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About akaspecials

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  • Birthday 04/06/1988

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    Designated Wilderness Areas
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    Ducks, elk, and coues. Shotguns and archery. Backpacking. Paddling rivers.

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    Good Guy Seller List

    I had good experiences with Elkaholic1 and Dustler2016 recently.
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    I scouted last weekend and will be on the youth hunt this weekend. I wanted to link to this old etiquette thread for some of the folk that aren't die hard waterfowlers. Most of us are hunting close quarters on the limited water in this state, so please be considerate. Good luck to everyone!
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    Eberlestock V90 Battleship Pack - New With Tags - $275

    Free bump. I love my V90 battleship. This pack carries 100+ lbs comfortably and you'll never run out of room. The craftsmanship on mine is superb and the pack is dang near indestructible. Good luck with the sale.
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    Wounding bulls

    Small game hunting is one of the best ways to become proficient at shooting in the field. It seems like everyone is too cool to hunt small game though. I was blessed as a child that I was regularly sent out with a slingshot, pellet gun, .22, or 20 gauge and given free range with the reminder to "not shoot towards the dadgum house!" I still enjoy the challenge of using a .22 to fill up a bag with small game. Back to big game, the rule in my family is if you draw blood, that animal is yours unless you have proof that it is alive and well. It works well for us.
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    Cattle are not allowed in designated wilderness areas and every rancher running cattle near a wilderness knows this. What wilderness areas are you finding cattle miles into?
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    ISO Pool Coping Installer

    I have a pool in Chandler that needs coping installed along the back edges and possibly a half wall. It is currently flat concrete from when the pool was poured. Anyone on CWT do this kind of work?
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    Steel on Quail

    If you can keep your shots close (i.e. hunting over a good dog with birds that hold), you'll be fine as long as you can get the steel to pattern and you're a decent shot. If you're a mediocre shot or can't keep things under 20 yards, you'll be chasing a lot more cripples with steel than lead. While the toxic aspects of lead concern me, the performance of steel shot is still sub par compared to lead. My suggestion is to take out steel and lead side by side. After a morning of using them next to each other, my money says you'll stick with lead.
  8. Can you provide the regulation that outlaws lead for them? I've attached the legal method of take from the regs and it says nothing about non toxic shot. My understanding is that sandhills can be shot with lead, assuming they are not in an area that specifically prohibits it, such as a wildlife refuge or wildlife management area. This is because a lot of the hunting is done over fields, instead of water where the lead doesn't have the same negative effects. Someone please correct me if I am wrong. I'm NOT a wildlife biologist or expert on game laws.
  9. I've never handled a crane, but I would assume that their body makes a slight wedge shape, especially if you're taking a frontal shot. If not dead center on that wedge shape, that could possibly deflect an arrow in combination with their feathers. I keep hearing stories about #2 lead body shots not knocking the birds down. That makes me think their feathers are fairly dense. I don't know for sure. That's why I'm asking. I've seen more than one deflection when the arrow does not go in at a 90 degree angle for whatever reason.
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    I'm not a proponent of cattle on public lands. That being said, the only things I hate more than barbed wire are lawyers and meddling out of staters. Please see below from the annual report of The Advocates for the West to see a list of their partners. It includes groups like the Sierra Club, Predator Defense, and the Center for Biological Diversity, which are NOT our friends. It appears as though the board and most active members reside in Idaho, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Oregon. As the OP said, do your research and make an opinion for yourself. Everything may be true about the cattle, or it may not. I don't know, but the Rim Neighbors group is in with dangerous bedfellows. Citation: Annual report where the graphic was taken from can be found here: https://advocateswest.org/2018-annual-report/
  11. I was drawn for the archery sandhill crane hunt. Although I consider myself a bird hunter, I’ve never hunted sandhill crane, and I've never hunted birds with a bow. A few questions:. Any suggestions on how to hunt them? Decoys? Spot and stalk? Fields? Tanks? Where the do you aim for archery? Everything I’ve read says take a head shot using #2 lead because their feathers act like body armor. Will an arrow easily get deflected by their feathers? Anyone on CWT kill one with a bow? I would like to hear the story. Anyone on CWT have one of the other archery tags? I’ve gone through a lot of the old CWT archives and google searches and can find almost zero information on archery crane hunting. Any other suggestions or advice are welcome. TIA.
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    Woodbury Fire

    Bicycles aren't allowed in the wilderness either. I like the wilderness rules, it keeps the riff raff at the road.
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    They can contain the Northern push at 88/188. What about an Eastern push into that thick manzanita and scrub brush country? Looks like Pinto Valley is the first place they could really stop it on the East side? If the fire jumps onto Sawtooth Ridge and Pinto Mountain area this is gonna burn all the way to the mine.... Anyone know why it hasn't moved more northeast until it moved into Reevis yesterday?
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    SPOT messaging service

    I use an Inreach and have always been able to get a message out. Whatever you do though, don't let your wife get accustomed to you checking in regularly from the woods. Once they know you can communicate from the woods, it will just become another obligation while you're trying to get away from it all. Also, if you're looking at a SPOT, you may want to look at this article. I am on a backcountry skiiing forum where this person first posted after his accident. Long story short, they had two SPOTs on the mountain that couldn't get signals out. SPOT was working with them to determine why the devices failed, but I never heard a conclusion. I'm sure there are failures with every device, so idk if this is a one-off or wide spread, but thought I'd share it. https://www.kiro7.com/news/north-sound-news/nas-whidbey-helicopter-crew-rescues-two-snowmobilers-in-separate-crashes/923142305?fbclid=IwAR3BC1h3tkPk-1d2hb1zrSb_Nq5pOTFGptw2u_fO4A_uASIt4sSISp4fwgo
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    Any shed action yet?

    I'm in Ireland for business and got to see this Sika Deer shedding while I was out and about. Still on the look out for Red and Fallow Deer.