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    Waterfowl taxidermist

    I agree with Big Tub. I have not had work done by Sven, and also had difficulty contacting, but he did respond and he graciously gave me 5 to 10 minutes of his time. I have seen at least 2 very nice pieces done by him. His prices were fair last time I checked (4 or 5 years ago maybe), when the quality is considered. Otherwise I would consider sending out of state. Not many guys get to work with waterfowl around here. Make sure you talk to the taxidermist about how to care for it. Last time I checked with mine he wanted head under wing put head first into a pantyhose and frozen. I know I've ruined a few I wanted to mount due to poor care of the feathers on my part.
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    New Draw

    Pick one folks: 1. We need a smaller government with a simple big game draw system not corrupted by politics. 2. We need to continue to make big game hunting as complicated as possible and give G&F more money grab opportunities for undefined boondoggles.
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    Delete. Fridge is gone.
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    2 people have responded. I'll post if they fall through.
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    New Draw

    Does anyone feel like 6 tags is just the start? The AZGFD article says "A total of six limited-entry permit-tags (two for each of the three species) were recommended for this initial draw". Only ten days announcement; this isn't a fundraiser, this is testing the waters to see what they can get away with... auctions will be here soon enough. They'll find a way to siphon off more tags to the rich if we aren't vocal. We are slowly going the way of Utah (and California) and I'm not particularly fond of it....
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    Daughters sheep hunt

    That does make me feel better! I hold no animosity towards anyone that takes advantage of the tag transfer, just don't like it personally. And I do not know if a tag transfer applies here to the OP; I assumed it did NOT and I was specifically responding to 654321. To the OP, Good luck on your daughters hunt! I hope you guys have a successful hunt. Didn't mean to shoot on your thread, I'll leave that to Bob.
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    Daughters sheep hunt

    Most loopholes are intentional. Ask any legislator... No reason someone should get multiple shots while others get one. A lot of us may die before we get tags. 12pts here. Maybe there is a reason for this intended loophole that I am unaware of; I'm no sheep expert. I understand that it is to get families that are "in the know" better access to tags, especially in the light of the age of many current max bonus point holders and the possibility they can't physically do the hunt if they draw.
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    Daughters sheep hunt

    Totally legal, I'm not criticizing your navigation of the system, but this should loop hole should be closed.
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    Question about staying warm

    Battery boot warmers have always failed me. I carry a sleeping bag for the blind or to glass from and/or throw these on my feet : https://enlightenedequipment.com/sidekicks-custom/ These are an alternative if you want to be able to walk a little and aren't weight conscience. (in camp walking, not hiking). They can also be used as liners in some boots for hiking. https://40below.com/product/40-below-camp-booties-synthetic-insulated/ I wear bulky oversized slip on winter boots for cold weather hunting that have lots of dead space for air pockets and room for thick wool socks with synthetic liners. Not sure what kind of insulated boots you're using, but if they aren't big and bulky, it is impossible for them to have sufficient air gaps for heat retention. Military surplus bunny boots could be an extreme option. Throw away the gloves, get mittens and a set of good liners.
  10. I've done option 2 a few times. As long as the doors are in good condition, the refacing (painting) can be done fairly easily. If you have to fix them up and sand every nook and cranny, the prep work turns into a nightmare. Get a sprayer and know how to use it, as brushes/roller imprints on cabinets are VERY noticeable. You might as well do a backsplash while you're at if you can DIY tile work; it will really finish your project off and doesn't take too much time.
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    Mexico hesitation

    I have been going down since 2000. We always expected to get extorted for 20 to100 bucks by federales or the local policia then. Traveled once or twice a year then and it was no big deal. The fine could almost always be reduced to nothing if you spoke Spanish. We stopped having issues with their "LEOs" in 2010 or so and didn't have issues for 5 or 6 years. Traveled 3 or 4 times a year a this point. At the end of this time, around 2015, I spent some one month long stretches down there solo and had no issues, but was staying in modest accommodations with an old truck. That was the life until money ran out! There was cartel activity, but for the most part, it wasn't spilling over. I do remember 2 shootings that occurred in residential areas, but according to the locals, it was cartel on cartel violence (someone set up shop without permission) and the cartel protecting their tourist business by handling cartel members that were consistently harassing gringos and had been warned to stay away from the resorts/tourist business. I saw the bullet holes and blood, but wasn't really worried at that point. Around 2017 we got held up by what I assume was cartel on a highway near RP. There were multiple vehicles and 10-12 guys. They operated much like the federales just no uniforms and less beating around the bush about how much money they expected for safe passage. It was easier than dealing with police to be honest, because they didn't pull us out of the car and hold us for 10-15 minutes before giving the price of the bribe. They may have been looking for someone and we just got caught up in their checkpoint. It all happened so fast I really wasn't sure what was going on, but I left a 100 bucks short and the guns in my face shook me. Shortly after that my coworkers had cartel issues in Reynosa. They were trying to get back across the border before sunset, but the road had a few cones in it blocking it off. They didn't know another way back across the border so went around the cones; it looked like kids put them in the street anyways. Long story short, the cartel had blocked the road for their own business and no one was welcome to travel on it. No one was injured and they were just turned around in what they described as the scariest experience of their lives. Around the same time had an issue in 35b with a few truckloads of cartel guys near my camp at 3 am. This was a few miles north of the border. Again, no real issues came from the encounter, but trucks full of armed guys yelling get me on edge. I stopped traveling to Mexico or hunting near the border after these incidents. The cartel mostly wants to do their business in relative peace, but it's not worth the risk for me anymore. All travel was in Sonora. Mostly to RP or Hermosillo. None of my trips included hunting in Mexico.
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    Let's See Them Gardens.

    Fill em with sunflowers. They'll grow anytime of the year with shade. Should be flowering around fall planting season if you plant this weekend.
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    Let's See Them Gardens.

    The melon taste great; I'm not too picky though. I was getting about 3 good melons per vine before the dog found lizards in the melon patch. A few good nights of her chasing lizards and then some really hot days can put a hurt on my melon production. She recently found my eggplant too. She thinks they look like bumpers for retrieving. She stripped 6 large eggplants off and brought them to me the other night while I was in bed. I recently installed cattle/hog panel around most of my beds to keep her out; now I'm battling black birds that sneak in and destroy my melon and sunflower seedlings.
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    Let's See Them Gardens.

    Native Seed Search. They have a lot of seeds that do well with the heat. https://www.nativeseeds.org/products/g003
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    Let's See Them Gardens.

    Okra Roses Tohono O'odham melon Sunflowers, squash, peppers, etc. Peas at second harvest. We got 3 harvests total.
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    Anyone like "Country" Music?

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    2021 Deer Regulations Finally Out!

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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/
  19. 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

    *deleted* posted in wrong forum.