March 2015, the inaugural “Boys Adventure Club” trip.

As a group, we’d been discussing this on and off for the last couple of years. The javelina hunt has been less and less about a hunt, and more about seeing new areas in the state. This year, we decided that it was just best to let the hunt fall by the wayside, and just have an adventure.

(Building from Bullwrinkle’s FB post.)

We, the Hairy Legged Boys, decided the best starting spot would be at Bullwrinkle’s Garage. We’d consolidated down to two vehicles for the trip. Bulljeffe and I needed to climb up out of the valley, so we did that the night before, and celebrated our getting away by having a couple of strong adult beverages once we crossed over the magical threshhold of Bullwrinkle’s garage.

The following morning, we met up with PTBNL2 and started our adventure. The first planned stop was Speedy’s for some red chili burritos. There we encountered our first delimma, as there were four of us, and they only had three red chili burritos. Thankfully, Bullwrinkle gave in, and volunteered to have the green chili (and there was much rejoycing.)

Stop at Speedy's

Having satiated our appetites (and potentially clearing the last of a hang-over), we proceeded on. The goal was to get to Fredonia, AZ, with a destination of the Buckskin Tavern. It’s claim to fame is that it is the longest bar in the State of Arizona, and we figured that was a redeeming enough quality that we needed to pay it a visit. We were not disappointed.

Now, there is a side trip that we took in here, but there are potential legal ramifications if I post any pictures, so it didn’t really happen




Leaving the Buckskin Tavern, we finally turned off-road, beginning what ended up being 270 miles of dirt roads. The roads were varying quality, but all passable with our vehicles. The goal was to find a camp site, set up camp, and get to the rim so we could watch the sunset over the Grand Canyon.














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Hike up Vulcan’s Anvil & Vulcan’s Throne















Adam’s Leaning Wheel Grader








Nampaweap Petroglyph Site









Mount Trumbull Wilderness to the Hurricane Cliffs








Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse




Mount Dellenbaugh, just missing a bucket-list item of Bullwrinkle’s









Gerfunken’s Full Photo Gallery

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Unit 8 Hunts listed in the 2013/2014 Main Regs

So, I just noticed that the new regs are out. Going through the list of what is available in Unit 8:

Deer$42.25 for hunt, $34.75 for archery tag.
Hunt 1010, Nov 1-Nov 7, 2013 for any antlered Mule deer, 650 permits.
Hunt 1081, Oct 25-Nov 3, 2013 for any antlered Whitetail deer, 75 permits.
Archery, Aug 23-Sept 12, 2013 for any antlered deer.
Archery, Jan 1-Jan 31, 2014 for any antlered deer.

Turkey$25.50 for hunt, $18.00 for archery tag.
Hunt 4509, Oct 4-Oct 10, 2013 for any turkey, 600 permits.
Archery, Aug 23 – Sep 12, 2013 for any turkey.

Bear$22.25 for tag.
OTC Tag, Oct 4 – Dec 31, 2013 for any bear except sows with cubs

Mountain Lion$14.50 for tag.
OTC Tag, year-long

Quail
Oct 4 – Feb 9, 2014

Squirrel
Oct 4 – Dec 31, 2013

Rabbit
Year-long

2013 Javelina Hunt on the Horizon

Less than a month to go to javelina season. After a very successful elk season, and with very little vacation time in the bank, the excitement level is tempered somewhat for this trip.

Bullwrinkle Jr. gets to come out and join us for his first trip. I had thought he might be mature enough (he’ll have just turned 10 before the hunt) to carry a .22 and scare up a rabbit for the pot during the hunt, but recently decided otherwise. I had to break it to him a week ago that this wouldn’t happen. He was appropriately devastated, and I felt appropriately awful about it. Of course, I broke it to him with my usual tact and grace, which I’m sure helped leaven the blow. I think that I’ll carry my .22 pistol on my hip, and hand it to him if we run across Peter Cottontail. We’ll see how well he copes with the “you shoot it/you clean it” policy.

Pizza King also finally gets to join the fun with tag and rifle in hand. He’s been gearing up, literally, since his Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man days.

Uberbrewer returns to the circle as well, he was missed during Elkapalooza.

Pops should also be coming out, which means every last cubic inch of every vehicle should be filled with firewood and/or Vitamin G (I find myself secretly hoping we camp on another ant hill). Plus, I kinda hope I get to help get his new FJ Cruiser dusty.

I’ve been thinking about what firearm to carry on this trip. Since the last javelina I shot was at about 40 feet with the ol’ grocery getter, I thought that less than sporting. I carried a .44 revolver last year, and might as well been carrying a pen knife, for all the wildlife we saw. With all the anti-AR15 hysteria in the news this year, and all the times I’ve had to listen to the blathering about “what do you need that for” or “it’s not a hunting rifle”, I’ve decided to throw the 5-round mag in the AR and take it. And I’m going to encourage Uberbrewer, Gerfunken, and Uberjeffe to do the same.

Take that, hippies.

In which we start blogging for posterity and our collective narcissism

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First day back to work after Elkapalooza 2012.  I am still utterly wiped out, and came to the office dressed like a lumberjack — to honor my mind, which is still out in the woods somewhere.  Possibly being eaten by coyotes.

A record haul for us, we filled 4 of 4 cow elk tags.  Was it the “best hunt ever”?  There are too many ways to define that.  Suffice to say it was the most successful; but hard to measure against trips such as the infamous U-Boat Commander Javelina Hunt From Hell 2005.

Details of trip to follow soon.  Hopefully we’ll get all the pictures from everyone together and get them posted as well.