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  1. J

    Need help scoring this buck...

    Although the photos are really fuzzy I'd say he scores pretty darn well. It's really tough without clear photos that show the mass a little clearer.
  2. J

    How accurate are deer counts?

    If you live or hunt in an area in Utah with cheatgrass I can pretty much guarantee this invasive weed is impacting the native forbs and shrubs. We are finding that getting rid of dense cheatgrass thatch and monocultures dramatically increases native forbs and shrubs that mule deer rely on. It...
  3. J

    How accurate are deer counts?

    Here you go guys. We went through this in another post but thought I would bring it up again: https://www.partnersinthesage.com/blog/2019/cheating-the-sage-mdf Many experts are now citing the number one threat to mule deer in many parts of the West isn’t carnivores, development, or disease...
  4. J

    Welcome Hunters…

    Back on topic about our hunting heritage.
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    Welcome Hunters…

    What is truly sad is opportunity to hunt the Western US by youngsters growing up in the Midwest or Eastern states that have few to 0 big game species other than whitetails is slowly but surely disappearing. Many of these nonres youngsters won't have the same opportunity that many of us had...
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    Welcome Hunters…

    This is a welcome change from all the negative Wyo nonres hate posts! Unfortunately this is going to be super controversial in the next couple years. There is rumor that the CPW is considering dismantling current OTC elk tags and Colo res vs nonres tag allotments. Both of these would carry...
  7. J

    Have 16 Deer Preference Points for Colorado

    Are you a res or nonres. There's a big difference how many pts it takes to draw.
  8. J

    Jeffery City

    The gas station in muddy gap would likely be more dependable.
  9. J

    Jeffery City

    It's been open every time I've driven through there the last couple years. Put your credit card in the slot and your set!
  10. J

    Rawlins/Baggs weather report?

    From what I've seen of the I80 corridor (at least from Laramie to Rawlins) antelope numbers are way, way down from winterkill 2 winters ago. I'm pretty sure the same winterkill was apparent at least a little further west along I80? Most of the older age class bucks died that winter. The 12 to...
  11. J

    Bipod on backpack hunt

    I used a bipod as a kid but took it off many years ago. As I get older, the more weight I can shed off my shoulders the better. It's pretty tough to beat shooting prone off a backpack. In Wyo where the wind howls...the closer you can get to the ground the better. I see where a bipod would...
  12. J

    Swarovski NL Pure 12x42's?

    I sure am impressed with the Leica rangefinder bino combo. They certainly don't feel heavy nor awkward. Now that I have the combo there is no way I would hunt without them! It's super fast getting a reading and I don't have to lug around both a rangefinder plus binos. I bet the 12x plus...
  13. J

    Swarovski NL Pure 12x42's?

    I haven’t checked them out yet. They sound really good. Do they have a build in rangefinder?
  14. J

    Dwindling Deer

    Here's an interesting article about the collaborative effort in Wyoming to control cheatgrass in the fall of 2020 where the Mullen fire burned approximately 176,877 acres. They anticipate treating approximately 17,000 acres of cheatgrass over multiple years...
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    Dwindling Deer

    Here is an interesting study that was conducted by Colorado State University in cooperation with Sublette County and the National Forest Service. It compares long term cheatgrass control with Indaziflam (Rejuvra) vs Plateau...
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    Dwindling Deer

    Roundup and Matrix control cheatgrass for 1 year. Plateau/Paramount may have 2 years control. The soil longevity of cheatgrass in the soil is 2 to 4ish years. Rejuvra controls cheatgrass for 4+ years so has enough residual control to outlast the seed in the soil. Long-term cheatgrass control...
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    Dwindling Deer

    Here's one of the maps from the PDF above:
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    Dwindling Deer

    Sublette County, Wyoming formed a task force to battle cheatgrass that included critical sage grouse and mule deer habitat. They had several collaborators that joined hands in this effort to establish funding for this multi-year project. I've enclosed an excellent PDF from Sublette County...
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    Dwindling Deer

    What Elks96 mentioned above about gps mapping and spraying critical wildlife habitat invaded with cheatgrass is 100% correct. We just had over 1,000 acres mapped with RangeView to figure out where we would concentrate our cheatgrass control efforts on the critical winter range on one of our...
  20. J

    Antelope Regular vs. Special

    It really helps having inside information on units from 1 year to the next! A premier unit may only produce dinky 13" bucks after several years of drought and winterkill while a mediocre unit that is easier to draw may be filled with bucks that didn't have winterkill that same year. Local...
  21. J

    Backpack suggestions for Christmas

    My vote goes for Kifaru all the way! You can customize with pockets, lids, and other accessories to your like. Once you have a Kifaru frame you can interchange different bags. The frames don't weigh much. My preference is a larger volume bag. I can cinch the bag down to the frame when...
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    Dwindling Deer

    Steve Dewey with Utah State has done quite a bit of field research with Rejuvra on cheatgrass, ventanata, and medusahead in Utah. He would be a great contact and wealth of knowledge on what's going on in Utah and across the country.
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    Dwindling Deer

    I headed back to the property where I have game cams and exclosures set up to monitor mule deer today. I spend a lot of time each week monitoring, spraying, and researching invasive weeds on the properties I work on. I always look forward to viewing the Rejuvra treated sites because they are...
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    Dwindling Deer

    I agree with all the posts above that there are quite a few factors why Western US mule deer are on the decline. The closer I look at cheatgrass, the more assured I am that it is a major contributor to the mule deer decline in regions infested with dense monocultures of cheatgrass.
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    Dwindling Deer

    My 2 tables above demonstrate that mule deer heavily favor areas where cheatgrass is controlled and high-quality shrub and forb browse species increase. It's a well known fact that food plots attract whitetails and provide improved nutrition for both does and bucks. Healthy bucks grow larger...
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    Dwindling Deer

    I would be glad to meet Bluehair and others that are interested in viewing the amazing response of native shrub, forb, and grass species where cheatgrass is controlled for personal tours. We have sprayed over 3,000 acres and our biologists, ecologists, and forestry personnel are all impressed...
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    Dwindling Deer

    I also monitored deer tracks in the snow at monthly intervals on the same 200 meter transects using 1 meter square quadrats at the same 3 sites where game cameras were set up. The table below is a summary of the January data collected at the 3 sites. Similar to the game camera data there were 2...
  28. J

    Dwindling Deer

    I've been monitoring deer activity via game cameras at 3 locations since December 2020 on winter range near Lyons, Colorado. Game cameras were set up in cheatgrass infested areas and immediately adjacent Rujuvra sprayed areas that are approximately 50 to 100 yards apart. Total number of...
  29. J

    Dwindling Deer

    If deer are eating cheatgrass they are certainly desperate! I’ll add some more data in a bit that proves my point that deer prefer high quality browse over cheatgrass.
  30. J

    Dwindling Deer

    For you bird dog lovers! https://projectupland.com/hunting-dogs/cheatgrass-grass-awns-hunting-dogs-and-climate-change-2/ https://eburgvet.com/2015/05/07/cheat-grass-the-evil-weed/ https://www.vetmeridian.com/cheatgrass
  31. J

    Dwindling Deer

    Here's a few photos I took last week in an area that was sprayed this March with Rejuvra to control cheatgrass and an adjacent area with cheatgrass not sprayed. The growth on the antelope bitterbrush where cheatgrass was controlled is amazing!
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    Dwindling Deer

    This table summarizes data for untreated vs immediately adjacent longest leader growth data for the 7 different shrub species we monitored on 200 meter transects at 6 different locations. We worked in cooperation with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado State University. We used...
  33. J

    Dwindling Deer

    Here are a few photos showing the difference in longest leader shrub growth that was monitored in untreated vs immediately adjacent areas where cheatgrass was controlled. We monitored 7 different shrub species at 6 sites in this study.
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    Dwindling Deer

    These photos illustrate how competitive cheatgrass is with natives for early spring moisture. The "before" photos were taken in February 2017 immediately before spraying and the "after" photos were taken at the same site in June 2017, only a few months after cheatgrass was controlled. The soil...
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    Dwindling Deer

    Obviously there is disturbance in areas that were chained. What species often increases with disturbance? Invasive weeds like cheatgrass! Vast winter ranges that were chained near Grand Junction, Colo are inundated with dense cheatgrass stands that rob the little moisture that exists from...
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    Dwindling Deer

    My guess is that the Book Cliffs is similar to the Colo side of the border and has a major cheatgrass problem? Take a look at this Muledeer Foundation article that states: "Many experts are now citing the number one threat to mule deer in many parts of the West isn’t carnivores, development...
  37. J

    Acceptable Hotel in Rawlins

    Nice bucks! For anyone else searching for a hotel the Hampton is pretty good.
  38. J

    CO Ram down!!

    Congrats! He's a bruiser and carries his mass to the tips! Cool ram and country!
  39. J

    Deboned elk meat in fridge

    Should be great. I always seem to be busy when I return from hunts. I have 2 freezers and freeze meat for a month or 2 before I have time to process. Never had a problem!
  40. J

    Packing out an Animal

    I use the boneless method when packing out critters. I loose a little meat but it sure is quicker and easier. I'm not getting any younger!
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