Day hike from the cabin.

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  1. Strigidae

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    Back into the high country today.
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    I followed an elk trail into some dense canyons and found this spike bull layed up, after several minutes he stood up and walked away.
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    I moved on to a high basin and found two bulls feeding towards me. IMG_20180322_142642200_HDR.jpg
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    A very light wind come into the basin and they got my wind. They did not locate me but they knew they needed to leave.
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    Continued.....
     
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    After approximately hiking five miles I started out of the high country and found a fresh elk kill.
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    Shortly after finding the kill I bumped into a group of Javalina. IMG_20180322_153915288.jpg
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    As always, another great day in the woods!
     
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    Hiked behind the cabin today and found a fresh mountain lion track.
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    I followed the tracks for approximately a half mile and found where he had just killed a jackrabbit, eating the front half of the rabbit. He made a small scent scrape next to the kill.
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    Lots of mule deer and elk in the area right now. Kind of wondering if this may be an old lion starting to have difficulty taking bigger game.
     
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    Day hiked to the east of the cabin and visited some caves along the way.
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    This small cave has some old names and dates scratched into the sandstone.
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    Found some fresh bear activity, looked like he was after rodents.
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    Found an old mule deer shed, mostly chalk.
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    Headed home and found this horn toad trying to warm up.
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    Another great day!
     
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    Great pics.
     
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    That third pic looks interesting. Great bunch of pics.
     
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    Started out early today for antler hunt.
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    Bumped into three does.
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    Heading upslope, before the sun came up the temperature was 34 degrees.
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    I found this bull that had been killed during archery season but was not recovered.
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    I found the arrow broken in two near the head with a low quality two blade expandable broadhead.
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    Continued on and started to find some shed's.
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    Continued.....
     
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    Awesome finds!!
     
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    Continued...

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    Temperature reached 74 degrees by the afternoon and I found this guy stretched out.
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    Another great day in the woods!
     
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    Thanks Semo. I will call G&F tomorrow and see if I can get approval to remove the head. He was a real fighter, he had broken three tines off during the rut. It will be a long hike back in to his location but his rack has a lot of character.
     
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    Game and Fish approved the removal of the bull so today I went back in to retrieve the head.
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    Some of the views on the way out.
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    Bumped into a group of spectators.
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    Found one additional horn, I walked within four feet of this horn five times going in and out of the canyon.
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    Great day in the woods!
     
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    What do you do with the antlers that you find?
     
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    DL, I sell some of the horns and keep some for my own projects. A fresh drop horn (referred to as brown) can sell for around 13 to 16 dollars a pound, so a horn that weighs around 10 to 12 pounds becomes pretty valuable. This bulls head will be used as a skull mount for the cabin. I have seen heads that score 350 inches or better sell for 400 to 800+ dollars.

    It’s a great hobby but can be very frustrating when you go a few days without finding anything! Lots and lots of hiking to find horns, I walked about 22 mountain miles to find what’s in the last few photos, it is always great to be in the outdoors doing what you love! Dat.
     
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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    I started out early this morning to check some last spots near the cabin for shed antlers. Bumped this doe off the trail as I was headed in.
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    As I arrived at the area to start looking for sheds, I found fresh bear sign.
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    Temperatures are in the 80's and we are into drought conditions again. The trail into the spring is beat to powder as wildlife for miles are coming to the spring. IMG_20180506_080209725.jpg

    After checking the spring I bumped into a small black bear and it ran into this canyon before I could get a photo. He was pretty small, probably his first year on his own. IMG_20180520_140354606.jpg
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    Some of the rock erosion. Great shelter for the rains, if they come this year. IMG_20180520_135040477.jpg IMG_20180520_130419212.jpg

    Will continue........
     
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    Day hike continued.....

    Some vista photos.
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    As I headed home on the same trail I used in the morning, I found bear tacks on top of my boot prints.
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    Hot day in the field, I went through 180 oz. Of water and brought home no horns. But it was still a great day!
     
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    you WOULD LOVE hunting in Boston Bar, Lytton, Lilloet and anywhere in BC where we have that kind of terrain. Insane amounts of game.

    this mini cave in the rock, is that chipped out by hand? that is insanely cool

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