No offense, my friend, but I would NEVER hunt anywhere that they'd had poaching problems at. I love a good hunt, with lots of animals in a pretty setting; but I'd rather stay home and pick my nose rather than paying a place that allowed poaching on their property.
I understand that TN, and I am not condoning it. But, it's a 270,000 acre unfenced ranch, with dozens and dozens of guides, and thousands of hunters. Who knows how far up the chain it was known about, and who was doing the killing. This guy was in on at least 7 of the 20+ kills, so who's to say it wasn't just him and 2-3 other guides?
I know I am being a little naive, but thousands of hunters from CA and beyond have cut their teeth at that ranch, kids hunts, charity hunts, etc. I am not going to let this incident spoil all the other good stuff that happens there.
Do i condone what they did? Absolutely not. I think they need a lion season here in CA, but until they do, you have to abide by the laws.
They probably will not be a primary hunting program for too much longer. They stand to make way more money on the housing, hotel, and golf course development - far more than what was previously accomplished. Too bad as the kid involved hunts were probably the best positive actions from them.
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....