Any big hunting plans for this year?


February 5, 2003, 06:26 PM
Do any of you guys and gals have big plans for an exotic hunt? Or how about just a great annual hunting tradition you'd like to share?

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Dan Morris
February 5, 2003, 09:25 PM
Nah, kiddo n dad are just going to the same ole elk hole...north of State Bridge.......gonna play better attention to the moon gods this year!LOL

February 5, 2003, 10:02 PM
Sounds good dan. We did real well thrid season up in 472 last year. How bout you any luck on the ole Wapiti??;)

February 5, 2003, 10:31 PM
We may use up our preference points and apply for a deer hunt in unit 10. Use it as a scouting trip for when we finally get enough points to go elk hunting there (in 5 or 6 more years!). Maybe chase around the elk with a bow come September.

Got a cow in a fourth season extra hunt down in unit 79, but for the 2nd bull season - no luck - like Dan said - way too much Moon!! It was like the sun didn't set that week! And looking ahead on the calender, the moon is going to be full the night before the 1st elk season starts in October this year, so be warned!


Dan Morris
February 6, 2003, 07:02 AM
H&H....combination of full moon and dry had us spooked. Should a
done better fault. Saw 3 very nice bulls while crossing a ranch to get to point B.....couldn't shoot em!
Elk bites were every where....they had just gone lower due to no food!Hey. thats why they call it hunting.....had a darn nice time though!

February 7, 2003, 12:40 PM
I've always done lots of varmint control here around home, but never bothered to get the license and everything to actually go out huntin. Sort of thinkin I might now. I'm buildin a lyman great plains rifle in a .54 caplock an it just seems like I should shoot at least one deer with it. Maybe get a set of antlers to hang it on the wall with :)
Of course that means going through the hunter safety course with a bunch of cityslicker morons. Which takes time, an I hardly have enough free time to go hunt without having to go through all that stuff. Might get a heads up on who the next wave of morons will be to hunt illegally and without permission around here. Had the game wardens harrassing all my friends this year cause a group had been surrounding small patches of woods with pickup trucks an shooting everything inside, then tearing off to the next spot. Game warden ended up having a helicopter and 8 extra wardens come into the area an they were driving across no till fields in the mud and calling people out of their tree stands and all kinds of BS. :cuss: never caught the real trouble makers either :banghead:

February 9, 2003, 10:18 AM
I'll be going to South Africa to help a farmer friend thin out the population of antelope of various species on his farm. He's got eland, kudu, sable, and a bunch of smaller species, and is concentrating on game farming for his future income: but there are several of each species that are malformed, deformed, or just plain unsuitable to retain in the breeding pool, and he wants to remove them. All being well, I'll spend a week there, and he's promised me two or three of everything. No trophies involved, but then I've never hunted for trophies, only food. Best of all - no cost except the plane ticket and ammunition! :D

February 9, 2003, 03:40 PM
Not this year, but next year it's off to hunt Elk in Colorado with my longbow and home made wood arrows. Can't wait!


February 9, 2003, 07:40 PM
That sounds tough longbow
Course my idea of homemade bow an arrow consists of a leaf spring borrowed from my pickem up truck an a sharpened broomstick....
Think I'd be better off just chasin em with a rock ;)

February 10, 2003, 11:47 AM
Probably not considered big game, but I want to put together a hog hunt for myself and 2 friends. We live in Minnesota and are trying to find a place as close as possible for driving reasons and a chance of some success. I checked with some officials in Missouri and they didn't give it a very good chance of success in their state. We aren't looking for trophies, 100 pounders would fit in the feezer just nice, any suggestions.

February 10, 2003, 12:15 PM
H&Hhunter (or anybody else) Do you have any experience with Sauer or Colt/Sauer bolt guns? I've seen one in 458 Magnum that is really nice. I believe it has the bolt with the three lugs that pop out rather than a classic Mauser turnbolt. More like a Mannlicher action. Box magazine fed. Deluxe finish, iron sights. Are there any comments on this particular gun, pro or con?

February 11, 2003, 08:00 PM
In a word Top Notch. Sauer makes some of the finest heavy riflles on the planet. If you can afford it and really want a good .458 you'd be hard pressed to go wrong with a Sauer.

Things I like about them. Form, fit and finish are all outstanding.

The action is strong, smooth and it is positive feed.

Good sights and strong safety.

Things I don't like about them. They are heavy and I am a staunch believer in stainless.

On a scale of 1 to 10 they are about an 8 in my book and that is only because they are not stainless it has notthing to do with any flaws in the rifle design.

February 14, 2003, 10:49 PM
Thanks, H&H, for the report. I've been licking my lips over a certain 458 ever since I saw it.

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