2014 3 State Hunt
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Headed to Crater Lake
Aspens are changing now. Very pretty
Hawk busted a covey of sharps we passed into sage. Couldn’t find them.
Jumped 2 from fence walking road back to truck. Couldn’t find them either.
A little windy for scenting
Hunting crp corner and fence row.
Continues very windy and 46 at 1300
Met hunters on Arbon east bench. Is perfect country.
Hunt mix edge of crp grass and sage pockets. Also buck brush edges
Last walk of the day. East Arbon bench. Followed guys advice. Jumped Huns and shot one. Jill found him 40 yes away wounded. I am very grateful for Jill.
Back to town for rest
The Hun was bigger than I remember from WY
Drive up Nink Creek is cool with west sun. Very green and large farms. Looks like winxp desktop!
The colorful trees are quaking for me.
Caribou natl forest
0500 wake for 0600 depart
Same program as yest but more focused
Sharpy detail hunt at pivots
Then Arbon accesses
Morning dog farts!
Back at Kerlew pivots.
Saw either giant coyote or wolf
First big loop on crp by Kerlew pivots
Jumped one under sage on top of ridge between two valleys
Missed w LM but dropped like a rock at 50 yds w full
Jill jumped two more from under sage on canyon finger
Worked whole fld. See Gaia, kinetic tracks
Jumped covey on sage ridge by fence between two canyons. About 8 went into sage canyon
Took a break and now working the sage canyon
Worked bottom across wind. Nothing.
Worked side and top back to truck. Jumped 2. Shell jammed on first bird but shot second one up. Wounded and flew into canyon bottom. Jill found it and pointed it.
There were a bunch more getting up all around us on the hillside. One was a large sage grouse!
I had 2 bird limit so didn’t shoot
Great hunt!! Done at 1200
Off to scout Wolverine Canyon for tomorrow.
Tool box on truck has tons of dirt inside from Sat scouting
Cleaned those birds and hands stink! From Hun yest as well!
Arbon SE Bench off Phelps Rd
Yellow aspens look like nuggets and dust of gold scattered on grey green mtns in mink creek
Colors always more vivid thru Costa glasses
IDFG officer help
Grouse on ground at top of wolverine canyon
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East of poca thru forest
To lava hot springs
Upper port euc
Forest Svc roads
Caribou mtn country
Borders wy line
On forest Svc land
Rd to caribou city
Sterling wildlife mgmt area
Also up port neuf
Also Blackfoot reservoir
Ruffies in rock land, rock creek
Hills to east
S from American falls
Deer hunters told me abt ruffies up the trail
Go up logging rds and look for water
Deer hunter had a moose shed!
Went to the peak and turned around
Pinned gmap and Gaia w exact location of ruffies
It’s gonna be hard uphill
West sun in aspens!
Idaho boys are what I used to be
Only more terrain and game
Old logging road does not mean what I thought it did!
They have a lot of ECDs here at feedlots. Few pigeons
Initial gps to rattlesnake transfer station in Firth or Blackfoot
Think most pivots are pumped from canal. I’ve seen a few
Headed to wolverine canyon
53 in poca, 39 in Blackfoot
Can’t arrive too early, sunrise in canyon will be later but need to beat deer hunters
39 degrees at ruffie spot. 0730. Perfect timing!
Walked quickly up creek trail
Passed logging rd and continued up until no more aspens
Returned down to logging rd
Started on log rd and heard a noise.
Ruffie jumped and flew into trees
Snapshot brought him down hard at 20 yds 20g IM
Continued on log rd
Took a rest on a stump
Jill scented ruffie up the rd upwind.
Chased him until he flew and busted him at 40 yds from behind
Good thing I have Jill. Both retrieved were tough brush bad downhill.
Toughest is keeping her in chk on log rds
Taking frequent sit breaks to enjoy the forest waking up
Jill likes forest bc lots if squirrels!
Shot the third ruffie while resting.
Is colored like a cock?
Jill flushed one into tree. As I was walking up another flushed to the right. Quick snap shot at 20yds blew off head.
Flies by the dozens appeared almost immed when cleaning birds. Cc
Sharpie meat was dark.
Ruffie is much lighter.
Ruffies eating clover and berries.
Done and headed back 1100
Still have lots if gun racks in trucks in ID
Against the law in ID to guide for upland and waterfowl
IDFG officer says it is to reduce non resident pressure on public and private lands.
I’ve given away birds to the hotel clerk every day
We’re going to chase Huns in the Arbon tomorrow. One last day then we’ll head home. Jill’s wore out.
65 degrees in poca at 0530
Headed to Arbon Valley for Huns and Sharpies
54 in Malad
Where did Kerlew natl grassland get its name?
Yesterday I could hear ruffies clucking in the forest
Sunrise in the valley over east mtns is cool.
Looking for the little white church as reference point
Nothing first loop
Nothing second loop
Nothing third loop
Fourth loop nada
Back to see if we can find those Huns from Sunday. Last loop at Sunday Hun spot
8.4 miles today!
1400 done, packed and headed to Pocatello
Indian reservation in valley is shockingly natural. Unimproved for agri. Very cool!
Convoy of giant wheat combines on a narrow rd. tight fit!
Headed home 0530 depart thru Durango to Albuquerque
Mtns in UT are fiercer, more rugged. Less moisture? Steeper?
Mtn ranges appear much higher too
There’s a ruffie feather still stick to duck truck hood from Tues. Wonder if it will make it home?
The area around Moab is cool. I see why ppl like it. Bet it is hot in summer though.
Pretty drive up from Moab to Telluride out of canyon up to Rockies from the west
Cool windy canyon drive first thing in Colorado
Beautiful paradise in this canyon. West sun is lighting up red sandstone canyon walls.
Naturita CO is a cool little town
Uranium mining up here is what I saw
Adopt a highway in honor of John Galt!
Valley was like Galts Gulch
Telluride is very pretty