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Old 09-24-2022, 07:15 PM   #1
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Gather round everybody!!!
September is coming to an end, but the live hunts are just getting kicked off.
I’ve got 19 days set aside this year to bloody some arrows. We’re gonna start the first leg of the year off tomorrow morning @ 3:00 AM with a trip up to Dulce New Mexico to chase Elk on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. My buddy Justin Spies and I will hunt Sept 26-30. This will be our first Elk hunt ever and we are chomping at the bit to say the least.

The second leg will kick off Oct 13, & 18-20. East Tx Neches river bottom will be our home. I’ll be hunting with my dad & Talen those days. We’ll have doe tags to fill and select target bucks to hunt.

We’ll head up to Rule Tx for the fourth leg to hunt a Ranch we’ve never been to before. I’ll have both of my boys, Bryce & Talen, with me. It’s been a few years since we have all 3 been on a hunt together so this one is definitely special to me.

November 10-16 will be the fifth and final leg of the live hunt with a trip to Illinois to hunt a close friend’s farm that I hunted last year. My brother Kade, buddy Clark & Talen will be with me. We have strict instructions from the landowner to fill our tags.

I’ll try and keep it as entertaining as possible and pic heavy.
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Old 09-24-2022, 07:22 PM   #2
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Looking forward to following again this season Heath. Y’all go get ya some and we’ll be watching over your shoulder.
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Old 09-24-2022, 07:29 PM   #3
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In , good luck sir!
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Old 09-24-2022, 08:45 PM   #4
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Old 09-24-2022, 08:47 PM   #5
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In for this one.
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:04 PM   #6
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:25 PM   #7
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Look forward to the reports. Enjoyed them last year!!
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:34 PM   #8
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:41 PM   #9
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Good luck to all of yall and ill be following along!
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:49 PM   #10
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Old 09-24-2022, 11:14 PM   #11
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Boy am I ready to get this started! Considering that I’m getting picked up in less than 5 hours I should be sleeping, but wide awake here!!


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Old 09-24-2022, 11:14 PM   #12
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Good luck fellas!!!
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Old 09-24-2022, 11:42 PM   #13
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Old 09-24-2022, 11:50 PM   #14
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Old 09-25-2022, 12:26 AM   #15
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Good luck and will be following this one!
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Old 09-25-2022, 12:57 AM   #16
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The Kill-Mobile is packed! Bout to get a couple hrs of sleep and we’ll be headed West.






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Old 09-25-2022, 12:59 AM   #17
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Old 09-25-2022, 01:54 AM   #18
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How the heck did y’all score a hunt on the reservation?! Looking forward to this!
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Old 09-25-2022, 02:50 AM   #19
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Old 09-25-2022, 07:34 AM   #20
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Awesome….Tuned in.

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Old 09-25-2022, 07:35 AM   #21
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Old 09-25-2022, 07:48 AM   #22
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Old 09-25-2022, 07:55 AM   #23
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:26 AM   #24
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good luck and be safe!!!
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Old 09-25-2022, 10:47 AM   #25
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This will be good…safe travels and good luck!


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Old 09-25-2022, 12:12 PM   #26
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Old 09-25-2022, 12:42 PM   #27
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Good Luck to y’all Homie!!!!! Tagged…


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Old 09-25-2022, 12:47 PM   #28
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Just rolled thru Amarillo.
6 hrs left to go. Finally got out of the NE head wind.
We’ll meet up with our guides this evening, get groceries & check into the AirB&B.
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Old 09-25-2022, 01:00 PM   #29
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How the heck did y’all score a hunt on the reservation?! Looking forward to this!
It only took 719 phone calls to get 2 tags. Literally!
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Old 09-25-2022, 02:07 PM   #30
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Setting the clocks back an hr!


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Old 09-25-2022, 04:33 PM   #31
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Good luck! Love that trailer, looking to get one like that in the future
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Old 09-25-2022, 04:49 PM   #32
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There’s no way I could sleep if I was going to the Jicarilla! Good luck to you guys!
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:19 PM   #33
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Old 09-25-2022, 08:20 PM   #34
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Old 09-25-2022, 08:58 PM   #35
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:04 PM   #36
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Rolled into town around 5:00. Unpacked the trailer. Shot our bows. Grocery shopping is checked off the list.

Time to double check all equipment, Pack lunches, swap practice tips out with broad heads, and charge all camera batteries.

Meeting our guides @ 6:00 AM.






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Old 09-25-2022, 09:06 PM   #37
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There’s no way I could sleep if I was going to the Jicarilla! Good luck to you guys!
Understatement.
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:06 PM   #38
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Good luck. These threads are always awesome.
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:07 PM   #39
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In for results. Good luck to you guys.
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:31 PM   #40
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:50 PM   #41
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Good luck in the morning!


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Old 09-25-2022, 10:50 PM   #42
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Sounds like some epic trips in the making. Good luck bud.


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Old 09-25-2022, 11:51 PM   #43
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Finally sitting down to eat after going over all of our equipment.

Lunches are packed and we’ll start out the morning with some bacon eggs and biscuits to get our calorie fix for the day.

A little back story to this hunt…

In 2019 Justin had mentioned a 2020 Elk hunt. He didn’t have to twist my arm at all. I was all in. He started researching outfitters, units, success rates, etc…
It didn’t take him long to land on the Jicarilla and contact guides. Unfortunately COVID cancelled all hunts for non tribal members and 2020 hunts were pushed to 2021.

After over a year of waiting, we were ecstatic to be fortunate enough to secure 2 tags for the 2022 season. That’s when the work began. We both went into health mode. Running, weights, & clean eating. I dropped 25 lbs. Going from 244 to 219. No way I was going on my first elk hunt and not making an effort to get in some kind of shape.
This week may still whoop me, but it won’t be from a lack of trying to prepare.

So here we are. Bout to hit the bed and try to sleep while anticipating what this week is gonna be like.
We both will be trying to get as much footage as we can between GoPros and Tactacams. And I’ll keep the thread as live as I can pending signal in the mountains.
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:42 AM   #44
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Good luck to you gentlemen. Y'all go get 'em.
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Old 09-26-2022, 12:50 AM   #45
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Aaaaaaaaw yeah!! looking forward to following your thread, Heith always an incredible thread to follow and I see no reason for this year to be any different
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:00 AM   #46
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:04 AM   #47
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Starting the morning off right!!!



Just pulled up to meet the guides.
I’ll update as I can


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Old 09-26-2022, 08:07 AM   #48
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Great start. Good. Luck
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:10 AM   #49
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get it boys!!
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:20 AM   #50
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Following..Good Luck!
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