A short post. After the hunt

I returned last night from my five day elk hunt. My two friends, both started hunting at my suggestion, and I had an incredible experience. I will write up the full story later. However, I will say we were successful in brinin home more than 400 pounds of natural organic grass fed meat for our families. That is why we hunt. Our trophy is the memories we create and the meals we make for friends and family. Perhaps a little “venison diplomacy” will bring those opposed to hunting and those who hunt a little closer together?

More to come when I have additional time to write up the story.  
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The hunt begins today 

We’ve found our way into the elk unit.  It’s a few hours before dawn and we are getting ready to head out into the woods. 
I’m excited and my two buddies are both excited and nervous. This group of adult onset hunters are ready to find a few elk and provide high quality organic protein for our families. 
This should be a completely self guided and public lands hunt.  Look for updates as the hunt progresses and a few new podcasts. 

Final preparations 

I’m headed into the elk woods for the first time in two years. The last time I had a tag I was successful in bringing home hundreds of pounds of free range organic meat to my family. I pray I am successful again. 
This trip I’m not going solo but with two friends of mine who each have their own tag. The difference is neither of them have hunted elk before. So the three of us, all adult onset hunters, are ready for the opportunity to bring dinner home to our families. 
Wish us luck. 

Another season of fun

I was lucky enough to draw s sandhill crane tag for Arizona this fall. Last season my daughter and I had a great time hunting together. I’m really looking forward to hunting with her again. She is equally excited to get back out there and start calling in the crane. She’s really good for an 11 year old. 
This year we were drawn for the weekend after thanksgiving and it couldn’t have worked out better. Now I need to acquire those decoys she wants us to have. (Yeah she picked them out)

Take your kids hunting. Even if you’re not successful in the hunt you will be successful in building your relationship with them. For me the hunt is secondary to being able to spend quality time with my oldest child. 
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Down to the wire. 

I’m headed to elk country in just under two weeks for a trip we have been planning since April. My buddies and I are in the final preparations gathering all of our gear, exploring the onXmaps, getting a place to camp secured, and finalizing meals. Neither of my buddies have been elk hunting before and are both intimidated by the prospect of the work that comes after the shot. I’m less concerned as I’ve done this before, but keeping by them relaxed is a process. We’re going to a unit in Arizona that is larger than some eastern states and has low density elk populations. I’ve hunted there before, and never saw an elk. 

Recently my personal preparations have been put on hold so I can spend that time coaching a great group of girls volleyball. Most of my team had never played before this season. We’re half way through and they are 2-2. I’m very proud of them. 

That’s okay it was a guaranteed tag so it was go hunting or sit at home. I know I made the best choice. So we’re off to units 2A and 2C and will put in the time to find a small herd of elk and hope to bring home several hundred pounds of lean organic grass fed wild protein back to our families. The challenge will be finding them on public land in the checkerboard area up there. 
If we’re really lucky we will see one of the reintroduced Mexican grey wolves. 
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Dove season

The long summer of getting ready for hunting season to begin is nearly over. Tomorrow is opening day of dove season in many states across the country. I would be more excited if I had the opportunity to go out. My plans were thwarted by an all day in service training. 
So I hope to make it out another day this weekend. The countdown continues as I enter the final month of preparation for my elk hunt this fall. Time off from work is approved, the camping area is picked, the tag is in hand, just final details are all that’s left. 
The elk hunt, this fall, is far more important than any of my previous hunts because I am taking out two friends who are new to hunting. The prospect of helping them provide organic free range healthy protein to their families is amazing. Of course the hardest part is yet to come. Can we find a herd in an area that has historically low numbers? While there can we avoid the wolf reintroduction project in that same area? Time will tell. 
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Eclipse 

I had the greatest plan to share the solar eclipse with the 1300 students at the school I teach at. I had acquired several ways to display the eclipse safely. However, I was informed today all students must remain inside for their safety. We will be able to watch the live stream from NASA. 
As a science teacher I’m a little disappointed in the decision made by officials at the district level. With that I guess I’ll fire up the projector and watch the life stream. 

fast approaching 

Today is one of those crazy days for me. I want to be out scouting or sighting in my rifle to make sure everything is ready for my elk hunt in a few months. However, school starts in two days, just 48 hours, and I have a ton left todo. Tonight is back to school night and many of my new crop of students will be coming and will be excited for a year in fourth grade. 

Honestly, I too am excited for a great year filled with possibilities. I will be a basketball coach and a club sponsor. I have not done both of those in the same year so this will be a unique year. 
The board is almost ready to welcome my new crop of campers into my class. Now the anticipation begins in earnest. Wish me luck. 

Crabs in the water

Last night my wife and I were walking along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. We saw a few fish jump and then ran into a little blue crab. I have never seen a crab in the bay so I thought it was really fun to see one scurrying around the bottom. 

Not too easy to see as it was dark. The fun things you can see after dark.  Just another day in the life of this adult onset hunter.