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#1 Mark Steinmann

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:50 PM

Hey guys I figured I would create a thread for me to post my successes of my "quick stands" to keep them all in one spot on the forum. Just short and sweet details and accompanying photos of course. Should've done this a while ago....haha.

First up is a stand from today. It was 98 degrees and around 2:30pm. I found a new road to break in, drove a quarter mile off the main road and parked the vehicle. I happened to be wearing shorts and flip flops and didn't want to go through putting on my boots because there wasn't a bunch of cactus in this area. Setup with the breeze to my left and blew the call for a few sequences. I panned left to look downwind and spotted a Coyotes leg jutting out from a bush. He moved further downwind and that's when I adjusted my rifle. I woofed and he stopped right behind a bush....after waiting a few seconds I decided to squeeze off a round. He tumbled to the right, kicking out of sight behind a bush. A few seconds later he reared up on his back legs just like a horse would and then hopped a few times. When he hit the ground again I finished him.

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 06:28 PM

Congrats., nice outfit.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:40 AM

Flip flops?  I don't think so. 

 

Good work taking that scrawny bugger, nonetheless.


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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:10 AM

Good job Mark !  are you keeping a record of kills ?


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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:46 PM

Haha, yeah I was being careful where I stepped... 😎

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:51 PM

Good job Mark ! are you keeping a record of kills ?

Ed, I haven't kept a perfect record...but I did start a photo album with all my pictures and I plan to keep that going. The club keeps records and I have a sheet they provided that I update (to make sure I get credit) after each kill.

So far I'm right around 30-35 coyotes, 6 foxes, and 2 Bobcats. That is a total from when I started calling 5 years ago...and the majority of those was the past 2 years as I didn't have much success before that.

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 08:37 PM

How does the club verify kills?


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 05:16 AM

How does the club verify kills?

Just by bringing in tails Ed, they lean on the honor system and so far it seems to me like everyone plays fair.

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 06:44 AM

Thats good, but what if you want to put up the fur ?


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:12 AM

Thats good, but what if you want to put up the fur ?

You can also bring in full pelts or taxedermy receipts as well Ed. 😊

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:59 PM

Seems like it would be hard to cheat if you need either the tail or the pelt.

 

Congrats on the coyote....I guess you weren't in the chollas'.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:31 AM

Nothin like a good pair of hunting flip flops.  Nice job on the kill.  



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:49 AM

Congrats Mark... Nice chancla's... I guess you don't have a fear of rattlesnakes yet.

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 09:51 AM

Seems like it would be hard to cheat if you need either the tail or the pelt.

Congrats on the coyote....I guess you weren't in the chollas'.

Yeah the only way I see people could cheat would be grabbing a tail off roadkill.

No, hardly any cactus in this spot.

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 09:52 AM

Congrats Mark... Nice chancla's... I guess you don't have a fear of rattlesnakes yet.

Thanks Eric, I was being very selective on where I walked. Lol. No rock overhangs or bushes near my path.

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:32 PM

Lol... I was doing the same thing when this one almost got me. I did learn something from that experience...1. rattlesnakes don't always rattle. 2. rattlesnakes don't need to be coiled up to strike. and 3. A good pair of snake boots are way better than the best pair chancla's...😁.3b3c2789.jpg
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Posted 17 September 2016 - 10:02 PM

Yeah I've come across 4 this year so far. The one below didn't rattle & I would've stepped right on him if I hadn't seen him at the last second and skidded to a stop 1 step away! No rattle until I backed up. He was an aggressive one, so he had to be taken care of...

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I've lived in AZ my whole life and haven't even tried on a pair of snake boots...hopefully I don't regret that someday.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 05:17 AM

Rattlers? I currently own 2 sets of snake boots. I have a set that I have nearly worn out and a new set waiting. I don't go into the desert any more without them. I have stepped on my share of rattlers and truth be known, most of them don't rattle. Fact is, in our predator hunting world, we love to get out in that early morning prime time, but that same time is what most vipers are somewhat dormant from the cold night. They will coil up in a self made bed in the sand and wait to warm up after sunrise. Then you come along! He isn't going to buzz, you may get a hiss, but it's going to be a close call. Even though I believe in having and wearing the boots, I have never been struck. A hunting partner once asked, "How do you know they will work?" "I don't know that they will, and hope to never know that answer," was my reply. A buddy of mine was out hunting a few years back and stopped near a gate he had to open. There was a cow and calf, on the other side ot the gate, the cow was insane, crazy acting, and raising quite a ruckus at his approach. He waited her out, not wanting to get stampeded. She finally took her calf and walked away. He went to open the gate and felt something strike his (non snake) boot. It was a beaten down rattle. The cow had stomped it the death, but it still tried to strike. Thankfully, the fangs never penetrated his boot. I thought him nuts, getting stuck by a dead snake, but checked it out on the internet. Turns out snakes can strike for up to an hour after they are dead. Just some food for thought.


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 09:10 AM

I am with you JTK... The snake boots make me feel a little better... Kinda like a firearm, I would rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it.

The first rattlesnake I shot was back in 1989, I blew his head off with a .357 magnum, there was one vein holding his head on so my buddy Jay puts his foot on the snakes head and pulls it off... That's when the headless snake struck him in the arm... That freaked me out and I had nightmares for weeks about it. That image is still burned into my brain. Same with a Mexican guy years ago who took a shovel to the head of a rattlesnake and then said hey watch this... he put the shovel up to the severed head and the damn thing started biting at the shovel... 😧.

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:01 AM

One of those would end my hunting in the desert for ever...2013-04-06083426_zps8c0797ff.jpg




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