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Opening Weekend In CA...

There is good, and bad, and thankfully it's mostly good - even without getting a Buck.

It was my two oldest grandson's first 'true' hunting trip.  We slept out under the stars, outside the cabin, because the Meteor Shower was in full bloom.  Above the light pollution, with an obstructed view, we watched fireball after fireball.  We were woken several times when the Coyote's called to each other.  We caught, and released, a tarantula we spotted under our cots as we were searching for a dropped pair of socks.  We were up and headed to the top of the ranch by 5am.  The fireballs still creating quite a show in the sky.  

We ate pizza the first night... breakfast burritos opening morning... salami sandwiches for lunch, and steak with cornbread and beans for dinner.  

All in all... quite a memory.  Now the bad...

I'm sure some of you experienced this as well, perhaps not quite as badly we we did, however, since my ranch is located in a very hot location.  It was HOT... my pickup, usually pretty darn accurate, registered 113 degrees as we drove in to the ranch.  It must have been after 10pm before the temperature dropped below 95 and I don't think it ever dropped any lower than 88 or so.  My ranch is baked, bone dry, driest I've ever seen it.  I figured that would actually increase our chances for getting a Buck but alas... no shortage of does, a couple of spikes, but we saw no legal bucks.  They are there... but experienced though I am I am NOT familiar with finding them is such extreme heat.  Mostly I looked for sign hoping to figure out how they are dealing with this heat wave... but I saw little.  

Now I found this next bit odd... the does, and spikes, were all 'moving' even during the heat of the day.  I spotted ONE doe bedded down out of spotting perhaps 50 does during the weekend.  The spikes were also on the movie... not as near the few watering holes as the does but not in the high brush like they usually are.  Like most opening days the does, and young bucks, were showing little concern for us... but this weekend I think it was even more so.  Perhaps it's the heat, but we drove by several does getting within 30 feet and they merely ganced at us casually and went about their business.  

Most importanly, my grandson's caught the 'fever'. <smile>  Our hunting times after this opening weekend will be hard to come by... school and youth football both underway.  We'll take some evening trips but probably only two more overnighters.  Hopefully it will cool off. 

Hope you guys enjoyed opening weekend... I'm sure you did. <smile> - JamesJM

 

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True quality time, even

True quality time, even without getting a deer James!!!

What are you hunting, early A zones.????? Where's your ranch?

Our opening weekend down (A22) here isn't until September 1st, which also happens to be the dove opener. My Dad will be coming out again for our fishing (tuns, Dodos)/hunting (doves)/golfing weekend, so I will pass on the deer for a few days.

Sorry to hear the ranch is dry.  We've been baking down here too.  I hunt right across the fence from a pond on a ranch.  Needless to say, this time of year, lots of animals headed in that direction..... Wink

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My ranch is near Coalinga.

My ranch is near Coalinga.  No sign of much cool down in the coming week.  Problem with the heat wave and dry conditions is that there is still water, sparse, but there is water... and it's 'which pool of water' they are using... right now I don't know, but I'll find out.  :) 

Good luck!  I'll be hunting Dove as well when seasons starts, looking more foreward to Quail season.. we've got so many quail it's like a population explosion, they're going to take over the earth. - JamesJM

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Well, if you need any help

Well, if you need any help thinning out the quail, or deer, or pigs if you have any on your ranch, I am only a 5 hour drive or so away...... Wink

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It's possible

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Well, if you need any help thinning out the quail, or deer, or pigs if you have any on your ranch, I am only a 5 hour drive or so away...... Wink

Perhaps one day, Vermonster.  Don't be under the impression, however, that MY ranch is some kind of hunting mecca.  Some days... great, most... less so.

I don't own the ranch alone... I have partners.  We are cousins.  Hunted together since we were in diapers.  But as for pigs... if you want, after deer season, you're more than welcome.  Not sure how good it will be, we're in a flux period... as I've posted elsewhere.  They are returning, but no where near the huge numbers as they were two years ago.  Still, I'm seeing them, once again.  

If you're serious... you can contact me and we'll work something out.  I'm a busy 'retired' man, but we can work through that.  And no, I'm not talking about a 'fee', in case you were wondering. - JamesJM

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Thanks James.  Maybe I'll

Thanks James.  Maybe I'll take you up on that after the fall deer seasons.  Just do alittle drive, weekend type hunt.  Scouting for the piggies.  I'll stay in touch.

As for now, my Dad will be out next week for the dove opener, and our archery deer also starts that weekend.  Probably put it off for a few days, but can't wait to go.

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It was so hot in fresno i

It was so hot in fresno i went to northern cal salmon fishing instead of opening day archery deer last weekend.
I use to smash the pigs around parkfield and even a few deer.

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So far I've just shot at pigs

So far I've just shot at pigs this season.  No buck on the ranch I go, but I've seen a lot of doe.

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