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  1. The bucks and smoked meat look great. Good luck with your quest-
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    Son got it done again

    Really great mix, love it
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    Any recent Rosey reports?

    Water temps in high 60’s and sporadic bite all over. Lake is off color and tons of bait balls in 20-60’ water. I caught crappie, bass and catfish but no big numbers of fish. Drop shot and jigs were best for me. Caught catfish on jerkbaits?
  4. What thread size? Nice rifle and scope.
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    Dillon precision scale

    I’ll take it. Sent you a text
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    Misc. Rifle ammo

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    Misc. Rifle ammo

    PM sent on 270wsm I didn’t get your reply- more details on the 270 wsm please.
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    Misc. Rifle ammo

    PM sent on 270wsm
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    Bears in the Pears

    A lot of pears in the Black Hills between Safford and Duncan. Came through yesterday and they are turning now. Seems a little low for bears but I'm no expert-
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    Range visit

    I'd love to see one, some day- Not may up north in my country. Excellent find and photo
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    Meat Processing

    Kayce Turley in Taylor does a good job as mentioned, 928-587-3523
  12. Just returned from the Kaibab. It's been a long time since I've hunted there. Here are some notes and questions- Road 22 closed due to washout gave me hope that the monsoon really came to the area. While there was certainly heavy rain, enough to wash out numerous roads the tanks are very low to empty. Grass and forbes look good now but are showing signs of stress, they need more moisture. Question- what is the chance that this road will be open by November? Fire devastated the piñon/juniper north of Jacobs lake. Some new oak saplings coming back and a few cactus but a lot of the area is barren. There is quite a few weeds in some places. Roads with gravel washed pretty bad. A lot of ponds empty and most full of ash from the flood. Question- does the monsoon usually fill the water tanks or the winter snows? Deer mostly on top and look fantastic. They are still brown and ugly but are carrying a lot of weight. Didn't see any fawns yet, maybe still coming or really small. Coyotes from top to bottom of unit. They look really healthy and seem quite comfortable with humans. Should have brought a kill stick! Question- do coyotes prey heavily on the deer population in unit 12? Prepare for high gas prices, $4/gallon in Kanab and $4.40 at Jacobs Lake. Ouch, diesel even higher. I wonder if trying to pack extra fuel is worth the effort or just support the local business? While tons of people were up at 8,000' and above I didn't see anyone on the winter range. I did see one group of 8 turkey hens and 2 blue grouse. No elk of buffalo spotted. Quite a few moo cows on top and middle levels and they look good. I did see some areas with acorns which was surprised me. Elderberries and gooseberrys in a few places also. The cliff rose was growing well and seed pods were coming off, come on rain. The weather was hot this weekend and the smoke from California fires darkened the sky most of the time. This was tough on allergies and glassing a long way. Cameras were well represented on the water. Didn't cause me any distress. Everyone I ran into seemed happy to be out and enjoying the forest. Coming from Kanab, the grass seemed dormant until half way through the flats and then weeds added some green. Dropping off to Marble Canyon was dry from Vermillion Cliffs to Gap. I really had a great time and hope this might help those who won't get an opportunity to get up there before their hunt. I have a late hunt and can't wait for the action to begin. Hopefully the questions are not too intrusive.
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    Need advice/weld on an outboard

    It looks like cast aluminum. Not an easy weld and any weld on this would most likely reduce the strength and increase brittleness. This sucks but the only reliable fix is to replace the part.
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    Saddle Donkeys

    Ben Lilly
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    Oh dang my brisket is done

    It won’t spoil, I’d guess the temp will still be 140 when you eat. Enjoy
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    I bought two, a Silecerco Omega and a Dakota 3.0. Both are .308 cans and mostly used on .223's. The Omega has the quick detach assembly and the Dakota is direct thread. Both are excellent at minimizing sound and recoil. Both move my POI by 4-6" at 100 yards in different directions. No change in accuracy on either. I like the Omega better since it's an inch shorter. I don't use the quick detach as it didn't balance on my guns well. I'm old enough to have hearing loss and won't shoot a gun without hearing protection or a suppressor. Coyote hunting is so much better with a suppressor as well. I highly recommend either suppressor listed above. These were purchased 4 years ago and I had to wait 13 months for each, best money and time I've spent on anything for hunting or shooting.
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    AZ Lifetime License questions

    I have one and the convince for me is huge. Also the fishing and small game hunting is for life. Big Game tags at a non-resident rate if you leave the state isn't so bad, you're a resident of another state after all. I recommend buying one if able.
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    Our 2020 Fall Hunting Successes

    Muzzleloader antelope 9CDB4327-1C2E-48CF-A5DA-E46DF48B25F9.heic
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    Roosevelt report

    Fished Saturday with Son in law and grandson from 7:30 until 10:30. Caught 7 fish on jigs and drop shot. Grandson caught a smallmouth. Fun time and water temp around 70 degrees.
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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-