elkoholic

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About elkoholic

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  • Birthday 06/30/1953

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    David
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    Powers
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    pharmacist
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    hunting, fishing, hiking, reading, weight lifting

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  1. elkoholic

    Friday check-in/ June check-out

    Well, when I walked out of work on Saturday, I officially joined the ranks of the retired. Checked out June and 65 years. Many have asked me what it is I plan on doing with all my time. My answer; I plan on relishing the simple joy of doing nothing. Not that I'll be doing nothing, but there will certainly be no time line to get whatever I'm doing, done. In the coming weeks there is a trip to the east (NJ and PA) to visit family and that may encompass most of July. Then in August I'm taking my son and granddaughter for a tour of Yellowstone Park and then archery antelope opens August 15th. Sept. 2nd archery elk and deer begins and I suspect that will be the beginning of 3 months of hunting. Yep, a lot to do, but, nothing I have to do.
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    Not much action

    My trail camera overlooking a trail coming uphill from a stream crossing is not catching much action so far this year. Normally there would be dozens of bear pictures and after one month there would be several hundred pictures to look at. This July netted just 42 pictures and not one bear, which pretty much matched my bear sightings during the spring bear season. I did get a couple of moose and a coyote.
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    Video - Canadian Black Bear

    That's a good bear and some good video. Good times!
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    New mount

    I like the looks of that. Good for her! The two of you will relive that hunt many times over the coming years.
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    My office view

    The view is a little greener this time of year. It was already starting to get a bit on the dry side and the Forest Service had the fire danger listed as high. Fortunately, there is a cold front pushing through and we have gotten some rain. The temperature today is not likely to get out of the 50s after weeks of mid 80s. With any luck we will get rain every ten days or so over the next several months and not have the fires we had last summer. Looking at the north end of Lake Koocanusa from the ridge just south of my house, and into British Columbia.
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    Welcome April

    Just when I thought I wouldn't have to turkey hunt in the snow. Almost 2 feet of the white stuff and the temperature was sitting at a balmy 17 degrees at 7 this morning.
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    nice kitty

    This speaks for itself. https://www.fieldandstream.com/video-cougar-stalks-man-on-vancouver-island?CMPID=ene031418
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    Yesterday

    It's kind of strange here as the turkeys hanging around in town are gobbling and strutting around in the snow. Over the winter the birds hang out in town where multiple people will be feeding them or out of town there are always a few who also feed over the winter. Where I live there is several feet of snow yet (it is snowing right now) and there will not be any turkeys around until mid to late April, depending on snow melt/green-up. Just a couple of miles away and higher on the mountain some friends of mine feed the turkeys year round and there are close to a hundred (maybe more) turkeys hanging around and some of them a really big gobblers. They don't let anyone hunt on their property either. The thing with feeding turkeys like that is the mess they make and even in the summer when many of them wonder far and wide there is still enough of them around those people's house that you couldn't walk across their lawn without stepping in it. Turkey season starts April 15th here and hopefully the snow will be gone at the lower elevations by then.
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    Favorite Turkey Vest?

    The Knight & Hale RNG-200 looks like a good one. Personally, I've never seen the need for one. Calls go in cargo pockets on pants and an old padded seat I purchased years ago for less than $10 hangs from my belt. A couple of shells in another pocket and I'm set. Some of those vests go for well over $100 and I'm getting more minimalist all the time.
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    The cost of hunting.

    From what I'm seeing here, only Steve in Alaska has it good and that's only because of being an old fart like me. Of course the cost of everything else in Alaska might make up for it. The lifetime licenses offered in some states are also a bargain. Other than that, it looks like the costs for licenses/tags to hunt are getting to be ridiculously high. I am aware of people here in Montana who are living pay check to pay check that simply can not afford to hunt. Many are working 2 or 3 jobs just to pay the rent/mortgage and living off Ramen noodles they bought on sale, and if they can get the time off to hunt would find it hard to justify the final cost of the meat they hope to put in the freezer. That is if they can afford the freezer to begin with. Hopefully, the death spiral has not begun, but as the number of hunters decline, it is a given that license prices will go up to make up for the decrease in funds. Although that is not the only reason for the decline in the number of hunters, there is a point where many will say that it just is not worth it anymore. The other two driving factors in the decline in hunters is access to land (not a problem in some areas, unless the selloff of public land begins) and aging baby-boomers who can no longer physically hunt. I, along with most hunters, put more value on the hunt than the cost per pound of meat that goes in the freezer, but that intrinsic value means nothing if I can no longer afford the license/tag fees. While one can enjoy the outdoors without "hunting", there is something about the anticipation, the whole process, that has immeasurable value.
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    The cost of hunting.

    I don't know about the cost in other states for a resident hunter but here in Montana it is somewhat pricey. I purchased a Sportsmans without bear for $35 (half price because I'm an old fart) which includes tags for elk and deer (one of each), upland bird hunting and fishing. In order to buy that you must also buy a base hunting license, $10, and and aquatic invasive species prevention pass, $2. Next I added a bear tag, $19, (it is cheaper than adding it to the Sportsman license) and a turkey tag $6.50. To hunt with a bow I needed a bow and arrow permit, $10 and to top it all of I added $25 in Super Tag chances on moose (5 chances). To all this I added a $10 donation for Hunters against Hunger. I bought it on-line so there was a small convenience fee that brought the total to $121.77. Even without the Super Tag chances and the donation it would have been $86.77. Now, if you throw in a new bow and/or rifle with all the accessories, arrows and/or cartridges plus any other hunting paraphernalia you might think you need and it is no wonder that the number of hunters is declining. Not to mention the huge number of baby boomers who are getting too old to hunt and are now living on a reduced income and find it hard to even justify the reduced fee (if even applicable) for tags. Nonresident licenses are beyond comprehension, especially here in the west when hunting on National Forest Service land. I certainly hope it does not get any worse, but the reality does not look so good.
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    Is it spring yet?

    No Spring here yet. Check this out: http://www.kpax.com/story/37591384/snowfall-records-fall-in-northwest-montana It is supposed to snow all week. Hopefully will not get too much more. Only about two feet on the ground at my house but east of here it is really piling up.
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    My office view

    I know there are multiple pictures I've posted of this view on the forums but it is simply a beautiful morning here in northwest Montana. Those thousands of acres you can see in the picture are only a few of the millions of acres in the Kootenai National Forest. The mountains in the background are on the other side of Lake Koocanusa, a 97 mile long lake that extends into Canada less than 10 miles north of here. That ridge top is a tangle of blowdown timber where the elk like to hide and try to keep the wolves at bay. I have taken a 330" bull and a couple of 140"+ whitetails out of there. I don't want to talk about the ones that got away, but they were memorable hunts that if I'd a done my part right would have put meat in the freezer.
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    On a roll - fair chase

    Well, I think that anytime the intended quarry can use all of their senses to detect danger within their flight zone and have an avenue of escape would qualify as fair chase and definitely spot and stalk is on top of my list as well. A few thoughts to stir the pot. A treed animal has no avenue of escape. Long range shooting where not only does the animal have little chance to detect the hunter but even if it does it does not feel threatened.
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    motor vehicles and hunting

    William, I do not think that driving to or from an area where you will be hunting is poaching. I do think that if your intent is to drive around until you see something to shoot, or if stopped/parked and spotting from a vehicle you are indeed poaching if hunting from a motor vehicle is illegal in that area. Even if legal, I would question the ethics of that practice. Sitting in a vehicle and trying to spot an animal in the distance that you can then make a stalk on is in my mind hunting from a vehicle, but I am not sure that it gives one any great advantage beyond that of getting from one spotting place to another faster and with little or no physical effort. Therein lies the rub for me. Hunting should require some effort, even if it is just putting down your cup of coffee and getting out of the comfort of your heated vehicle. I know many of the forum members do most, if not all, of their hunting from stands. It is a lot different here in the western states. There is a tremendous amount of land, millions of acres, where I live and road hunting (or poaching) is way too common. There are thousands of miles of Forest Service roads and come the general firearms season they are crawling with vehicles inching along at a snails pace, loaded firearms at the ready. Most shoot from the road and many from the vehicle itself. Even during archery season when the elk are rutting there are those hunters stopping and calling from their vehicles and listening for a reply. They are definitely hunting from a vehicle and yes they are poachers. There is an unfair advantage to being able to cover many miles in a day without breaking a sweat. Stop and get out and burn some boot leather. Hike to a vantage point and glass or call. Bottom line is, whatever the law is in your hunting area, if you are not hunting legally, you are a poacher.