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09-05-2005, 10:45 AM
I myself i hunted saturday morning mile marker six area up on s7,got in to my spot one hour before sunrise,saw one doe and a fawn at 8am,chose not to shoot even though she presented me with a 15yd shot,that was all the movement for me ,got out of there at 10am,it was getting hot,oh yeah watch out for those rattle snakes in the middle of the road,sometimes they just like fallen dead branches,and i learned how high and far i can jump!
09-05-2005, 07:52 PM
Took my wife and buddy up to the Laguna Rec. area for the opener. There were already 6 cars in the parking lot when we got there at 430am. Geez!! We hit the trail and walked to our treestands. Saw about 4 other lights walking through the woods. My buddy was in his stand no longer then 5 minutes when someone came walking right up behind him, running into bushes and branches.
My wife had a couple people walk under her stand and move along. I talked to her on the radio about 730 am and she told me there was a hunter about 20 yards away with a rattle bag, what a moron!!!
I had a doe race past my stand around 645am. Could not get a shot.
We'll give it some time and then try again. Hopefully the novelty will wear off and the woods will be less crowded.
How did everyone else fair??
09-06-2005, 07:25 AM
Going up to Laguna this weekend.. Looks like it was as I expected. That is why I don't go up opening weekend.. Late season & week days seems to be best.. This will be more of a scouting trip. As when I went earlier to scout there where just to many people camping up there.
09-06-2005, 08:23 AM
Didn't make it up there. SDHNTR and I were up in A20 giving it one last go. Two stalks. No blood.
The crowds will thin out after this week. I can't wait to get up there. I might make a morning trip during the week.
09-06-2005, 10:02 AM
I will try and make to Palomar this weekend. Did anyone make it up to Palomar.
Bow hunters at love valley did not see a thing Sat. When we were up there.
09-06-2005, 03:19 PM
I hunted Palomar on Saturday. I arrived about 5:00 and found three trucks where I had hoped to hunt. I decided to go in the opposite direction from everyone else and went vertical! I found a realy nice burnt out tree with lots of shade to hide behind and hunkered down. I had not been there more than thirty minutes and could not deal with the bugs so, against my better judgement decided to spray my self with some deet. I had just finished putting the spray back into my pack when I spot a large doe walking straight towards me at about eighty yards.
I figure that this is going to be an early end to my day when I feel the wind hit the back of my neck. She stops, puts her nose up in the air and blew twice really loud from her nose. She stood there trying to find what was making that smell for a few seconds and decided to turn tail and bounce out of there. I spent the remainder of my day looking for bedded dear as it was getting quite hot. I busted two more does from their beds thanks too the noisy oak leaves. I made it back to my truck around 2:00 and headed home empty handed, sweaty, tired, and loving every minute of the hunt!
09-06-2005, 03:55 PM
Nice try stick/string, maybe next time up you'll have better luck !!
09-06-2005, 08:16 PM
CALIFORNIA SUCKS. Glad I'm going to Nebraska this year.
09-07-2005, 08:06 AM
I hope you find NE to your liking.
09-08-2005, 08:11 AM
went out yesterday. saw four big does and three fawns at twenty feet off the road, damn private property couldnt shoot at 'em. At least I saw some, Im gonna have to start asking to hunt these properties, but very slim chance of getting the OK. Went to CNF proper and saw nothing at several locations. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs-down-little.gif
I also saw about 20 BIG turkeys around the corner from the resort deer, also right next to the road. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-far-sdie-guy-yellin.gif
09-09-2005, 06:32 AM
If I can get out this week end meet me at Palomar Mt 9S07 fire road across from Mustard Ranch. Around 4:30 am. Ever since someone broke the line to some guzzlers from the tank the water has dried up near the top. Plenty below. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/lame-sign.gif
09-09-2005, 08:08 AM
Truck is loaded and I'm down the road in about am hour..
09-09-2005, 10:30 AM
I'll be up there this evening and tomorrow morning. Will be in my buddy's brand new black F150. We'll be staying the night at Laguna Campground.
09-09-2005, 02:12 PM
Well just got back from trying palomar mtn. again this morning more promising this time around a little bit cooler than sat. as far as deer seen three does,one very small forky he just would not come into range,thats alright though its still early in the long season,there was a truck parked at fry creek toyota tundra with shell anyone from here,and if so how ya do with all the wood cutting going on maybe they got stirred up a little!Well i'm gonna put the a22 tag away for a couple of weeks,heading to x9a wednesday!
09-09-2005, 07:46 PM
them thar critters is tied to a cactus in the desert during the day, and released at night to make the trails everyone thinks they are hunting, or atleast that is what I tell myself is the reason I only saw one buck better than a fork in two years of hunting.
good luck guys, I will hopefully be back in cali. chasing bears next year, somebody please drag a bruiser off the mountain, Laguna that is, otherwise I might actually believe me own halucination.
again good luck fellas
09-10-2005, 07:29 PM
Had a spike, a doe, and a fawn within 30 yards, and another spike at about 10 yards. Great first day. Going back up on Sunday morning.
09-11-2005, 10:44 AM
Sunday morning report:
11 deer, including a spike and a forkie. Forkie was at 55 yards. Decided to pass. All deer came in before 6:30am. Great way to start my Sunday. I found out that a friend of mine shot a decent 2x3 on the 4th. And, another buddy had a good forkie behind his stand this morning at ten yards. No shot. It's definitely a good year.
09-11-2005, 11:10 AM
Whatcha doing home so early?
Trying to get back before the wife wakes up and figgers out where you went? http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shakehead-blue.gif http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-wnk-yellow.gif
09-11-2005, 02:02 PM
Friday night I had 2 does at 55 yards but didn't want to shoot as it was getting dark and that'a a far poke. Sat morning I had a big, tall and wide 3x3 that ran past my stand at 25 yards. He wouldn't stop so no shot. Looks to be a good start this year.
Since nobody but me hunts the D-19 archery season I'll invade this post.
Went out Sat. Acorns Acorns and more acorns. they are falling from every tree out there. Fall is decending upon the mountains in a big hurry.
No deer, but I had 8 mountain quail walk right past me including one not 8" from my left leg.
Stayed up till 12:30 am Sunday morning helping my son finish a side job. I just couldn't drag my sorry sore butt out of bed to make the Sunday hunt.
09-12-2005, 09:45 AM
Rancho. You called it.
Acorns ARE everywhere. And, those deer are looking extremely healthy. Even the spikes are huge.
09-13-2005, 05:45 AM
Okay guys who ever sees the most deer this weekend buys the beer. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/banana-man-yeah.gif
I guess I'll be headed to the Lagunas for the party. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-cool-shades-down.gif
09-13-2005, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by One Track@Sep 12 2005, 08:45 AM
Rancho. You called it.
Don't worry bro - you know how tired I'm getting from pushing my full sized truck down the driveway early in the morning? http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shakehead-blue.gif http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-help-green.gif
09-13-2005, 10:46 AM
I went out Saturday morning to Sunset Hwy. Hiked 150 yards from the road. Very crunchy ground. Stopped to glass every few feet. was next to a big tree with some chapparell (sp) 15 yards away... a doe was watching me the whole time. When I saw her she took off. Sounded like she had a friend or two with her:) but i couldn't see. Man they're sneaky. And a lot smaller than I remember:) I should've seen her first. I'm pretty sure she was bedded down and that's why I hadn't noticed her. I don't have a stand location, so i'm trying to stay out of anyone's way while I locate a spot to set up - so I wasn't out there till 10am. Once I find a good spot though, I'll be in my stand at very first light or right before.
This is my first season with a bow.
09-13-2005, 04:12 PM
One Track, did you get my email ?? SDHunter I was in Laguna Campground The red ford F150 with the truck tent & red canopy in space 63. Sorry I didn't see you.
Here is my report. Opening day a 4x2 & a doe where taken from that area. Both had small bodies The deer where moving at night. to many campers making to much noise. I scouted around the meadow found some sign but no deer. From Friday to Sunday didn't see any. Monday I saw 7 deer moving between 5 & 6 AM in the area I was hunting. Nothing came into bow range. Yes there are acorns everywhere.
Sunday a 6X was taken from A22 and I was told there is one running the same area that is bigger. I know one of the guys hunting him. I saw the pictures of the 6x. Jim, had never bow hunted before he came out of his stand and was sitting next to a tree this buck walked up with in 5 yards of him. He said all he could see in his peep was brown. He hit him high took out the liver his buck only ran up hill about 75 yards.
09-13-2005, 05:45 PM
OK - Kind of a stupid question here. I see people referring to shooting does. Is that legal during bow season statewide or is that area specific? I know I have read the regs and they say Forked horn or better, even for archery. Someone please enlighten this "returning after a 15 year layoff" bowhunter.
And no, I am not opposed to shooting does at all. I used to live in Florida and that's how we filled the freezer while waiting for gun season http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif
09-13-2005, 07:20 PM
A-22 is an either sex ZONE.
09-13-2005, 09:45 PM
A VIRGIN NO MORE! Got R dun this evening. I'm tired. Story tomorrow.
Sporty. my buddy and I were at Laguna CG too that weekend. I saw your truck and thought that might be you. Should've stopped by. We were in a new Black, F150 4 door.
http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-dancin-red.gif Congrats SDHNTR!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bowdown-purple.gif
09-14-2005, 07:21 AM
Glad to see you tag one SDHNTER congrats... Let me know if your going back up again. I email you about an area to hunt. That is if One Track doesn't mind. As he is the one who turned me on to it 2 years ago. Has to do with where the 6x was taken.
09-14-2005, 07:56 AM
Well, my huntin' partner tagged out. Congrats dude. See you next year.
Sporty. I saw your truck in the campground, but nobody home at the time. Did not get your email. I'll send one out to you.
09-14-2005, 08:36 AM
Not so fast! I'm gonna stick my bow in my brother's hands and get him dialed in. I may be back up to play guide. The beer drinkin', tobaccy spittin', no pressure guide, that is.
Kick down SDHNTER!!
found it http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bag-on-head.gif
09-14-2005, 04:17 PM
One Track, you remember the frist place you ever recommend I hunt ?? The 6x came from there down the hill where all the trails chris cross, and they say there is an even bigger one running around there. You should know the spot.
09-14-2005, 04:42 PM
Oh believe me sporty, the spot you are talking about was shown to ONE TRACK by NOBUCK and myself. Forgive me if I'm wrong ONE TRACK, but I believe this secret area was the area we've been hunting for the past few years. I've seen several beasts go through that area, but they always stayed out of range low on me.
I would love to find the time to get up there this year, but with the schedule I have I'm not so sure its going to happen. You have to understand with me being in the Navy and all. Good Luck to you all and hopefully I'll get that chance to get back up there to meet you all.
09-15-2005, 10:01 PM
Hey Dave you know those guys who got the buck ?? They are also in the navy.. They said there friend told them were to hunt. A fellow navy man..
I'll be going up in Oct. Some time between the 7th & 11 th. I'll be hunting the same area I hunted this pasted weekend as I know for sure there are two big bucks in there. I found their night beds. I just hope the clear cutting that started Monday does not run them off.. And they say there are no big deer in A22..
09-16-2005, 04:55 PM
Went to laguna rec area yesterday. I knew I was in for an interesting time when I started to see guys in full camo w/ packs and gear wandering around. Damn these recruits/national guardsmen were everywhere huffing it w/ topo maps. They pissed me off and needless to say I saw nothing but squirrels/birds. WTF? anybody else see them?
09-16-2005, 08:49 PM
Sounds familiar, two years ago I encountered the same orientation exhibition. Two of these guys came within 10 feet, and never noticing me. Might note the time of year to determine pattern. to determine the frequency of this training. Oh well, many other places to set up. Can always head up to Palomar, or outside Warner's. I'm opting to hunt the easiest accessable locations first, if unsuccessful, I take my bow for a 3 hour walk outside Warner's.
Plenty of time left.....
The one that got away
09-16-2005, 09:42 PM
Thrilled to read such helpful advice posted in this forum. After reading several encoded replies, I attained resentment towards several members. Ironically as I attempt to decode your encrypted messages, regarding clandestine locations, frequency, times, and who and who doesn't know of this secret location, one may profile these members as narcissistic hypocrites. However; the motto beside your name, "Hunters Helping Hunter", reassures me that someone anticipates assisting an eager apprentice. Appease me, contact your select few, exchange phone numbers or e-mail address, and communicate furtively outside Jesseís public forum.
09-17-2005, 11:34 AM
One that Got Away,
I tell as much as I can. I can not give the spot it's self. Due to giving my word to the kind folks who told me about it. I was ask not to give those details. I hope you understand a mans word is this bond. It is more important than an signed document.
Now thank you for the kind words. There are lots of deer in A22 if you don't mind taking a doe you should tag out easy.
A little on HHH: I found HHH back in 2001, with the help of a few fellow hunters after I put out a post asking for help to put together a NFP org. to help our family of hunters with Medical & funeral cost when in need as there was nothing our there for fellow hunters. Hence this is the first 501c3 of this type. Please feel free to stop be the web site and see what HHH is about. Read the letters form some of the familise HHH has help they tell you better then I ever can what HHH does. Take cake.. And hope to see you posting on here often.
09-17-2005, 02:32 PM
OTGA, get real. Do you honestly expect guys to come on a public forum and just give away spots that have taken them years to find? If you want help, thats great, I've found guys on this site to be very gracious in offering assistance and suggestions. But do not expect someone else to do it all for you and set you up on some deer. If you want that, go hire a guide. Otherwise be prepared to do some work yourself. It is only fair.
The one that got away
09-17-2005, 08:32 PM
Congratulations filling a tag, achieving bragging rights with a select handful.
No intent to instill anger, only to ruffle some feathers; perhaps Iím the only one seeing humor regarding the clandestine communication. No, I never asked you to reveal your treasured spots, for Iíve attained my own less-than-flourishing locales.
Perchance my initial writing fell harshly upon some, donít take it to heart. You provided amusement, and for that, I express gratitude. I assumed that when one discloses sighting several bucks and a 6X moreover, red flags rise rampantly, implying an intention. However, I stand corrected and apologize for prejudging an intense discussion. Continue your chat session, and I will continue to read it.
09-19-2005, 04:29 PM
Well I was looking to go back up on the 11th of Oct throuh the 14th. Looks like the 7th through the 10th, instead. I hear she got tickets to see Ellen Degeneris or how ever you spell it. It suppose to be her birthday show, also have Holloween, and Christmas show tickets.. Leave it to a wives to mess up hunting plans. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-sideways-laff-aqua.gif
09-19-2005, 07:01 PM
Sorry to hear that Sporty, Don't forget you have a long second season too. I wish I could find some time to get up there but time will only tell. Purchased my Raffle tickets this weekend and my fingers will be crossed until the end of January. Good Cause anyways, but it still would be nice.
Not sure how much info you're looking for, but I wish I had one billionth this info when I started scouting Laguna many moons ago.
09-20-2005, 04:30 PM
Good news got out of the 12th, but a friend who has never been up there want me to take him he can only hunt weekends (i hate hunting weekends ole well) So it looks like I'll be up there on the 7th - 10th or 11th of Oct.
09-21-2005, 08:34 AM
Wish me luck, going up today for two nights @ laguna CG. Get-R-done!!!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-wave-hello-yellow.gif
Wishing somebody good luck is like putting a bad luck hex on them.
Instead, I'm going to confidently say, you will have a shootable deer in your sights. The rest is up to you.
09-21-2005, 05:08 PM
DAMN! I love JHO.
09-25-2005, 09:56 PM
Well reesounds, How ya do !!
09-26-2005, 10:28 AM
Well, I'm back in town.
Mnfshman: Nope. The spots I told Sporty about are different - secret spots.
As you know, there really are no secret spots. It's such a small area that you can walk the entire rec area in a few days. I think everybody should be going to Palomar instead. More deer, more big bucks, less crowded, and such.
That spot where Kevin killed that forkie has become way overcrowded. I've moved on since last year. I have a few other spots that fewer people have identified. I'm hoping to stick a nice 4x4 perty soon.
09-26-2005, 11:19 AM
I was up there Saturday evening. Was going to hunt but had to work too late http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/lame-sign.gif . Decided to drive up there with the wife anyways and do some hiking on the regular people trails. We passed a few parked trucks and I got to thinking, it'd be kind of kewl to know which JHO'ers are up here too http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-jhp-rocks.gif . I know I"ve seen people say "Yeah, that was me, i'm in a blue f150" etc... but I think it'd be nice if we kind of had a list.
I may drive one of three vehicles on any given day:
1. Usually 1994 Ford Bronco 4x4, Mint green, ex-forestry service with a giant black star painted on the hood.
2. If right after work, a 1998 Honda Civic, 4 doors, grey/silver. Dirty and Ugly.
3. If I can pry it away from the wife, 2003 Toyata Tacoma, White, Regular cab, everything stock.
4. My rifle-only hunting buddy drives a 1996 Green Ford Ranger 4x4. 2 doors, extra cab. It has a VERY long antenna whip with an orange flag on top, also has a bed liner and tool chest in back.
If you'd like, Post up what you're rolling in http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bag-on-head.gif. Feel free to stop by if you see me out there, or drop a note on my window.
09-26-2005, 01:06 PM
I'll be driving a VW Camper Van, yellow, with a Peace sign hanging from the mirror.
09-26-2005, 01:55 PM
Lime green '64 Impala with Daytons and dice on the mirror, slammed.
09-26-2005, 03:07 PM
Well, i am pissed off, but at least I did learn alot. No sightings, but I got into some good trails. the ground is so dry and crunchy it is not even worth it to get to crazy going overland. But thats how I found a couple well used trails. so I have a better picture of whats going on. thanks for everyones replys.
What is this crap I hear about people at these cabins FEEDING wild animals. What do they feed them and is it bad for their metabolism? I know feed effects taste of meat.
09-26-2005, 03:17 PM
Just write JHO on a 8x11 sheet of paper and put on the dash next to the windshield. agree on a color and it will be even easier to see it by just driving by. Orange paper is good.
09-27-2005, 11:07 AM
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Lime green '64 Impala with Daytons and dice on the mirror, slammed.[/b]
http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-laugh-point-up-yellow.gif guess what my little brother drove for a few years in high school? Now THAT'S a good vehicle for hunting.
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Just write JHO on a 8x11 sheet of paper and put on the dash next to the windshield. agree on a color and it will be even easier to see it by just driving by. Orange paper is good.[/b]
I guess it does make much more sense to put http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-jhp-rocks.gif in the window http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-hitting-self.gif I always seem to complicate things too much! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/stimpy--sm-ani.gif
09-27-2005, 12:47 PM
There is a better way...
JHO Window Sticker in the JHO Online Store (https://www.jesseshunting.com/osCommerce/product_info.php/products_id/1090) http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs-up-ani.gif
So my 74 Pinto with a Weiland blower sticking out the hood isn't noticable enough? http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-wnk-yellow.gif
09-28-2005, 04:25 PM
red 92 F150 extend cab 4x4
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