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Desert Quality
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:04:22 AM »
After 13 years I have finally drew a Desert tag.   

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 08:14:20 AM »
I drew also. Which season?

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 08:30:13 AM »
First season, Oct. 21 thru the 29th.

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2017, 08:38:46 AM »
Congrats looking forward to seeing a nice buck

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 08:48:32 AM »
Watch for snakes

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 09:25:38 AM »
Nice. I drew the early archery tag. Any other members on here draw the early archery?

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2017, 10:01:27 AM »
Nice. I drew the early archery tag. Any other members on here draw the early archery?
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2017, 10:41:53 AM »
Congrats on your tag.  My mind instantly thought oxymoron when I saw the title of the thread though.    I'm hoping you can connect.  Quality has really bit the dust out there.
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2017, 11:31:32 AM »
Congrats. Drew the second deer tag for december
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2017, 11:35:32 AM »
My brother also drew the tag, early season archery.  I will be out there scouting and hitting the opening week with him.

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2017, 12:03:51 PM »
Good luck. My son and I drew the permits for the early archery hunt the first year they were offered. Bring loads of water. That early archery season is way too early and hot for hunting in that area. Maybe by the end of the season it might cool down some as the season seems to be longer than it used to be. You might as well be walking around in hell. High heat and a zillion bugs. No snakes though, no rocks for them, just sand. We hunted hard but only got close enough for one shot on a small buck. I talked my son out of taking the shot. There are some big bucks in there but they can see you coming for a mile and are not very active if at all during the day. Hunt close to the crops fields and you might catch them on the move early morn or evening.

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 03:17:25 PM »
Good luck. My son and I drew the permits for the early archery hunt the first year they were offered. Bring loads of water. That early archery season is way too early and hot for hunting in that area. Maybe by the end of the season it might cool down some as the season seems to be longer than it used to be. You might as well be walking around in hell. High heat and a zillion bugs. No snakes though, no rocks for them, just sand. We hunted hard but only got close enough for one shot on a small buck. I talked my son out of taking the shot. There are some big bucks in there but they can see you coming for a mile and are not very active if at all during the day. Hunt close to the crops fields and you might catch them on the move early morn or evening.

You must've got lucky - there are plenty of snakes there, especially near the water.   :yike:
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 03:20:28 PM »
My good buddy drew the late October Desert tag this year.


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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 05:14:26 PM »
Good tag for a average buck  No snakes  I have walked from C road to A , from C road to Dodson and all over and between
never seen a snake   Don't over look the little pockets of sage land  by a corn field  They love hanging in the corn 
 

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 06:48:42 PM »
Game dept biologist told me no snakes in the Desert Unit when I hunted it in the first permit hunt many years ago. I never did see any and I have never seen any for many other hunting activities during warm periods in that unit. Their explanation was the lack of rocky areas. The unit is mostly sand and swampland.

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2017, 03:51:07 PM »
I also got lucky and drew the first season rifle tag! There is still some quality bucks in the unit! And with the above average rain this spring plenty of feed for horn growth

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2017, 11:41:15 AM »
I drew it a few years back with the late archery and do a lot of goose hunting up there.  For you guys with the early archery tag.  It is crucial and I mean Crucial to find a buck that is not by a wheat field, sunflower field and field holding doves.  The dove hunters come out of the woodworks (me being one) and will scare that buck you have been watching deep into the sage.  Dove season opens on the 1st of September. 

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2017, 11:59:48 AM »
Nice shot what are you doing in the woodworks I thought it was the desert? :chuckle:

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2017, 10:25:41 PM »
Guess you are helping the hunters then. Getting them out of the Russian olives

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2017, 10:34:50 AM »
Oh trust me where we hunt it is not going to affect anyone hunting deer unless your one of the privileged ones that get to hunt on this farmers land and I'm about 99.9% sure no one on here does. 

I would never screw someone trying to kill a deer over a stupid dove. 

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2017, 02:01:05 PM »
Good luck. My son and I drew the permits for the early archery hunt the first year they were offered. Bring loads of water. That early archery season is way too early and hot for hunting in that area. Maybe by the end of the season it might cool down some as the season seems to be longer than it used to be. You might as well be walking around in hell. High heat and a zillion bugs. No snakes though, no rocks for them, just sand. We hunted hard but only got close enough for one shot on a small buck. I talked my son out of taking the shot. There are some big bucks in there but they can see you coming for a mile and are not very active if at all during the day. Hunt close to the crops fields and you might catch them on the move early morn or evening.

I love the early archery season and the heat.  They lay up in the shadows and give great opportunity to put on a stalk.  Late archery is noisy with frozen ground and rutted up bucks moving at mach 1 while chasing does.
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2017, 10:39:19 PM »
Well from what I have seen in the past the deer hunting gets better when they come out of the Russians olives!

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2017, 05:03:26 AM »
Are there Russians there too as there is a ton of them over by Banks Lake

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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2017, 01:53:30 PM »
early archery you want to stay close to the water.. some solid bucks out there this year.. become friends with someone that has a boat is all i can say..  :tup:
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Re: Desert Quality
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 10:41:02 AM »
I will be scouting august 5th in the evening and the 6th early morning. Staying at Mar Don. If anyone wants to join me with the scouting let me know.

 

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