California Dreaming…

June 5, 2012

Dreaming of getting back down to Texas, that is…

Yeah, I’m not gonna sit and whine (too much) about being back in CA.  I’ve done that enough. 

I wouldn’t mind having some time to get out and enjoy some of the parts of the Golden State that I actually like, but that’s just not happening.   Too much work, and a lot of packing to do.  I’m down to the home stretch on this move, and there’s a lot that needs to happen.

Nevertheless, I did remember to get my big game tag applications in this year.  Did you?  The deadline was Saturday.  I expect to end up with points, but I did apply for the G3 deer hunt and Grizzly Island elk.  Who knows? 

I was really hoping to make an elk hunt in CO this year, but it looks like I may need to put that off a little longer.  Still holding open the option of an archery hunt, though, since that’s an over-the-counter tag and I can do it at the last minute if I have to.  I’m pretty eager to get back to some serious hunting.  It’s been way too long.

I know it’s only June, but most states’ draw deadlines have passed or are passing.  What are you folks putting in for this year?


8 Responses to “California Dreaming…”

  1. David on June 5th, 2012 10:08

    I put in for X7a, X7b and D3-5 as my last resort.

    My youngest daughter is still a junior hunter so she put in for the either sex tags in X7a, X7b and D3. I know she will get one of those and I will be guiding her again.

    She and I also put in separately for the spike bull Tule Elk at Grizzly. I did it based on the odds, thinking I have a better shot.

    I think I get more enjoyment from guiding the kids in our group than hunting myself. Serra, my daughter, is the last kid in our group that is still a junior hunter. I have enjoyed guiding, teching and helping all the kids over the years and I am quickly realizing that this precious and special time is coming to an end soon.

  2. J.R. Young on June 5th, 2012 11:19

    Grizzly Island is all me this year, with 3 points it’s in the bag.

  3. shotgunner on June 5th, 2012 11:53

    @shotgunner is hoping for an airgunner safari in Texas this fall.

    Acorn fed pigs harvested under the oaks cooked over some mesquite sounds delicious.

    Still awaiting optics for my DAQ 458 Outlaw. Dang.

  4. Holly Heyser on June 5th, 2012 12:14

    I didn’t bother. Probably can’t swing any hunt I’d get, and I have a lot of other stuff making demands on my cash at the moment. 🙁

  5. Jean on June 5th, 2012 13:10

    I put in for G8 for deer with G19 and the A zone as my 2nd & likely actual choice.

    For elk I put in for Cache Creek antlerless because I can’t eat the antlers. Also, there was a mess-up in the San Luis tags. This year, archery is the only method of take due to a flaw in the regs. I ain’t no archer. Normally, this is where I put in my max points as I got myself set up with copper shotgun slugs. Hopefully, Fish & Game will fix their boo-boo.

    I don’t know how much I will be allowed out of my cage to hunt, but at least I did get the gun rack set up on the bicycle

  6. Neil on June 5th, 2012 22:06

    I didn’t think I’d have time to go and scout anywhere fancy even if I drew the elusive X, and was about to go point-only with an A zone for my second… and thought “what the heck”, and put in for a G39 first choice. Only 378 to 1 odds, and someone wins the lottery, right?

    Anyway, after I get that second choice A zone tag, I’ll wait and see if I do any good, and either get another if I connect early or do some late season hunt in C or B.

    Point only antelope, low probability Pillsbury Bull Elk to earn points. One entry in each of the raffles. Hope springs eternal.

    Starting to think outside the state. An Elk tag in California, either bull or cow, is now $400 for a resident. I can get an over the counter cow tag in Utah for $280. Maybe this year or next. Hopefully. OK, next.

  7. Phillip on June 6th, 2012 08:18

    I hear ya about not having time to scout new hot spots, Neil. That’s part of why I just put in for G3. Odds of getting drawn are crazy slim, but if I do, miraculously, get the tag, I’ve got a handful of friends who can help with some direction. But right now, I’m happy with the point. Too much going on with the move to focus on a special CA hunt.

    Jean, I’d been thinking about that San Luis hunt too… although I’d be happy to do it with bow. I decided to go with Grizzly, partly because I know I’ll probably not get drawn. If I do, it’ll be a relatively short meat-hunt (I hope) with the .325wsm.

    Holly, I hope you at least put in for your points. That could pay off over time, when you finally do have a break during the season.

    Scott, I’ll be doing that Texas hunt myself, along with any special CA hunts I get drawn for. Can’t wait to see the finished 458. That should be one heck of a hog killer.

    JR, I love that confidence. But hey, it could happen!

    And finally, David… I know what you mean about the joy of guiding the youngsters. I get the same feeling, even with adult hunters… but there is something really special about leading a youngster to success.

  8. Neil on June 7th, 2012 20:25

    I got my envelope from the organic free-range meat co-op today, otherwise known as DFG. Alas, when I opened it just had my license, validations and pig tag.