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  1. 21 hours ago, high rise hunter said:

    Must be talking the tenderloin. Very easy to go behind the last rib, push the guts down and darn near work out the tenderloin with your finger.

    You are both correct.  I did mean the tenderloin.  I'll try this if I get one this year.  Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Wow, I've never seen a tick on a Javelina either come to think of it.  Buckshot and cactus spines, yes.  I think they make great green chili and sausage.  Not so found of them as roasts or steaks, but its OK.  I've had elk that was worse.  We have fed Javelina green chili to people who loved it until they found out what it was.  How can naming a thing change its taste?

    I boiled a head for days (still have it).  My wife was not impressed, but the pot (and head) came out fine.  While sun bleaching in the back yard my dog buried it in our sand playground.  Took me a year to find it, but it was really clean by then.  In the future I would let the dog ants and beetles do the work instead and then finish on the roof to bleach.  A dog would do too much damage if not boiled first.  Live and learn.


  3. Same here on the gutless "Alaska" method.  I pack a large trash bag to lay out to keep things clean during the butchering and deboning process.  You end up with a few gallon bags of easily packable meat.  I leave the head and hide as my wife has shared that I have enough of them already.  My only problem is that I am leaving the back straps.  What do you gutless guys do to about the back straps?

    Mr. September, please share the Jalapeno Polish Sausage recipe.


  4. My group is in 5B for rifle.  This has been our best Elk unit over the years.  In my opinion the roads are not as bad as in 6A.  Of course it depends on your definition of "road."  We have had our best luck in the PJs around Deep Well NE of Chavez Mountain.  This year we are staying at the Happy Jack Lodge so we can better control our scent. Ha Ha Ha.

    If you want a thrill, take the road off 87 that goes by Dick Hart tank and then on the East side of East Sunset right beside Clear Creek.  I don't know the FR number and haven't been there in years for a reason.  Scared all of us pretty bad.


  5. Yeah Couesnut.  I have had the same problem on and off over the 25 years of hunting (sometimes just trying) to hunt doves around Phoenix.  I lost count of the spots I have lost over the years.  For the past 3 years I have had on and off luck on Happy Valley road West of the 60.  It is about 6 miles out and just past where the pavement ends.  I did well there last year, but scouting around 10:00 am on 8/13/20 saw one bird.

    No promises.  There can be more than enough birds or none at all.  As they say, it's hunting not finding.


  6. +1 on the Cabelas Alaskan guide.  I have the 6 man version and it fit 3 army cots back in the day when camping with my kids.  It does just fine with two man sized cots with space for a footlocker each and room to stand up and dress.  Mine is about 10 years old and has the aluminum poles which I recommend if you can still get.  They don't break. 

    This tent has been through wind, snow and rain and doesn't flap at all.  Takes a while to set up, but I can do it by myself and it is easy with two.  Lots of poles prevent that old "flap, flap, flap, flap" of wall tents in a storm.  Never leaked, always dried before being put away.  Great investment for a good nights sleep in bad weather.

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  7. Check the fishing reports.  I was there last June and the Halibut was great, but the salmon was just a nice day trip on a pretty river.  Didn't get a single bite.

    Homer and Seward are both great you will have fun and want to go back.  Alaska is almost as great a place as Arizona.  When I retire I want to live in AK in the summer and AZ in the winter.  Ha, Ha, fat chance of evern retiring.

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  8. Get one of the major bullet company books (I suggest Berger's book) as they all have good reloading information.  If you are set on a specific bullet and weight, buy that brand's book.  Don't trust loads you read about online unless they are from one of The Books from a know powder or bullet company.  Stay away from the Load Data books as while convenient, the information is very very very old.

    Don't get discouraged if your first attempts don't work out.  This hobby takes practice and patience.  It is good you have a mentor.  I had several that helped me a lot.  Finally if your first attempts don't work out, try a different bullet, bullet and powder.  My particular .308 took some time and many dead ends before I found the 1 MOA load I was looking for.

    Welcome to the hobby and beware it is addicting.


  9. My group is headed out for rifle in 16A and will be camping off 17 Mile Road near the Snake Springs turn off. Stop by if you're in the area.

     

    Scouting didn't show anything from up by Wickieup near Shannon's Basin down to 17 Mile Road and points further South. There was a lot of burro sign however and I bet that is why this unit has declined.

     

    Not expecting much except burro sightings and with the weather this week it will not be a warm hunt. Maybe just a l o n g party in the desert. Nothing wrong with that.


  10. Wow. I thought the linked trail cameras were a bad thing for us less well healed hunters. A drone in the air during hunting season is a bad idea no matter what it is up there for except maybe search and rescue or fire fighting. SSS just became SS as the drone parts will mix in with the Mylar balloons and hopefully mostly degrade faster. No need to dig.


  11. Way to go Adam and Lance as well as everyone else who had a good day. For those not so fortunate, believe me I can relate.

     

    No Eurasians or white wing where I was, but two Hawks were quite jealous of my take. They were the only company I had. I actually can't believe I limited as the start was slow. Once I hit 10 there was no stopping. Started at 5:45 and shot the last bird at 9:15.

     

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  12. Topo maps for iPhone works off grid IF you download the maps in advance. I like Topo because it has real 7.5 quads that the software pastes together for seamless maps. Now that the GPS is functional when in airplane mode I can hunt all day and use up less than 50% of my phone's battery. It doesn't store tracks, but allows for waypoints. It also has a neat shading feature that shows you what you can see of the terrain from your location. Poor man's 3D I guess, but it works. For under $10 try it and delete it if you don't like it. Back in the day I spent this much on couple of paper quad maps!

     

    I do still carry my Rino along with my phone as it is much more rugged, has com capability as well as full tracking like any GPS.

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  13. Great stuff. I actually feel better about my brain farts. The worst was leaving all the frozen food in the freezer in the garage, but we always pack so much food this wasn't that bad. Once I walked off from a sitting stand leaving my hiking pole behind. I was able to track back to it using my GPS. I didn't mark the stand, but just followed the track until there was a hiking pole in the way. Yes it was stuck in the ground.

     

    My most common forgotten item is a rifle sling. I can make a pretty good one out of para cord and a prusik knot having had to do this several times. Now I have an extra in my camping "bug out bin."


  14. Here is the REI pole I use. Actually this is updated with a better locking system. I really like the cork ball head. It doesn't get sweaty, allows you to rotate your grip to point it down hill or up, balances a bino nicely and in a pinch can take out a grouse, become a tent pole or camera mono-pod. True trekking poles appear to be designed for use on relatively level trails. This one works great off trail. Proven off trail in AZ, AK, CO, NV and UT.

     

    https://www.rei.com/product/847813/rei-co-op-hiker-power-lock-staff-single


  15. HELP :o !

     

    I might be a vegetarian if I can't find a Dove spot this year. All my North Phoenix spots have been built on or have No Trespassing signs on them. Not the State Trust Hunt License ones, but full "you own it, but can use it" signs.

     

    I understand members of this forum not wanting to give up their honey hole, but some general help would be really appreciated. I don't mind driving for my birds so please help me out.

     

    Today I left the house before 5:00 am and drove to the Hassayampa (dry, no birds), 7 Springs (wet, no birds) and all along the carefree highway (1 bird). I saw 10 birds in my 6 hours of scouting and 5 of these were by the golf course near the Bartlet/Horseshoe turn off. Two were North of Camp Creek on the 7 Springs road.

     

    HELP!

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