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  1. huntscout

    Second day success

    I have to send out a special THANK YOU to Explorer! We had been hunting for a few days on the youth hunt and having a hard time finding a buck. We were hiking the hills hard, glassing, and seeing a few does here and there, but struggling in an a hunt area that we were very unfamiliar with. We went to town for gas and I happened to take a look a the Coueswhitetail.com youth posts and saw Explorer's post. He mentioned contacting him if we were having a tough time, so I did. Wow! I can't tell you how glad we were to hear from him. He told us to try out an area where he saw quite a few deer. Our hunt went from famon to feast in one afternoon! Thanks Explorer for helping us out on this hunt. My boy turns 12 today and we couldn't ask for a better birthday present! Thanks Coueswhitetail.com for providing a platform for hunters to help each other out!
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    Panguitch Utah General Deer

    Just spent a week up in the unit on a family vacation. I drew that hunt too this year! We stayed at Brian Head. Tons of snow up on top still. Seemed like there were deer everywhere we went below the snowline, but I didn't see any bucks. We fished Panguitch Lake and it is now one of my new favorites! We all caught fish and a few of us caught some big ones. We had the most success with yellow garlic power bait balls. Fished from the shore and no matter where we went, we were catching fish! Awesome lake! Not sure where I am going to start when it comes to hunting up there. Will need to do some more research and topo surfing!
  3. Vortex Diamondback 4-12 x 40 Scope with Dead-Hold BDC (MOA) reticle. BRAND NEW - NEVER BEEN OPENED. $200 Received this scope as a gift for my AR, but have never used it. I will ship FREE anywhere in AZ. Thanks, Bryan Yorksmith byorksmith@gmail.com 928-521-2063
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    2017 Bison Tag

    I'll be there! Looking forward to it.
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    Jumping the fence?

    Got a question for any of you that may have some experience hunting buffalo on the North Kaibab. Do the buffalo actually jump the fence bordering 12A and the National Park or do they use breaks in the fence or low spots that are easier to cross? I can't picture a 1500-2000 pound bull jumping a barbed wire fence, but maybe that's what they do. Any experienced buffalo hunters out there with an answer?
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    Jumping the fence?

    Wow! Thanks for all the great feedback. Loved watching those big brutes hop that fence. Just amazing! i didn't realize that there wasn't an actual fence along the border of the National Park up there. Good info. Thanks all.
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    Buffalo tag

    I got the early hunt... 1/1 to 6/1. Trying to round up info myself. I can fill you in with my experience once I get into it. Would love to hunt them without sitting on salt or in a blind, but it sounds like that is how most successful hunters do it these days. Email me and we can share info.... byorksmith@gmail.com
  8. Selling my NOMAD 20x60 Vortex Optics Spotting Scope. With Vortex Pro Gt tripod and the iScope adapter. Asking $450 OBO. Call or text Trent if interested. 928-368-7538.
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    Vortex spotting scope for sale

    Selling a NOMAD 20x60 Vortex Optics Spotting Scope with Vortex Pro Gt tripod and the iScope adaptor. Asking $450 for all OBO. Free shipping with full offer. Email: byorksmith@gmail.com or text 928-521-2063.
  10. ITEM HAS SOLD. Thanks for the inquiries. I have a brand new Vortex Rangefinder 1000 BRAND NEW in the box (never been opened). First $300 takes it. Free shipping. Thanks, Bryan Yorksmith byorksmith@gmail.com
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    Unit 1 Archery Bull for me! Woohoo!
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    I found a GPS

    My buddy lost his Garmin Rhino in 3C this last elk season. Let me know if that is what you have and I can have him contact you. Thanks.
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    Back from 13B

    Way to go buddy! Loved the write up... I 'd pay subscription dues for this story!!! Thanks for letting me hold that awesome rack! You da man!
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    sixteen days - self guided 13B

    Tease, tease, tease!!!!! I got a text last night from Coach that said Buck Down.... No picts, details, etc. C'mon Jason... get that cell booster running. You're killing me!!!
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    Packs, Vortex, Cameras, & Camo

    Hey all, My buddy Trent Penrod (The Burly Bear) recently lost his business in Pinetop to an arson fire. He asked me to post some items that he would like to sell to help him get by... CALL TRENT PENROD IF INTERESTED IN ANY ITEMS... 928-368-7553 Cell 928-367-2327 Alt Phone Vortex 15x50s - $400.00, PENDING SALE 2007 Mathews Drenalin Bow #70 29-30 draw with Cobra 7 pin sight and Fuse Quiver, whisker biscuit rest and a hard case - $700 OBO Horn Hunter Pack-Mainbeam (HH01) 2800 cubic inches and 22 compartments - $125.00 The Horn Hunter- "Drop Tine" (HH03) Magnum fanny pack. Fold out hydration pouch built in. This is a 1500 cubic inch pack doesn't have shoulder harness ($75) Pack is also rigged with ACTION SPORTS CAM head camera, with Lanc controller, charger, and a battery pack - fits most sony video cams - $135 for both pack and cam. Predator brown archer hats never been worn - with gloves (taqs still on them). $35 for all 3 Predator brown heavy cotton jacket size 1x $35 (like new condition) Oregon Scientific Cam, can mount on stabilizer of bow or strap it to your gun stock or barrel (runs on 2 AA batteries and an SD card Completely Water Proof) - $50.00 CALL TRENT PENROD IF INTERESTED IN ANY ITEMS... 928-368-7553 Cell 928-367-2327 Alt Phone
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    **Draw Results**

    Skunked again!!!! C'mon New Mexico!!!!
  17. 9 years for me.... In the AZ draw....
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    Finally They're UP

    There goes your tags Jason! I personally think that Game & Fish is doing a wonderful job and I have the up-most respect for all of their employees. As a matter of fact, I think that they should all get raises and extra benefits like and an extra 10 weeks of vacation and guaranteed tags and free massages while they are working so hard on their computers. Sooooo, when do I find out that I drew my elk tag?????????
  19. There are some nice Coues racks on eBay.... eBay Listing Link eBay Listing Link Anyone ever purchase any off eBay before?
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    Nice Coues Racks on eBay

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips...
  21. My friends and I have hunted the 27 muzzy hunt numerous times.... It is a great hunt. Limited access, but if you backpack in, you can have an incredible hunt. Just get 3-5 miles from the access points (roads) and set a base camp. You will have an incredible hunt. I would recommend hunting it with a buddy.
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    Doctor binoculars

    I sent a pair in to be repaired and they never sent them back to me. As a matter of fact, I was able to track them down to a distributor in the states and they said they would send them to me if I sent them $350. They were suppose to fix them and cover the expense under the warranty (which is what I was told), but they ended up stealing them from me. I would never send Docter Optics in to be repaired unless is was through a private company....
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    Great year! 2009 Recap

    Very sweet man! So, you gonna go with us up on Jay's 12AW hunt to bring a little luck?
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    Leftover Muzzy Coues...

    Thanks Scott! I have a few more small ones to get under my belt before I graduate to harvesting one like you did!!! Holy cow, that was an awesome buck. Congrats again!!!!!
  25. It has been a tough year for tags. I apply in most western states for as many species I can apply for and I usually draw a couple of tags somewhere, but I didn’t draw a single tag this year. That’s why I love Arizona! There are always additional hunting opportunities. With OTC archery tags and of course a variety of small game and waterfowl, I knew that I would be hunting something this Fall. When the leftover permit list came out, I jumped on the opportunity for picking up a leftover tag. I had spoken to a good friend of mine, Todd Smith, who is an incredible guy and a great hunter. He has harvested some nice Coues over the last few years. He had mentioned to me that he hunted unit 29 last year on the October hunt and had a great experience. He had also picked up the tag as a “leftover” permit. He told me about some canyons that he and his buddies had hunted and they all came home with meat for the freezer. So, a couple of friends and I secured some tags and started planning for a quick weekend hunt in the Chiricahuas. I decided to try and use my muzzleloader to hunt this year. I have harvested a few bucks with my rifle, but I wanted to get a Coues with a muzzleloader (and eventually one with a bow). My buddies would be using rifles so I thought it would be a good mix and a lot of fun. We headed out of town on Thursday night before the opener. It was quite a long drive and we made it to the head of the canyon at about midnight. We broke out the tent and jumped into our sacks for a few hours sleep. I had already picked out some ridges that we wanted to hunt and we had some GPS coordinates picked out to navigate our way in the dark. We woke up about an hour before light, strapped on our packs and headed up the ridgelines. As it got lighter, we started to see the kind of country we were in and it looked great…. Except for the pumpkin patch of hunters we saw crawling around the canyon below us and the 6 other camps that were staggered around ours at the head of the canyon. But, it was a public land hunt and it was a leftover tag, so I was just grateful to be out hunting. We spent the entire day moving up and down the ridgelines from glassing point to glassing point. We saw quite a few deer and some smaller bucks in the morning. As we were heading back down towards camp in the late evening, I glassed up a nice buck across the canyon from us. He was a bit out of range for my smokepole so one of my buddy’s took a couple of shots across the canyon at the buck and it looked like he had missed both shots. We detoured over to where the buck stood to make sure there was no blood and confirmed the clean misses. Right at dark we swung into the canyon below and checked out a water tank I had seen on the map. Of course, there were some hunters sitting on the tank and had been there all day so I felt bad that we had even thought about checking it out – I should of known better with all of the hunters and camps that were in that canyon. We bumped into the same guys later at their camp and apologized again for wandering in to their “stakeout”. They were nice guys and it sounded like they were there for the entire hunt. They mentioned seeing a ton of hunters that day and we weren’t the first to wander into the tank. Hopefully, things quieted down for them mid week and they were able to connect on something. After a strategy session that night, we decided to move further up into the canyon and go farther into the mountains. The challenge was that it was a lot thicker further up and glassing opportunities would be limited. We knew though, that a lot of other hunters would stay away from that terrain because of the steepness and thickness of the country. Morning light found us glassing where we could from high atop a small ridge in the back end of the canyon. We picked out a few small bucks, but nothing we wanted to shoot at. As mid day rolled around, we thought about checking out a spring in the back end of the canyon so we hiked in to it. We found a small tank with some fresh sign and decided to sit on it during the heat of the day. My buddy Chris is a mountain goat and he is not much for just sitting around. So, in usual fashion, he found the highest peak and steepest mountain around and headed up. As I was sitting on the water tank, I kept an eye on his progress as he ascended the slope. He said that he found some neat spots on top including a small spring that looked awesome. He also found a great skull on his little trip. Late afternoon, he decided to come back down the mountain towards the tank we were sitting on. I watched his decent through my glass and when he was about ½ way down the mountain, he kicked up a bunch of deer. As I watched the deer scatter across the mountainside, I saw a great buck and some smaller bucks head into a small bowl on the north side of the ridge. The deer calmed down and it looked like they were going to stay in that pocket for the rest of the day. We threw our packs on and headed up to a ridge top across from the pocket the deer were in. We were about 300 yards across the canyon from the deer so we set up to wait them out. We spent the rest of the day watching a leg here and an antler tine there as the deer spent a lazy afternoon in the thick oaks. There were a few openings that we were hoping the deer would step into and I ranged all of them. I was using the Knight Long Range Hunter (.50 Cal) with a Nikon Omega scope. Now, I know that is hardly considered a “traditional” type muzzleloader, but what I can say is that it is a ton of fun to shoot. I have practiced a bunch out to 300 yards and have taken antelope and deer at some of those longer ranges so I felt very comfortable taking a shot if it presented itself. Right at dark, I had my opportunity. A small 2 point fed out into an opening that I had ranged at 300 yards. I was considering taking a shot, but I was hoping to shoot at least a 3 point. A couple of minutes later, I had my chance. A small 3 point moved into the same opening and I took my shot. When the smoke had cleared, my hunting buddies said the deer had dropped like a rock. The problem was that there was a huge canyon in between us and the deer and it was almost dark. Because of the “ankle turning” nature of the terrain and how long it would take us to get to the deer, I decided to come back at first light and recover my deer. It was a good thing I did. We had a hard time finding the exact spot where the deer had fell the next morning because the terrain was almost straight up and down and it was super thick. I felt like I had made the right decision and we recovered the entire animal (the meat was in perfect condition). After some high fives and pictures, we packed the deer up and headed out. What an incredible hunt! Great friends, great weather, incredible country, and steaks in the freezer. Not bad for a leftover tag. Now, I need to start focusing on my biggest challenge… an archery Coues. Come on January!!!!!!