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    Time for the 243

    No problems with the caliber. Thousands of Coues have fallen to a well placed .243. In fact if a cartridge was created for Coues given bullet weight vs body weight the 6mm would be very high on the ideal list.
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    Saint Johns Az hunting

    St Johns is a great little community. No street lights and very low stress. We currently have a total of 28 covid cases during the whole pandemic. Not much entertainment here though, you'll need to be happy by yourself. Buying a 40 acre parcel to have your little paradise is kind of a misnomer. 1st problem is water. Most of the ground water around the subdivision areas, it's salty and has sulphur. Nasty- The area is 6000' elevation and tags are hard to draw. A hunting paradise, no- a great place to live, absolutely. I live here, if you need any detailed information message me.
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    New Mexico Antelope 2020

    That grass looks amazing, nothing like that in Arizona 2B where i have a tag. Nice goats
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    Elk and cattle.

    All this is so subjective. In areas with limited water elk, cows and horses will coexist just fine. They may not want to but they do. This is especially true in the cedar and juniper habitats of the state. I have 35 elk watering with my cows right now. No other water around except the solar pump on our well. So the answer to the above, it depends-
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    Solar powered well system

    I don't with them specifically except I priced a system through them and two local companies, Sun Pumps in Safford and Estate Solar in Thacher. I bought a shallow system from Sun Pumps and a deep system through Estate and highly recommend both companies.
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    I'm in the area. There are tons of bulls in this area but the cows are more limited. Talk to the Game and Fish in Pinetop, if they haven't already given you the names and phone numbers of land owners they will. This was taken at the St Johns Airport in December. To be sure I wish they would shoot them from a helicopter! Feeding them all winter is crap. Notice, no cows-
  7. Hard to know without some more specific location. Most State Land is checkerboard with private in my area. Access to State Land can be restricted through Private Land. If you crossed private land to access State Land how can you get back out without crossing private without permission?
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    Suppressor-Where to start

    I bought the .30 cal Omega with the quick change unit a few years ago. I love the suppressor and found for me the quick detach was too heavy on the end of the barrel for me. I use it direct thread with thread adapters for 300 black out, .223 AR15 and Savage model 11 .270 WSM. I use high temp grease to LIGHTLY grease the treads and it stays tight until I'm ready to change guns. I can change easily at the range in no time at all. One thing you'll need to check is your rifle zero before and after screwing 11 ounces on the end of your barrel. Mine all change dramatically from suppressed to non-suppressed. Average is at least 6" one way or another. Don't think you can shoot with your brake and then screw on a suppressor without sighting the gun back in- that dog won't hunt. 21BE208C-BCEB-4A37-AFB1-AC22D5A9CF3A.heic
  9. This is a funny group. I never thought so many responses would be to shoot. Other posts rant about trail cameras bagged by another hunter and stolen and yet you would shoot a bear or lion in front of hounds? Well, maybe not if it were treed. I guess it's time to admit that I'm not with the status quo. Given the original post, heck no I wouldn't shoot. It's not about ownership but workmanship.
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    Arizona SB 1625

    I think this is a fund raiser for both parties. It's similar to the law passed in New York that is under judicial review now. It's not even in committee. Hope it stays there.
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    Max Bonus points

    Unit 1 is loaded with small bucks and a few big ones. Not unlike most other units. The 2 units have really poor rainfall over the last 10 years coupled with 40 acre development. Not ideal for recruitment or herd building. The tag reduction may help? The 2 units typically have long, thin horn with small cutters. Impressive to see but don't score well. A couple years ago a hunter asked for access to our ranch to hunt a "sure fire" book buck. I wasn't aware of any that big but he assured me he was seeing them- Opening day he killed a really pretty 14" buck that would go 75".
  12. Absolutely the 16" if you're using a suppressor. AR's are front heavy as it is without the suppressor. Mine are 16" and I wish I had 12'14" with my 9" suppressor. I really like a fluted barrel as well. Free floated hand guard is a must for me. Good shooting whatever you get.
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    Unit 1 Semi live late archery hunt

    I'm in St Johns and could help you tomorrow if you'd like. I'm really good at finding cows with fresh calves! PM me if you'd like some recovery help, I'll bring a backpack to help with the packing as well.
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    There are Coues in Unit 1 and 27 up high at 7-8,000'. They don't move at all when it snows. No where to go really, they don't migrate. Usually they'll be up later in the morning. Hunting in December and January one will encounter snow.
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    Checker Board Land Access

    Interesting topic, public lands are managed differently and are setup for different purposes. For instance, State Trust land isn't general use land. Everyone has to be permitted to use the land. There's a long list of activities that are off limits. Comparing this to say BLM or Forest Service is apples to oranges. Checkerboard property is usually State Trust and BLM. As this discussion plays out one thought that we should keep in mind is that without the permitted grazing operation very little water development is done. Simply put, last years drought would have killed most of the deer, elk, antelope and small game on public lands if a Rancher hadn't been hauling or pumping water. We own a small ranch that is checkerboard in 2A. We provided water and minerals for way more elk, deer and antelope than we did for our cattle. The neighboring ranchers provided the same service. Quite frankly, the Mule Deer Foundation, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Game and Fish and the public hunters were no where to be seen during this time. We also allowed some hunters access for each of these species as well as a trapper targeting bobcats and coyotes.