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About Alpinebullwinkle

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    Primarily elk hunting. Also Coues deer hunting, fishing, trail cameras, golfing. Former registered guide

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  1. Alpinebullwinkle

    Cool Deadhead

    I was going to say the same thing. Beautiful mount.
  2. Alpinebullwinkle

    Access in 35B

    We are about to have the same issues/dialog for units 1 and 27 if the USFS gets their way on the proposed Travel Management Project effort to close 50% to 100% of the existing roads......depending on future input from all of us. Please submit your comments while you have a chance to be considered before October 31.
  3. Alpinebullwinkle

    The Hunt Recommendation Process

    My concern is the fact that I usually have to wait 6 to10 years to draw an archery bull tag and when I am finally successful getting a tag, I have to dance cheek to cheek with 150-200 cow elk hunters at the same time. Frustrating.
  4. You ask what weapon that I would use on long shots in unit 27.     From 50 years of elk hunting experience, I use a 300 Weatherby Magnum -mark 5, 180 gn. Med. exp. (Weatherby Primier scope). : My max range is 250 yards. I never take a marginal shot. This way, I have never crippled or lost an elk.

    Last week I crippled , or lost the largest Bull that I have ever seen. What caused this sad situation ? I did not recognize that my physical condition had deteriorated to a state that I could not retrieve a huge bull out of a very steep rugged canyon, that was part of Oak Creek Canyon.

    On the 3rd. morning of the 11 M Archery elk hint , I called this Herd Bull out of his herd of about 50 elk. He came direct to me. I stopper him -rock solid -at 17 yards. 

    Now! I shoot a Bow Tech -Samson, 105 lb.draw, 425 g. arrow, 400 + fps.                                                            ( This Bow- I modified-into a vertical Crossbow, the release is inc. on to the bow.)

    At the instant of truth,  I press the release, the bull sees no movement. He is still accessing the situation. Then he hears the string and almost instantly feels the steel pass through. ( 17 yd. travel at 425 fps. =( no string jump time) I did not see the flight of the arrow, but I saw it inter ,the spot that my pin was on. He bolted out of there at full speed.

     The blood trail was straight to the canyon edge (75 yd). & down 1000+ ft.

    I,m 82, have 2 big health problems,   I. Cancer for 7 yrs. with Several operations    2. heart(attacks) with 9 repairs. 

    With all this excitement, my energy was gone & I was having , big trouble breathing.  after a while breathing improved some, but still very weak. If I want down there I would not be able to make back out. ( Caring nothing) I always hunt solo.  So, I headed for the truck (500 yd. ) Rested several times, short on breath & really shaking. Drank lots of fluid & drove back to the log- cabin.

    I have decided- that -was my last Archery elk hunt. All good things do end. I have some hunter -friends that will go into that canyon and bring out the antlers. I believe that they will score around 430. I Harvested a bull in 2012 -same area that scores    4106/8.

    Hope that you did not find this too boring.  But you got it first hand- from the source.

    the ole outdoors man

    1. Alpinebullwinkle


      Wow quite a story Seeker. Hopefully the antlers can at least be located. Let us know if you are successful retrieving please.

    2. SEEKER


      APB---Don,t know how long that you have been in Alpine, but do you remember the really nice big Bull Mount that was right by the door of the restaurant- that burned. (It was  across the street from the current one.) That Bull made a lasting impression on me: and it,s been about 40 years. I was just wondering if the elk burned too? Thought that you might know.

       I am not over, how my elk hunt ended last week. In a real hunters mind , things like that seem to last forever. I do net even need to look at the video. It,s imprinted in -(my hard drive.) permanently!

      I am asking that -good luck- be with you on tour elk hunt.

      This is my VERTICAL CROSSBOW. (On my hunt last week.)  Ready to release.DSCF0626.thumb.JPG.b6b64af8aedfef605abc5895878ec1d3.JPG

  5. Alpinebullwinkle

    In case you missed it :)

    Oh so true NTS. I learned the same thing in college as well as my work career. That is....... you can dissect data to reinforce whatever agenda you wish to support
  6. Alpinebullwinkle

    In case you missed it :)

    Just curious where this radical little girl got her education and facts? Seems to me our college professors are the key communicators of propaganda....... but maybe it has trickled down to our lower level schools being just as bad?
  7. Alpinebullwinkle

    Wounding bulls

    This is just one good reason the horn quality of the bulls has declined in units 27 and 1 over the last few years. Particularly all the bulls killed or wounded in the late hunt with +500' rifle shots. Game warden told me a few years ago he found 11 dead bulls that no one ever recovered from apparently long cross canyon shots in the late gun hunt.
  8. Alpinebullwinkle

    Which weapon would you choose?

    Hand grenade would be my preference.
  9. Alpinebullwinkle

    travel management

    "People were moving stumps and driving wherever they wanted on closed roads". So true I see this all the time. Just very sad that most people want to obey the law....... but USFS mismanagement and absurdity seems to make criminals out of people that want to do what is right.
  10. Alpinebullwinkle

    travel management

    For those that may not remember this USFS effort was initiated about 10 years ago and they had to call "time out" due to the devastation of the Wallow Fire in 2011. When I reviewed the maps it appeared the USFS was proposing to close roughly 80% of the existing roads in units 27 and 1. Additionally many roads had already been closed during the Bill Clinton administration without going thru due process requesting prior public opinion. I have not had a chance to review the revised maps for what % roads would be closed (Alternative 2). But Alternative 3 is closing all roads except for firewood gathering or USFS needs. I do know they propose only specifically marked dispersed camping sites close to roads to insure everyone gets to enjoy other outdoorsmen vehicle dust while camping! They also are significantly reducing allowable areas where ATV's can retrieve game. Bottom line these proposed changes will be extremely discriminatory to elderly outdoors enthusiasts as well as children. If approved, there will be many areas that our family has enjoyed for almost 50 years with our children that will no longer be accessible without horses. It is critical that all outdoor enthusiasts submit their comments to the USFS by the end of October.
  11. Alpinebullwinkle

    Boys of Fall

    Awesome video. Thanks for the share. Pumps me up even though we have no elk tags but have some deer gun hunts to look forward to
  12. Alpinebullwinkle

    Rut Activity

    Bulls just started the aggressive answers to my calls yesterday. Will continue to get better for a few days more until the hunts start. September 24 they will go crazy
  13. Alpinebullwinkle

    Snake Gaiter recommendations

    By the way I only wore them on my fishing trips to Black River where I encountered rattlers 80% of the trips
  14. Alpinebullwinkle

    Snake Gaiter recommendations

    I used to wear canvas wrapped around my legs to knee high and tied with black electrical tape. Inexpensive and worked well.
  15. Alpinebullwinkle

    Ever regret passing on a shot?

    Amen Sickflicker. Same for me.