Nor-Cal Success

chiefgobbler

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Jun 26, 2011
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Central California
At 66 years of age with a knee replacement on the horizon I decided to use my California points on a Likely Tables Antelope hunt and an X5B Deer hunt.

A good friend and I drew the Antelope together, however; due to a detached retina he had to cancel at the last minute. I opted to hunt solo. In 5 days of scouting I had not found a lot of goats and nothing of any size. The season opened with the sky obscured by smoke and very warm conditions. I was finding a few animals but not a ton. This is super rough country with a ton of volcanic rock which is hard to travel in. I went to another part of the unit where there were no hunters and ended up taking an average buck who had a group of 13 does. The highlight was using my Pre-64 Model 70 .30-06 given to me by my father.

Another close friend and a fellow retired firefighter and I drew the X5B tag together. We opted to use a guide for this hunt. I have only done a couple of guided trips in my hunting career and this was the first for Mule Deer. In retrospect it was a wise choice. We saw bucks each day but no giants. I ended up taking a very tall 4x4 and my buddy a nice 4x3.

The one piece of advice based on this years scouting and my hunts for anyone applying in California for Antelope. Apply for the Lassen unit. The X5B tag is in the Lassen unit and I saw far more animals and a few awesome bucks during the Deer hunt.2898128982289832898428985289862898728988
 

JimP

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Great job, those are some nice animals.

Any story on that trap? It looks like a very heavy drag chain for a predictor
 

chiefgobbler

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Jun 26, 2011
172
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Central California
Great job, those are some nice animals.

Any story on that trap? It looks like a very heavy drag chain for a predictor
It was very heavy. Found it while heading cross country on a stalk. The part that was designed to be an anchor had been sharpened (I found out the hard way) to dig into the brush or the ground I think. Thought it was a cool find. Hanging on the wall near some mounts now.
 
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LCH

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Jun 28, 2015
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Neat looking country and some fine animals!

I've only hunted B-Zone, that definitely is some different terrain than where I was!