Friday, September 08, 2006

2006 Northside rifle deer

Well I have been doing alot of poring over maps and aerial photos and think I have an idea of where I want to hunt opening morning there is a rather large canyon about four miles from camp up a road that no one should e able to drive down that is looking more and more promising we shall see. It will be quite the hike but well worth it. I only have a few more weeks to go and I am getting excited for this if I can out the effort I did not my Antelope hunt into this deer hunt it should be a great hunt. Well till next time rp

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Well it is over

Well pronghorn season is over and well it was a good hunt even without any meat in the freezer this has got to be one of the most exciting and challenging hunts I have ever been on. Thanks for reading up on it with me Up next is deer season I have the Northside unit here in Oregon and it should be a great hunt

Weekend two

Well weekend two started at 2am when Inpursuit and I met up at Sportsmans warehouse where we took off for the Ochoco’s. We arrived at about 5am working out way from prineville to Paulina. We had one of the most amazing encounters we were driving a few miles past the LS ranch and seen a bull elk crossing the road so we stop and are looking at him when we started to hear some cows off in the field behind up se start to glass for them to see the herd and we did not see them in the field so we look on the hill side and at first did not see anything. The Gary tells me just look in one spot on the side of the hill and you will see them the whole hillside is moving so I did and there was 100 to 120 elk just walking along the hillside it looks like the whole hillside was moving. This is one of the most awesome things I have ever seen.So we make it up into the mountains and start our hunt we got out and glassed and walked around the area where we had seen but Big boy the day before the season opened and did not see anything but a lot of Deer and Elk crap it was pretty cool. So we moved on up to the timber and did not see any pronghorn. We spotted out first flock of many turkeys for the day and wow the Ochoco’s have a lot of Turkeys I know where I am going hunting next spring. Then as we are driving we see something I have never seen before in the wild a Bobcat he just sauntered over to the brush and let us sit and glass take video and pictures of him for like five minutes till he got sick of us. This little bad boy is lucky he was not in season haha but needless to say it is pretty awesome to see one over there. We drove to a few spots got out and glassed them really good and did not see anything so we went to town to pick a few locals minds and then sent us over to talk to Jordan Ingersol. He glaucously took us out and showed us spots where he know there to be pronghorn in the past week and alas we did not see anything it was kinda sickening knowing they were there and we just could not find them dang things ohh well there is always next time. I have to thank Gary for going over with me I had a blast thanks for taking your truck over it saved us a lot of walking. This was the best season I have ever hunt even if I came home empty handed I seen more deer and elk then I have seen anyplace I am pumped and ready to go for Deer season bring it on! Also thank you to everyone on ifish who kicked down some info to me you all made it a lot easier thank you! This is what Ifish is all about Ohh Does anyone know the recipe for Tag Soup cause this is one expensive piece of paper I have sitting here! Hahah rp

Sunday, August 13, 2006

opening weekend report

Well this is the story of my first pronghorn hunt sorry it is kinda long.

FRIDAY- the day before the season opens and we arrive at camp around 5pm set up camp and ate and went out scouting for pronghorn. Not a mile from camp standing not 50 yards off the road was one of the biggest pronghorn I have ever seen talk about goose bumps it was going to be a long sleepless night this big boy would have got 16 inches at least if not more. So we move on to the ridge I had scouted before and spotted a few other herd. We retired to bed about 10pm.

SATURDAY (opening morning)- We started out day not two miles from camp in a small saddle just north of where we seen the big boy the day before hoping with all the action of the morning he would head through the saddle into the heavy timber. Well about 20 minutes after sun up we spot the pronghorn coming across the sage flat a long ways off on private land headed our way in the saddle as we had hoped in between him and us is about three miles of sage and the main road. Well this is the part that makes me sick we see a blue suburban SUV stop in the road a guy in a white tee shirt gets out and takes and off hand pop shot at the pronghorn buck from about 400 yards spooking this big boy the other way in to timber and more land we had no access to. Needless to say this tool shot from the road using his truck as a gun rest shooting onto private land very well posted no hunting I was so mad we did report him to the ranger so I hope he gets busted and if you read this I hope you feel ashamed ( I cant see and Ifisher doing this) so after this we moved on to an area of timber referred to me from and good friend and did not see much of anything a lot of tracks but no pronghorn. We drove up a small road a long was back into the middle of freaking no place up to a ridge and got out and glassed at this point I wanted to cut cross country back to another place I had scouted so off I went on what will know be know as the longest hike of my life while not lost at all there was a lot of un scene things between me and my designated end I will only tell you of a few there are a lot of rocks under them sage flats lots of rocks and things that like to move your legs in ways God has not intended them to go. That is not a problem for me. Another thing in which I came prepared for but not wanting to meet up with was rattle snakes them dang things are everywhere and are hard to spot till they want to let you know they are there I ended up shooting a few of them that came a little to close for comfort and well they were in my way of where I needed to go. The last thing was a very deep ravine I had not seen on the map needless to say one way down and one may up or ad another three miles to my already to long of a hike so down I went seen a few more rattlers along the way down the rocky hill side but they were out of my way so no need to shoot them they were no worry to me. I made it down then back up which was no east task for my fat but for those that don’t know me I am a big boy tipping the scale at 340 or so. Needless to say it took me longer to get up then get down. The best part of the clime was as I crested out over the rock ledge there was one of the biggest mule deer bucks I have ever seen 4x4 and a spread twice the width of his ears he just stood there looking at me like where the heck did you come from and what are you. He was less then 30 yards from me and was not one bit scared of me. It was awesome and something I will remember the rest of my life he finally hoped off happy as a clam. So I made my way across the platue on top and back down the other side seen a really old grave stone and back to the road where my uncle picked me up.
AFTER LUNCH opening day there was not much to say after the mornings 8 mile hike I did not feel like much more hiking so we drove to a few places where I has seen herds before but they were no place to be seen there seemed to be hunters everyplace. We stopped buy the store in Paulina to get some gas and a soda and spoke with a few hunters there one local guy had gotten one of the most unique pronghorn horns I had ever seen he called them Wyoming flat top they went out and were super flat truly and awesome trophy. We drove back into an area and drove up a road we had not bee up before and from the looks of the dirt on the road no other hunter had been up since the last good rain storm. We got to the end of the road and spooked a pronghorn buck and he took off before I could get where I could get a shot at him but we had out place to start in the morning. Off to bed back at it again in the morning.

SUNDAY Day Two- we started the day where we left off in the same meadow we had jumped that back out off the night before we did not see nothing after about 3 hours of glassing and checking the hills around there we moved on back to pack up camp and go out for another drive into and area we had not tried before. We ran into some people my uncle new in Prinevile spoke to them about where we should go now so off we went through some very back roads that took us from Pauline valley all the way to the south side of big summit prairie. We did not see any pronghorn it was like a ghost town and kinda strange we got out and walked into a few places and still nothing so once we made it back to the big summit area we called it a day it was 4pm and I was dead tired after two three long days. Over 12 miles hiked and no meat in the freezer I was ready to go home.

I will be back next Saturday for one more day

Things I learned on this hunt were, Pronghorn love private land we saw several great herd all on ranch land, Also I can hike like a pro who knew this fat man could cross country it for 8 miles, The ochoco’s have more deer then you can shake a stick at I have never seen so many deer in my life my God it is amazing, And lastly pronghorn while be it are a highly visible animal are not easily hunter but I will keep trying you got my grantee till next time Rp

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Scouting Sat. 7/15/06

It was not a very eventful day of scouting lots of deer and a yote. and onyl a few pronghorn one herd I could not get a good look at cause of some tree's another was just a momma and her baby. We scouted an area that looks very promising with lots of sign and a lot of sage flats. I will defiantly be hunting this area when the season starts. Till next time rp

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sighted in

We Sunday Don and I went out to the range and sighted in 4 inches high at 100 yards that should put me in the kill zone on a pronghorn out to 400 yards I am getting more and more excited as time passes this weekend I will be going over to scout yet another place a report will be fallowing rp

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pronghorn Scouting Report

We Saturday Don and I drove over and met up with my uncle randy and went scouting right off the bad the Ochoco unit is full of deer I have not seen so many deer in my life wow it is awesome. Any way once we got past Paulina we seen a herd of about 5 on some privet land we drove on some more and found a small herd of 3 doe's just at the top of the hill so this is once place we will look into more we drove on for hours and did not see a lone pronghorn for a while just as we dropped out of the timber into the sage flats we seen a lone buck out about 200 yards it looked to be a nice but. The weekend of the 15th I am going to scout this area more as it looked very promising.
We checked out the Peterson point area and did not see a pronghorn it does look like great deer and elk country through. Maybe some other year. We got into the big summit meadow area and spotted a herd about a mile off the road in a big sage brush meadow it was my turn to have some fun I had Randy park the truck and I put the sneak on I went up a dry creek bed and popped up about 500 yards from the herd at that point I could see two nice bucks so I went from tree to tree till I got within 200 yards of the herd it was awesome if I can repeat this during the season I will have my pronghorn dead at my feet will have to wait to see. I think the pronghorn can read the synopsis and know when the season starts who knows Aug. 12 could roll around and I will not see another animal at this point it is all up to God. Well till next time Rp

Friday, June 30, 2006

Pronghorn Hunt VII

So Saturday we are going to drive over and do some scouting I have gathered all my info and now it is time to see if I can find some Pronghorn. We will be leaving Dons house early I plan on getting off work at 3:30am or so due to me having to come and spend two hours in a meeting during the day today so I have some extra time to pull out a little early I plan on picking up Don and then going right over the mountain to my Uncle Randy’s and we will poor over the maps and make a game plan no where to go for the day. There is a lot more to this pronghorn hunting then I had planed Will I be up for the challenge I hope so only time in the hills will tell. I trust the Lord will give me a great hunt. Well that’s it for now hopefully next time I will have some pics to show of out trip and a report. rp

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pronghorn Hunt VI

Well this week is going to be drag on Saturday morning we are going to drive over to do a little Yote hunting and some scouting this will be the first time I have had the chance to hunt with my uncle Randy. I am still waiting to hear back from the BLM Bio over in Prineville I am going to call again in the morning to try and reach him. Pics from our scouting trip will be added once we get back. rp

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Pronghorn Hunt V

Wow Great news My uncle Randy that lives over in Prineville is going to be going out for the season with me he does not have a tag but did draw an elk tag for that unit later in the year so he is going to go out with me and hunt and do a little scouting for himself the nice this is going to be he is going to be taking his camper over with us so I will not have to sleep on the ground that is nice.
As for stuff for the hunt, I am still waiting to hear back from the Bio’s and I think I found a meat cutter in Prineville that is supposed to be good and it will be nice to get the Pronghorn in the cooler ASAP to preserve the quality of the meat. That is all that has come forth for the day till tomorrow rp

Friday, June 23, 2006

Pronghorn hunt IIII

I know what else can I ramble on about tonight is a slow night so I thought I might just ramble on a little more about this book I purchased to help with Land navigation it is published by the Serria Club while I do not agree with a lot of there stances in life they do make a good book. it breaks it down into a simple term that makes even an idiot like me understand it. I wish it would deluge more into Declination due to living in Oregon and having such a difference from what I understand it is something like 15% difference between actual north and Magnetic north in the area I plan to hunt. it will defiantly be great to get out and put the things i have learned to work. I think I am going to get the exact declination for the area I am in and grid it out on to the map so as I do not have to be in the woods and have to do math cause if any of you know me from school that is not going to happen hahaha. Well I am off to do some work I know shocking later rp

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pronghorn Hunt III

This is my third post on this thing and I just wanted to give you all an update for the day. I have a great Map book that has the entire state and every little fire road and dirt road in the state. it is not a topographical map I will be getting them in the weeks to come but it gives me a good idea of the area and all the springs and creeks which will very important in the month of August. With every day that goes by I get more and more nervous to see what this season will produce. that’s it for now have a good day. rp

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pronghorn Hunt II

Wow what a night at work and I still have two hours to go. It looks to be calming down and I have been reading a Book to help me learn to Navigate by Map and compass In all my years in the woods and on the river I have never used a Map and Compass together and heck I did not know where to start. The book (Land Navigation Handbook) is pretty cool it gets confusing on a few occasions but that’s expected when I am dealing with something I have never even dealt with. I think the biggest thing that will help me is to get out and practice what I have learned. I am hoping to take Daniel to the park today and we can practice a little bit of what I have learned. I have been in contact with a Fellow Ifish member that is going to get me some maps of the area I plan on hunting for Pronghorn it is east of Prineville in an area called Big Summit Meadows. I also plan on looking into a few other places in the next few weeks. As from what hear it gets pretty crowded in the big summit area. My goal is to at least make it over to scout at least three times before the season starts. But that all depends on Joyce and my Finial situation as money can get tight and having to pick up odds and ends for the hunt money may be tight. Only Time and pay checks will tell. Well that’s enough for now till next time God Bless rp

The Pronghorn Hunt I

Well as of the 16th of June I was informed I drew a tag for Ochoco Unit Buck Pronghorn. This will be a new hunt for me as I have never hunter in eastern Oregon nor Have I hunted Pronghorn. Talk about excitement I can’t even sleep at night (well Day I work Graveyard). This thrill of getting to hunt Pronghorn is something that has fallowed me from the time I was 8 years old and we drive from California to Michigan We were driving through Wyoming and I saw them for the first time Big herds of them running on the hill side just begging me to hunt them. Well as of August 12 I will get my Shot this Blog will fallow my progress as I prepare for the hunt and I hope to provide pictures as we go along. Thank you for taking the time to read my Blog and let me just say more to come! rp