LAST EDITED ON Sep-30-03 AT 10:01 PM (MST)
Hey bowhntr31 I too hunted the 5BN Arizona Archery hunt and think you better be careful what you say to others before knowing if they had quads or not, because I was in that area too hunting and saw the sign and saw many quad tracks not on any roads, and even saw people riding their quads across big nice meadows, and through the trees etc. I have quads, and choose not to ride them all over the state of AZ to disturb the rut and the elk. The rut was slow because of the excess of bull and cow tags in there with a myriad of quads riding all over. I walked to that sign for well over a mile, and that wasn't even where I was going. On opening day I walked over ten miles following bulls. Why don't people realize the quads shut up the elk! They can see and hear them for miles, and smell the oil and exhaust for miles also.
Proper etiquette I believe is first come first serve. If you beat someone to the waterhole then it is yours. If you want to sit a waterhole you better get there early.
I was sitting a waterhole at about 2:00 and sat until 4:20 when three other guys roll up on their quads, and walk fifty yards to their blinds and sat the waterhole. They saw I was there and didn't care. I was livid. I had seen many bulls and cows out feeding earlier in the hunt a little after 3:00. This is poor etiquette. Now do you think any elk would come in with four people and three quads surrounding the water hole? I had seen big bulls there in the previous days! I left because nothing is going to come in with four people sitting one water hole.
On top of this those people weren't sitting there every night. I sat there for several nights also and nobody was there! The sign is a joke. It is public land. What do you do reserve a spot? No, you beat others to the waterhole. Did they rent that land from someone like a hotel for the hunt, uuhh, no. They don't have any right reserving a spot.
Hey BigBullfool did you ride quads into there? I bet that was bowhntr31's sign up by that waterhole or else he wouldn't have been so defensive. By the way it is two spaces between sentences. Hope everyone's hunt was a success. Mine was. By the way good call BEANER!