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Small game in Arizona

I've been blessed with a good life and better friends than I deserve. One of these friends is a very serious bird hunter from Arizona. Spent this winter house/dog sitting at his place. Also gave me the chance to hunt Gambels quail for the first time. Very different from anything I've experienced. The worst scenting conditions possible and birds that run more than rooster pheasants. Everything that grows here has nasty thorns. Dogs learn pretty quickly to avoid all vegetation! This state is not what I was expecting. We're surrounded by rugged 5000 ft. plus mountains! If I were a rabbit hunter I'd have run out of ammo along time ago. They're everywhere, both jackrabbits and cottontails!! Heading home Sunday. It's been interesting enough that we've decided to spend next winter here.
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What an opportunity! That county looks beautiful! What big game is in that area?
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I have a friend who is a bachelor who hunts birds every year in Arizona, New Mexico, N&S Dakota Idaho,Oregon and Washington. He loads up his dogs and his camper and takes off for months. He sends me pics of his dogs and the birds he takes from every state. Also a retired WCO.

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What an opportunity! That county looks beautiful! What big game is in that area?
Javelinas, deer, mountain lions, coyotes, and within 35 miles of here there can be a herd of elk feeding in the city park. I wasn't looking for big game and saw only one deer and one elk. When we leave here on Sunday we'll be heading for the Grand Canyon and passing through an area that has lots of elk so I'm sure we'll see a few then.
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I miss the desert southwest, at 62 I am considering returning to retire. I lived in 29 Palms Ca. one hour from the Arizona border and hunted right up to the border at the Colorado river, between Parker Az and Havasu. Within a mile of the house I hunted quail, jacks, cottontails. Having a young family we eat quail and cottontail a lot. Some people ate the jacks and would fill a burlap bag in an hour. With several man made lakes in the middle of the desert and being in the Pacific flyway the waterfowl hunting was unbelievable and had to limit what I took as it got tiring eating it. I trapped/hunted yotes and bobcats, they were abundant, an occasional gray and kit fox. In the mountains at the Az border we hunted chukar and very nice mule deer, saw very impressive desert bighorns! Lion presence was obvious, found cached deer kills, tracks and scat often, got one in a trap and it pulled out with a single leap yanking the jaws right out of the trap. I followed it's tracks up a dry creek bed right to my trap, was getting nervous and excited at what I might find, could just see two large imprints in the soft sand where it pushed off with its back legs, jaws were laying a couple feet apart from each other. On the Az side were coues deer and antelope.
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What brand and gauge is that good looking SXS?

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What brand and gauge is that good looking SXS?


Little known German maker Emil Bartsch. Made in Essen Suhl in 1915. 16ga.
30 inch barrels. 5 lbs 12 oz. Been my go to gun for some years but unfortunately the ribs are coming loose.
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Here's a better shot of it.
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but unfortunately the ribs are coming loose.



Yours....... or the guns ?

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Big Don,
Were snakes much of an issue during the winter months? I've thought about heading out that way for the winter a few times but when I think of Arizona I always think...snakes.
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