98Z5V Posted June 12, 2019 Report Share Posted June 12, 2019 (edited) Gone last weekend over a 4-day to recon the planned hunt area this fall, with GP John. Northwest of Phoenix, up in the mountains, base elevation about 4600 feet going up to 6000 feet - that's the hunt range, even though it goes up higher in the area. Left after work on Friday night, hit the road at 7pm. Pulled in to the property at midnight. Scared the fuk out of a fatass black bear around 11pm that night - he didn't know whether to shiit, run, attack us, or just shiit - so he ran his fatass straight up the road and dove up an embankment, tearing in with all four paws to get away. I knew it was gonna be a good weekend... Only had cell comms ONCE during the weekend, on top of a high hill - and THAT was nice!... Here's daybreak on Saturday morning, looking at the cabin: Here's looking the other way, back at the 2k sq ft barn: The Yamaha was the steel chariot of choice for the weekend. That loft over the barn is badass, and that was our home for the weekend. It's a bitchin' living room/bedrom combined. More later. A view of the stream out front, running right down the property: Once we got out in the hills: We made a big climb, and a long descent, and ended up at this tank up in the hills: Someone set up a stand in the trees here - you can see it behind GP John: THIS area - was strange. We had the feeling this was mountain lion territory, so we started snooping around near the water. The Combat Tracker in me paid off, and there was a print. This thing was fresh, too - lots of moisture in the toe pad indentations. Wasn't long ago that this guy was drinking, before we got there... Comparison next to a 16oz water bottle... Not a small cat... Here's a look back at that stand in the tree that someone built, from the other side of the tank: Part 2 coming up... Edited June 12, 2019 by 98Z5V Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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