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Old 09-19-2020, 12:14 AM   #301
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Whoíd have ever thought puzzy would get you so many great hunting opportunities?!




Another great one Doc

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Old 09-19-2020, 04:32 AM   #302
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Congrats Doc, enjoyed another great hunting trip for you.
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:15 AM   #303
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Whoíd have ever thought puzzy would get you so many great hunting opportunities?!




Another great one Doc

He is not the only man on earth this applies!


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Old 09-19-2020, 07:02 AM   #304
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Congrats, Doc! Great write up, it’s like I was looking over your shoulder!
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:13 AM   #305
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Congrats Doc....awesome trip


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Old 09-19-2020, 08:46 AM   #306
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Awesome hunt and awesome bull! Great to see you back at the hunting, Doc!
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Old 09-19-2020, 08:59 AM   #307
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Awesome man - Congrats!
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:23 AM   #308
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Congrats on another great hunt!
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:34 AM   #309
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We started the morning headed back to the flat where we left the 7x7. Found the elk and there were 4 bulls chasing 8-10 cows. We made a move in on them and tried to call a bull away. One great 6x6 started our way but went back to the fray. We made another play on them and tried to get in front of them. Wind was bad so we backed out. As we were headed back to look for other bulls, Jed(second guide/spotter) called and said he had a good bull spotted with 4 cows. Away we went!

We got to about 800 yards away and heard a bugle. Started closing in and thought we still had 200 yards or so to go. He was 68 yards straight below us with no shot. Tried calling him from two different setups but he would not come. He started pushing the cows up the mountain so we went up and over to cut them off. We set up to call with only one response from the bull. We eased further up and saw the cows coming up the fence line in front of us. We backed out and went up higher above them. Set up to call and he bugled immediately. I got set up big a huge oak and Cary the outfitter was about 60 yards above me on the mountain. I had a fence line 22 yards in front of me. The bull started coming and then stopped in the brush 30-40 yards below me. I could hear him breathing and pacing back and forth. He started raking the brush and I could see the trees moving. Finally I could see his antlers and tried to find a window for a shot. Way too thick. Cary kept mixing up some cow calls and bugles and finally he started coming!

The bull came out of the brush and started working uphill on the same side of the fence as me. While I was screened from the bull I hit full draw. Cary stopped him with a bugle but he was still a bit below where I had planned for a shot. I felt like it was good enough and started to release the arrow. He did take a step as I let it go and knew I was a bit back. That was at 16 yards! First shot was an iron will. Bull spun and tried to jump the fence. He got hung on the top wire for several seconds as I reloaded. He cleared the fence and stopped. I guessed he was thirty yards and let arrow number two fly. This one was a 1.5 inch sevr and hit him well. Blood exploded out both sides on the second shot and I hit the top of the heart. I watched him fall at 66 yards. I wish I did a better job with my first shot but elk just gave that effect on me! From there we hiked down to the bull and Jed was able to bring a ranger up to us from the bottom. All smiles after that.


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I bet the adrenaline was flowing good. Nice write up
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:08 AM   #310
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Out this am looking at the country and watching two awesome pointers work. Just pointed a coney of mountain quail. Those are pretty little dudes! Saw some valley quail earlier. Smoke has started to roll in with a wind shift.


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Old 09-19-2020, 10:09 AM   #311
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Smoke rolling in.


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Old 09-19-2020, 10:25 AM   #312
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Not quite the same views as the past couple days.


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Old 09-19-2020, 11:02 AM   #313
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Is it harder to breath or anything with that smoke rolling in? What's the elevation?

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Old 09-19-2020, 11:36 AM   #314
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Is it harder to breath or anything with that smoke rolling in? What's the elevation?

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Itís smoky but no breathing issues. Itís been worse in the past couple weeks. No idea on elevation.


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Old 09-19-2020, 11:38 AM   #315
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Old 09-19-2020, 12:15 PM   #316
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Great bull Doc. Congrats.
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Old 09-19-2020, 01:29 PM   #317
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I may have missed it, but what kind of pointers are y'all shooting over Doc?
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Old 09-19-2020, 02:34 PM   #318
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What a great way to kick off the new season with a Docmay hunt. Congratulations Doc, open a bottle and burn a nice one.
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Old 09-19-2020, 02:53 PM   #319
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I may have missed it, but what kind of pointers are y'all shooting over Doc?

Not shooting, season isnít open yet. Working a Britney and a wire hair.


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Old 09-19-2020, 04:22 PM   #320
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Gotcha, should have checked. Great elk, and enjoy the rest of your time there!
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:24 PM   #321
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Great story, releasing on an elk at 16 yards. Congratulations on staying cool and getting ready for follow up shot while the bull was crossing the fence. Nice shooting to hit the top of elk’s heart after all that excitement. And real nice colors on those fish too. Keep pics coming when you can, good luck.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:40 PM   #322
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Niiiiiice!!!!
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:11 PM   #323
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Congratulations Doc, thanks for taking us along!
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:31 PM   #324
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:06 PM   #325
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Congrats Doc! Your hunts never disappoint!!
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Old 09-19-2020, 10:28 PM   #326
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I talked these boys through smoking some elk blackstrap. Itís California elk and California wine!!!!



Caught a few more bass on the fly today but nothing too big.


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Old 09-20-2020, 09:34 AM   #327
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Sounds like you're enjoying what I'm' sure is a much needed break.
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:50 AM   #328
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They have an older gentleman out trying to shoot a cow elk. Iím trying to be helpful! Last day on the ranch then i drive to fish.



More smoke rolled in this am.


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Old 09-20-2020, 10:58 AM   #329
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I look forward to reading about DocMay hunts. They are always a great hunt. Have fun and be safe.


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Old 09-20-2020, 11:21 AM   #330
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We started the morning headed back to the flat where we left the 7x7. Found the elk and there were 4 bulls chasing 8-10 cows. We made a move in on them and tried to call a bull away. One great 6x6 started our way but went back to the fray. We made another play on them and tried to get in front of them. Wind was bad so we backed out. As we were headed back to look for other bulls, Jed(second guide/spotter) called and said he had a good bull spotted with 4 cows. Away we went!

We got to about 800 yards away and heard a bugle. Started closing in and thought we still had 200 yards or so to go. He was 68 yards straight below us with no shot. Tried calling him from two different setups but he would not come. He started pushing the cows up the mountain so we went up and over to cut them off. We set up to call with only one response from the bull. We eased further up and saw the cows coming up the fence line in front of us. We backed out and went up higher above them. Set up to call and he bugled immediately. I got set up big a huge oak and Cary the outfitter was about 60 yards above me on the mountain. I had a fence line 22 yards in front of me. The bull started coming and then stopped in the brush 30-40 yards below me. I could hear him breathing and pacing back and forth. He started raking the brush and I could see the trees moving. Finally I could see his antlers and tried to find a window for a shot. Way too thick. Cary kept mixing up some cow calls and bugles and finally he started coming!

The bull came out of the brush and started working uphill on the same side of the fence as me. While I was screened from the bull I hit full draw. Cary stopped him with a bugle but he was still a bit below where I had planned for a shot. I felt like it was good enough and started to release the arrow. He did take a step as I let it go and knew I was a bit back. That was at 16 yards! First shot was an iron will. Bull spun and tried to jump the fence. He got hung on the top wire for several seconds as I reloaded. He cleared the fence and stopped. I guessed he was thirty yards and let arrow number two fly. This one was a 1.5 inch sevr and hit him well. Blood exploded out both sides on the second shot and I hit the top of the heart. I watched him fall at 66 yards. I wish I did a better job with my first shot but elk just gave that effect on me! From there we hiked down to the bull and Jed was able to bring a ranger up to us from the bottom. All smiles after that.


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Wow great write up!
Congrats!
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Old 09-20-2020, 12:47 PM   #331
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Congrats on the Tule and bass!
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:55 PM   #332
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Made it to Redding and was able to secure some basic provisions. Have coffee for the morning, whiskey for the night and beer for the boat!

Fishing the lower Sacramento tomorrow. Will leave Tuesday for whatever is fishing best around here. Gotta go find some dinner and sunscreen.

I sent Cary(outfitter) a text and the hunter did kill a cow elk after I left. I hope when I am retired and in my 70ís I am still killing stuff!!!!! Wish I could have seen the cow go down.


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Old 09-20-2020, 10:44 PM   #333
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I’ve got family from Redding, it’s a pretty part of California. Good luck on the rest of your journey. And nice elk!
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:05 AM   #334
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Enjoy the rest of the trip!
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:33 AM   #335
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Putting in on the Sacramento. Nothing like launching a boat in a park with homeless folks. Have to run your own shuttles due to virus. Guide had all his stuff stolen a couple weeks ago. Interesting times!


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Old 09-21-2020, 10:36 AM   #336
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Putting in on the Sacramento. Nothing like launching a boat in a park with homeless folks. Have to run your own shuttles due to virus. Guide had all his stuff stolen a couple weeks ago. Interesting times!


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Geez... good luck sir (on and off of the water!).. Cray how that place has gone so far downhill. Stay Safe!!
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Old 09-21-2020, 12:29 PM   #337
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First good one of day!


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Old 09-21-2020, 01:54 PM   #338
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Hopefully this is a good omen for more fish!!!


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Old 09-21-2020, 02:46 PM   #339
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I sure do enjoy having a few days off!


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Old 09-21-2020, 03:04 PM   #340
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You are living the life Doc. Congrats on the Tule, the bass and the trout. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 09-21-2020, 04:30 PM   #341
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Good times!


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Old 09-21-2020, 04:55 PM   #342
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Congrats Doc, looks like an awesome time.
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Old 09-21-2020, 04:58 PM   #343
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Awesome. Congrats. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-21-2020, 05:29 PM   #344
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This is the big for the day. No idea what it is called! Doesnít look like much.


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Old 09-21-2020, 05:32 PM   #345
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Congratulations on the trip and great Tule! How did you like the Iron Will? Just bought some and curious as to your thoughts?
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:42 PM   #346
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Last run and last fish. Dang good day!!!!


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Old 09-21-2020, 06:48 PM   #347
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Congratulations on the trip and great Tule! How did you like the Iron Will? Just bought some and curious as to your thoughts?
I would say overall they are the best head I have ever shot. Extremely sharp, fly great and super tough. They are killers. Only downside is the price and relatively small hole. I killed my last moose and last two elk with them!
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:02 PM   #348
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Outstanding, looks like a great day for fishing in some beautiful country. Also, great pics of the fish and the eagle and the river.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:13 PM   #349
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Congrats, awesome trip! Good to kill early and get some time to fish and relax!
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:30 PM   #350
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Came to a little pizza place for dinner and a beer. They are now carry out only for Covid. Drinking a beer and waiting on my pie! Kind of funny sitting in California and looking at trail camera pics from Texas!


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