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  1. DICTIONARY FOR FORUM VISITORS It has occurred to me that we regular users of this site forget that others may not understand the unique jargon, grammatical errors, and misspellings we use regularly on coueswhitetail.com. To help our visitors, I compiled this first draft of a dictionary gleaned from posts of the past few weeks. Language is a living, changing thing, so you are welcome to add to it or correct anything I have done. Bill Quimby Apostrophe S -- Used to make nouns plural, as in “trophy’s I have taken" and “six javi’s.”. Arrow -- Verb. Describes shooting an animal with a bow. Blktail -- Noun. A black-tailed deer, either Columbia or Sitka variety. Infrequently a mule deer. Blackie -- Noun. Black bear or black-tailed deer. Break -- Noun. Abbreviation for muzzle brake; a device that reduces a firearm's recoil. Bro -- Noun. Brother, also hunting partner. Brownie -- Noun. A freshly shed antler. Buzztail -- Noun. Any species of rattlesnake. CA -- Noun. One of the abbreviations for states used by the U.S. Postal Service; in this instance for California and "Calif." of formerly common useage. CV -- Noun. Local abbreviation for Camp Verde. CW -- Noun. Abbreviation for Coues whitetail, especially as in CW.com Carp -- Noun. A less-desirable animal, especially a mule deer. Coues -- Noun. A Coues white-tailed deer. Desert -- Noun. A mule deer or bighorn sheep. Desert monkey -- Noun. A coatimundi. Dog -- Noun. See yotes, especially the male of the species. Each and every one of -- Variation meaning “each” or “every.” Elkys -- Noun. More than one elky. Endloader -- Noun. See muzzy. European -- Noun. Feral swine (see ferrel) resembling Eurasian wild boars. Everyone that -- Variation of “everyone who.” Ferrel -- Adjective. Variation of “feral” describing a domesticated animal "gone wild.” Frontloader -- See muzzy. Gambels/Gambles -- Noun. Two or more Gambel’s quail. Goat -- See speed goat. GSP -- Noun. A special breed of companion animal that “points” and "holds" birds for its master. Harvest -- Verb. Euphemism for “kill” or "take." Heard -- Verb. A passel of critters. Hog -- See European, javi and toad It’s/its -- Used interchangeably on forum. Javi -- Noun. A foul-smelling, debatably inedible new world species found from the American Southwest into Central and South America. Loose -- Verb. To have lost something, as in "I hated to loose it." Lope -- See speed goat. Me and my buddy -- Variation of “my friend and I.” Muley/mulie -- See carp. Muzzy -- Noun. Muzzleloading firearm, especially a rifle. Muzzlegun -- See muzzy. Trophy’s -- See Apostrophe S. Mr. Bob -- Noun. A bobcat. Newbie -- Noun. Young animal, also a new contributor to the forum. Peeg -- See javi. Pic -- Noun. Has replaced "photograph" and "photo." Pix --Noun. Plural of pic. Scaley/scallie -- Noun. One scaled quail, but sometimes also more than one. Scaley’s/scalie’s -- Noun. More than one scallie. Seen -- Verb. To have visually observed, as in “me and my buddy seen,” and “we seen.” Shed -- Noun. A discarded antler. Sight -- See websight. Skunked -- See tag soup. Speed goat -- Noun. A hooved animal of open spaces with excellent eyesight and horn-like protuberances that are replaced annually. Spots -- See Mr. Bob. Strutin’ -- Verb. Variation of strutting. Stink pig -- See javi. Stud -- See toad. Tag soup -- Noun. Unsuccessful hunt, especially the meals following such hunts. Their/there -- Used interchangeably on forum. Toad -- Noun. An extra-large animal (when in capital letters, a REALLY big toad). Turn-a-key -- Noun. Turkey. Origin unknown and unexplainable. Vamit/varmit/varmet -- Noun. Variations of varmint. Websight -- Noun. A website on the Internet. Whitie/whitey -- Noun. A weathered antler. Also a white-tailed deer, especially a Coues whitetail. Who’s/whose-- Used interchangeably on forum. Wolf-dog cross -- Noun. Animal held in high regard by environmentalists and federal agencies. Yotes -- Noun. Small wild dogs widely spread across the American West.
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    I met Biglakejake

    One of the things about hanging around this site is that we get to know people through their posts without ever actually meeting them. I can count on only two or three fingers the coueswhitetail.com posters I would not want to meet in person, but there are a lot more than two or three dozen members whose hands I really would like to shake someday. They include all of you who are instilling a love of hunting in your children, and people like Chef and Don Martin and (many, many) others whose posts indicate your are as passionate as I am about maintaining, promoting and protecting the tradition of hunting. All of which is the long way to say I bumped into Biglakejake in Show Low last week and have added him to the list of those whom I am honored to have met. That list includes Amanda, TJ (and Peg), Ernesto, Lark, Red Rabbit, Casey and the men and women to whom I was introduced at the SCI Arizona banquet last summer. I apologize if I overlooked someone, but I am afraid a lousy memory comes with my advanced age. I don't know if he wants his identity known, so I won't give it away, but I will say to biglakejake that it was good to finally meet you. If I can find it, I'll make a point of getting that book to you. Bill Quimby
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    No new topics to post

    That's the message I get when I try to view new content. It's been like this for at least a week. Any easy solutions? Bill Quimby
  4. "Scanoe" is what the Coleman company called its fiberglass flat-back canoes. Old Town is another company that manufactured flat-back canoes. From the photos, this Old Town seems better built than my old Coleman Scanoe. Bill Quimby
  5. Folks here are confusing "education" with a public relations campaign to influence citizens to vote a certain way on controversial political issues, something that cannot be funded by a government agency. If the cost of that campaign is $5 million, we simply cannot raise enough money through tag raffles (just imagine trying to sell 50,000 raffle tickets at $100 each). With tag auctions, like it or not, we only need 25 hunters who can afford to pay $200,000 for a tag, and those people are out there. There's something that's been overlooked so far, however. Under Arizona laws enabling tag raffles and auctions, the majority of the funds must go straight to Game and Fish. Unless new laws are passed to allow it, money raised by selling and raffling tags cannot be used for a PR effort directed by a group outside of government. Bill Quimby
  6. Guys: Someone want to explain what is meant by "education?" Not sure what it's called with today's political correctness, but Game and Fish used to have a division it called "Information and Education," with a staff of people who distributed press releases to news media, provided speakers for meetings of clubs and businesses, "worked" booths at outdoor shows, provided interviews and public service announcements for radio and TV programs, produced its own TV show, hosted things like that annual outdoor show in central Arizona, published books and informational material, worked with groups that taught kids how to hunt and fish, conducted hunter-safety and boating-safety programs, and on and on. I'm confident that division still exists. If anything, its programs and the funds it spends annually probably have expanded since my work required I "cover" the agency. I have no idea what it has spent on "education" since the late 1960s when I first became aware of the good work it was doing, but it easily should be in multiple millions of dollars. A problem arises when it comes to political issues, such as the recent HSUS mountain lion initiative. As a public agency, managing wildlife for all Arizonans, Game and Fish must avoid the appearance of endorsing one side or the other, especially if it launched a public relations campaign to educate the public and try to thwart a movement to manage wildlife by emotion instead of science. Building a war chest to fight the next attack from PETA and HSUS, which surely will come, makes sense. Whether those funds come from raffling and/or auctioning tags, donations, bake sales, or whatever, we need it be ready. Game and Fish can't do it. It must come from outside government. Bill Quimby
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    How many Decades ?

    Thanks, muledeerarea 33. Appreciate the offer. Won't need a strong back if I can drop the elk in her tracks, which I'm hoping to do, and back my truck up to her. A friend and I should be able to load her in 4-5 pieces. Bill Quimby
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    How many Decades ?

    Shot my first mule deer at age12 in 1948 on the hillside above where they eventually built Lynx Canyon Lake, but did not hunt a whitetail until November 1954 when I moved to Tucson from Yuma to attend the UA. I like to eat venison and trophy hunting was never my thing, so I tagged a lot of bucks over the years-- including several "good" ones that came my way. Pretty sure I've killed whitetails in every decade in our state until about 2010 or so when age and health problems took over. I shot mule deer for a couple of years after that, and brought home a limit of five Texas Hill Country whitetails five years ago, but my deer hunting days ended when COPD made walking more than 30-40 yards without sitting and resting very difficult. I drew a cow elk tag for an area around our cabin this year and plan to fill it on my 81st birthday using a CHAMP permit by sitting over a little spring I know about. That's the plan, anyway. I've always said I hunted because I must, and that I would hunt until I couldn't. Well, "couldn't" has come sooner than I would have liked. Bill Quimby
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    No cams on water by G&F.....coming soon.

    Yes. You obviously don't know really serious birdwatchers who drive and hike hundreds/thousands of miles just to put a checkmark next to a species name. They're just as obsessed with what they do as a Weatherby Award candidate is about collecting species they've not yet hunted. If a certain bird on someone's "life list" has been reported in the area, birdwatchers will walk as far as needed to hang a camera and get the photo. Same with serious amateur wildlife photographers. They're not interested much in big elk or deer, but let someone tell them wolves and bears are using a certain waterhole and they're going there. Of my neighbors in Greer, only two hunt, but just guessing I would say more than half are using trail cameras. Don't underestimate retirees when they find a new hobby. You are correct about the 90%, though ... for now. (It may even be higher than that, but that is going to change.) The point is, percentages should have nothing to do with this rule. Why would others be allowed to hang as many cameras as they want year around, anywhere they want, when we hunters cannot? That's called discrimination. Bill Quimby
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    No cams on water by G&F.....coming soon.

    Guys, hunters are not the only people using trail cams. This rule discriminates against us, and in the long term won't reduce the number of cameras photographers and wildlife watchers are hanging at waterholes. Bill Quimby
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    Air Gun coming to archery seasons in AZ

    I was around when bowhunting groups had to convince the game commission that "modern technology" (laminated recurve bows) would "not adversely affect the resource" (meaning wipe out our deer herds.). When compound bows came along soon after that, the world came unglued. Same fears. Advocates said these still were primitive weapons and that success rates would remain 10% to 20%, as with any other bow. These advocates were wrong, of course. I say, let's dump everything and start all over again with long wooden bows, cedar arrows, and stamped broadheads. Bill Quimby
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    Air Gun coming to archery seasons in AZ

    Huntermichael: I've also seen them go UNDER 3-meter fences. The problems with many kudu hunts in South Africa, especially bowhunts, is 1. they may take place on 200,000-acre farms, but bowhunting is virtually all from treestands or pit blinds within a few feet of the few water sources on the property. (In southern Africa, shooting over water is considered unethical by virtually all local hunters. Exceptions are made for American bowhunters to guarantee their success so they can book their friends.) 2. Because of the lure of water, many bowhunted animals are actually hunted on 5,000 acre or much smaller properties. Every first-timer in South Africa wants a kudu with 50-inch or longer horns, and a number of game farmers will have 50 or more clients. Selling 50 mature kudu bulls grown on the property per year to 50 newbies is not sustainable or possible. 3. As a result, South Africa has developed an industry of raising "gold star" antelope -- kudu bulls, nyala, sable, waterbuck, etc., -- auctioning the critters like livestock, drugging and hauling them to farms in horse trailers and releasing them a week or less before the clients arrive. ' Not every game farmer does this, of course, but unless I personally knew him or his reputation, I'd hunt Zimbabwe, Zambia or elsewhere if I wanted another "trophy" kudu. Bill Quimby
  13. Hi Casey: You have just described a healthy deer herd. As with trees in forests, an abundance of young is a sign of good things to come in the future. Bill Quimby
  14. I'm as avid a hunter as anyone (and more so than many), but I also like to see deer and elk hanging around my cabin. (Last year we had nine mule deer bedding on our place every day including three fawns born within 50 feet of our back door.) A few years ago two bowhunters drove up, jumped out and shot two little forked-horns in our front yard from that little herd. I was was not happy. There are thousands of acres of forest service land with deer so there is no need to hunt close to houses. 440 yards may be a safe arrow distance, but this entails more than safety. We are under attack from anti-hunters and it presents serious public image problems for our side. Bill Quimby
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    Zebra dinner?

    I ate many zebra filets in Africa over the years I hunted there. The fat turns yellow when cooked, but it and the meat is absolutely delicious when prepared by an experienced camp cook. Bill Quimby
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    AZGFD Portal Problems

    I'm a happy hunter again. My portal's problems were fixed. Bill Quimby
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    Taxes and Trump

    Don't get me wrong. We are not destitute, and a $4,800 annual tax increase is troubling but it will not bankrupt us. It's just that we and many other seniors got the short end of the stick when the new tax law was written and the effect of "entitlement reduction" on us was ignored. As for the money to replace the lower taxes others will pay. I was taught in Economics 101 at the UA College of Business and Public Administration a hundred years ago that reducing tax rates stimulates job growth, which ultimately increases government tax revenues. It worked in the Reagan years, and it will work now. Bill Quimby
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    Taxes and Trump

    "What is costing you more? I mean what will you be paying $400 a month more for?" "Less deductions equals more taxes for Bill." Yep. The new standard deduction will be $24,000 for married couples, but the current $8,100 personal deduction will go away, which means the "standard" actually will be $15,900. This is less than our allowable deductions were for 2017 because the new tax law no longer allows us to deduct state and local taxes, or exorbitant medical expenses that only go up as we grow older. Meanwhile we still will be taxed on up to 85% on our Social Security benefits and 100% of our pensions and mandatory withdrawals from tax-deferred savings accounts. The framers of the new tax law ignored that, unlike taxpayers still working in the marketplace, the only cost of living increase for most fixed income retirees is from the Social Security Administration and is too little and too late. For many seniors, resources assembled over a lifetime as well as our purchasing power and standard of living shrink from inflation each year. Bill Quimby MultiQuote
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    Taxes and Trump

    Won't know for sure until I see all the new rules for deductions, but it appears the Trump tax plan will hurt me and other retirees on fixed incomes with high medical expenses, which no longer will be deductible. Those of you with earned income from jobs should get a tax reduction, but best I can figure we'll be paying about $400 month more, even with a new lower tax rate. . Bill Quimby
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    AZGFD Portal Problems

    Mine tells me I do not exist: No hunting license and no bonus points, and I have never participated in a draw. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Bill Quimby
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    Police: Son knocked dad out in fight over dinnertime texting

    I don't know enough about the incident to comment, but my views would be tainted by growing up with an abusive alcoholic and miser for a father. I am sorry to say I never had the courage to strike back. Bill Quimby
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    Trophy hunter and longshooter?

    Let's see how the HSUS ballot initiative fares. I'm predicting Arizonans will overwhelmingly vote to protect mountain lions and bobcats from crude and uncaring hunters. Bill Quimby
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    Trophy hunter and longshooter?

    Susan we can only be our own worst enemy because we let little things bother us and cower down when someone says something different.. I raise your death threats with being shot at by earth 1st in the early 80's while archery hunting in the north kaibab. Actually most people have had threats including my self and my kid. why do you even give them the time of the day. but who cares about threats its just that a threat. and people are just talking out there butt. My kid has my same attitude, she tells them to f-off both teachers and kids she hasnt be bothered about it since. 1st year high school was the worst, but she didnt back down like others do. -------------- No one ever shot at me, but as someone who wrote two columns a week for nearly 30 years for Tucson's afternoon newspaper I received more than my share of death threats, and some were serious enough to report to the Pima County Sheriff's Office. The one that really got my attention had very little white on the sheet of paper still showing. Every conceivable spot (including large portions of the envelope) was covered with drawings of knives dripping blood, handguns blowing brains and gore out of heads, and people hanging, etc. (The anonymous sender had gone ballistic after reading the eulogy I wrote for taxidermist John Doyle.) The letter had been crumpled and stabbed countless times. The guy obviously was a lunatic, and he had included a snapshot of my wife and daughter getting into her car at our home. Their faces were scratched off the photo and scribbled all over the back of the print was "I know where you live." This was after years of our avoiding giving out our address and phone numbers. We obviously disagree on how hunters and hunting should be portrayed to the public. An in-your-face, F-U attitude only helps nudge the non-committed over to the side of the animal-rights freaks. Bill Quimby
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    8mm Mauser

    Thanks for the photos and your patience, but it's not what I'm looking for. Bill Quimby
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    Trophy hunter and longshooter?

    "geeze guys you need to lighten up" This is no laughing matter. You clearly have not received death threats or had your child treated unfairly and insulted in front of her classmates by teachers simply because you kill animals. It also is obvious you are unaware we are losing the war being waged against hunters and hunting by animal-rights groups looking for the slimmest excuse to shut us down. I have spent a lifetime trying to protect the hunting legacy. Thoughtless, sophomoric humor, especially in tasteless photos, only confirms what I came to learn in more than six decades as someone known to the public to be a hunter: We can be our own worst enemy. Bill Quimby