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IA Born

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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Hiking, camping with my family, hunting, fishing (espeically fly fishing), fire ecology, wildlife photography, reloading, archery

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  1. Update on the calendar incentive: If you buy a calendar through our chapter, you will be entered into a separate drawing for a $400 Sportsman's Warehouse gift certificate!
  2. Link to buy online is up! https://www.naznwtf.org/shop
  3. IA Born

    Where Am I?

    That's right. Next road up. I couldn't remember which road it was on. Been on both several times. Was it originally a sign for a cattle operation?
  4. In addition to the calendar raffle that is ongoing, we have tickets for the annual 31-Day Gun Raffle. Lots of great firearms are available and NWTF in AZ be giving away one every day for 31 days starting November 24th. We're working on getting chances available on our website, but you can contact us directly to get your chances. As always, there are 3,000 tickets statewide. If you purchase multiple tickets and win, your remaining tickets stay in the hopper. I know three people who have won twice during the drawing. After the early bird drawing, all of those entries are put in the hopper for the gun raffle. The Calendar raffle is another great one among the western states. NWTF is also giving away a gun per week for 52 weeks. 2021 calendars are $50 each and include an annual membership ($35 value). I personally know several folks who have won over the last 3 years we've been doing this. Our chapter in Flagstaff is working on an incentive bonus drawing, where everyone who buys a calendar from us will get entered into a chance for either a firearm, Canyon Cooler, or optics. We haven't made that final decision on what, exactly, but there will be a bonus incentive drawing for purchasing a calendar through us. Every chapter has incentives to sell, so I'd appreciate you supporting our chapter up here. If you have my cell, shoot me a text. Otherwise, PM me and we'll make it all happen. Help support a great NWTF cause!
  5. IA Born

    Where Am I?

    Off Hwy 64. I FR 320.
  6. Fyi, just saw this posted. Looks like conditions have improved enough to open the burn scar mostly up. From what I gleaned, recreation sites (developed camp grounds) still closed. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd806614.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3XB-2CB7RNkPk9yerjVCYX3GKbTk2L8x0C6x1D2m3pam8gNyFW_fjwjaw
  7. IA Born

    Flagstaff Meat Processing

    There are a few good ones and everyone has their favorites. I use Coconino Game Processing for all of my stuff I don't do myself. Dennis is great.
  8. IA Born

    Mountain house scam

    Hey Mike, MH did change their packaging. We picked up a couple for Jacob's deer hunt in November and the packaging had been changed. And I can keep an eye open here for whatever you want. We have an REI and Sportsman's Warehouse with easy access. Can get what you want/need and ship it down.
  9. Our NWTF Chapter in Flagstaff is raffling a Canyon 65-quart cooler We have less than 30 chances left for a great Canyon Cooler. Get your chance at a Canyon Pro 65 qt cooler now! Only $10/chance and only 70 chances sold! We use the money we raise for habitat improvement projects, wildlife research funds, Hunter Education, and getting youth outdoors, including helping sponsor youth turkey hunting camps. https://www.naznwtf.org/product-page/canyon-cooler-raffle
  10. IA Born

    AGFD - Don’t forget the non-lead ammo

    Its far from a lib/hippie angle. Most every colleague I work with in the condor recovery program are die-hard hunters and far from liberals. And I can provide you all the peer-reviewed science papers on the lead poisoning/eagle issue you want from reputable scientists.
  11. IA Born

    AGFD - Don’t forget the non-lead ammo

    I texted my condor recovery program colleague at AGFD a little while ago regarding the disposition of the gut piles. Its an excellent question that I should actually know off the top of my head. They are taken immediately to either the Kanab or Flagstaff landfill and buried immediately, so as to not have them available for consumption by anything. To everyone who has made the switch, even if for that hunt alone, or packed out gut piles, I want to say THANK YOU! It may sound cheesy, but you guys and gals are truly my conservation heroes. The lead poisoning goes way beyond condors, though. Every year, 1000s (yes, thousands) of other raptors, including bald and golden eagles, are lost to the same lead poisoning as condors. All kinds of other scavengers, both mammal and bird, are killed by lead poisoning from bullet fragments every year. I was asked to take over the condor recovery program for our office because I hunt and use/understand nonlead bullets in all of my hunting rifles. My predecessor was neither and didn't think highly of hunters, especially those who didn't use non-lead ammo. That's not me. One of the biggest arguments I ever hear is that copper bullets don't expand on small game. My son shot his first buck last October (Coues) at 375 yards with 140gr Barnes TTSX in his 7mm-08. The exit wound was at least two inches diameter at that distance. Last January, he shot his javelina using my M1 Garand, loaded with Barnes 150gr VOR-TX ammo at 75 yards. The exit wound was softball sized. Both small-bodied animals with gaping exit wounds, indicative of full expansion, no matter the velocity. Anyone that is ever traveling through Flagstaff and wants to talk condors, conservation (in general), and non-lead ammo, just hit me up and I will buy the coffee (quit drinking 7 years ago November). All I ever do is present the science as we know it and encourage you to do your own research after that to make your own informed decisions. No judgement, no name-calling; just a good discussion about how we, as hunters, can truly be the ultimate conservationists (and free coffee for you at a good coffee shop). In something related, everyone is (or should be) aware that the EPA has set lead levels for what constitutes lead poisoning in humans. The following is the abstract of a study that was published in 2009 regarding lead fragmentation in the venison we eat. Keep in mind that lead poisoning is considered cumulative and builds up in our bodies over time and that several studies have documented lead fragments in game carcasses through x-rays over 20 inches from the point of impact. If you are interested in the whole article, I will gladly send it to you. Again, this is not intended to start an argument or even a debate; just to merely present some data and, hopefully, get people to think about the issue. I would like to point out, again, my offer for a good cup of coffee. Hunt et al.: 2009 Lead Bullet Fragments in Venison from Rifle-Killed Deer: Potential for Human Dietary Exposure "Human consumers of wildlife killed with lead ammunition may be exposed to health risks associated with lead ingestion. This hypothesis is based on published studies showing elevated blood lead concentrations in subsistence hunter populations, retention of ammunition residues in the tissues of hunter-killed animals, and systemic, cognitive, and behavioral disorders associated with human lead body burdens once considered safe. Our objective was to determine the incidence and bioavailability of lead bullet fragments in hunter-killed venison, a widely-eaten food among hunters and their families. We radiographed 30 eviscerated carcasses of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) shot by hunters with standard lead-core, copper-jacketed bullets under normal hunting conditions. All carcasses showed metal fragments (geometric mean = 136 fragments, range = 15–409) and widespread fragment dispersion. We took each carcass to a separate meat processor and fluoroscopically scanned the resulting meat packages; fluoroscopy revealed metal fragments in the ground meat packages of 24 (80%) of the 30 deer; 32% of 234 ground meat packages contained at least one fragment. Fragments were identified as lead by ICP in 93% of 27 samples. Isotope ratios of lead in meat matched the ratios of bullets, and differed from background lead in bone. We fed fragment-containing venison to four pigs to test bioavailability; four controls received venison without fragments from the same deer. Mean blood lead concentrations in pigs peaked at 2.29 mg/dL (maximum 3.8 mg/dL) 2 days following ingestion of fragment-containing venison, significantly higher than the 0.63 mg/dL averaged by controls. We conclude that people risk exposure to bioavailable lead from bullet fragments when they eat venison from deer killed with standard lead-based rifle bullets and processed under normal procedures. At risk in the U.S. are some ten million hunters, their families, and low-income beneficiaries of venison donations."
  12. IA Born

    Looking for varget

    Sounds good. Let me know which one you want to trade.
  13. IA Born

    Looking for varget

    If we could figure out how to make it work between Flagstaff and Queen Creek, I'm open to it. I won't be down there anytime soon.
  14. IA Born

    Looking for varget

    I have a bottle of Varget that is the same as the 4895. Tested 9 rounds for my daughter's 7-08 with not good results. I use 4064 for my '06 and my daughter's 7-08 and I use 4895 in my son's 7-08.
  15. IA Born

    Last minute field day, HEALP!

    No problem. Also, from bullet point #4 of Optic Nerd's post above: "The youth hunter must carry a copy of their online certification (AZ Field Day Qualification Exam Certificate) during the hunt."
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