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Old 04-08-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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3 months and counting down to July 14. If the plan comes together- my last blacktail deer season as a CA resident. The plan is to Ďretireí in Montana next year. Iím already thinking about the first annual TBH elk hunt with some long-time friends.

I started this early because we went out for pigs in rain Saturday morning. In the pre dawn darkness and in the the fog (or the clouds since were above the valley) I swear I saw the blacktail buck weíve naned ďthe ghostĒ. He looks like a mulie, 4x4 and huge body. Other bucks are in early velvet- and this guy was solo in a field with a full rack- in April. He stood there with the same look Iíve seen before- almost arrogant staring me down at 100 yards. The fog thickened, and when it cleared- 2 smaller deer were in the field. The ghost, again.

My buddy put 3, 30-06 rounds in this pig, 2 in shoulder (one exited through his jaw) and one shattered his spine- and he still ran and rolled down a hill into the poison oak.

Big boar.



All smiles after the dragging. The the work started carrying him up and out. My new Kuiu pack got itís first hunt and blood on it.




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Old 04-08-2018, 05:47 PM   #2
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Going to be nice to get out of that Cali mess.
Best of luck this year and even better luck on the Montana retirement
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:07 PM   #3
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Tags for pigs still crack me up Bill!!
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:35 PM   #4
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I'm sure you'll be much happier in Montana!
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:59 PM   #5
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Tags for pigs still crack me up Bill!!


They went from no-tag, to $8.90 for a book of 5 tags (to pay for a DFG program to map where the pugs were killed- supposed to help hunters see where to hunt), to $22.42 per pig. Who made up $22.42?


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Old 04-08-2018, 11:45 PM   #6
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Congrats on taking the pigs. Congrats on the future move as well. Montana should be nice.
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:54 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Bill in San Jose;13302564]They went from no-tag, to $8.90 for a book of 5 tags (to pay for a DFG program to map where the pugs were killed- supposed to help hunters see where to hunt), to $22.42 per pig. Who made up $22.42?


And they should be paying you to shoot them.
Congrats on the pork and your impending retirement.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:17 PM   #8
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Thereís a state assemblyman from the rural region up north trying to get the law changed. Pigs would be classified as an exotic, a tag would be $15 for unlimited pigs. I called his office saying I support, and suggesting he add 24/7 legal shooting.

Iím out for turkeys and pigs this am. None. BUT we saw the ghost. 300+ yards into next property, big rack (3x3 now) and he stood staring for a minute with a defiant look. By the time I grabbed my phone he took off with a smaller buck.

A couple hours later there were 4 nice bucks about 200 yards away, who seemed unconcerned when I snapped pictures from my pickup.

2 months to archery deer opener,






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Old 05-06-2018, 12:31 PM   #9
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Nice pig!

Good luck getting the Ghost.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:15 PM   #10
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The deer opener is 5 weeks from yesterday. Iíve been hiking hard with 30 pounds in my new hunting pack to get prepared for Sept Montana elk, which will help me with the steep hills for deer.

Iím shooting my Ďnewí Sarrels recurve and confident at 15-20 yards and working on 30.

Speaking of elk- there are 2 lottery draw tags for tule elk in my county- the mountains to the east of the silicon valley has a healthy native elk herd. Zero public land , but still 2 very difficult tags to draw.


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Old 06-10-2018, 11:37 PM   #11
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Always look forward to these July deer hunting posts and stories. Looking forward to this year again. Hope you get that big one that you've been chasing!
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:40 PM   #12
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oh and when you get ready for others to join you hunting elk in Montana... You have my number...

I know your goal - someone much bigger and younger to hunt with so they can help once the elk is down. I'm younger but not much. Your son can handle the much younger checkbox. I can handle the much bigger one! :-) I need to do it anyway so going to start trying to get into elk hunting shape for 2019.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:50 AM   #13
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You can't leave California. It gives us hope knowing there are good Godly people in that state that love to hunt.

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Old 06-17-2018, 02:02 PM   #14
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The opener is 4 weeks from yesterday. We went for pigs (none- the sly devils) but saw some nice 2x2- for a lot of blacktails thatís as many tines as theyíll ever have.

Spotted this guy on a ridge. Did a bino-iPhone picture.



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Another smaller fork



Game cam up on sone trails, letís see whatís there.in a couple weeks.



Funny- Iím just used to hunting in brown grass, rain is done until next December. No magic why fire season so dangerous.




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Old 07-04-2018, 10:43 AM   #15
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Well, the last time I plan to purchase a CA resident hunting license and deer tag. And worry about lead restrictions- although my Tikka T3 shoots great with Barnes Vor-tx copper.




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Old 07-04-2018, 11:04 AM   #16
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Go get em Bill! And a huge congrats on the pending retirement, and especially the Montana move! Now go get “The Ghost”! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:09 AM   #17
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Good luck on the deer hunt

i would take early retirement to get out of California

Your posts remind me that all Californians are not whackos
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:11 AM   #18
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Glad to hear you get to leave Cali and head to Montana! That's a heck of an upgrade I'd say! Good luck this season Bill. I'll try and follow along.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:27 AM   #19
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Enjoy the hunt.
Montana rocks... until it snows.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:32 AM   #20
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It snowed this week in the Madisons. I donít want to say how much I bought of Kuiu gear to get ready.


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Old 07-04-2018, 12:06 PM   #21
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My in laws have property in Sanoma County, and I've seen a lot of nice deer there. Just now starting to research a DIY hunt there.
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:15 PM   #22
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My in laws have property in Sanoma County, and I've seen a lot of nice deer there. Just now starting to research a DIY hunt there.
If you have to hunt public land in California, look into zone B2 around Trinity county. Lots of public land and I killed a lot of bucks there with my bow. Now if you have private land to hunt, Sonoma county is a good place for deer, turkey and hogs. I've killed quite a few hogs and turkeys in Sonoma county around Sonoma lake.


Good luck Bill on this hunting season.
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Old 07-06-2018, 08:20 AM   #23
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The only B zone Iíve hunted was in Mendocino NF. I carried a 45 in my fanny pack while bowhunting thinking the probability of needing it with the Mexican weed growers was higher than running into a GW whoíd search me.


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Old 07-12-2018, 05:14 PM   #24
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T minus 2 days. My game cam set up low got a small fork, some pigs and a bunch of turkeys. Iíll be hunting up high where I saw them.

My usual deer hunting partnerís wife is ready to have a baby, heís saying it will not happen until Monday- so heíll be hunting!


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Old 07-14-2018, 08:47 AM   #25
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All quiet on the western front. Let the game begin.




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Old 07-14-2018, 09:02 AM   #26
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Good luck Bill!


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Old 07-14-2018, 09:07 AM   #27
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Been waiting on this! Good luck Bill! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:19 PM   #28
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Tease
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:22 PM   #29
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Wooo hoooo!!!
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:36 PM   #30
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Awesome job Bill
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:17 PM   #31
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My buddy got a small fork horn.
More later.


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Old 07-14-2018, 08:42 PM   #32
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Awesome!
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:39 AM   #33
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I came lower on mountain from my ground blind. We saw 2 guys with a dog on the property. I told my buddy I needed to kick them off.

Instead of the obvious, I had an idea. ďHey guys, help me out. How many letter Ss are there in the word trespassing?Ē. Got them to leave.

Waking a fire road, I came around a bend and in a 1í area of shade was a huge 2x2 bedded down. I donít know white tails but these deer like the heat. It was over 40 yards and I tried to range him for a long shot. He got up and trotted away- 58.5 yards. It would have been a great shot, or a miss and possibly wound him with a short arrow bouncing. It was the ethical thing to do.

I went after him, my buddy from above trying to get in front. No luck, but he connected with a small fork. Thereís a saying- the first tagís for meat, the 2ndís for antlers.

He was easier to pack out than the pig.



Iíve got time!


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Old 07-15-2018, 07:23 PM   #34
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Awesome. Congrats to you buddy. Now your turn with antlers for your farewell tour!

I'm going to miss the July hunting stories but look forward to the Montana elk hunts!
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:45 PM   #35
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Good luck to you!! Enjoy your Cali hunt write ups


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Old 07-15-2018, 09:13 PM   #36
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Good luck. Sonoma county has big blacktail and big feral pigs. About 3 hours north of San Jose.
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