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    2016 Hunting and Fishing

    It's a new year, so starting a new thread on hunting and fishing.

    In late January, I finished up the duck hunting season in CA with my brother and his young Lab "Tank".

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    From CA, I flew over to NE Utah, then drove down to southern AZ to hunt javelina. Even though it was February, temps were still too hot for me. Lots of cactus and sticker bushes in that country.
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    These are from the first two trips of the year. Hoping to make another one to a new lake in a day or two. Caught a few pike. My wife just drew a really good moose tag though so I think this is going to be a good year!




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    Quote Originally Posted by 55-PA18A View Post
    From CA, I flew over to NE Utah, then drove down to southern AZ to hunt javelina. Even though it was February, temps were still too hot for me. Lots of cactus and sticker bushes in that country.
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    Those critters must be hard to find when they are not moving. I had to blow up the picture just to see what it is. Not being knowledgeable on a variety of guns, What is that one? Is that a handgun with a scope?
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    Too bad you guys can't run skis this year, down there South of the Alaska Range...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Those critters must be hard to find when they are not moving. I had to blow up the picture just to see what it is. Not being knowledgeable on a variety of guns, What is that one? Is that a handgun with a scope?
    They are hard to find, and can live in some pretty tough country. I spent a lot of time sitting under mesquite and junipers on ridge tops spotting across the valleys. They're not very big. This was a adult-sized "pig". The pistol is a Thompson Center Contender in .223 Rem. It's a single shot, break-action pistol with replaceable barrels to change caliber. I had originally planned on using my . 50 cal. muzzle loading rifle. But it was so hot and dry, and the grass so tall I was afraid of starting a fire if I shot the muzzle loader. So I borrowed the pistol from the friend I was hunting with.

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    recent turkey hunt eastern MT

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    Just a couple trips in 2016 so far.

    Argentina for ducks, doves and perdez over pointing dogs.

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    Perdez over pointing dogs. Being a GSP owner, this was a lot of fun.

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    Many many ducks of all varieties and exotic species.

    That, plus too many doves to even consider!

    New Zealand for the toughest hunt I've ever been on for ducks, tahr and chamois.

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    Paradise ducks. The females have more color than the males. (More closely resembling the status of the humans!)

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    A great chamois. Many days on the mountains chasing these things.


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    A tahr taken above the clouds after walking up and down 2000-3000' of vertical for a few days at a time.

    Now it's soon time for some great MN grouse hunting and WY pronghorn and deer hunting.

    Don't know how I ever had time to work!

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    Some early season scouting.

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    My gaurd gun dog
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    The dog pictures reminded me of this picture of our year old female Lab I took in July.

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    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp

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    Shooting some prairie dogs in June. I landed the Cub right on the edge of the dog town.

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    My my son with one of the halibut we caught in SE Alaska the end of June.

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    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." Wyatt Earp

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    Oldest boy looking at an alpine Sitka deer way too far away


    Youngest boy with a humpy that he hooked and landed all by himself (wasn't going to have it any other way).

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    Good beginning to the season. Now I can concentrate on ducks.Click image for larger version. 

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    She's ready to go fetch ducks.

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    Nice pictures. So what's in the bags, caribou? If so, what are the bags and will a moose quarter fit in them? I ask because I am trying to figure out what type of bag to get for moose.

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    It's a moose. They are Caribou brand game bags. They sell them individually or as a whole set,which is what I bought. The moose package comes with 5 large bags for quarters ribs, 1 medium sized for hamburger and one slightly smaller bag for blackstrap tenderloin. They are reusable and tough, we have used them on 3 different moose and after you wash them they look brand new.

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    Thank you, will check them out.

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    Great Slave Lake, NWT

    Good times!
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    My wife's first ram and our first successful hunt where I flew us in:

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    My son's first animal - a ptarmigan taken with his .22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorwic View Post
    Nice pictures. So what's in the bags, caribou? If so, what are the bags and will a moose quarter fit in them? I ask because I am trying to figure out what type of bag to get for moose.

    Steve where did you get a tag for maybe I can set you up if you don't have a spot to go to let me know
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    My son's first...
    What a primo year for your family.

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    This one wasn't airplane-supported, but was still a nice surprise. Went out looking for caribou in the mountains, but never made it to the point where we intended to start climbing. When a legal moose is standing right next to the trail, well...you don't pass up that pile of meat! The only bummer is that I didn't really get to hunt - all I had to do was shoot and butcher.

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    Shooting an animal when you least expect it sounds like hunting to me. Good job on the nice looking bull! It took me 6 days in the field to fill a cow tag lol.

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    Tastigans are my favorite. Your son reminds me of how cute my kids used to be. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15ACSuperSedan View Post
    Your son reminds me of how cute my kids used to be. Lol
    Wait, wait...are you telling me that they aren't always so cute? Say it isn't so!

    Just ate his bird for dinner two nights ago. Well, Ok...it was an appetizer, not dinner. Still, it was really cool seeing how pleased he was to be feeding the family. Good stuff!

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    Hey Brian good Job on the hunts this year we are headed out tomarrow, the easy moose is for all the times you hunted for days and got nothing it evens out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72A View Post
    Hey Brian good Job on the hunts this year we are headed out tomarrow, the easy moose is for all the times you hunted for days and got nothing it evens out.

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    Good luck on the hunt, John!

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    This was the hunt that started our season off. I am finally going to get the story put up later. I flew the cub all the way down the Aleutian Island chain while my daughter flew down commercially. I picked her up at the airport and shuttled the gear and her into camp. It was quite the adventure!




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    And here is this years solo Dall sheep hunt results.


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    Last week on Kodiak.

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    Decided to make it a complete surf & turf. Nice Coho to boot.


    Just ate a steak from the deer. Excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den View Post
    ...Nice Coho to boot...
    Nice fish for the Buskin???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ER Upgrade View Post
    Nice fish for the Buskin???

    Yes, right at the surf

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    While my fishing this summer didn't involve flying it led me back to Taylorcrafts and some fun beach combing.
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    Late season, Talkeetna Mountain Bruiser. 40-1/2" / 14-3/4" bases / 11 years old!! Happy, Happy, Happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68Papa View Post
    Late season, Talkeetna Mountain Bruiser...
    Wow, and with both tips. How were you able to slow your thumping heart when you knew it was a "sure" thing?

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    That's a Danm nice sheep

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    Quote Originally Posted by ER Upgrade View Post
    Wow, and with both tips. How were you able to slow your thumping heart when you knew it was a "sure" thing?
    That's funny you mention that. I don't ever remember getting "buck fever" when shooting at rams in the past, but on this one, I had to set the rifle down once because my heart was beating very hard. It caught me by surprise.

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