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Archery / Ultimate predator antelope decoy
« on: June 10, 2019, 02:08:10 AM »
Ive got an antelope Montana decoy for my hunt this year but since the place Im going doesnt allow blinds wondering if this bow mounted decoy would be more useful?

Anyone use one for antelope?

Recommendations on buck or doe?

Hunting Gear / Base camp question
« on: May 07, 2019, 07:28:34 AM »
Am looking at a lightweight camper that could also be used as base camp for wife to stay while I do 2-3 night bivy hunts in CO and WY.  Would this be a camper be usable?
It's an Aliner evolution. Think it will fit well with other camping I hope to do.  Looking for multi pupose.

Just curious on your guys input. 

Hunting Gear / Antelope stalking with bow
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:19:18 AM »
Anyone chased antelope with a bow wearing that silly looking antelope decoy hat? Or that shoot through decoy that attaches to front of your bow?  They look a lot more user friendly for bow hunting solo.
Drew an AZ tag this year and looks like way more fun than sitting in a blind all day.

Other Big Game Hunting / Az Antelope
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:54:15 AM »
Well looks like I pulled a unit 10 speed goat archery tag

Anyone have dealings with bigBo ranch?

General Elk Hunting / Co unit 66 vs 67
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:58:30 PM »
Anyone care to recommend 66 vs 67.   I've got 3 points now but was wondering if 66 was worth waiting a couple more years to get or should I just go for 67 this year and call it good.
From what I've seen stats/sucess is better in 67 but looks like lots more elk in 66.
Plus looks like 67 is tougher country with more area away from roads.  Having a horse or drop camp would be better or at least a backup plan for help toting an elk out?  Don't have horse so looking for words of wisdom from anyone more familiar with CO.

General Elk Hunting / Robbed again by the AZGFC
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:56:12 AM »
Sigh, 9 points and counting, looks like Ill be heading to CO somewheres........

Hunting Gear / This happened to me .... or what not to do....
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:32:21 PM »
Im ready to hear some comic relief....

So I just started a new job and they found out I'm going out west this year and one guy that expressed interest about going told me he had been to CO one time before.

When we talked about gear he said he had bought a 45$ all weather, snow proof, rain proof, wind proof, you name it jam up backpacking lighter just for their back country trip.    When he got up on the mountain he never got it to light, not once in 7 days.  Had to bum a light from his buddies with their 99c bics.   Soon as he got back to the truck and ever since it has never failed to light first try.

Said he didn't think there could possibly be that many jokes about overpaying for non working lighters.

Hunt Planner / Sw colorado option
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:44:13 AM »
Im entertaining the thought of renting a cabin in the durango area so the wife and pups can have a place to stay while I run up and down the mountains blowing cow calls.

any thought on the area and the idea of this?

I think it surrounded by units 75,76 and 741.  Ill be bow hunting and tend to like thicker dark timber, any votes on which of these units would suit my style?

Am not stuck on SW CO, it was just one that I found an affordable cabin that I thought the wife and dogs would be safe while I did my thing.

There was another up near craig but the GMU I was looking at was a good bit away unit 24 or maybe 12.  12 looked to have a lot of private though.

Hunting Gear / 5 Night bivy elk hunt
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:25:39 PM »
5 night bivy elk bow trip list your food items you'd pack.
 Assuming water is plentiful and you have jet boil or equivalent.

Looking for ideas

Other Big Game Hunting / CO points
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:28:08 PM »
So I've got 3 Colorado elk, deer and prong points.  Don't think I've got enough to throw in for deer or elk so thinking to throw at lope.   Am ready to scratch that off bucket list.

Any suggestions for unit and strategy would be great.  I'll be bow hunting so will be interesting.  I've got 3-4 weeks I can take off so hopefully have time to scratch out an elk hunt after that.

General Elk Hunting / Arizona
« on: November 17, 2016, 11:44:48 AM »
Anyone on here live in Arizona?

Hunting Gear / Swapping arrows
« on: February 10, 2016, 02:31:36 PM »
I\'m looking to do an antelope hunt this year and considering getting another dove tail sight use for the lighter arrows.

I\'m currently set up with FMJ 340s with 125 gr heads and still have plenty of 400 FMJs and 100gr head.  I\'m shooting a Hoyt carbon spyder at 67#

I still have my AM 32 but was contemplating selling it as they feel totally different, just wondering you guys thoughts.

The only drawback I can think of is maybe a slight tunning issue as the 400 is just a tad larger in diameter if I recall correctly.  I\'d don\'t however remember moving the rest when I swapped to the heeavier arrow/tip combo.

Other Big Game Hunting / Next on the bucket list
« on: February 03, 2016, 08:55:45 PM »
Looking for some input/suggestions

Ok so now I\'ve finally scratched an Elk off my list,  an Antelope, moose and Mullie are my last big three. For some reason Mullie is not as burning in my blood.  Maybe a deer is a deer, idk but Moose and speed goat are the two I\'d like to seek out next.  Moose is going to be the most challenging , expensive and require time off, additionally since I returned to my old job I\'ve lost my vacation time off, so moose will be 2+ years in the making. Adding insult to injury, I can\'t get on shift to get that time off that way (had one week off a month fixed in schedule) so I\'m very limited this year and next year pending another job I\'ve interviewed for.  All this said that leaves me with antelope to really take a poke at this year plus a couple swing for the fence premium elk tags

Ive not done much of any research on antelope, anything other than getting bonus points in CO (2), UT (3) and AZ(3),  I puzzle myself why I\'ve not been getting them in WY the last few years (nor elk till last year in WY). I Remember blowing a mental gasket researching WY regs for elk as most places I thought were the most promising elk spots NR were required to have a guide.

here is my situation/can-can\'t do\'s and questions

Most likely I\'ll only be able to get 7 days off max , as I can swap out with a shift guy.
I\'m only interested in hunting with a bow.
Don\'t know anyone so this will be solo
Can\'t afford most outfitters
Mature animal hunter , not trophy hunting nor just meat hunter, at least until the last 2 days, lol
Most likely won\'t be able to physically scout myself as I live in Louisiana.
Would like to stalk hunt, but hunting all day @ 100 deg over water not out of the picture, whatever it takes to be successful is the way I roll.
AZ is out of mix for this year as already bought the bonus points.
UT unit ive been appling is a long long shot
I\'m wondering if CO would be worth the gamble tossing into for this year?
NM is closest geographically and probably my best chance to draw.
Do I have any other options out there?

Any links, comments are suggestions would be greatly appreciated for my situation.

Other Big Game Hunting / Iowa deer
« on: October 24, 2015, 09:19:38 PM »
Hello all, I just  found out that I will actually be able to go to IOWA this year, due to my job situation and my fathers health we had scratched off the four year wait and 500$+ off as a loss for the year.   Last week I was able to move some dates around and delay starting a new job by 2 weeks which reopens this year to have November 14  to the 22 to head to IOWA and see some new country.  I m thinking we are staying in centerville during this time but at the moment i cant find my reservation info, hope to make some phone calls tomorrow to confirm this.

Only problem I have now is I never got to do much internet scouting and Im at work now and our internet service makes me long for dial up, its horrible.  I hear IA is good hunting basically every where but Im wondering if anyone here knows of any areas to check out or more importantly not to go or any places shutdown or the like?  I hate to ask here outright but this caught me with my drawers down to my ankles for sure.  

My dad had heart valve replaced last november and is doing good but cant walk far, so Ive not got high hopes for a hard core trip like I had intended to do if this had truned into a solo trip but Im just glad he pepped up enough to go and seemed excited about it.  he got permitted to use a crossbow so that will help.  We are not meat hunters per-say but not only monster hunting either just wanting to see some good quality deer and maybe be able to have some calling / rattling interaction.  Here in Louisiana calling/sounds for deer is a laughable thing, very rarely does calling/rattling/grunting work.  Sometimes it does but usually its a hail Mary type thing.  

Thanks guys,
hope to be back more regularly on here when I get back to a regular job.

Hunting Gear / The 20 yard pin
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:02:53 PM »
I\'ve been shooting every day now mostly at 60 and 70 yards and a few at 80.  Yesterday I decided to do my last round from 80 which puts me in my front yard shooting through my breezeway which I\'ve been doing for a couple years.

Since I\'ve made several shots from there already everything\'s ok, until......


Moral of the story, at 80 yards and when switching to heavier arrows, there is a lot of \"up\" clearance needed so check your 20 yard pin!

To make matters worse, the wife came out to ask me something and saw the yellow and looked up :o   If the vanes had been any other color she would have never noticed it, dang it.

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