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Joe Kauffman

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Joe Kauffman last won the day on September 1 2016

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  • Birthday 12/26/1976

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    Peoria, Arizona
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    Hunting, prospecting, fishing, skydiving, bungee jumping,...if it happens outdoors I'm there!!
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  1. Dave - I sent you a message, let me know if you receive it.
  2. Holy busy Fall & Winter! My wife, son and daughter hit the jackpot this year pulling their first choice tags and the season has been better than we could have anticipated. First time I've ever been happy about getting skunked, but more fun than it could be if these tags were mine. We started out the season in August with a limited draw archery deer tag for my son who had his mind set on a solid 4pt in full velvet. After numerous scouting trips we found a good shooter buck and were lucky enough to get on him the afternoon of the first day. Running with 2 other bucks, we bedded him about 1.5 miles out and the stalk was on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4CgjjAUijI My son wanted to take this on by himself, so after talking strategies for a few minutes I stayed behind the binos and watched him make the almost 2 mile trek around behind the buck. Putting himself downwind and hidden in the treeline right above them he was able to make it within 40 yards and the waiting game began. Luckily it was only about 15 minutes until the larger buck stood up and my son make a perfect shot, dropping the monarch 70 yards later. Next up was his very limited archery bull elk hunt for my son 2 weeks later. We had scouted and located a few decent bulls but nothing that he wanted to pursue for the first week so we went to a spot with very few elk but that we knew held some great bulls. An hour before daylight opening morning we were about 1/2 mile in the trees listening for bugles when we heard him. A deep growler bugle 5-600 yards out. Although it was still dark, we knew he was most likely feeding and chasing cows in an old burn so we made our way to the treeline we thought he would head to once the sun came up. With the orange glow coming up over the burn his bugle was closer than ever and we knew we had placed ourselves right in his path. A few calls to him and he was fired up, raking trees and wallowing in the mud. About 10 minutes later he came trotting in looking for the cow he'd been hearing and presented my son with a perfect broadside shot at 60 yards. The arrow smoked right through the pump house and he piled up less than 50 yards from where he shot. Perfect, clean, ethical kill #2! 3 weeks later was my wife's early muzzleloader bull elk hunt that I was extremely excited for. We had found the bull, dubbed "Curly Bill" because of the unique 6 point he had on both sides and were anxious to get after him. Three days before the hunt, we located him in the same spot we had before and hoped he would stay put for opening morning. Opening morning found us straining our ears for a bugle, glassing every tree, drainage and rock but Curly Bill was nowhere to be found. Being that this was a 7 day hunt, we weren't too concerned and ran over to another spot that we knew held some good bulls. Right away we had 6 bulls bugling and picked the largest sounding one and the chase was on. While making out way towards him (through the thickets, gnarliest stuff I've ever elk hunted in) we called in 4 of the other bulls and my wife patiently passed each one, some of them at under 20 yards. Seeing the excitement in her face each time was priceless, this was the hunt she'd been waiting for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvkFtV5YsUQ Two ridges later we were positioned right above the bull and finally got our first glimpse of him. He had 6 cows and was definitely the herd bull in this area. He was busy protecting his cows and chasing a handful of smaller bulls off so we were able to stalk within 250 yards of him. My wife setup with the shooting sticks and her friend that was helping film got the video ready to go. Now, while he was definitely interested in my cow calls, he was seriously concerned with loosing the ones he already had so I decided to get as aggressive as I could with the call hoping to change his mind. The 3rd serious of aggressive calls did it and he came in, broadside at 100 yards. My wife made a perfect shot and dropped him in his tracks. Another opening day kill was in the books! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU2qYH3tjeQ One hunt left and that's my daughters late December muzzleloader hunt. Can't wait to see her get a great buck this year!
  3. Joe Kauffman

    2015 NV Muley

    Great buck congrats! Gotta love those waiting games, I think time ticks slower during those minutes (or sometimes hours) than any other time. Glad to see you guys were able to connect and sounds like your wife probably had a great show watching it all unfold through the binos. NV is on my bucket list for mule deer, some day!
  4. I haven't heard the full story but found this article pretty interesting. They're now comparing it to the Bundy Ranch standoff. http://www.infowars.com/bundy-ranch-type-standoff-brewing-in-southern-oregon-between-miners-and-blm/
  5. Joe Kauffman

    Best detecting boots?

    +1 on the Converse boots. Don't know anything about the website or company, but these are the same ones I've been using for years. I like the high top for extra ankle support in the hills. http://workingperson.com/converse-boots-men-s-composite-toe-no-metal-tactical-boots-c9894.html
  6. Ron, Let's hope it's not, there have not been any reported sightings that far from the transplant area. In the last couple of weeks, there was a cross breed sighted towards Flagstaff; I believe they are trying to determine now if it was a cross with one of the reintroduced wolves or not. I have seen wolves in the wild and if you know coyotes well, there is no comparison. I'm sure you've seen your share of coyotes out your way so there won't be any question if you do. They are substantially larger, more block shaped nose and a more square face. Mature adults are around 30" tall and can be 5 - 5 1/2 feet long. I have seen some really interesting colored coyotes including some almost black, if you see your new buddy again try to snap a photo, I'd love to see it.
  7. Nice shootin' Lunk! Glad to see you're having a great start to your seasonal trips. Look forward to hearing about your travels.
  8. One of my primary frustrations is that they have let access, unnecessary roads and vehicular traffic get way out of hand to begin with. Unfortunately now they most likely will swing too far the other way and eliminate more than they should. I, for one, am all for closing a lot of the trails and roads that people have taken upon themselves to create. From a prospecting perspective it will make it more difficult to get to your location with all the gear you are used to bringing and from a hunting perspective it will weed out a lot of the road hunters and bring hunting back to what it should be. Completely different location entirely, but in the high country of Az I used to hike 5-6 miles a day chasing elk or mulies, now there are few places you can hike that far without crossing a road or trail with a quad parked on it. Access is needed but the trails and weekend warrior roads that have sprouted up is a bit out of control in my opinion.
  9. Joe Kauffman

    Ate the evidence

    I've done something similar with ground deer/elk sausage. Take a full pack of bacon and weave it together making a blanket of sorts. Lay in your sausage (or whatever game meat you prefer) topped with fresh cut jalapenos and sprinkle some cajun seasoning on top. Roll it up like a log and put on the smoker for a few hours rotating it every 30 minutes or so. Slice into 1/2-3/4 inch pieces and put it on homemade biscuits....delish! I've precooked these before hunting trips and just reheated, sliced and served.
  10. Joe Kauffman

    No Crowding at Waterhole!

    Great pic Kelly! Some healthy looking coues does there. Looks like you have a pretty good drinker for your camera.
  11. Joe Kauffman

    New years eve, 2013 buck

    Thanks guys! Been busy this month chasing a couple of bucks we saw last year but couldn't get on. The mule deer rut is going pretty well where we hunt so hopefully this weekend we'll able to put another one on the ground. We'll be focusing on getting my son the buck he dubbed "Freak" last year. Super old buck that's on the decline, real heavy antlers and nice & wide. I glassed him up last weekend but my son was working so I just watched him and his 7 does for a while getting some more information on their morning pattern. This year he is a 5x3, classic 4 point with an extra on the left and a stunted 3 point on the right. Very cool characteristics that would look great on the wall .
  12. For some reason this years archery season has been a tough one for me. A couple of missed opportunities at smaller bucks, horrible winds and bad timings plagued me everyday. I guess those all happened for a reason as I was fortunate enough to tag this great buck the last day of 2013. As I made the 2 hour drive that morning, my irritation with the constant wind I had been battling was at a breaking point. I could feel the wind whipping across the road, gently pushing my truck as I made my way to one of my favorite spots. I was pleasantly surprised to find that luck was on my side when I arrived to the spot 45 minutes before daylight to find there was only a gentle breeze; just enough to help me work down wind. Just as the glow of sunrise began to show in the East, I glassed up a doe and this buck about a mile out, skylined at the top of a ridge. Anxiously awaiting enough sun to see them clearly, I patiently waited until I could see well enough to get bearings on which way they would be moving for their morning feed. Knowing this spot very well, I decided to use the darkness to start moving in the direction I thought they would go in hopes of getting in front of their feeding direction. After a long and agonizing 15 minutes I could clearly see them both feeding down the ridge in the exact direction I was hoping they would go. I had already covered quite a bit of ground and had about a mile left to get in position before they were at the bottom of the ridge where I hoped to be able to get a shot. The good news/bad news about this area is that there is plenty of waist high cover to work behind but there is a ton of deadfall and leaves to deal with as well. More luck was with me as the slight breeze was working from the top of the ridge down which not only helped keep my scent in the right direction but also the little bit of noise my feet work making. Even so, I decided to take off my boots and hope the thick wool socks would be suffice in protecting my feet from too much damage. As I reached the bottom of the ridge and with about 100 yards of ground left to cover to place myself at the bottom of a great shooting lane, their speed picked up as the buck started pushing the doe downhill right towards me. I knew there would be little chance of making it to the shooting lane and started picking spots between us where I knew I could get a clear shot should our paths align correctly. All the adrenaline, waiting and stalking came down to the final turn they both made as they changed direction and began moving parallel along the ridge. I ranged an opening above me they were heading to at 71 yards, knocked the release and waited again...praying that he would push the doe through the clearing. Another 45 seconds or so (although it felt like hours!) and I watched the doe walk through the clearing, to the far edge and stop. The buck followed and stopped right in the center of the clearing. She was looking up the ridge at another doe that had just topped over, he had his sights set on her and I quickly was drawn with my sights set on him. Plenty of time, very little wind....almost as peaceful as shooting targets in the backyard. I released and saw my arrow find its mark and watched the buck stumble about 30 yards and expire in the thick. My second favorite hunting month of the year had ended, only a day before my favorite hunting month of the year began!
  13. Thanks for your patience guys. Dennis, you can still use Chrome and search with Bing, Yahoo or any other. Just go to www.bing.com and do your search. You can also install the Bing search toolbar inside of Chrome too if you prefer that option. Hopefully they will have the IE11 issue resolved soo.
  14. Adam, yes it is an issue within IE 11 which had an update pushed out in the past couple of weeks. From what it sounds like, most of the people having issues received that update.