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    This is awesome! Great job getting the kids involved and experiencing the hunt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowhuntrben View Post
    This is awesome! Great job getting the kids involved and experiencing the hunt!
    It was such a great time. They all have youth encouragement cow tags this year and I am hoping to get out there and help on one of the hunts.

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    You can clean when the story is done....tell you significant other we've given you permission.
    haha I will let her know!

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    Awesome story, awesome location, awesome hunt, awesome bull!!!!! Just Awesome!!!!
    Thank you!!

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    After getting the elk out, drove quite a ways south to my favorite general store and got a post elk, post elk, victory snack!

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    These breakfast burritos are unmatched!
    I got the elk on ice and for the first time in the trip I was able to sit down and really enjoy myself.
    I took a shower, built me a campfire, and sipped on a tiny glass of victory scotch.... I didn't move from that spot for hours and it was the most relaxed I've been in a LONG time!

    IMG_2293 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

    The fun doesn't stop here though. The next morning I woke up early and took my buddy Ross out. We got set up on a bunch of different elk, but the wind that day was extremely swirly. We had some elk come in close and then of course the wind would shift...

    Around 9AM we got a text...."bull down"! My buddy Travis had shot a nice 5x5 that he bugled in!
    So bull #2 was down in 2 days!

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    With elk on the ground the meals started!

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    First meal was tenderloins, potatoes, and onions!

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    Second meal was tenderloins, green chili & garlic mashed potatoes, and bread sticks!

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    Final meal was flour tortillas, green chili eggs with pepper jack cheese, and diced up brats. YUM!!!


    With Irma heating up and my family being in Florida, I decided to get out of the mountains so I could be reached if anything happened.
    My wife told me they said our town wouldn't get hit, so she told me to go to Oklahoma and still hunt my antelope opener. If anything happened we could meet half way in Louisiana.

    I packed up and left the beautiful mountains....

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    I'll miss you NM.... see you next month! Onward to Oklahoma!

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    Oklahoma Antelope hunt

    I got out to Oklahoma late Sunday night and met up with my buddy Matt who had the same antelope doe tag that I had.
    This was Matt's first western hunt and the first time he's chased anything other than whitetail. He had put a giant herd of antelope to bed on some private land that was surrounded by public.

    We woke up early, got into place, and our day began!
    When the herd started standing up we were maybe 100-130 yards away from them.

    IMG_2316 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

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    They were all calm at first, but then the does started playing around, bucks started pushing them, and does were going everywhere.
    I spotted one running our way and prepped Matt for the shot..... the doe entered public and Matt dropped her in place with an 80 yard shot!

    IMG_2321 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

    We celebrated, gutted her, and Matt got his first lesson on deboning an animal!

    IMG_2327 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

    We had to drive an hour away to check the animal in, so on the way there we grabbed a celebration treat and something to cool us down

    IMG_2329 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

    After we were all checked in we got back to it. We hit another piece of property and we found an antelope doe bedded down!
    It was VERY VERY VERY flat with no cover, so I decided to get as close as I could. If she let me get within an effective shooting range then I was going to shoot her.
    I got in and she stood up at 300 yards. Set up my sticks, picked my spot, and the rest was history!!!

    IMG_2335 by Daniel Porter, on Flickr

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    Just like that we had both successfully tagged out on Oklahoma's opener!
    We ate antelope tenderloins for dinner, got a quick nap, and then I drove 18 hours home with coolers full of meat.

    To say this wasn't an amazing trip would be an understatement.....


    End mileage and end of trip.....

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    Just throwing this out there... I make homemade custom knives with those shed antlers if it's something your interested in? PM me and I can send you pics.

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    Tonight after work, I'm going to continue fulfilling my childhood dreams by blitzing down to northern AZ to help one of my best friends with his elk hunt (this is if he doesn't kill an elk before I get there...) I've never wished for someone to not have success, but..... it would be fine with me if he didn't kill an elk today

    I'll be down there until Thursday at the latest, then I'll putting in a few more miles trying to fill my antelope tag. I have a vendetta out for one of those buggers.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    Just throwing this out there... I make homemade custom knives with those shed antlers if it's something your interested in? PM me and I can send you pics.
    Post some pictures! I've got a whole pile of elk and whitetail sheds!

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    I'm down in AZ continuing to live out my dream, and helping one of my best friends kill his first elk. My cell service is not nearly as good as I had originally thought it would be so live updates are tougher than I hoped, but I'm sitting in a decent spot right now so I figured I'd pass along an update.



    The rut activity has been..... slow. There's been very little bugling, and the elk seem to be spread pretty thin. We didn't see any elk yesterday, and I didn't even hear a bugle. Which, to my disappointed, was the first day I've spent hunting elk and not seen an elk. Oh well I guess. I know we're in a good spot, we just weren't in THE spot yesterday.

    This morning started off a little rough. I woke up to my alarm and heard coyotes singing back and forth to each other, and they serenaded me right back to sleep... I woke up about 40 minutes later to be my buddy giving me crap about sleeping in. No worries though, I had all my stuff ready the night before, so I threw on my clothes and boots and was tripping over myself in just a few minutes and was going.

    When we got to where my buddy had heard some bugles the night before, I realized k I forgot my bugle tube back at camp.... So we took full advantage of our RZR's awesome suspension system and power, but we were back to the spot just as light was breaking through.

    We walked a little ways and we heard a bugle, and I responded. There were bugles in 3 directions and we picked the direction that had the biggest terrain feature. It sounded like the bugle was a long ways off, so we beat feet quick. Not more than 300yds into the walk my buddy had to perform and emergency bowel evacuation, and while he was taking care of it the bull bugled twice more; still very far off. So responded with a bugle, which was quickly answered by the bull. I moved to a spot that gave me a good view of the hillside and meadow the sounds were coming from. It was still fairly dark at this time, but I could vaguely see the outlines of a handful of elk about 1000yds away. I quickly figured out which one was the bull because he was considerably larger than the rest of the animals. I couldn't quite make out his antlers yet, but I could see he had a HUGE frame.

    By the time my buddy was done, we could see that the bull was a mature bull with wide and tall antlers, and more importantly it was in a very stalk-able spot. So we started our flanking maneuver to try and cut them off.

    We got to where we wanted to be and setup to call. I let out a few cow calls and raked a tree. Seconds later the bull responded, and I cut him off with a bugle. To which he responded. Awesome! We thought. A couple seconds later he was a few hundred yards closer and bugled at us again from the top of the ridge. It couldn't have been working out any better. I called a little, he'd call back. That went on for a minute or so when we heard a few cow calls near the bull. He went quiet then bugled at us from the other side of the ridge.... His cows pulled him away from us and we had no chance of keeping up. We followed the heard for a few hundred yards before we backed off. It was too thick and too flat to see much of anything, and we didn't get the sense the animals were spooked.

    And that brings me to where I am right now. My buddy is sitting a waterhole nearby, and I'm up above where we last saw the bull. I heard him bugle twice so far and I think it's just a matter of time before he steps out.



    Wish us luck, and happy new moon. Hopefully they're rutting like crazy tomorrow.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Those are some examples of ones I have done with antlers

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    Those look great, Crossbowguy!
    What kind of steel do you use?


    I'm still kind of bitter because a guy in Missouri (knife maker) burned me real good.
    I sent him 2 large elk antlers and some cash. He was going to make me a knife.... I got... Nada



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    These are some of my currents ones!

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    Some happy before and after pictures!

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    I use old stainless steal saw blades for the blade material. I use copper for the finger guards and pins.

    That sucks about someone taking advantage of you like that!!!! Makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with people! Just for that I will make you one for nothing!!!! You just tell me what you want for blade design handle and length and I will do the rest....

    Quote Originally Posted by Lostinthewoods View Post
    Those look great, Crossbowguy!
    What kind of steel do you use?


    I'm still kind of bitter because a guy in Missouri (knife maker) burned me real good.
    I sent him 2 large elk antlers and some cash. He was going to make me a knife.... I got... Nada



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    These are some of my currents ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    I use old stainless steal saw blades for the blade material. I use copper for the finger guards and pins.

    That sucks about someone taking advantage of you like that!!!! Makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with people! Just for that I will make you one for nothing!!!! You just tell me what you want for blade design handle and length and I will do the rest....
    I'll gladly pay you for it or supply you with some antlers to make more knives with. What do you charge for your set ups?
    I saved all the messages where the guy was screwing me around and coming up with excuses. I figured I could post them on his Facebook group to try to get something done, but I'm not going to. It almost seems like to much wasted energy to do something like that and I don't like being negative. So I chalked it up to a loss and am just moving forward!

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    Things have still been pretty slow here in AZ. Yesterday morning the winds were calm, light and variable. We had a few bulls bugling, and we had to take a very cautious approach. As it happens far too often, the wind tickled the backs of our necks when the elk were about to come into range, and elk shut up and left.

    We brushed in a few blinds midday and my buddy had 6 cows and 2 small bulls come into the water. They never even looked at the blind once.



    While they were sitting water, I went into recon mode and covered some ground in a different area.... So of course I had a great encounter with a good bull. I heard some bugles around 5pm and the winds were perfect to move in and see what was up. The bugles were pretty far, but I could hear cow calls and animals moving all over the hillside. 300yds off the road I caught a nose full of bull stink so I stopped and watched for a second. Then without warning, the biggest bull I've ever been close to stepped out at 40yds.... And I had my hands in my pockets. I froze in awe of how beautiful he was. He was a fully mature 6x6 with long sweeping beams and good tine length. He was easily a shooter. I didn't move because I was afraid of spooking him, and I figured I'd be able to get close again for a pic.

    I wasn't able to get any pics of him, but I did get a little bit of video of him bugling at me from behind some thick juniper. I'm heading back to that spot to see if I can reconnect with him and hopefully get a few pictures this time. I'll be ready.

    The weather is supposed to get a little better for hunting over the next couple days. The theme for the hunt so far is "it's still early... It'll get better."
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Love your guys shotgun approach to posting.

    On your first post I thought you guys were posting your joint hunts.

    So much more entertaining, that one post his hunts and the fella is next in line.

    Enjoy the hell out of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbydean View Post
    Love your guys shotgun approach to posting.

    On your first post I thought you guys were posting your joint hunts.

    So much more entertaining, that one post his hunts and the fella is next in line.

    Enjoy the hell out of it!
    Really glad you are enjoying it bobbydean and thank you again for following along!
    So far it's been rolling pretty smooth as far as hunts, but it'll get REALLY fun and exciting here soon.
    There will be a lot of hunts going on October and November, some which you'll be getting two separate updates at the same time!

    Nothing like organized chaos

    I leave Florida again October 5th to blitz out to New Mexico for a REALLY nice antelope hunt. Then depending on how that goes, I'll be stopping in Oklahoma on the way home to chase more antelope or whitetail, I haven't decided yet. I also have my first Kentucky whitetail of the year in October along with Florida whitetail opener! What a fun month October will be....
    Still not as busy as November though

    I'm not sure what hunts CJ has going on in October and November, but I do know that he will be moose hunting Idaho while I'm antelope hunting New Mexico and that should be A LOT of fun!




    Thanks again for everyone who is following along!
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    Keep it goin fellas. You guys are living the dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunt View Post
    Keep it goin fellas. You guys are living the dream.
    Thank you for following along, duckhunt!

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    Last night, while scouting some new country, I had an experience I'll never forget.



    And my buddy had a heck of a night as well.



    When I get a moment I'll write out the stories, and get them posted. It was a magical night.
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

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    Oh man..can't wait!

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