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  1. Flatlander

    Out of state hunters

    Wouldn’t that be awesome if the Kaibab or Strip ended up with 20-40% herd reduction. Just what we need.
  2. Keep at it Fred! It will happen and it will be all the sweeter when it does.
  3. Flatlander

    My 2019 Opening Day Buck

    You are a machine. Congrats!
  4. Would have been tough to pass. Way to go Fred. I’ve been looking forward to this all day.
  5. Flatlander

    G&F misleading public

    Why are people such A Holes. Yes, this could have been communicated better. They appear to be working on that. The basic idea is in the best interest of Arizona wildlife and Arizona hunter’s. For the internet tough guys saying they refuse to comply, I guess we know where to lay the blame when our deer and elk start wasting away and we have to get carcasses tested before we eat them. All the posturing and chest thumping is comical. Why on earth anyone would refuse to take these very basic steps is beyond me. Oh, and enforcement isn’t really that hard. Setup check stations at the borders during hunt seasons. Lots of states check hunter’s, it’s not that hard.
  6. Flatlander

    Poacher list.

    Do they not do it anymore? I see names on the commission meeting agendas and minutes.
  7. Flatlander

    Top units

  8. Flatlander

    Out of state hunters

    Is there evidence that CWD has been present in AZ and everywhere else? I know some people theorize that it has always existed in wildlife populations, and there is no known genesis of the disease, but to claim it’s in this state and always has been sounds like a stretch of any data that is currently available.
  9. Flatlander

    Out of state hunters

    I feel a bit responsible for this ...I am preparing for a moose hunt in Idaho next month. The day before this was sent out I called AZGFD to check and see if there were any reatrictions on importing carcasses. I don’t see the big deal. Boned out meat is easier to transport and keep cool so I usually do that anyway. A cape can be dropped off with a local taxidermist to flesh and send to a tannery, capes aren’t that expensive to ship, but honestly I don’t kill many animals big enough to need a cape. If you are doing a shoulder mount then the skull cap is easy. The complete skull is a bit more of a challenge, guess you need to take a pot big enough to boil it in. A pot big enough for a moose skull is too big for me to haul around. So I called a local taxidermist and asked for a price to do the skull, he said it should be easy enough to get done within 24 hrs of dropping it off. Regardless this is a challenge in almost any case because most big skulls don’t fit in a cooler anyway so unless you let it rot on the drive home you have to do something with it. I am no expert, but I have educated myself a bit about CWD, and I can tell you I don’t want it in AZ. No one knows for certain how it spreads but the prions are found in the brain matter and spinal column, hence the requirement to clean skulls and debone meat. It’s likely only a matter of time before it is detected in AZ but anyway that we can slow the progression is very beneficial. CWD can have big effects on populations and it’s recommended that humans not consume CWD positive animals. Having that in the back of your mind while you are hunting would suck. Coupled with the fact that there is no known way to “decontaminate” an area once it occurs so I am all for doing anything reasonable to prevent spread of the disease. We have been very fortunate in AZ thus far and it would be great to keep it that way.
  10. On the edge of my seat buddy! I have a feeling you will show is it doesn’t take remarkable amounts of money to have a remarkable hunt.
  11. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    That’s pretty typical country for eastern Idaho. Sort of like the Midwest butted up against the rocky’s. The unit composition is pretty unique, with town limits, ag land, some desert stuff and a few ridges that are pushing the tree line. I spent a lot of time there during my college years and am anxious to get back into those hills. Lots of good memories. The NR draw odds aren’t terrible for this unit, so if you want to scout it go ahead and come on up. I’ll provide the pack frame.
  12. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    As a kid I can remember visiting my grandparents and cousins in Idaho and Montana. We'd all be outside eating homemade ice cream and reminiscing about old times when the conversation would inevitably turn to the time Grandma got chased up a tree by a moose, or when one got a tire swing stuck on its antlers at the cabin in Island Park, or when one chased my cousin Brian home after he fell off the snowmobile. Still today at just about every family gathering just when things start to quiet down someone will call out in his direction "MOOOOSE!" These experiences and many others shaped my admiration of the largest member of the deer family. When we would spend summers at the family property in Clancy, MT, the most prized of all sightings was a bull moose. Their huge black bodies, contrasted by wide flat, white palms in the creek bottoms or black timber are mesmerizing. While attending college in Rexburg, ID I spent as many hours as possible exploring the Big Hole mountains just outside of town. I hunted elk and deer there but was always distracted when an 8' ungulate would cross my path. One day in November while looking for a cow elk I watched a behemoth bull moose peruse the timber apparently roaming for a second cycle cow and I promised myself that one day when I had the time and money I would be back for one of the beasts. Those lean college years didn't allow me the opportunity to trophy hunt, let alone do justice to a once-in-a-lifetime venture. But I took note of the favorable draw odds, especially for residents, and committed that the day would come. Before leaving my native born state again I scrounged up the few hundred dollars to purchase a lifetime license ensuring that the NR cap for such a tag would never become a barrier to entry. So this year, 10 years removed from my post-collegiate departure, I decided the time had come to begin the process of grinding away at the 18% draw odds. I figured that even without a point system in Idaho the expectation was that I would draw a tag within 5 years. So imagine my surprise last Friday when I was greeted by this
  13. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    I haven’t yet but I am leaning toward the Wac Em XL. Any body have good experiences with anything they have used on elk in the past?
  14. Flatlander

    Hunt Guidelines Webcast

    Unfortunately it appears that way. Interestingly enough one of the translocations they discussed on the webcast was taking goats off of Glassford Hill in 19A to be placed in the SE part of the state around Bonita. I can remember hunting lope on Glassford when I was 18. It was fun because they got up into the canyons behind the houses and it was almost like hunting whitetails. Unfortunately some lady turned her kid and dogs out to run off the buck I was stalking, he passed by within 15 yds of me but was at a full run when he did.
  15. Flatlander

    Hunt Guidelines Webcast

    https://www.azgfd.com/azgfd-to-host-webcast-on-hunt-management-approaches-aug-15/ Anyone going to be able to catch this webcast tonight? I would love to submit some questions but it’s my kids birthday so I probably won’t be able to sit down for it until later.
  16. Flatlander

    What’s on the menu?

  17. Flatlander

    Mountain lion or Bobcat??

    Where is her house?
  18. Flatlander

    What’s on the menu?

    Man, you guys must have time on your hands. I almost always cool in mass ahead of time and heat up the same batch of something every night before I rack out. Especially on early hunts, I can’t get in bed fast enough.
  19. Flatlander

    Hunt Guidelines Webcast

    Here are my notes after watching online: - Online black bear and my lion reporting is now available. https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Questionnaires/ Also here is a link to online harvest quotas and objectives. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/azgfd-portal-wordpress-pantheon/wp-content/uploads/archive/BB-HARVEST-TRACKING-20190815.pdf They talked about changing a metric for, I believe, alternative management elk units from points per side of harvested bulls to an age based goal. There was an update on the Mt lion changes, basically showing that overall harvest hasn’t changed much since the changes made last year. Sounds like they did or will move quail opener back two weeks. I don’t hunt them so I didn’t pay much attention. Update on translocated antelope, quail, javelina and bighorn sheep. I had forgotten about the Rocky’s they dropped in Leonard canyon, looks like two operations totaling about 50 animals. Nothing earth shattering but a very good refresher on goals and objectives. Other than antelope our critters are doing pretty good and we don’t have the crazy swings other western states seem to have. Antelope in this state have big problems almost completely resultant from habitat fragmentation, which wasn’t really discussed.
  20. Flatlander

    Going Goulds hunting in 35A!

    Save up some pennies and go to Mexico.
  21. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    Lots of private ground but it’s mostly small farms with mixed in state lease ground. It will just be a matter of finding a bull in the right spot. The kid from the archery shop said that the farmers are pretty good about letting hunters in for moose. So far I haven’t had any luck with the ones I have called, could be my 480 area code. I love the paddles on the bull he checked in last year. I think the bull he sent yesterday is old and obviously very big. I don’t care one bit about score, I don’t even know what book is on moose. I want big paddles and some of those dangly things under his chin.
  22. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    I also called the local archery shop yesterday. They reminded me that mechanical broadheads are not allowed in ID and I am glad they did because now I have to resight and tune (not to mention by a fixed blade bh). The kid I talked to has hunted the unit 5x with others, he said every shot has been under 100 yds so archery is very do-able. He also said that even with archery bulls tend to die fast, pack outs are brutal and that the width on those five bulls were all between 41-48”. Six weeks out.
  23. Flatlander

    Moosings - Idaho - 2019

    I keep getting pics from my buddy who is a game warden. Apparently not many locals have the tag this year so some of his friends keep sending him pics to share with me. It’s getting hard to focus at work with these coming in. Some more Teton River bulls from last year. A bull he checked in from my unit last year. He saw this bull the other day. Bonus points for being close to the road. And this one came from one of his buddies while I was brushing my teeth. Now I have to clean the bathroom mirror.