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    Build to Fail, Fail to Build.

    For anyone in construction or that does DIY projects, this is possibly the greatest internet thread I have ever read. 69 pages of pure gold that may surpass the hours of entertainment provided by the bowtech posse and powerline threads. Enjoy! https://www.bcsportbikes.com/threads/build-to-fail-fail-to-build-what-is-this-i-dont-even.146566/
  2. My 2 cents: The same deer are in the same unit no matter what the season is. The rut is what makes the big boys more visible. The problem is that coues deer aren't rutting in December most years. You may get some pre rut, but rut is Jan and Feb. December tags are not what they are cracked up to be. If I were in charge, the premium tags would be issued for super bowl weekend.
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    2020 Trekking Poles

    Go with adjustable. It is nice to be able to make them longer for downhill stretches and shorter for steep uphills. I have a set of black diamond poles and have zero issues with the locks failing. I do tighten things up every now and then though. Any tarp system that is very tall will require you to lash poles together anyways, so adjustability may be non issue when it comes to setting up a tarp system.
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    Any amateur radio operators here?

    The one time I actually needed the darn radio, I couldn't get a signal out. We broke down about 15 miles south of San Carlos Reservoir and had to hike out. I bought a Delomore InReach after that and never had the issue again. My father is very into it HAM and typically hands me a radio that is preset. He sets ups some stuff where the handhelds communicate to the truck and the truck acts like a repeater. All I know for sure is the radios work ten times better when I am with my father and we can talk over mountain ranges when FRS won't work. -KE7AOX
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    Late November 24b Coues

    The fires will make things very interesting. We had bucks in the burns right after the fires last year though. Most of the wilderness wasn't burned that bad from the assessment that I saw this year, but most of the land was burned over the last 2 years. Coues can be found in pockets all over 24b. It's not unusual to hike through 3 or 4 miles of carp deer territory to find those pockets. Most people will be road hunting on sxs and atvs. Quality has suffered in 24b over the years, because it next to Phoenix, but they are in there if you can find those pockets. Bring glass and tripods. PM me if you want. I'm fairly tight lipped, but can help out some.
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    AGFD -- Quail Season Outlook

    We tried new areas and got skunked today. We got a nice swim in at the end of the road though! Gonna drop elevation and head into the cholla tomorrow. The dog is gonna pissed when I leave without her...
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    Frustrated newbie seeking advice

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  8. I have a townhouse in Tempe that had a hot water heater leak. We got the place dried out and now I’m looking for someone in the CWT family that can come in and replace the flooring, lower parts of walls, trim, etc. Prefer someone that is bonded, licensed, and insured. Please PM me for more information.
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    WTB sxs shotgun

    Looking for a beater/workhorse sxs shotgun. Preferably 20 gauge and 26in, but will consider others. Let me know what you got. Thanks in advance.
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    SOLD I'm the second owner. First owner took good care of it. I did too for a while, then the family came and I let it sit for 3 or 4 few years.... The issues: * The gas cap corroded while it was sitting and the cap assembly needs to be replaced and rekeyed. I have one functional key for bike; the other key is broken off in the gas cap. * It appears as though there is a film of corrosion on the top of the gas in the tank. I believe the tank can be drained and cleaned, but you need to get in there with a scope to make sure there is no pitting. *The bike ran well when it was last run 2 years ago, but I will not start it for you with the film floating in the tank. *There is some minor rust (pictured) and the battery is dead. *The bike was laid down on a dirt road at 15mph when I first got it. The panels were replaced, but there are still minor scuffs on the case and end of handle bar. No other repair work was required. It ain't mint, but it ain't a total beater. I believe it has 25k miles and I could sell the bike for $3k+ if it was running. I was verbally quoted $1100 parts and labor for the gas tank work by Kelly's Kawaski. (300ish for the cap assembly and 800ish if the tank needs to be replaced.) I don't have any interest in riding motorcycles, working on motorcycles, or seeing a motorcycle in my driveway anymore. I'm asking $1500. I'll also throw in a Shoei RF-1100 helmet and a riding jacket. I am willing to trade for shotguns, handguns, etc. If you can trailer the bike away and are able to make these repairs, this is probably a great deal for you. Have yourself a fun little bike for cheap, or put some dragon stickers on it sell it to some kid on craigslist for $5k. 🙂 I figure I'll post on here 1k cheaper than Craigslist, cause I really don't have the patience to deal with Craigslist people. Please PM me for more pictures or questions.
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    Tonto NF

    I'm not a prospector, but I run into them a lot. Will all the fire and rain in Tonto cause gold to surface?
  12. No one had a firearm on their person or within reach. Firearms were all cased and were not chambered, although most had full mags. They were either behind the last standing seat of the truck or in the bed. The loaded magazines were in duffel bags or in rifle cases. The "loaded" guns you are referring to were loaded and holstered wheel guns stored in duffel bags. I have no qualms with how our weapons were carried that day. I would have put up more of a stink if the officer didn't have every right to throw the book at us for speeding, cracked windshield, no mud flaps, etc.. We were respectful and let him do his job. We drove away scot free. I can handle separating 5.56 from 7.62, but sorting .380 from 9mm frustrates me. It was disrespectful. I imagine most guys here travel with a few loaded mags for each firearm. It's a pain to load magazine after magazine after magazine when shooting. And it's even more frustrating to have to sort through a pile of 10 calibers...
  13. I wouldn't count on this. We were pulled over by a Maricopa Co Sheriff when I was a lot younger. We were going shooting and had about 30 guns in the vehicle. (For full disclosure, it was a truck that wouldn't pass inspection, full of framers, and we were near criminal speeding with an unopened 30 pack in the front seat...) When we disclosed the firearms, the sheriff got a hard on and ran every single one of those serial numbers. We sweated our asses off (both literally and metaphorically) for an hour in the middle of July. He came back and put all the guns in the bed of the truck. He then brought back a pile of rounds, unloaded from the firearms and extra magazines, and put them in a pile with the calibers mixed. (That frustrated me, as I felt it was disrespectful.) He said thank you for being sober. Thank you for not having any stolen firearms. Slow the **** down and have a good day. Then he drove off. Moral of the story, your guns may get run in a traffic stop. They are less likely to get run if you aren't speeding and can pass inspection.
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    Elk shape/ bike is sold. thx.

    Roughly, a 54cm frame will fit a person that is 5ft 8in +/- 1inch depending on the bike, who measured it, and how adjustable it is.
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    Monday morning bump.
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    Still some good people out there!

    I had a similar thing happen at boat ramp a year ago. Came back and the guy that grabbed it was sitting there waiting for me. He fished there for over an hour waiting to make sure it got back to the right person. Had the clerk at circle k run out the front of the store after me today when I forgot to grab my cash back from gas too. Only 7 bucks, but she could have easily kept it. There are still lots of good people in the world. We focus on the negative so often instead of the positive. Great post op.
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    Backpacking Sleeping Pad

    30+ nights. Half of those nights are on the ground and half are in a hammock with the pad between the hammock and my sleeping bag. I typically use the green pad, but I'll bring the blue pad if it's below 25 for some extra insulation. As Curtis said, the foam pads are bulky, but I either strap them to the outside of my pack or I put them on the inside to line the walls of the pack and then pack inside them. And idk about part yote, but I'm only partially civilized according to most of my ex's and my mother.
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    Backpacking Sleeping Pad

    Foam pad. Cheap, light, durable, and lasts 10 years. They double as chairs/cushions and you never have to worry about popping a hole in them. I'm anti inflatable mattress. I've seen too many get holes and leave people very uncomfortable.
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    WTB Eberlestock Saddle Bag

    I'm looking for an Eberlestock saddle bag in Western Slope, Rock Veil, or Dry Earth Camo. Looks like Western Slope was discontinued and Dry Earth is sold out. Located in the East Valley/Tempe but in Payson/Show Low/Tucson regularly. TIA. Edit: Found Item. No longer looking. This listing can be deleted.
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    Where am I

    Is that your photo? Very cool if you've seen it! Folklore I've heard is he was interred in his sleeping bag near Tucson.
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    Salt and Verde River Lakes are filling up

    I've run the wilderness section between Camp Verde and Sheep's Bridge. I have not done headwaters down. I want to run the full length in the near future in one trip.
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    Salt and Verde River Lakes are filling up

    I have river trips planned for both the Upper Salt (60 to 288) and the Verde (Beasley to Horseshoe) in the next few weeks. It's nice to see all this water!