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First antler hunting trip of 2011 !

Well Arlan and I headed out this morning to do some serious walking and to see if we could find some antlers. On the way to where we going we had a flat on the highway. It took almost 2 hours to change the dang tire due to a neat little secondary lock that keeps the tire from coming down. What a joke !!!!!!

After the tire delimma we were back on our way and made it to the area we were going to walk. There were tons of deer tracks in the area and everything looked like the day was going to get better. Well we put on some miles on the new Danner's and broke them in, but not an antler one. Not even an old one. All in all it was a decent day learning some new country and put on about 3 1/2 miles. I can definately tell I need to get out more (out of shape). It can only get better from here.

Here are some pics of the country that we were walking.

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Well at least you made it out

Well at least you made it out there and got back okay. Looks like some great looking country and at least now you know where not to look next time. Like you said it can only get better from here. I went for about a one mile hike last week with the same results but sure saw a lot of good sign. I was going to try again Friday but all the snow we got changed my mind until next week.

Good luck on your next trip and hope you make it out there soon.

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we've had a back and forth

we've had a back and forth spring with rain and snow so far. but i did get out on the horses and hunted the sheds pretty hard. i found one whitetail shed on an oak flat. but not any of the big boys, just a little 3 point shed.

 

i'm jealous that you guys will be finding the cool stuff. mule deer, antelope and elk sheds! way more fun than stupid old whitetail!

 

GOOD LUCK!

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maybe this fall

Pretty country for sure.  Wife called me last year had a flat, same deal '04 tahoe, no fun at all. Hope to look for some whitetail sheds this week. Here are a couple from nm, '07 'n' '06. Put in for this fall for NM, hoping to get drawn.

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always fun to check out new country

I'm headed out that direction in two weeks to do a little turkey scouting and some shed hunting too.

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Turkeys

Good luck, Elk sheds fewer and farther between than the deer sheds we have here, are a little tougher to miss, if you come upon them. Doing some turkey scouting on the shed hunt also.Would rather be out there but I have a spot 20min. from the house, a little more convenient. Do you know if NM has decided on a % for the NR tags in the future? I think a lot of people may have applied along with myself, because of the uncertaintcy. I also put in for Maine ,NH and Vermont moose,but unlikely to draw. Might be buying a Landowner tag somewhere this year. Chris

 

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Beautiful photos! Sorry you

Beautiful photos!

Sorry you didn't find any bone, but the walk is always nice!

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Ditto! That's some pretty

Ditto! That's some pretty country out there!

Say! You missed some antlers! They are right there in the foreground of that second picture! Better get back out there and pick them up!

Man, I hear you on that "secondary lock". That sounds like what happened to a friend of mine right in my driveway last summer. He cut the corner too short backing out and drove over a steel fencepost that I have a driveway marker on. It cut his sidewall, so he pulled back in to change the tire. It was a Trailblazer. We then spent at least an hour in the blazing hot sun trying to get that spare down. Finally read the instructions, but it still took a number of tries to get that crazy thing to work.

Glad you got out there. I'm with you on the "out of shape" thing. I need to get back on the treadmill and do some serious walking until I can get out into the woods and do more of it.

 

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Thanks for the great comments guys !!!

I plan on next weekend getting a lot farther in. I already have some elk sheds spotted from being on top. I have just never walked all the way back in there. It will be an all dayer and I will be looking at around 15 mile round trip. It's a good thing I got the new boots broke in Sunday.

walkin,

Some cool elk sheds you picked up, especially the one with the extra point. Thanks for posting the pics. Yes

jaybe,

I think your right !! laugh Maybe I need someone like you out here with me that can see. Shock! I usually carry my binos with me at all times to give me the edge even while I'm in the thick stuff and can only see about 15-20 yards. Thumbs up

Ex,

I hope your scouting trip goes well and if your heading down to where I think you may be headed the turkeys will be right by where you guys were killing the grouse while you were elk hunting. Big smile

Good luck to everyone either scouting or chasing that elusive and wonderful bone!

Quinton

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I had high hopes of finding some bone myself last weekend with no luck my pup has been acting a little goofy so I decided to get out and put on some miles. once I got on top I spoted a lion hunters truck, no sign of the hunters but their dogs were walking down the highway back to the truck. The bulls were a couple of weeks ahead of me this dry weather has got them moving early. Hopefully I'll catch up with them next weekend.

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WOW !!!!!

festus,

That is definately some wicked shed hunting country ! Yes Straight up and down for sure ! Good luck on catching back up with them. Thumbs up It looks like the snow is all but gone in your area.

Thanks for sharing the pics !

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