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2013 was a great year for me on and under the water.
I can't say enough how blessed I am for this years bounty and all the delicious food my family has eaten.

Even though we have some of the most ludicrous laws, with the most depressing politicians, and little rest in sight,
We live in the best state in the US.
I truly believe this.

*All these fish/abs were taken in Californian waters from June to October 2013, legally.



Couple of 10"+ abs taken out of Mendo back in June


42 carat red abalone pearl found in one of my abs back in June


Salmon Limits out of HMB back in June


20lb halibut taken freedive spearfishing in NorCal back in June


20lb halibut taken a few weeks after the one above spearfishing.


10lber taken out of HMB back back in July


Catch and release out of Tomales Bay back in August


25lb ling freedive spearfishing Big Sur back in October


Limit of rockfish, lings, taken back in October same ling as above.
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went out for quail in mojave found 1 covey and winged one took off and never found it, saw about 20+ jackrabbits and 4-5 cotton tails. took one jackrabbit and made dinner as i didnt really bring food intentionally. cooked it on an open fire and a peice of aluminum found out there. was mighty tasty
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Oh man that is a lot of good eating!!!!!!!!! I love seafood.

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2013 was a great year for me on and under the water.
I can't say enough how blessed I am for this years bounty and all the delicious food my family has eaten.

Even though we have some of the most ludicrous laws, with the most depressing politicians, and little rest in sight,
We live in the best state in the US.
I truly believe this.

*All these fish/abs were taken in Californian waters from June to October 2013, legally.



Couple of 10"+ abs taken out of Mendo back in June


42 carat red abalone pearl found in one of my abs back in June


Salmon Limits out of HMB back in June


20lb halibut taken freedive spearfishing in NorCal back in June


20lb halibut taken a few weeks after the one above spearfishing.


10lber taken out of HMB back back in July


Catch and release out of Tomales Bay back in August


25lb ling freedive spearfishing Big Sur back in October


Limit of rockfish, lings, taken back in October same ling as above.
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No brag here I chased this Coyote three mornings from around the lambing pen. Shot behind him for two days and still he would come back. Most will move on and eat the ground squirrels and voles but this guy liked young baby lambs. No apparent disease good healthy teeth and appears in good health no reason I could find for this behavior.
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Thick stuff there ! Im guessing the shots are all fairly close.
Yes..usually in the 50-70 yard range
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First time pheasant hunting. Was invited to hunt a private club by an older fellow I know and couldn't pass up an opportunity. Yes they are pen raised, but it was a great time none the less. Two shells 2 birds. The other fellows I was with took 2 and 3 birds. Lots of fun watching the dogs work the fields!

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Here are some of my pics from Africa










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Nice! Did you go with an outfitting company or something? How was the experience?
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Nice black and blue and that Blesbuck has great spread, very unusual.
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Nice! Did you go with an outfitting company or something? How was the experience?
My father, a friend and I used:

http://www.eaioutdoors.com/outdoors/

The accommodations were excellent and the PH, as well as the Tracker, were great to work with. If anyone is looking at going to Africa, I'd consider using EAI Outdoors.

I know I'm using them again next year to celebrate my 40th Birthday. I'm either going to go after a Cape Buff and 2-3 more small planes animals or I'm going to go after a Greater Kudu and the Five Spring Bucks, which they call it a Christmas Tree after the heads are mounted on an African wood pole.
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Nice black and blue and that Blesbuck has great spread, very unusual.
Thank you for the complement Frank. I was very happy with the animals we harvested. And I look forward to going back. I need to get a Buff that's bigger than my fathers. We are very competive. LOL. But it was a blast watching him get his first Buff.

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Thank you for the complement Frank. I was very happy with the animals we harvested. And I look forward to going back. I need to get a Buff that's bigger than my fathers. We are very competive. LOL. But it was a blast watching him get his first Buff.
Nice hard headed bull.
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Thank you for the complement Frank. I was very happy with the animals we harvested. And I look forward to going back. I need to get a Buff that's bigger than my fathers. We are very competive. LOL. But it was a blast watching him get his first Buff.


How was the meat what did they taste like?
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Thank you for the complement Frank. I was very happy with the animals we harvested. And I look forward to going back. I need to get a Buff that's bigger than my fathers. We are very competive. LOL. But it was a blast watching him get his first Buff.

Holy buffalo that guy is big! What type of gun caliber did he use to take this down with?
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How was the meat what did they taste like?
The Buff was the only animal we didn't eat. A 9 year old Buff would be like eating the rubber sole of a combat boot. But the Kudu Spagitti, Bles Buck Stew and Impala Steaks were absultly amazing! They were not gamey like a pacific black tail or wild pig. It was somewhat sweet and really rich in flavor. I will say it was an experience of a life time.
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Holy buffalo that guy is big! What type of gun caliber did he use to take this down with?
7 shots with a 375 Holland & Holland and 5 shots with a 300 win mag. One strong bull!
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The Buff was the only animal we didn't eat. A 9 year old Buff would be like eating the rubber sole of a combat boot. But the Kudu Spagitti, Bles Buck Stew and Impala Steaks were absultly amazing! They were not gamey like a pacific black tail or wild pig. It was somewhat sweet and really rich in flavor. I will say it was an experience of a life time.
Still a lifetime goal. Hopefully before I am 45, so that gives me 8 years.

Why the camo though? I thought some African countries had camo as a big no no, especially military patterns?
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The Buff was the only animal we didn't eat. A 9 year old Buff would be like eating the rubber sole of a combat boot. But the Kudu Spagitti, Bles Buck Stew and Impala Steaks were absultly amazing! They were not gamey like a pacific black tail or wild pig. It was somewhat sweet and really rich in flavor. I will say it was an experience of a life time.
We ate my 12 year old bull and the tenderloins were very good. Not gamey at all.

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Still a lifetime goal. Hopefully before I am 45, so that gives me 8 years.

Why the camo though? I thought some African countries had camo as a big no no, especially military patterns?
That's the weird part. The friend of the family said we need to bring camo, so we did. The PH said it wasn't necessay. A couple of the game ranch owners said it helps. And when I got back I had friends that served say that we were crazy wearing military camo. I don't know if it is legal or illegal, but boy did the locals give us a lot of good and bad looks.
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We ate my 12 year old bull and the tenderloins were very good. Not gamey at all.

Next year when I go back to get my bull, I'm going to request trying Buff. If it is as good as you say it is or as good as what we had on our first trip, I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
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A few steelhead I got this year with my spey rods........ I havent been on a hunt in about a year might have to get out this year for sure!!!

Anyways here are some nice colored fish and some chrome.....









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A few steelhead I got this year with my spey rods........ I havent been on a hunt in about a year might have to get out this year for sure!!!

Anyways here are some nice colored fish and some chrome.....









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A few steelhead I got this year with my spey rods........ I havent been on a hunt in about a year might have to get out this year for sure!!!

Anyways here are some nice colored fish and some chrome.....










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There is now one less pig running around FHL:

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The Buff was the only animal we didn't eat. A 9 year old Buff would be like eating the rubber sole of a combat boot. But the Kudu Spagitti, Bles Buck Stew and Impala Steaks were absultly amazing! They were not gamey like a pacific black tail or wild pig. It was somewhat sweet and really rich in flavor. I will say it was an experience of a life time.
I don't know much about hunting but I do know I'm OK with taking almost anything as long as it will be used. With that being said, what happened to that Buff? How can you justify killing it if not eating it? What happened to the rest of the animals after you guys ate a portion of it? Mind if I ask what such a trip costs ROUGHLY? (I understand if you don't answer this semi-rude question).

I know the questions sound "loaded" but I'm honestly just curious and not implying anything or passing judgment. Legitimately interested and nothing more than that.
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I don't know much about hunting but I do know I'm OK with taking almost anything as long as it will be used. With that being said, what happened to that Buff? How can you justify killing it if not eating it? What happened to the rest of the animals after you guys ate a portion of it? Mind if I ask what such a trip costs ROUGHLY? (I understand if you don't answer this semi-rude question).

I know the questions sound "loaded" but I'm honestly just curious and not implying anything or passing judgment. Legitimately interested and nothing more than that.
In Africa, no protein goes to waste. In Africa all the excess meat goes to the meat market or if you are hunting on tribal concessions all the meat not used in camp goes to the local tribes. It's their only source of protein, the outfitters pay a trophy fee for all animals taken to the tribal council and national government parks department. All the meat not used in camp is distributed daily to the locals. When I shot my buffalo they took every scrap, hides, hooves, internal organs, etc. The only thing left on the ground after cleaning the animal is the stomach contents and a wet spot.

Figure a Buffalo hunt will cost a minimum of $10,000 plus airfare, tips, and a trophy fee for any other animals that you shoot.
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing and answering all of my questions! Looks like an amazing experience.
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Not a steelhead, but a few decent rainbows to kick off spring.



My dad will be up next week so we will do a bit of fishing. Hoping for some bigger trout out of cascade with ice out. Heading to AK in the near future for work so hopefully I will have some good pics to add from that.
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I'll post the story later but count me as one of those that have hunted with Bog Boar Stopper.

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