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  1. mp_moody

    How are Spring hunts going so far?

    Spent the opening weekend up in 5b. Heard gobbles all day Thursday and gobbles Friday and Saturday mornings. My calling ability is nonexistent so I couldn't convince the toms to get any closer than a few hundred yards. I did see about a dozen hens. Currently I'm switching up my strategy and sitting water at a tank off the beaten path that has somewhat recent turkey tracks. Nothing came in last night. I've been sitting in a ground blind since 445am and nothing has come in to water. No gobbles heard at all this morning.
  2. 1) Colt Lawman MKIII .357Mag in good condition. 4" barrel, blued finish. Has some scuffs and some wear near the muzzle. Includes original Pachmayr rubber grips and new leather IWB holster. $800. 2) Israeli surplus FN Browning Hipower MKII in 9mm. Lots of holster wear, nicks near the muzzle, etc. Bore looks great. Good candidate for a restore/refinish. Mag disconnect is still intact. Cylinder and Slide safety installed, original safety included. Original wood grips, two magazines, and new leather IWB holster are included. $500. 3) Ugly Keltec P3AT in .380ACP. I've put maybe 50rds total through this. Lots of pocket carry and the finish shows. Makes a great running gun or gun for deep carry. Pocket holster and one mag included. $100. All prices are negotiable and I'm open to reasonable offers. Not currently interested in any trades. Buyer must have AZ ID, CCW preferred.
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    20B Youth Deer and Javelina Combo Hunt

    Should be a great hunt. Spend your time looking for mulies and you'll see plenty of pigs.
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    AGC Rok7 x56 bino harness

    Multicam pattern Alaska Guide Creations Denali Rok7 x56 binocular harness. Used for two days last year. No stains, tears, etc. Holds 15x56 binoculars and has pockets for a rangefinder, calls, headlamps, etc. Optics tethers included. I'm located in Goodyear and can ship USPS priority at my expense if you pay via discrete Paypal. $60 shipped or face to face.
  5. Drew a unit 23 antlered whitetail tag for the late December hunt. I took a few days off of work and had my two closest buddies make the trip out to help me find a buck. Friday produced nearly thirty deer, all does. Saturday afternoon at 1pm my buddies spotted a lone buck, the first we'd seen. Without knowing how big he was, I maneuvered in closer. Taking a look for the bedded buck: He stood after I began my stalk: He finally came into view at around 430pm. Knowing I had my friends with me for only one more day, I decided to pull the trigger on the 3x3. One shot at 460yds did the trick. The fun part:
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    Tagged my first coues

    AAC SDN-6. Wish I had a direct thread can.
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    Tagged my first coues

    Thanks. I've had the fever for awhile now but could never finish. I had leftover tags for four straight years down south and only located a spike. Spent a few years overseas and missed out on hunting altogether. Came back last year and helped a buddy tag a good 90"+ buck on his December rifle hunt. It's been difficult but I get better every time.
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    Late Hunt - Rutting???

    Zero rut activity in the southern half of 23. I've seen nearly thirty does and no bucks.
  9. Lightly used Marsupial Gear medium sized binocular pouch in multicam, first generation. Harness is brand new. Small gray spot on front below zipper. $60 face to face or I will ship on my dime via PayPal friends and family. Can do FTF meet on west side of Phoenix metro area (Peoria/Glendale/Goodyear).
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    20B Javelina

    Got this one last Friday. I busted this same herd twice on opening weekend and couldn't get a shot. My buddy went out to the same spot to take another from this herd on Friday. They weren't there and the weather didn't help. I accompanied them today and we didn't see a dang thing. I had two good spots that failed to produce. We'll probably be out there again in the morning.
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    Who's headed out this weekend

    Yep that's gunna haunt you. I'm hoping for redemption next week. The area I glassed him up in is deep enough that I'm confident he'll be there again.
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    Who's headed out this weekend

    I missed a decent sized cinnamon bear last Saturday in 23S. Still kicking myself for that one.
  13. Sounds like he sends you to AZ Gun Trust Lawyer. I had an easy time with the notary. I had difficulty setting up the bank account for the trust. Both bank employees I spoke with were like "oh no trust"... then the trust was looked over by the bank legal department and deemed acceptable. Mind you I did go to Phoenix for the banking endeavor, as I don't trust the bankers in the wood to do more than hand me cash. Not necessary. I am the trustee, so as long as I sign "My name, trustee" on the check to the BATFE they cash it and everyone is happy. I'm in the process of transferring a .22 can from Silencer Shop to a dealer in town. It's a very easy process as I literally bought a can online. All I had to do was send them a copy of my trust, pay my tax, and wait.
  14. I'm living vicariously through you guys. Can't wait for the stories and pictures to start streaming in.
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    20b Help

    I had this hunt back in 2012, it was my first choice. I started scouting in July in areas I'd seen deer, usually going out once a week checking trail cams and dealing with mosquitos and rattle snakes. I hunted hard for seven days straight and saw two bucks on the last day. Ended up shooting the bigger one, a wide 3x3. I'll be honest, this hunt is hard. Saw does almost daily. I spent most of my time in the Bumblebee area, mainly south of Cleator. You'll need a 4x4 to get back there. I beat my Tacoma up pretty good. I saw the most deer in this area. Only spent one morning up near Crown King. I wish I would have spent more time scouting up there. I tagged out in the Lake Pleasant area. I have seen monster mule deer in there, but there are just too many people. The weekends are a complete zoo. I had to hike in a pretty decent way to get away from the weekend warrior quads and target shooters. The entire area is developing way too fast, so if you plan on going this route park your vehicle and put some miles on your boots before sunrise. I am planning on heading out to 20B with an archery tag when I come home on leave in December. Not really sure where I'll go.
  16. I'm in the process of putting together an AR15 upper that is chambered in 6.5 Grendel. The plan is to use it on mule deer and coues instead of lugging around my .308 bolt gun. So far I have a stainless 18" barrel and a headspaced bolt, slickside flattop upper, and a chromed bolt carrier. Not sure if I want to add an adjustable gas block because I'll be shooting suppressed most of the time. Will add some flavor of Vortex scope in non QD rings once it's all done. No idea about the handguards, probably something lightweight. The entire upper will be slapped onto my lower with Geiselle trigger. Should a pretty sweet shooting rig. Why an AR in a boutique caliber over a bolt gun? I know a lot of you guys are traditionalists, but I shoot ARs much better. I can practice on the cheap with 5.56. No 15lb .900 Mag rifle that dislocates shoulders and rattles teeth. Planning on buying a bunch of Hornady 123gr SST rounds and then reloading for it at a later date. Any tips, advice, words of discouragement, etc? Hoping to get the upper put together around Christmas when I come home on leave. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be taking any deer with it until I'm done with this hitch in Germany for a few more years.
  17. I've taken two javelina with an AR in 5.56. I am currently putting together a 6.5 Grendel AR to use on mule and coues. It's going to be awesome.
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    Saw a pair of smaller bucks with a dozen does up near Flagstaff last week. Also saw a small bachelor herd of larger bucks in the same area. I might head out to my favorite high desert spot next week. I have Friday off but have other plans and don't feel confident enough with my bow. Nothing but pigs on my trail cam, but I found some nice sheds and have seen plenty of does there.
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    Any luck in 5B?

    Well I spent 24hrs in 5BN. Saw 24± cow elk, 12+ mule deer (4 of which were bucks), and 4 coyotes. No bulls, not even a spike. If I had more time I'm sure I could have found my buddy a bull away from all the roads. Both of them have tomorrow to pull it off.
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    Any luck in 5B?

    I've got a couple of buddies and a handful of acquaintances up in 5B right now. Half are in 5BN and half are in 5BS. The southern part of the unit sounds like it has at least a few feet of snow in the higher elevations. The area where my trail cams were all summer is supposedly inaccesible due to several miles of snowed in roads. The guys in 5BS haven't seen much...not a lot of sign and zero elk. They also have a Jeep with a broken axle and a passenger car with a questionable transmission. That will be fun on Monday. Haven't heard anything from the guys in 5BN. Spirits, as you can imagine, aren't too high. I'm headed up Sunday afternoon when I get off work and will be there all day Monday. Not sure if I'll be messing with busted vehicles or if we will be hunting. I still want to focus on the southern part of the unit in the areas we scouted. Any thoughts, any success?
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    Any luck in 5B?

    I know at least one or two guys tagged out today on spikes. Not sure what part of the unit, but they haven't really seen any good bulls.
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    Montana mule deer hunt

    My buddies and I decided to change things up this year. We applied and were successfully drawn for Montana's general deer hunt, whitetail or mule deer. Our party had a total of six tags. We were told upon arrival that it would be a hard hunt due to high whitetail mortality rates from "blue tongue." Four of us, including myself, wanted mule deer while the other two wanted whitetail. We spent the week hunting private land, primarily cattle ranches, near Cascade in the central part of Montana. I came into this hunt thinking it would be a turkey shoot...my buddy and his father hunted this same property last November and got a tall 3x4 mule deer and an 11 point whitetail...never again will I be that naive. Here's Cody's whitetail taken on Saturday morning at 400 yards: He was with at least a pair of eight points. Two of our party tagged out with fork mulies (no pics) on Monday and Tuesday morning. On Monday morning I had a stalk on a nice eight point whitetail spoiled by a doe, then later had a 4x4 mulie stop at 300 yards before ending up in the adjacent property. Monday evening I had a tall ten point whitetail at 500 yards, silhouted on a ridgeline for at least twenty minutes. He got spooked when a herd of ~25 pronghorn fed onto my position. I never saw him again. Tuesday morning we got to my spot late after signing in with another land owner. I had two good eight point whitetail feeding within 450 yards of my position, but I was unsure of my ability and did not pull the trigger. Aaron's mulie, taken Tuesday evening: The genetics for this property aren't the greatest. Cody's buck last year was taller but just as narrow; a few hundred yards across the property line and on a steep ridge we did spot a nasty toad that would rival a Kaibab buck. However, this mature beast doesn't ever leave the area. Only the younger bucks wander across the barbed wire fence and get whacked. Wednesday morning the weather was much warmer but it was miserably windy. Cody and I sat on the waterhole I'd seen all of my whitetail deer on until well after sunrise. It was during this time I began to realize that I might have to eat an out of state Montana deer tag. Minutes from me thinking about packing up, out of nowhere a buck rose up from his bed not 400 yards below us. I decided with two days left on this hunt I needed to pull the trigger: He turned out to be a mule deer with giant fork antlers! I was shocked when we finally got to him, I was sure he was an eight point whitetail! The shot that counted ended up being textbook, just behind the shoulder at a cool 700 yards. Regardless, I am absolutely thrilled with this trophy. Later that afternoon the last guy with a tag got his mulie: 3x3 with an eyeguard. Did I mention that this was Matt's first deer, and that he shot him on his own on a brand new part of the property no one else had hunted yet? Here are four of our racks, looking out of our cabin's window which overlooks the Missouri River: I'd probably do it again. The cost was substantial for me, who is used to purchasing left over tags for southern AZ coues hunts and living off of cheap camp food and beer for a week at a time, but the hunting experience I gained and the good times had can't be beat. I participated in five deer drags (instead of quartering out a deer you just gut it and drag), got stepped on by a pronghorn, saw a wolverine, and caught some giant brown trout out of the Missouri at 30 degrees. Next year I'm going to apply for the antelope draw as well. I saw at least a couple hundred of those white goats. Now to prepare for my desert archery next month...I have no idea what I'm doing but I know it will be just as fun.
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    46 Rail Camo

    All of your posts are shilling for this company? Hmm...
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    Unit 29 forcast

    There are none in 29... ;-) The last time I hunted 29 we had thunderstorms roll in on the Monday following the early rifle opener. My rain gear was back at camp because it had been 90 degrees and sunny the whole weekend. It was a long two miles back down the mountain to my truck.
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    Great video, but I'm not sure if I can wait a week for the next video. Too much suspense!