14 degree snowshoe hike today

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by Guy M, Feb 13, 2019.


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  1. CO_Guy

    CO_Guy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Eric. Now I have an easy project with a pair of Kastles in the garage!
     
  2. Australia

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    Absolutely fabulous photos and you don't know how envious I am to see that kind of country although people tell me that living in snow is a pain but for someone who has never seen a white Christmas only 40deg C at Christmas it looks great
    Snow shoes Hmm do they tier you out having your legs apart when your walking ?
    Your dog sure looks like a pretty retriever but not much good down under as the only dogs that seem to survive in the bush down here are Kelpies or blue cattle dogs as a lot of others are curios about snakes and spiders
    Really appreciate this post which makes a nice change from the Balistic chatter and is more about real hunting
    Cheers from down under
     
  3. Guy M

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    Well thank you sir! We've had really good snow this year, so my little group of friends has been out on snowshoes a couple of times a week lately. Yesterday was 5 miles, with a 1200' elevation gain - of course we lost all that elevation going back down to the trailhead later.

    Modern snowshoes aren't too wide, so the legs aren't spread unduly wide, a bit, but not bad. Pretty good way for a retiree like me to stay reasonably fit.
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    We've been doing a lot of hiking in areas where I often hunt, and have seen some game at lower elevations. These bighorn rams were a nice surprise:
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    Regards, Guy
     
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    Bighorns in the cascades.....hmmmm...only about one are that could happen in Oregon....maybe a few in Washington.....
    But where's the Bigfoot pictures....keep that camera ready....
     
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  5. Australia

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    Great shots Guy
    My name is Geoff so tell me are these goats good to eat? or are they just trophies
    Over here we are either hunting for the meat or eradicating pests only some times some of my friends take a trophy deer
    most of the hunt-able animals here are introduced species that have grown up like Samba deer or Fallow
    We have a lot of goats,pigs, camels and sometimes domestic cats that have gone Ferrel plus domestic dogs that have gone wild and some have attacked farmers in packs like your wolves but the 308 or my trusty 243 mouser does the job
    Anyway keep the photo posts going, there great
     
  6. Guy M

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    Geoff - these are America's wild sheep, and these guys are pretty good sized rams. It's a difficult tag to draw. Here in Washington, it's considered a "once in a lifetime" tag. IF a hunter is drawn, that's the only time he'll be drawn for the bighorn sheep tag. Thousands of us apply for the tags every year, and only a few are issued, so it's a pretty special hunt. The mature rams can go 300 pounds or so, and are very strong.

    Folks tell me that they are good to eat!

    I content myself to hunting them with a camera, because I doubt I'll ever beat the odds and actually get drawn for a tag. Sure hope I do, there are several herds fairly close to my home here in Chelan County, Washington.

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    Couple of rams I came across while out snowshoe hiking. I didn't have much of a camera on hand, sure wish that I had!
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    Regards, Guy
     
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  7. Australia

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    Guy that's interesting about the Tag quote
    Here we don't have any quoters except for professional Kangaroo shooters that shoot for human consumption
    However they can clear an area or reduce the numbers by about 150 per night but they must be head shot otherwise its a $300 fine
    With Pigs its as many as you have bullets
    In one area the local rangers had to get helicopters in to reduce numbers and they got 4500 in two days in large herding type traps and then electrocuted and bulldozed them in a hole
    I had to laugh at one of the people that posted that they like to hunt pigs with a knife - have a look at my avetar
     
  8. Guy M

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    Ya, with the bighorn sheep - they're a native animal and not found in huge numbers. Meat hunters once nearly wiped them out, along with the very different mountain goat, but now it's "sport hunting" only, with very restricted tags.

    Sheep hunting has become very expensive, and very rare. Most of us hunters here in the USA will never actually go on a sheep hunt. Deer yes, sheep, no.

    Regards, Guy
     
  9. therifleman556

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    I grew up on a hog farm; even raised domestic that would be a huge pig.
     
  10. Australia

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    yep some of these things are big because they get into oats and no body hunts them in some areas - most are only small and nasty but I heard of one sited in the gulf of Carpentaria (northern point of Australia)that the farmer there described it as a steer - all of these started out originally as domestic pigs that have gone Ferrel and they change after a couple of generations -Captain Cook was to blame same as we have a problem with Camels that the early explorers introduced - tried a long distance shot on one some time ago with a 7mmRem Mag measured at 800metres and it dropped like a hot potato but I must say it is very easy shooting Camels because its like shooting a side of a house
     
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