorly!


    I won a free shoulder mount from Double Buck in 2012. I took him a javelina I shot in February of 2012. I requested a half mount facing right trying to bite the arrow I had shot the pig with(trying to recreate the moment). I also took my wife's first and only javelina to him at the same time for a euro.


    Rick seemed like a great guy and so in July 2012 I took him my archery bear to get a rug done. I was concerned about the hyde slipping because of the heat and after his inspection he said it would be fine.


    In November of 2012 I was called and told that the hyde had slipped and the rug wasn't going to turn out so he said he would get me the skull and claws.


    In March of 2013 I received my javelina shoulder mount. The mount is of the pig facing the wrong way and is only a shoulder mount, not half mount as requested! I was charged for the extra costs of the half mount as well as the bear skull and claws.


    I wish I kept the date for when I received the euro javi and the bear skull. It was middle of 2014 though. Hopefully Rick finds a different profession or many people see this thread and avoid the headaches. There was a lot of deception and the quality in product as well as service was horrible.


    My javelina "half" mount - 13 month turn around and not mounted as requested

    My wife's javelina euro - approx. 27 - 30 month turn around

    My bear rug - approx. 22 - 25 month turn around and ill advised on condition (only salvaged skull and claws)


    Hope this helps some people!



  12. This is no longer a tournament due to forest service restrictions. We will continue with the camp and memorial gathering and would greatly appreciate any donations for the family. I would also like to encourage members to participate in the bow fishing tournament at the Marina where you will also be able to make donations to the Culp family. Thanks everyone and let me know if you have any questions.



  13. Thanks for all the help buffhunter! Due to forest service restrictions The Jade Carly Culp Memorial Tournament is no longer a tournament. We will still be having a big camp with everything listed but will no longer have an entrance fee. We will greatly appreciate any donations made though and look forward to the gathering! For those that wish to participate in the Marina tournament you will also be able to make donations to the family and if you want we still will have a BBQ Saturday night. If you have any questions let me know.