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04-24-2001, 06:24 PM
What are you going to put in for for CA big game? I am putting in for X12 again. Never Drawn! My friend was drawn 3 years in a row. Is anybody putting in for any out of state drawings. I will be putting in for AZ and I put in for Utah for deer. ### ### ### ### Fubar
04-24-2001, 08:54 PM
I have applied for Wyoming, Montana and Nevada. So far Elk in Wyoming and combo in Montana I didn't draw. Deer in Wyoming and Nevada are still pending. In CA I'll apply for Deer X12, Roosevelt Elk 415 and Antelope 740. After all of these applications with my luck I'll end up with a D6 camping permit. Maybe try Idaho over the counter if any tags are available. ### Anyone have any other ideas???
04-25-2001, 04:09 PM
I'm going to give X7A a try and do the B zone thing for my second tag. ###I'll put in for Antelope (17th year without being drawn yet) at Likely Tables. ###Elk will be the Del Norte hunt. ###Also put in for Wyoming antelope & deer and Nevada deer.
04-25-2001, 04:52 PM
Hntndux ###It took me 25 years to get drawn for Likely Tables. It was a great hunt. I wont be able to put in again for 7 years. I will probably be too old to hunt in CA by the time i get drawn again. We saw some really big deer while we were there also. I am still waiting to get drawn for Elk in CA. Heck I cant even get drawn for deer. ### ### ### ### ### ### Fubar
04-25-2001, 05:49 PM
Hey guys, im in San Diego, Ive never put in for a drawing for elk or deer in california. Ive only been hunting deer here for 3 years(D16/A26). So far close but, still no deer. Can anyone recommend a drawing to put in for? Heck maybe I'll be one of the lucky few who get picked the 1st time.
04-26-2001, 09:33 AM
I'm still trying to pick an X-zone to apply for. ###My second tag will be in the B zones, like always. ###I have a place I just can't give up on, and I KNOW Mr. Big is living there. ###One day, when the planets align and my lottery ticket hits, he'll step out at 50 yards, stand broadside, and I'll take careful aim without shaking, breathe deep, squeeze the trigger...
And remember I left the ammo back at the truck. ###
Anyway, I'll also put in for Grizzly Island Tule Elk, just because, well, you can't win if you don't play. ###No out of state trips this year, but planning CO for deer and elk next year. ###
04-26-2001, 04:22 PM
X-12 archery, ###X-9a archery, X-9b archery. ###Already put in for Archery Nevada and going on my annual Archery Elk hunt in NW Colorado....Life is good.....hronk
04-26-2001, 05:23 PM
You thinking about applying for a Grizzly Is. bull, spike or cow tag? ###I've been thinking about applying for a cow tag. ###Looks like about a 1/16 chance of getting drawn as opposed to 1/1000 for a bull. ###Success rates are 80-100%. ###Of course if I do get one, I'll have to find someone who wants to come along to help with the work.
I was also considering applying for a SLO blackpowder/archery tag. ###It takes place right after Thanksgiving. ###Would the rut be going on then? ###I've been shooting for may years but I'm still pretty new to hunting, and basically self-taught. ###Any info would be appriceated.
04-26-2001, 05:31 PM
If you want a for sure meat hunt, Camp Pendleton has doe tags and the terrain and access is good. You just have to jump through a few hoops like go to their safety briefing and wait to see what trainign areas are open.
If you're after a big muley buck close to SoCal , D17 and the G-6 Kern River Hunt have low odds of drawing but some dandy bucks there. Kern River hunt is in the south Sierras and the scenery is great, with some snow you get a crack at some high mountain bucks pushed down out of their safe havens.
X12 and X9a are also great for a backpack hunt for bow or rifle with great location.
Me? I'm leaning to another G-6 tag, I saw a bomber buck up there several years ago and it still haunts me. No luck on my stalk for him, another hunter saw him too and spooked ###him out of the area. X9a bowhunt maybe, then a 2nd tag for D14.
San Gorgonio for sheep, Fort Hunter Liggett for elk and Likely Tables for antelope.
04-27-2001, 05:51 PM
i will put in for G-6. hunted there once and saw monster bucks every day (26"-29"). G-3 Kern River is not that great. you will see bucks, but not monster's like Goodale hunt. I should know I live here and kill bucks every year. I will put in for La Panza elk. I was drawn once about five years ago. I killed a 7x5 bull elk that just missed the books.
04-27-2001, 08:36 PM
### I will ###put in for x9a,x8 and a d zone. I've had success in all 3, and I know where a beauty is at in the d zone. I chased him for a few days last year, and by the way the drawings have treated me, i'll be after him again this year. Oh we'll, I know it'll be a great trip.
### As far as antelope, I have to wait 2 more years. I drew Liely Tables in 93 and it produced a dandy.
### It would be great to get an elk tag in Ca, ###and I'm applying along with an awful lot of "competition".
### Good luck this year.
04-27-2001, 09:35 PM
Hi Shooter 44,
I'm putting in for a Grizzly Island cow elk too, since I want to apply as a party with my girlfriend. ###There's only one bull tag per period (if I read the book right), so no way to get on as a party. ###
I'm drawing a blank on the "SLO" blackpowder/archery hunt. ###Where and when? ###
If you're talking Tule Elk, the rut should be over...although I heard an awful lot of bugling during the earlier part of the Grizzly Island duck season this past year. ###If it's a deer hunt, seems like the rut in CA swings pretty wide. ###Last year I heard it was starting in the a-zones as early as September, and it was coming on strong in my part of the b-zone in mid-late October, which seems pretty close to the last few years too. ###
Some of the guys that have hunted here longer than I have can give a better picture, I suppose. ###
04-28-2001, 11:08 AM
SLO=San Luis Obispo
Hunt MA1, Either Sex deer muzleloader/archery. ###Nov 24-Dec 9. ###There are 150 tags, and last year 247 applicants, so the odds are better than 50-50 of being drawn. ###Bounderies are the Las Padres NF within SLO county. ###I'd probably use my sidelock muzzleloader. ###When is the rut in the central coast area?
04-28-2001, 07:19 PM
aJust a thought of putting in for Anderson flat Archery, and even less of a thought for the x9a archery. Just not familliar with the areas, and a ways away to go scouting. I will more than likely, like always get an archery only and hunt d-8 and practically the rest of the state with it if I'm unsuccessful there. Keeping the fingers crossed though. I hunted pendleton 2 yrs ago with the archery only and they stopped the training course there. But it is real difficult to get in there withthe low humidity and fire season. Saw 3 really large forkys there, and got impatient,( something I am working on) and blew it with beleive it or not two of them, and that is in one day. So I havnt been back there, especially with the way they run it. d-12 and d17 are up for grabs with an archery only tag also. Then there is my own back yard d-14 of which I ahve never seen a buck there. But without a doubt I will be in the field till Janurary of next yr.
04-30-2001, 05:35 AM
My out of state hunt this year should be a Montana combo. I am still in Mexico so I have not seen the tags yet but they more or less guaranteed I would get tags. As for Ca., I am not sure where I will go this year. I am thinking about applying for X3A again. I have exclusive access to a few thousand acres across the Highway from the Likely Plains area. But I have applied for it for years and only got drawn once for bow season and could never get close enough for a shot. Hey Speckmisser, you want to take a ride up there when I get back and take a scout?
The rest of my Ca. season will be on GR properties. Seeing as I bought a membership, guess I better make use of it. Because of the Montana trip, I think I may stick to using my bow in Ca. I am sure to bring meat home from Mt. so maybe if I commit to only using the bow, I might actually get one with it.
04-30-2001, 08:05 AM
I'd be glad to ride up there, BigDog. ###That'd make for a nice break from the day-to-day around here. ###I'll be out of town on the 12th, but after that, I don't think I have any locked in plans for a while. ###
In other news... ###
I'm looking at this map with all the x-zones and such, and wondering how many of these places a new person could just walk onto and learn... say, between the time the drawings are done and the time the season starts. ###Most of the areas look like they contain migratory herds. ###
Anyway, I'm rambling. ###
04-30-2001, 12:00 PM
I've been hunting A 19 for about 9 years.. i've always seen from 20 to 30 deer.. And know it well. Last yer with all the fires around there hunting was bad only saw one doe. A lot of cat sign as well.. It may pick up in a year or two when the growth starts coming back. But with the cats coming into the area one never knows..
05-01-2001, 09:35 AM
I wonder if the fires will actually help to reduce the cat problem? ###My logic (although quite possibly flawed) is that the dense cover allows the cats to sneak in real close before they pounce. ###With all the cover burned off, maybe it will make tougher "hunting" for them? ###Just a thought. ###Best of luck in your season.
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