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IA Born

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About IA Born

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  • Birthday October 23

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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. IA Born

    Skull cleaning

    That's, in part, because Draysen has a good assistant. The guy can't hike worth a darn, but he can help around the shop pretty good! Great tips, Sean! I gots to admit, though, I kinda like that blood-stained look. It gives the skull some character!
  2. IA Born

    NWTF Commissioners Tag Raffle

    Bump this up. Still have a few cards left!
  3. IA Born

    Skull cleaning

    I know he's working on one right now. He posted some pics on IG or FB (don't recall) the other day and they looked great!
  4. IA Born

    Skull cleaning

    Definitely Draysen. His dad is goofy as heck, but Draysen takes after his mom, in smarts, looks, and hiking ability. 🤣 Definitely talk to Draysen!
  5. IA Born

    I declined a goulds tag that was surrendered

    My first reaction was "What the heck were you thinking?!?!", especially in 35A, but then I saw the 21 total points and, yep, you definitely made the right call! 35A is my favorite unit for deer and turkey!
  6. IA Born

    NWTF Commissioners Tag Raffle

    We still have chances left for a Commissioner's Turkey Tag. Get your cards now!
  7. IA Born

    NWTF JAKES Essay Contest

    That is correct. We are patiently waiting to hear what they say about next year's applications.
  8. IA Born

    NWTF JAKES Essay Contest

    As long as you or your kid are between 12-17 years old, you can still participate. I haven't seen the announcement for the 2020 contest yet, though. Its good to see the announcement because it has the exact requirements. The essay subject changed after my daughter won, so you have to pay attention to details.
  9. IA Born

    Son's First Turkey!

    We spent opening weekend in and out of toms. My daughter should have been done at 6am Friday morning, but her dad, a supposed turkey hunting veteran, made a rookie (ie, excited dad) mistake. My son was determined to stay the course and today, April 22, 2020, is a day of days. A day I'll long not forget. Jacob decided he wanted another chance at a turkey, so we took off last night packing light for the one night and morning we had available this week. I'm swamped at work, and he's now teaching Taekwondo classes to other kids his age and younger (I love that he's a black belt now). We were in our sleeping bags early and up at 4am this morning. It was cold, but we got dressed, ate breakfast, and made a plan. As we hiked up Plan A canyon, a bird gobbled over in Plan B canyon. We took off cross country, cutting distance and relocating the bird. That bird turned into what we thought were 3, maybe 4 birds up in front of us. A lone gobbler fired off up above them, followed by a gobble down to our left. Good odds, right? I let them know we were there, and simulated two different hens flying down off roost. That's a new tactic for me, but one I'll definitely be incorporating more. One more gobble and the woods went dead quiet. We were about to move somewhere else, so we stood up. I gave one call before we walked out to get the decoys, just to see what would happen. The whole flock gobbled at once 50 yards away. We had to scramble to sit back down! The woods got eerily quiet again, and I was figuring they busted us sitting down. "I can see them!", Jacob whispered. Lessons were learned (Friday morning), so I sat back, patiently waiting for the birds to come in directly in front of us. They didn't come directly in front of us, but in from my hard right. I saw two or three sets of legs and then, 10 or 12 total jakes came strutting in and they lit up when they saw the decoys. I was nervous waiting for one to separate away from the group for Jacob. "Shoot when you've got one separated." I purred one more time, heard the shot, and saw the gobbler on the ground! It was 5: 58am. Jacob had his first turkey on the ground. It was a 12-lb jake with a 4-inch beard, and very worn spurs. The coolest part: I used the slate call he built himself last year to call those birds in! "Dad, can you use my homemade call? It would be so cool for you to call in my bird with a call I made myself!" Tell me with a straight face how you say no to that! We are extremely blessed. 16 years ago right now, my head was spinning after losing my dad on April 10, 2004, while waiting for my daughter to be born (April 25, 2004). Neither of my kids knew their grandpa and he loved turkey hunting and fishing. A good friend up here has become a grandpa-figure to both my kids and he took us to this spot this weekend. He stopped by the house today to see the bird and hear the whole story after we told part of the story via text. Rubberband Man came on SXM as we got to town. Yes, we rolled down the windows, talked about "Stripes", and cranked it! He's addicted to turkey hunting and I'm an extremely proud dad! I wish these pics would post normal! GRRR!
  10. IA Born

    Junior bird down!!!!

    Loved getting that pic last weekend as much as I loved sending you mine this morning. Congrats, fellas!
  11. IA Born

    Beyond the Strut: AZ Turkey Hunting

    Full AZ Beyond the Strut video just released! Proud to be apart of this project, especially with my kids!
  12. IA Born

    Turkey experts get in here please.

    Ammon is spot on. I've called birds in successfully in the wind, but they weren't very talkative. Gobbled once to let us know he was there, and then came walking in, taking his own sweet time. I suck with a box call, but they can be good for cutting higher pitched calls into the wind. I usually go with my diaphragm (my go to, anyway), followed by an aluminum pot call on windy days. The copper pot calls Ammon makes are also great for windy days, too. I need to get one!
  13. IA Born

    Beyond the Strut: AZ Turkey Hunting

    I'll definitely post the full video after its released. I have a TKD training session via Zoom at 4, but will get it out after that!
  14. I was contacted last May to represent the NWTF in Arizona to be interviewed for a short video being produced. Jason Tarwater, the NWTF Regional Director from Montana came up with the idea to travel around the western US and hunt on public land within NWTF-funded habitat restoration projects. He was going to film every hunt and talk to NWTF, FS, and State Wildlife Agency representatives along the way. He hunted in CA, MT, AZ, and NM. Jason and is crew stopped by our house in Flagstaff last year on their way to the A-S to hunt. He interviewed me and my kids, both of whom are very active as JAKES memebers in our NWTF chapter here in Flagstaff. Here is the two minute teaser video of the AZ hunt. The full 9 minute video is supposed to be released at 4pm MST today. Maybe this will help get blood pumping for the upcoming turkey seasons! Enjoy and good luck out there!
  15. IA Born

    Youth Turkey Hunt in 5BN

    I'm debating between 5A (if roads are open), 5BS, or 5BN. A buddy, who is helping us this year, roosted some birds in 5BN the other night and that interests me. But I know more areas in 5A and 5BS