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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