Monthly Archives: June 2010

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What an adventure!!!!  I survived but if I was on “Survivor Southwest” I would have been voted off the island!!!!  As many of you know I didn’t draw any fall hunting tags this year so I need to find other options, for years I have been talking about hunting AZ for velvet Coues deer.  Last year I went but it was kind of a bust. I spent 5 days, 12 hours a day straight in a ground blind that didn’t see any action.  It was poor planning on my part.

SOOOO this year the plan was to put in my own work and if I failed at least I would have a good story to tell.  :)  As a general rule, there are a lot more Coues deer in AZ and they can just about be found everywhere. They aren’t in little pockets like they are in NM. So I want to find a place close to home.  Unit 27 in AZ has some good deer and it is close so I figured that would be a good start.  I started talking to people and looking at a few maps just to get familiar with the area and everybody basically said, “Those are  BIG MOUNTAINS”.

If you have hunted the early season before you know that the key is WATER…  This time of year the deer are fattening up and getting ready for the rut.  Also, if they can find a place that has food, shelter and water they really don’t move much.   So with the help of some insiders I picked a few out of the way tanks, springs and tricklers to hang a few cameras.

I selected a path that would let me hang two different cameras.  From the comfort of my nice air conditioned office the route seemed EASY CHEESY!!!   Before you ask, I usually don’t weigh my overnight packs because all I can think of is that I am usually carrying a third grader on my back or about 50lbs and that drives me nuts.  This trip was going to be a little heavier because I was also going to be packing two trail cams, two lock boxes and two Python locks. Oh yah… I needed to pack in extra food for Cisco.

So Cisco and I loaded in the Duramax and headed to AZ.

The forecast for the weekend was dry and hot.

We stopped in Alpine for diesel and a coke before we headed into the backcountry and the lady at the cash register mentioned  that there were a few fires in the area and that we would need to be ready to evacuate very quickly.  If you live are familiar with the SW the fear of fire is always present so we just said “thanks” and headed out.

After finding a safe place to park we loaded up and headed to the first tank.  Are route took us thru a 3 year old burn and it was tough going because of all the downed trees and the “chingonita’s”… Chingonita’s are those little softball size rocks that make it very difficult to just put pin your ears back and cover country.  Below is a picture of the mine field that I needed to cross.

SOOO We got to the tank!!!!  Sweet JESUS!!!!  It had water, it didn’t have a camera on it, it didn’t have a huge salt pile on it and and it had a few game trails leading into it.

Here is a picture of the tank…

So we hung the camera and continued on our route.  This is where things got a little western.  So, Cisco and I bailed off some rim-rock. At first, no big deal this stuff couldn’t go on forever but guess what it did.  I just looked at my GPS and we lost 900 ft of elevation in less than 1/4 of a mile. It was steep and thick.  Here is a picture.

Okay well, we eventually got down…  Even Cisco was tired…

Once we got to the bottom of canyon we headed to our second waypoint.  To make a long story short once we got to the waypoint it was obvious that I was going to run out of time to get to the second tank.  The distance was the issue it was the route, it was just too steep and I didn’t want to get caught on the side of the mountain in the dark.   So Cisco and I started looking for a place to crash for the night.  We found a little flat that was on the bottom of the canyon and that would stay dry if we got one of those freaky monsoon’s.

Below is a picture of our little homestead.

Yeah I know the tent is huge, but my logic was that I will forget about the weight before I forget about the comfort.  I have been stuck in a tent for a few days in Alaska and it is NO FUN….  We we were set for the night.

Our next task was to find a little water for dinner and to stay hydrated.  Our map showed that there was supposed to be an intermittent stream running in a nearby canyon.  So off we went.  After about 30 min of turning rocks and digging in sand I found a nice little pool that held enough water to filter some water.

WATER SWEET WATER!!!!!!!

Now that we had enough water for dinner and the hike out, we need to make GRUB.  Okay I must admit, food is always better in the backcountry.  I am not sure if it is because the food is acutally better or if that I am usually ravenous and will wolf down just about anything.  So what was on the menu?  Well Cisco and I shared some Chicken Stew… MMM GOOOODDD  STUFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After dinner Cisco and I just chilled and watched the world pass us by.  Once the lights went out I crashed out pretty hard but Cisco stayed out a little later and partook in some of the nightlife.  He ran around until 3:00 am then he crashed in the tent.

For breakfast we had some milk and granola…    I couldn’t find a bowl for Cisco so I just poured a little food on a rock…. He didn’t seem to mind.

Now that all the housekeeping was done Cisco and I needed to get out of the mountains.

This is the where the “Tough” part comes in, “we” decided to take a different route back to the rig.  The only issue is that we would need to crawl straight up a mountain.  Of course looking at the map it was no big deal, but once we hit the point of NO RETURN it looked like we might need to be TOUGHER than usual.

We gained about 1000 feet in elevation in a 1/4 of a mile… It was rough…. But we did it…

Cisco was pretty much GASSED… I am just glad I didn’t have to carry him out… :)

After we got up the mountain it was just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other for three miles….  No Big Deal…

Here is a picture of Cisco waiting to get on the road.

Needless to say it was a great trip… I just hope my camera picks something.

See you on the trail!!!

Jason

Bear Attack in ABQ!!!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 28, 2010:
DEPARTMENT KILLS BEAR AT SCENE OF SUNDAY’S ATTACK

TIJERAS — A 250-pound male black bear was caught and killed early Monday at the Sandia Mountains picnic ground where a young woman was attacked early Sunday morning, the Department of Game and Fish announced today.

“We are more than 95 percent sure we got the right bear,” said Donald Jaramillo, the Game and Fish Department sergeant for the Albuquerque Supervisory District. The bear’s feces contained hair that appeared to match a dog that was killed and eaten during Sunday’s attack. The bear was taken to Veterinary Diagnostic Services at the University of New Mexico for a necropsy.

The 20-year-old victim had surgery Sunday at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Her father told Sergeant Jaramillo that she would recovery completely. The victim was dragged from her tent Sunday morning, but fought the bear and got away. She stood up to appear larger, and then ran to her vehicle.

The bear, believed to be about 5 years old, was chased with hounds Sunday, but escaped early Sunday afternoon. It returned to the scene Sunday night or early Monday morning, and was caught in a live trap. The bear had a long scar across its face and did not appear to have been caught by Game and Fish previously.

The woman was attacked while camping with two male companions in the Sandia Mountains Sunday night. They had numerous items that would attract bears to their tent. Those included: the dog, Gummi Bears and Doritos.

Since Friday, Game and Fish has killed or authorized the killing of three black bears in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. All three were believed to be dangerous and were either associated with this attack or attempting to break into homes or camping trailers.

“The Department wants to encourage everyone using our national forests to remember that bears have a tremendous sense of smell,” said Tod Stevenson, Director of the Department. “No one should keep food or trash anywhere near where they sleep. Even toothpaste, deodorant and some insect repellents can attract bears.”

Department employees attribute the number of aggressive bears the agency is handling this year to good cub survival over the previous two years, followed by extremely dry conditions that occurred this spring.

For more tips about living with bears and other predators, visit the Department of Game and Fish Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Sportsman Meeting in Deming!

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Disappointed With the Big Game Draw?

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In Particular, the Antelope Draw?

If so, please come listen to a presentation by Jim Bates and Ray Trejo explaining why you may not have been drawn for an antelope hunt. We promise this will be an eye-opener!!

Date: Tuesday June 29, 2010 Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Deming High School 1100 S. Nickel

Street

Hosted by fellow sportsmen concerned with

increasing our draw odds.

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This is WILD!!

J

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2 days, 11 bear calls in East Mountains

Aggressive bear shot at picnic site

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010, 5:07 PM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010, 5:07 PM MDT

TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Hot weather brings out the bears as Conservation Officer Mike Ahlm was reminded when he responded Tuesday to his 11th bear call in two days in the East Mountains.

He had just finished picking up a bear killed on Interstate 40, and a week earlier was forced to kill an aggressive bear terrorizing a picnic area, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

“There were indications that that bear was being fed by people, and that’s usually a death sentence for bears,” Ahlm said in the release. “If I find out you’ve been feeding bears, I will prosecute you.”

Anyone who intentionally or unintentionally feeds a bear that becomes a nuisance could be fined $500, he added.

Periods of hot, dry weather before the monsoon season can be tough for bears, Rick Winslow, large carnivore biologist with the department, said. Most of the bears’ spring diet of green grass and forbs is gone, and the acorns, piñons and chokecherries haven’t ripened.

“It’s normal for bears to go through a period when there is a lack of food,” Winslow said. “This is when you see bears turning over rocks and logs looking for grubs and eating ants or going into town.”

It’s also a time when people who visit or live in bear country need to be reminded to bring in their bird feeders, lock up their garbage and keep pet food inside.

Residents of the East Mountains can learn more about how to safely coexist with bears at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Vista Grande Community Center in Sandia Park. Ahlm, Winslow and other representatives of the department will be on hand to discuss bear behavior, conflicts and strategies to keep bears from becoming habituated to humans.

The department publishes a booklet, “Living with Large Predators,” which is available on the department website or by calling (505) 476-8000. The booklet contains important information about bears, cougars and coyotes and how to avoid conflicts with them.

Anyone who sees a bear and considers it a safety threat can contact local Department of Game and Fish conservation officers or police or sheriff’s offices. They also can call department headquarters in Santa Fe at (505) 476-8000 or area offices in Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The department also offers suggestions about safely coexisting with bears:

  • If you live or camp in bear country:
  • Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
  • Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby.
  • Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
  • Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
  • Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
  • Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing. If you intentionally or unintentionally feed a bear and the bear becomes a nuisance, you could be cited and fined up to $500 — and the bear eventually may have to be killed.
  • Keep your camp clean, and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk.
  • Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.
  • Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site.
  • Store toiletries with your food.

If you see a bear:

  • Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat.
  • Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
  • If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there.
  • Do not run. Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.
  • Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped. If you are on a trail, step off on the downhill side and slowly move away.
  • If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes

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I pulled this from out local paper.. Great Job Guys…

Jason

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National Archery in Schools Program is coming to Cobre Consolidated School District.

By Danny Udero DUDERO@SCSUN-NEWS.COM

Posted: 06/11/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

BAYARD — The Cobre Consolidated School District will bring the National Archery in Schools Program to its students next school year. According to superintendent Dane Kennon, he is always looking for anything to keep kids involved whether its academics, athletics or something else.

“Sometimes traditional sports don’t reach all the kids,” Kennon said. “This program is fantastic because archery is a lifelong sport. It’s an activity that these participants will be able to take with them past graduation. They can do it now and when they are old.”

Antonio Jacquez and Heather Robinson decided to pitch this program to Kennon, and he liked the idea of getting it started.

“With programs that were lost in our district, I was just thinking of ways to keep money in our district instead of paying someone else,” Jacquez said. “I thought about bringing something different into our schools that don’t require a ball to compete. I think it gives opportunities to other students and co-ed competition can be had at the same level.”

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between state departments of Education and Wildlife. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life long sport of archery. The program’s focus is to provide International Style Target Archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12.

Bryan Guzman of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish came down from Santa Fe to instruct Jacquez, Robinson, Sandy Macial, Chris Salcido, Julie Huerta, Jeremy Garcia, Gary Garcia and Melissa Torrez on Thursday.

The instruction was to include safety, drills and how the program works to keep it running in the schools. It was necessary so that the program could be implemented during the next school year.

“It’s big time for us,” Jacquez said. “As small as our school district is, this is just another thing to keep our kids involved, and our main goal is going to be promoting that it’s a life skill. Age really has no bearing on this at all.”

The department donated $1,500.00 to help start the program. Cobre Schools will fund the remaining $1,500.00 that is needed.

“Again, if it keeps kids involved and happy,” and we can accommodate it, we are all for it,” Kennon said. “My extent of archery was a class in college, but I loved it. It’s something they can keep with them their whole life.”

Danny Udero may be reached at (575) 538-5893.

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and no… I dont’ mean the party animals from the university….

NMGF Vid – Living with Animals..

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How about a quick vid…

Hoyt on Pawn Stars!!!!

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FIBER OPTICS… WOW!!!!  This is funny…

Macho B in AZ!!!

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This is how they caught Macho B in AZ… Okay maybe not but this is crazy… I might try it with one of my trailcams…  Maybe I will get a Jaguar in NM….

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Javelina… GROSS!!!! maybe I will take Dorian…. She would probably like to see these little guys…

J