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Yea, there's no shortage of rough terrain in Nv. I took a few spills myself. I'm still pulling cactus thorns and nursing an ankle.
Speaking of tarantulas. Many years back, I was walking a path up at Christmas Tree pass after them illusive quail and there, 3 feet in front of me sat one about 5" in diameter. Reared back and ready to take me down. It didn't give up an inch on the path. I sat and watched it for several minutes. They certainly have a lot more guts than brawn.

So, welcome to the forum diana.
I spent many a year hunting Nv. My family goes way back in Las Vegas. My grandfather, on my mothers side, took a job on The Dam. My mother went to school there, when the only high school was Vegas High. At that time there were only four paved roads in the whole town. Quite a bit different now, I'd say.
I went to Clark High the first year it was open.
It is no doubt a desolate looking state but, if a person spends enough time out. It's amazing how much wild life (excluding the casinos) there is. I always took game home. Never came up skunked.

At one time the Red Rock canyon area was a good place to get away. Charleston Ave used to go clear out to the canyon and continued as dirt road into the mountain. If you get far enough in. Hiking access only. There are a couple of springs that bubble out and form a nice size pond. I've seen Deer, Coyote, Elk, Quail, Rattlesnake and Bull frog around the spring. Of course this was many years ago.

The road down to Nelson's Landing was also great for Quail. Just don't get too close to the community down by the river. They didn't like strangers.

Yea , those Chukar. Boy oh boy. I'd find me a nice covey and head in there direction. Before I could get to shooting range they'd be running up the ridge. When I'd get to the top. They'd be to wing gliding down the other side. Brick Wall,) But, I always took a few home.
Same with those quail. Smart critters they are but, I got wise to them.
I'd be walking an area that I knew had some and spot, oh, maybe 10 or 15. When you get close enough they'd go to wing and you could drop a couple. As soon as your attention was diverted. 50 to 100 of them would take off in the opposite direction. At least you knew where they were and taking home a full bag was just a matter of searching them out.

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okay diana, you win. there are thousands of ladies in nevada applying for elk tags in sixteen, cause there were about 1600 applicants for the late hunt in the area this year (look at NDOW results). i've been applying for a tag in that area for 19 years and had fourteen bonus points (the max one could have since the bonus point system started back then) and still only received my second choice (late hunt) cause i was tired of trying to get an early tag and coming up empty. how many elk tags have you applied for and received in your years of big game hunting? only ten resident early tags were issued this year. NDOW only issued one non-resident early tag and it was drawn by someone who had no bonus points and who had never applied for a tag in nevada before. my son who applied for the junior hunt received no tags this year for any species in any area with five choices in each category, even came up short in the second chance draw and has four bonus points for every species. my point is this, if it's this difficult to draw a tag even with bonus points, the odds of seven out of 33 individuals successfully drawing an elk tag in a limited draw area being ladies is absolutely astronomical, even if the system is totally random. as a side note, i know of some individuals that received elk, sheep, and antelope tags this year, all the same person, what are the odds on that?
i've been hunting in Nevada for twenty years and in all that time i've seen two females afield with a gun or bow in hand actively persuing game of any species. course i hunt in very remote areas with difficult access and i don't usually see many hunters period thank god, but you get my drift. as regrettable as it may be and as much as we'd like it to be otherwise, hunting is just not the favorite pastime of very many women or girls. i personally support several youth safety and hunting promotion programs in this state and yes i have seen the number of girls and ladies involved and actively participating grow, but the numbers coincide with the population increase which has grown exponentially in the last ten years. i think you are mistaking my take on the state of game mangement in NV as being some kind of chauvinistic view of the right of women to persue big game hunting or not. that's not my position at all. i've lived in rural nevada and seen how things operate. we all know that certain people have no respect for the law and illegally harvest game animals without tags. why else would there be a need for operation game thief. therefore you must at least consider that some individuals, besides the myriad of law abiding ladies applying for tags legitimately, just may be milking the system to obtain a higher percentage of a chance at drawing a tag by getting their wives etc. to enter the draw.

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I've gotten two elk tags in Nevada in 20 something years of drawing, both cow, both late season. Never gotten a bull tag. I finally drew a deer tag in 10 early, my last choice. The last one I had was in 2003. Last year I had no tags and hunted elk in Oregon on an over-the-counter spike tag. Shot one the first day out.

There are men who certainly encourage their wives/girlfriends to apply for tags with the goal of filling it themselves. Most of the time the women don't even know it's illegal. The men in my life tried that with me and gave it up quick, I can tell you. I get some of those women in my course on occasion and have seen them in the field, tagging along. I just took exception to the assumption that the women who drew those tags are not legitimately hunting for them, because we are out there in increasing numbers, and just as deserving of the tag as you are.

By the way, a friend of mine drew one of those bull tags in 16. Lucky man. I'm planning on going up with him if work allows.

Fuzzybear, where in Washington are you from? I just returned from there. I plan on moving to Okanogan county next year and was up looking around at property.

I remember when Red Rock was not a state park. My uncle had a house on the end of Charleston, last place out there, and we used to hike up Pine Creek barefoot, looking for frogs and agates when we were kids. Nelson's Landing used to be a wonderful place to swim and relax. Now it's over run with people and trash. A few years ago I went on a canoe trip with my son and my friend from out of town and were gone 3 days. Came back to find my truck had been vandalized. It was the middle of July and hotter than hell. Had to hike out. Got lucky and ran into someone with a metal detector out looking around and he ran me into Boulder City for parts to fix the truck.

I tore my knees up the first time hunting deer up the back country behind Clive Creek, before they put in the campgrounds and the second time in the Rubies.

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diana
I'm over the mountain on the west side in Pierce County. After all the years of desert roaming. It's a pleasant thing to be in the trees and have the rain.
I'm live on the edge of some of the best Blacktail and Roosevelt country in the state. Not to mention Cougar, Black Bear, Grouse and some Turkey.
Salmon and Steelhead run up the rivers, of which there are three within a 30 minute drive.
There are 14 lakes within a 20 mile radius. Trout, Bass, Crappie.
The Sound is just an hour away and the ocean just a few hours.
With the exception of the politics. It's not a bad place to live.

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I used to live in Tacoma, Lacy and Olympia. Can't handle the rain and get claustraphobic in too many trees, but I enjoyed the rest of it. The Okanogan is perfect for me. Still have the pine trees, but have my open spaces and my quakies too. Love my quakies.

Speaking of tarantulas....I hunted in Utah one year, back by Mataqua, and it was overrun with tarantulas. On the way out, I stopped for one in the middle of the road. My cousin from Oregon was with me and her husband was absolutely terrified of snakes and spiders, so we decided to send it home to him as a birthday present. Did you know those things will wrap around your hand when you pick them up? Anyway, she took it home, gift wrapped it and gave it to him. I guess he didn't come home for two weeks and screamed loud enough when it crawled out of the box that the neighbours called the cops thinking someone was being murdered.

The next year we gave him a boa constrictor. They're divorced now.

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I know who I don't want as an enemy Hey diana - you're the coolest chick around Big smile

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I don't think he quite got the family sense of humor. Oh well.

Why thank you, Redrider.

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I believe the phrase, "You can't see the forest for the trees.", may have been quoted by someone in Washington.

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No kidding! Some of those trees are so dense they are killing each other. Long, skinny trunks with no foliage all in a race to find the sun above the other trees. Something.

Was like that in BC in areas too. And all the underbrush. How moose manage to move through it when I can't crawl through it on my belly I'll never know. It's a wonder the antlers don't get them stuck.

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diana, one of my uncles that lived in New Mexico absolutely hated rattlesnakes. After about 10yrs of marriage, Aunt Dollie fed him rattlesnake for breakfast and called it sasuage. When he was done she told him what she fed him. Shortly after that she was in the market for a new husband. She was a really neat lady, but Uncle Doc didn't have much time for rattlers or ANYONE that would feed him one!

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