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Coues Deer

I got drawn for a late November/early December hunt in the same unit I hunted last year for Coues. Big smile

If you recall, last year I had a good hit but subsiquent review has led me to determine I suffered from poor bullet performance due to the distance of the shot, velocity, and type of bullet used. I didn't know any better then but have since learned a lot and look to redeem myself this year. I have selected a more appropriate bullet for the game I'm hunting.

I'll be hunting solo this year and due to some of the "issues" in the area won't be hunting too far from the road. The last thing I want to do is get in to a gunfight with dopers or bandits while I'm out hunting deer. First off to WY to hunt Speedgoats though.

I've been very fortunate this year in drawing tags and getting opportunities. BGH is a big part of my getting opportunities, as I met my Speedgoat partner here. I just wanted to take a moment and say thanks to BGH, and all the members here.

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Congrats on your tags and

Congrats on your tags and hopefully you will fill all of them and have to start giving meat away that you have so much.

As you mentioned bullet performance is vital to be able to harvest a game animal properly. The one problem that I have found is that different bullets perform differently at different ranges. I have had Sierra boat tails go completely through a elk at 200 yards and have had the same bullet only make it to the off side ribs at 20 yards on another elk. I had the same bullet combination go from the neck area on a deer all the way to his rear on a 100 yard shot. You just never know. I have now switched to Barnes bullets for most of my hunting rifles and in the 12 years that I have been using them I have only recovered 2 bullets from elk that I have shot and all of them have been one shot kills, except for those that remained standing and then they got a second dose weather they needed it or not.

As for your hunting area you need to check with the Border Patrol and see if you can keep what ever you find in your hunting area. You never know there may be some bags of money just waiting for you. A friend of mine from Tucson used to do a lot of hiking down there and ended up with a lot of back packs that he donated to the local schools for kids to use.

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Due to my moms passing I was

Due to my moms passing I was slow mailing in for the leftover tag for the same hunt. As of thos morning it shows they are all gone and I know my check didn't get there yet so my hunt will have to wait till next year.

Plenty of other things to stay busy with though. Good luck with yours bro. I hope you get him this time around. 

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It's been many, many years

It's been many, many years but I remember my Coues Deer hunt in southeastern AZ very well, and fondly.

Sorry to hear, however, that there are 'issues' in the area these days.  When I last hunted there, probably mid-80's, the number of Game Wardens in the area was amazing.  We were checked at least 4 times during our week long hunting trip.  Obviously it must not be patroled as well these days. - JamesJM

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Still wanting to try that

Still wanting to try that with you Vince.  Maybe next fall.  Best of luck to you!

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Door's Open

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Still wanting to try that with you Vince.  Maybe next fall.  Best of luck to you!

The door's open mate.

I'll apply again next year, regardless of this year's results as I like hunting those little grey ghost.

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Next year I will be planning

Next year I will be planning my other hunts around it. I should have planned better this year but realized a little too late how valuable time is. I get enough vacation time I just need to start using it instead of cashing some of it in.

I get 5 weeks a year paid and as of this one I'm going to start using it all.

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We should plan a hunt down

We should plan a hunt down there with everyone that can get drawn.  A BGH hunt....Wink

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The beauty of it is that

The beauty of it is that there were over 400 leftover tags for this unit in the early December season.. If I had just been ready it would have been no problem at all, but a week later it was all over.

I did at least get a preference point in the draw.

 

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Preference Point

Said in my best accent:

Preference point. We don't need no stinking preference point. Dancing

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