The current tires are a 6 ply. The tire shop has an 8 ply that's priced reasonably. I'll probably change out next spring.When I bought my camper I took it to a buddy with a tire shop and he recommended some tires and to replace all 4 I did a lot of miles on those tires for 5 years with no problems. The new trailer I haven’t upgraded the tires yet because I can’t go anywhere but I will when I start travelling again.
I picked up and moved to a new area on Monday, so yesterday was my first day to hunt it this year. I started in the bottom, hiked to the end of the drainage trying to get a response. I'd planned on finding elk here, hunting, then hiking back out the same way. Since I didn't,I decided to hike to the top and hike a trail across the top that would being me back down past my truck then hike the road to my truck. I would call off into the opposite side.
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I didn't really look at the distance until this morning and it measures out to 10.4 miles with about a mile of it being my sidetrack for elk. Most of the 10 mile loop is decent trail but steep in some places. Some of it was old horse trail turned to game trail that's been blown in. In other words, it was a long hike. If not for hearing the bull at 11:50 and spending the afternoon on him, I'd have been at the truck by 2 o'clock. Instead, I got to the truck at 10 PM.
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At 11:50 AM, I got a response from a bull in this hole. "Well damn." You can't walk away from a bull that willingly bugles from his bed. It's hard to tell in the photo but it was between 800 to 1000 feet drop to the bull.
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I dropped part way to him hoping that he was lonely or wanting a fight. He wasn't budging so I got closer and only used cow calls. I could not get close enough that I thought bugles would bring him in and he seemed to like the cow talk. Here are a few lazy bugles from him when I was still above him. The cow sounds are really loud since I'm holding the phone and recording.
I eventually dropped down even with him and stayed on top of my ridge. The face that was directly across was too open and the wind was all over the place. It was apparently not getting to him because he didn't budge all afternoon. He'd occasionally bugle on his own and I'd remind him that I was there every half hour or so. Occasionally he'd hit back with a really throaty bugle that I wish I'd recorded. There was the occasionally squeally bugle that always seemed a little farther left so I assumed there was a young bull in there somewhere too
I think he got on his feet between 5:30 and 6 and I kept drifting lower on my ridge trying to avoid the shifting thermals. He was within 175 yards and would really get going at times. Around 7, I decided to move as low as possible to his left and come up under him, but I think a cow spotted me and moved them up the drainage some. The never ran and I'd occasionally hear him make some noise but the bugles were over. While trying to decide what to do a bull showed up to my left at 45 yards and raked a tree for a second then started moving father left downwind. He was a young bull but I'd have zipped an arrow through without hesitation but it was too thick where he came in and he eventually winded me and ran back towards the herd.
That more or less ended the hunt and the next 2.5 hours was spent climbing out of the hole and hiking the trail in the dark. Long day to end that way, but still a pretty good afternoon.
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You know, I've not hunted the last couple of days and probably should be. It's not been the same this season. I'm afraid I'm losing my drive to do it, at least as hard as I used to go. I don't really understand that because I was really looking forward to it.Just got to catch up on your thread been out camping and kayaking for a week ! Man you are having some fun.
I can relate . A few years ago I felt like I was losing my edge and didn't even put up stands until a week before the season started ! If you want a cure just get shut out of most of the hunting access you have and basically not be able to go for 2 years !You know, I've not hunted the last couple of days and probably should be. It's not been the same this season. I'm afraid I'm losing my drive to do it, at least as hard as I used to go. I don't really understand that because I was really looking forward to it.
Good point. I'm shooting for a Friday - Monday hunt.I can relate . A few years ago I felt like I was losing my edge and didn't even put up stands until a week before the season started ! If you want a cure just get shut out of most of the hunting access you have and basically not be able to go for 2 years !
So get back out there and enjoy what you have never know when it can be taken away from you !