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Old 02-21-2017, 10:16 AM   #1
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Just got back from a Trip to NM hunting for Aoudad. Three of us went but only one of us had a tag (not myself, another member here Leanmachine). Figured I would share a couple pics for anyone who may be interested.

Laid down some serious glass. Had a tough time dealing with hail, rain, clouds, and bitter cold. The last night we were there it was as low as 19 degrees. Luckily we got some clear weather here and there to be able to spot some sheep.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:20 AM   #2
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All of us were running some form of Vortex optics. Gave them a good workout for sure. We also all had homemade phone scope adapters for our glass which gave us a chance to get some up close and personal pictures even from well over 1000 yards. You can really see how well these guys blend in.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:21 AM   #3
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A little scenery.

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Old 02-21-2017, 10:22 AM   #4
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Awesome stuff there!
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:22 AM   #5
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Tipi life.

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Old 02-21-2017, 10:23 AM   #6
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Wow!! That's what you call working for your goat.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:25 AM   #7
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Pretty Country.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:25 AM   #8
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Hard earned success. The shot was 533 yards with a .308. You can see where the ram died with me standing over it in the first picture if you look close. He was borderline unreachable without climbing shoes.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #9
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Thanks for sharing the pictures
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:31 AM   #10
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A little shameless plug here...Ive been making deboned game bags for a while now and they are the bomb. We put a whole sheep in one bag no problem. If anyone needs some you know where to get them now
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #11
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And a couple shots I thought were too cool not to share.

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Old 02-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #12
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That's good stuff there! Thanks for sharing and congrats


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Old 02-21-2017, 10:36 AM   #13
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Awesome!
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:36 AM   #14
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Nice! Congrats! Where were you hunting? Are tags over the counter or draw?
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:38 AM   #15
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i've always wanted to try that hunt. Just so hard to pick an area without ever having been there. Great shots!
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:44 AM   #16
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Very Cool!
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:19 AM   #17
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New Mexico has both over the counter and draw tags. I know what you mean about not knowing where to go. We did this hunt before when I had a tag and spent three days hunting an area where we had realistically zero chance of seeing a sheep. You just have to cover a crap ton of area and be mobile to find these guys. Not to mention glassing. We had close to $3000 in optics on this hunt. All mounted on tripods. If your binos aren't on a tripod you are wasting your time
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:21 AM   #18
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Congratulations and great story and pics. They are so fun to hunt and look BA when you finally spot one. Its almost surreal.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:32 AM   #19
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How long was that ram?
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:54 AM   #20
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Heres one pic from the pack out. We got back a little after midnight. All of us had been out of water since about six. We didn't measure him real precisely but he was right at 21 inches.

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Old 02-21-2017, 11:59 AM   #21
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Awesome hunt and thread. Thanks for sharing! Im leaving Thursday for the Davis Mountains to chase them.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:21 PM   #22
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awesome congrats
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:28 PM   #23
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Awesome story...congrats to the crew!
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:33 PM   #24
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Awesome write up! Congrats
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:33 PM   #25
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Very nice, at age 75 and not in best of shape, guess I will have to pass.
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:36 PM   #26
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Can you give more info on the deboning bag?
Nice hunt and ram!
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:39 PM   #27
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Pretty awesome. Hope to do a hunt like this one day
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:11 PM   #28
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Swampranger-hope you get lots of cactus quills and a big sheep!

Grizzly-There are other deboned game bags out there but none of them are exactly what i wanted. The idea is that the bag is breathable and non stretching so when you cut all the meat off the animal and put it in a bag it will hold its shape, protect from dirt and bugs, and allow the meat to cool. You dont end up with a sack with all the meat clumped in the bottom. These hold 45 pounds of meat each and the set i pack around is 5 bags so i can handle anything up to an elk. A set weighs less than 8 ounces. I make them bright colors with one black bag so you know which bag has your tag and proof of sex. Also the draw cord is 275 reflective paracord so you can spot them from a mile away in the dark and theres zero chance of breaking.
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:40 PM   #29
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What do u charge for a set?

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Old 02-21-2017, 02:33 PM   #30
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I really havent sold any but I've been giving them to friends. I set up a little shop online with intentions of eventually selling some but havent really promoted them. I just know it would have made my life a lot easier if I had something like this years ago. Ill never try to carry two whole elk quarters and almost kill myself again. Anyone who is interested can get more info here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/5063858...-bags-game-bag

Or follow my instagram page: @backcountryborne (I just started it so nothing too exciting yet). Hopefully this thread hasnt gotten too far off topic. There are other well known bags out there too. Ive never used any others but Im sure they are legit. I encourage anyone backpack hunting to try some.

Use code "Texasbowhunter" for $10 off if you want to try some.

Thanks everyone for the congrats.
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Old 02-21-2017, 02:50 PM   #31
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Great pictures
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:47 PM   #32
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Sooo cool! I have been wanting to go to NM for aoudad or ibex!


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Old 02-23-2017, 05:15 AM   #33
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Great writeup. Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:08 PM   #34
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Thanks for sharing hope to do a hunt like that soon.


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Old 02-23-2017, 02:37 PM   #35
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Awesome share!! You got a pic of your diy phone scope?


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Old 02-23-2017, 08:57 PM   #36
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Heres two of the phone scopes. Both molded out of pvc and costing less than $1. Nice thing about making one is that you can make it to fit your phone case too.

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:46 AM   #37
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GREAT post! Thanks dude, really enjoyed it!
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:29 AM   #38
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Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 03-01-2017, 09:28 PM   #39
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That looks like a really fun hunt!
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:03 PM   #40
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How about a "how to " on the DIY phone scope. I would like to try that.
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Old 03-31-2017, 09:33 PM   #41
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great pics! thanks for sharing the experience
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:34 PM   #42
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I may do a video on the phone scope but I doubt there would be enough guys interested for the effort. Most guys have $40 to just buy one.

I will kinda of walk through it though. Its super easy.

1. Cut a piece of 2 or 3" pvc a little longer than your phone and then cut it down the middle like a hot dog bun.
2. Stick it in the oven for a few minutes on low to soften it up
3. Clamp it down flat.
4. Trace your phone. Leave a lot of material around the camera if you have an iphone with the camera on the edge. Also leave a few little tabs around the edges to fold around the phone later.
5. Drill a good sized hole lined up with your camera. May need a dremel to make it big enough depending on how thick your phone case is.
6. Use a heat gun to heat up the tabs and then fold them around your phone. Trim them so your phone can slide or snap in and out. I made mine the rigth size to snap in.
7. Take your optic to lowes and find a pvc end cap that is slightly smaller than or the same size as the eye piece. Ones with the flat end work best.
8. Heat up the end cap and fit it onto your eyepiece. This is important to keep it from twisting.
9. Drill a big hole in the end of the cap
10. Put your end cap on the eye piece and phone in its holder. Line everything up so you can see through the optic clearly and the vignette is centered on the screen. Have your wife trace around the end cap.
11. Rough both pieces up. Epoxy the two pieces together. If you want you can drill a small hole and run a nail through the two and epoxy in place for extra strength.
13. Shave all the excess off around the end cap and sand it all smooth.
14. Paint or dip is as wanted. I painted mine. Buddy dipped his in asat. Other buddy ran with bare pvc.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:45 PM   #43
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Heres another pic taken through the 15x binos. Kind of facing into the sun. Those elk were ranged at 900 yards.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:49 PM   #44
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Thanks for sharing!! Great info all around. What size and brand tipi is that??
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:36 PM   #45
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Its an SO Redcliff
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:55 AM   #46
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Good job guys!

This is the second hunt y'all have done correct?
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:14 AM   #47
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What a great hunt. Those pics speak a thousand words.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:42 AM   #48
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awesome!
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:20 PM   #49
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Quote:
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I may do a video on the phone scope but I doubt there would be enough guys interested for the effort. Most guys have $40 to just buy one.

I will kinda of walk through it though. Its super easy.

1. Cut a piece of 2 or 3" pvc a little longer than your phone and then cut it down the middle like a hot dog bun.
2. Stick it in the oven for a few minutes on low to soften it up
3. Clamp it down flat.
4. Trace your phone. Leave a lot of material around the camera if you have an iphone with the camera on the edge. Also leave a few little tabs around the edges to fold around the phone later.
5. Drill a good sized hole lined up with your camera. May need a dremel to make it big enough depending on how thick your phone case is.
6. Use a heat gun to heat up the tabs and then fold them around your phone. Trim them so your phone can slide or snap in and out. I made mine the rigth size to snap in.
7. Take your optic to lowes and find a pvc end cap that is slightly smaller than or the same size as the eye piece. Ones with the flat end work best.
8. Heat up the end cap and fit it onto your eyepiece. This is important to keep it from twisting.
9. Drill a big hole in the end of the cap
10. Put your end cap on the eye piece and phone in its holder. Line everything up so you can see through the optic clearly and the vignette is centered on the screen. Have your wife trace around the end cap.
11. Rough both pieces up. Epoxy the two pieces together. If you want you can drill a small hole and run a nail through the two and epoxy in place for extra strength.
13. Shave all the excess off around the end cap and sand it all smooth.
14. Paint or dip is as wanted. I painted mine. Buddy dipped his in asat. Other buddy ran with bare pvc.


Sweet. I'm going to do this


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Old 04-18-2017, 03:43 PM   #50
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You and your buddies earned that trophy! Great pics!
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