2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles



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2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:12:39 PM »
I think having a running post of my hunting successes and failures in one thread is probably better than a new thread every time I go out. So here we go.

I have couple pest problems I hope to severely decrease over the next year. Hopefully only the next couple months.

First off, the elusive ground squirrel. They eat my dog food, dig under my house and other structures, and wreck havoc on my garden. It was time for payback.

I set up a small bowl about 30 yards out my back window filled with bird food and peanut butter about a week ago. I let them get used to it, repeatedly filled it up, and let them get fat and happy. I'm shooting through a fence, so I cut a small hole in the fence right in the line of sight of the bowl.  Today I decided to camp out at the window while watching the football games on low.  About an hour into my stalk they showed up. Almost immediately, the smart little bugger knocked the bowl down the rock it was on and out of my field of vision. Ugh. So I went out and reset the bowl a little more sturdy and went back inside. As soon as I sat down, I saw him: Across a gulley and about 50 yards out, staring right at me. I loaded up the Hornet with the new to me RWS superdomes that I had just sighted in this morning, aimed a little high and fired.
He jumped about 3 ft in the air and down he went into some taller grass. Ran over with the gun reloaded to make sure he was down and there he lay. H/L shot right in the center of his chest. Not even a twitch after his original jump. So, since he was stealing my dogs food, dog food he became and my GSD had a tasty midday snack.

Please ignore the tent poles. Was taking it down today and ran out of time before the game.





« Last Edit: January 19, 2014, 11:16:36 PM by Austin E »
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 01:07:15 AM »
Good shootin' Austin !
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 03:13:30 AM »
That's a healthy'un.  Good shootin there Tex.  I would love to have your backyard.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 07:29:05 AM »
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 10:26:32 AM »
Wow, 50 yards out, that's a shot to be proud of for sure, congrats on some fine shooting.   The pics are great as well.... thanks for sharing the hunt with us  :)

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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 11:24:28 AM »
Very impressive shot.  50 yards is beyond my comfort zone.
Your area certainly does look DRY!
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 12:57:14 PM »
Very impressive shot.  50 yards is beyond my comfort zone.
Your area certainly does look DRY!

2013 was actually the driest year ever recorded for my County. Maybe the whole state? I keep the gravel as a fire break, and only keep my yard and garden on the sides/front of the house. The whole state is praying for rain as it hasn't rained but twice or three times since April.

I have three targets out past the fence I shoot every day. 35yrds, 50, and 75. I only hit the 75 about once every 5 shots, so I'm not going to be making that shot with either of my current guns, but on a down pillow from my window I can't hit the other two pretty much every time, right where I aim, so I took it.

(I may have been frustrated at the Pat's losing and needing to take out my anger on someone, as well.)



While out hunting the back side of the mountain behind my house last night with my kid brother, we heard a coyote howl. Being the funny 13 year old kid that he is, he howled back. Apparently he is good at it because an entire pack started howling back to him every time he did it. I was headed for a little forested area in search of rabbit but changed my mind as that's where the yotes were. We only did see one rabbit and he disappeared into his hole quick but it was a fun hike nonetheless.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 10:07:23 PM »
Took the time to drive up the hill to my Grandma's property today. It's old horse land up in Hesperia, which is the upper desert. We're getting towards the end of quail season so I wanted to head up there while I had the chance.

After wondering tirelessly over hills and valleys, around cactus and cow pies in the 82 degree heat, we eventually heard some calling at the bottom of the hill on her property. As we slowly stalked closer I spotted the covey about 50 yards up a near straight incline. My brother and I started climbing up, and after about half an hour of intense climbing we spotted them. Being out of breath and exhausted, we were both shaking. After taking a minute to calm ourselves: I gave my brother the hornet loaded with a superdome, and let him use my shoulder as a steady. He calmed his breathing, waited and waited some more. All of a sudden a quail peaked over the rock they were behind about 15 yards up. He gently pulled the trigger and I saw it was a direct hit. The quail immediately started tumbling and we stopped it at our feet. The rest of the covey then took off further up the hill, and after quickly debating, we decided we were too tired to give chase. Being happy with what we'd accomplished, and happier still that he'd got a bird, we attempted the wicked climb back down. Unfortunately, we ended up sliding, scraping and bumping our way down the hill, but we made it--albeit with a fair bit of scrapes to show for it. I breasted the bird, threw it on ice, and headed home for the night. We just got home now. It was a good day and a great day to end the weekend with my brother.




I'm pretty happy with the damage these super domes have done to the 2 victims I've taken with them.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2014, 10:16:22 PM by Austin E »
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 01:28:42 AM »
Great way to spend the day.  And good on you for taking your brother out.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 11:53:48 AM »
Great job on the hunt. When I lived in Oklahoma I loved hunting the quail that would pass through my yard in the morning.
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 12:33:09 PM »
Not exactly a hunting story, but it very well may turn into one.

Last night, I let my families little Yorkie (Annie-3.5lbs) out at about 10 o'clock. She immediately runs towards the back fence and starts barking. My GSD (June) was already inside with my brother for the night sleeping so it was just her.
I got curious so I grabbed the flashlight and ran out after her. What do I see as I get closer, but a Bobcat staring at her from the outside of the fence. As I shined the light on it, it hissed at me, but just continued staring at my little dog. Hmm. I quickly scooped up Annie and made a retreat towards the house.

This is not the first time I've seen her. As she lives in the field/mountain behind my house, and I've seen it watching us while we hunted a couple times. This is the very first time I've seen it come so close to the house, though. I did not particularly like the way it was staring at my sisters dog. I am not sure what I want to do with it. I have enjoyed it's company up until now, and have enjoyed seeing it periodically in the area. But I can't have it eating Annie.

About 2 years ago my neighbor had one of his dogs taken by a cougar that lives on the Mt. I really don't want to repeat that story.

I think I'll give it a pass as long as I don't see it near the house in the day, as both dogs sleep inside and the only time in the day that Annie is outside, June is out with her. I really don't think it would try something with the big German Shepherd out, what do you guys think// what would you do?
« Last Edit: January 21, 2014, 12:34:51 PM by Austin E »
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 02:35:20 PM »
The issue is the Bobcat now knows there is a small meal to be had in your yard when times get hard. I had a similar issue where a few Foxes had been seen scouting out our chicken coop. They would get braver and braver and their tracks got closer every week till finally I saw one trying to dig under the fence to get to the chickens. The chickens are 15 feet from our house in a secured coop so I was okay with their curiosity till the digging started to happen.

My opinion is you better not let the little dog out alone and even then you better keep a close eye on it. A Bobcat is a very sneaky animal and could have that dog in it's teeth before you even realized it. I would give it a pass this time but the next time it's scoping out the pup I would start my plan of attack. 
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2014, 01:52:49 AM »
Not exactly a hunting story, but it very well may turn into one.

Last night, I let my families little Yorkie (Annie-3.5lbs) out at about 10 o'clock. She immediately runs towards the back fence and starts barking. My GSD (June) was already inside with my brother for the night sleeping so it was just her.
I got curious so I grabbed the flashlight and ran out after her. What do I see as I get closer, but a Bobcat staring at her from the outside of the fence. As I shined the light on it, it hissed at me, but just continued staring at my little dog. Hmm. I quickly scooped up Annie and made a retreat towards the house.

This is not the first time I've seen her. As she lives in the field/mountain behind my house, and I've seen it watching us while we hunted a couple times. This is the very first time I've seen it come so close to the house, though. I did not particularly like the way it was staring at my sisters dog. I am not sure what I want to do with it. I have enjoyed it's company up until now, and have enjoyed seeing it periodically in the area. But I can't have it eating Annie.

About 2 years ago my neighbor had one of his dogs taken by a cougar that lives on the Mt. I really don't want to repeat that story.

I think I'll give it a pass as long as I don't see it near the house in the day, as both dogs sleep inside and the only time in the day that Annie is outside, June is out with her. I really don't think it would try something with the big German Shepherd out, what do you guys think// what would you do?
Get a bobcat tag asap. They are trying to get rid of bobcat hunting all together here in this confused state. A wounded rabbit mouth call will bring her in and you will have a beautiful pelt to display.
Or pm me I'm about 3 hours away and I have a tag ;)
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014, 01:56:11 AM »
I called fish and game yesterday. They told me if I saw it again to feel free and shoot it. I guess mine wasn't the first report from the area of it going after pets or actually having pets disappear. Time to find a good rabbit call and make sure the .22lr is sighted in well.
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2014, 07:12:00 AM »
I'm really enjoying these chronicles and looking forward to more. All the more interesting when someone else's landscape and opportunities are different from mine.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2014, 10:59:01 AM »
I'm really enjoying these chronicles and looking forward to more. All the more interesting when someone else's landscape and opportunities are different from mine.

Thanks! Hopefully I'll be able to get out this afternoon after work, or at least this weekend and get some more birds.


I'm seriously wishing I had a big FPE gun for coyotes and the bobcat. I'm watching craigslist hoping I can find a killer deal for a non wallet killing price on something I could use to reliably take down yotes and other predators at 20 yards out my back window.

Also, as I am going to be baiting for this bobcat now, I've setup a couple more ding dongers, to make sure I don't miss it. Here's to crossing my fingers that the local cougar doesn't show up, instead.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2014, 04:29:24 PM »
   Austin, throw $240 Mike's way and get the XS60c PCP package in .22.   Then tune it for max with 20gr + heavies, you may only have a 10 shot string....but that should be 9 more than needed. ;D ;D ;D
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2014, 04:36:17 PM »
   Austin, throw $240 Mike's way and get the XS60c PCP package in .22.   Then tune it for max with 20gr + heavies, you may only have a 10 shot string....but that should be 9 more than needed. ;D ;D ;D

I just stumbled upon a .20 R1 for a price I could not pass on craigslist this morning. So buying another gun right now is definitely out of the question. Maybe next month I can swing the pcp. 3 guns in a month, + a scope and mount is probably plenty for this month.
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2014, 04:42:23 PM »
.20 R1 :o :o :o  Nice Score:D
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Re: 2014 Desert Hunting Chronicles
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2014, 12:16:36 AM »
I have run some test with shooting through a fresh bobcat skull and doing it with a .177 doing 12 FPE penetrated the skull pretty deap at 20 yards. The skull it self is not very thick but getting the right shot the first time is mandatory if using a .177, but if using a .22 or larger you have a little more room for error.
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