Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is a podcast I found about Dryground Mountain Lion Hunting

Monday, December 12, 2016

Moving is a pain... Finally got one of my trucks fixed. The 2006 had the injectors replaced so $2800.00 later its running and pretty good. The "wolf wagon" has had the front end rebuilt, $1700.00 later, but still has to have it slid back under the truck. I'm in the middle of moving and just have another 2 weeks to go before I can close and get my money. I plan on building a real nice dog kennel, hay barn, tack room and horse/mule corrals. Maybe I will video the progress and post the videos on youtube and share them here.

Hunting for a while will be hit and miss also videos. But the good news is that in the mean time before I have my new property livable I will be staying at my camp in the mountains with the hounds.. so things could be a lot worse.

Its not a bad place to stay.

PS On a side note... I really don't know if anyone actually reads this blog. If you do please leave a comment .. just a word or two to let me know .. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Well to top everything off both.. BOTH of my trucks broke down. I have a 2002 Dodge cummins 4 wheel drive that we call the "wolf wagon" due to the jump boxes that I have on it for coyote hunting and the dog boxes behind that.. I think when I drive through town people think I'm the dog catcher. I also have a 2006 Dodge cummins 4 wheel drive that I use mainly for going to town or if I have a job somewhere I have to drive to. I don't owe anything on these trucks and my wife's 2006 Volkswagen TDI is also paid for. Several years ago I decided I wasn't going to go in debt any more and would just make due with the trucks I have. Its not that I couldn't afford a new truck its just that I see debt as something that takes away from what I really want to do. Wealth now is measured by the amount of free time I have to spend in the mountains or following the hounds. But at times I wonder if its worth it .. cost of repairs and the frustration of being broke down and not being able to get out and about. Oh well it will just be a week or so and in the mean time I borrowed my fathers truck.

I'm fortunate that I can get the hounds out right from my place. I have miles and miles of BLM so I just saddled the mule and went. It was windy and cold but the hounds liked it and after about 12 miles they are ready to lay up in their dog houses and rest. I will get them out again in the next day or two but in the mean time more loading and moving.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Well another year thats going to have to wait.. I sold my lower desert property and will be moving to another place closer to town. I believe this will be better in the long run but now for the next few months I will be busy moving. Dogs, mules and the horse will have to have facilities built also a shop and my wife is in charge of the house. I had just been approached about doing some predator control on one of the nicest ranches in Southern NM. I will still try to get out one or 2 days a week but not stay out like I had planned. Something will have to give and probably the videos. Anyway I will try to document what I can maybe even some of the moving...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Running Little Bear

Running little bear we caught in rough country.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Container Snake

I was getting my stuff together for a pack trip my buddy and I made into the wilderness. I went into a storage container where I keep some stuff and heard the unmistakable sound of a rattle snake.. took a while for me to actually locate him in the dark container but finally did. 

I hate those Sons a $%^&%$#

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A little story I wrote to go along with a video of a lion we caught on the ground.. long time ago

I went out one last time to see if I could call a coyote in and catch him or at least get a good race. After terrible windy weather for a week straight, I was ready to get out and let the dogs run. I saddled up a horse and loaded him and Joe, Rat, Bones and Poke in the trailer and took off. 

They had been flying a helicopter and killing a lot of coyotes on some of the ranches I usually go to, so I went a different direction to an area that I had been by a few times but had never really rode and hunted. 

I drove up to a place where I knew there was a gate and started off. I like to ride in a ways before I start calling, so I went in about 2 miles and came up on a dirt tank that actually had water in it. This was the first of a series of tanks that I called from, with all of them having water - which is rare due to the drought we have been in.

After 3 stands and nothing showing up, I had just about decided to make a circle and head back to the truck. The dogs were sure ready to run something and they kept watching and checking the wind. I rode up and got the call and started for the next tank. When I got to the tank I saw some tracks in the mud - they were kind of smeared but definitely lion. About that time Joe stuck his nose in the air and took off with all the other dogs following. They ran up in some thick brush and Poke took the lead and I seen the dust that is typical when they trip and turn a coyote. Well I took off after them following the dust trail. As I was riding up Bones came back but I could hear the fight so I knew they had one down. As I came up on them I heard a noise that I had never heard before. I rode up to an awful fight. Joe had her by the throat, Rat had hold of her belly and Poke had hold of the flank. I looked on in disbelief... at first I thought it was huge bobcat until I seen the tail and then I realized that they had caught a lion. I sat on my horse and watched for a while until the lion got loose from Joe and flipped him over and grabbed at him with her paws. She missed and he got another grip on her neck but I knew I had to help or risk loosing one of my dogs. I stepped off my horse took my pistol and waded in. I didn't want to shoot one of my dogs so I had to get close. I stuck the barrel within a couple inches of her head and shot. 
 It didn’t kill her but took enough out of her that she quit fighting as bad. The shot startled Poke and Rat and they let go. Joe never gave up his grip on her throat. I shot her again and this time it did the trick. Joe didn’t let go for a while - he wanted to make sure for himself she was dead.

All in all for catching a lion on the ground the dogs didn’t get hurt that bad. Joe had some scratches on the back of his head and one close to his eye and he is missing more teeth, now 2 canines on top and one on bottom. Rat had his ear split in two and a small hole in the back of his head. The lion was a small female, probably a juvenile, maybe a yearling. She felt like she weighed around 65lbs.   If she had been any bigger I think I might have some dead dogs. If they would have put her in a tree I would have just taken some pictures and gone on, but as it was I didn’t have much of a choice.  

Headless Snake Strike

Hard to stay still even when he doesn't have a #zombisnake

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

4 M Ranch

A ranch I hunted on down in Texas... still one more video to come

Sunday, April 24, 2016