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#236742 - 01/19/04 03:18 PM Hunt Experiences and Stories
Michael J. McCasland Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 9470
Loc: Tucson,Az
The 2004 Predator Master hunt in Globe:

This was my third opportunity to attend a Predator Masters hunt. Every one has been great fun, this one was the very best to date. That doesn’t take away from the first two years in anyway. This year stands out because of the shear number of hunters that participated and the quality of hunt seen on the San Carlos Reservation. I don’t know if it was the time of year or the switchy weather in Arizona. We had cool weather but not cold, hot midday’s, some wind but not much and even fairly heavy nighttime and morning rains.

The hunt:
THURSDAY was typical in that we generally all gathered at the Country Kitchen and the Comfort Inn. The usual chore of placing names with faces went smoothly. I was scheduled to guide Trophyhunter on Friday but was glad to add Donovan and Carl Matz to the group. What can be said about these guys? Well:

Trophyhunter – Alan is a fairly serious, vary focused, and has more predator hunting experience than I have. We clearly hunted a worked ground in a very serious manner.

Donovan – Well after shooting at a coyote at a range of well over 600 yards he said it best. “God gave me (him) a trigger finger and it would be a shame not to use it.” And use it he did! Don’t get the wrong impression, he was safe and only used his huge trigger pulling skills after it was obvious that a coyote was not coming in or was spooked. I must admit though, the absolute longest shot was attempted by Trophyhunter with a 1200 yard+ attempt. I could do nothing but smile at this because these guys had driven over 1,000 miles to attend the hunt and fun was where they found it.

Curt Matz – Curt was the rooky in the bunch, he was quiet and respectful, adding an occasional joke and comment at the appropriate times. I’d be glad tro hunt with him at any time.

We not only had some serious fun but we did kill some stuff.

On the first stand of the day. As dawn was breaking we setup on the prairie in a small hill surrounded by several larger hills. As I set the stand Curt and Trophyhunter spotted the coyotes that I did not see. I set up with Donovan basically next to me and started the stand with a howl. This broke two coyotes into my eyesight high on a hill and at better than 300 yards away. These two coyotes milled around up on the hill and made it obvious that they were not coming in so I took the decision to take the shot. I settled my Ruger #3, turned the scope up to 9x, placed the bottom of the duplex cross hair on the coyote and took the shot. I guess everybody had their rifles trained on the coyote because they all saw the fur fly and the coyote go down. I broke her down but she was trying to get up so I tried to finish her as she moved around, I missed, Donovan asked if he could shoot too. We shot and shot until Donovan connected and anchored the coyote.

We saw a coyote on the next stand but it was to far away for even Donovan to shoot.
We saw a coyote on the way back to the truck on the next stand. Donovan opened up on it but there was no hitting that animal. This is when Trophyhunter took his epic 1200+ yard shot. This is when we glassed around and saw hunters, antelope and some at more than a mile coyotes running away from the hunters. Still smiling and laughing we got back into the Bronco.

A few stands later Trophyhunter called in a coyote that tried to back door him but he was way too experienced to let that happen.

A few stands later I called and killed a nice little gray fox at about 10 feet. Donovan was desperate for the hide so we skinned it out and he took it home. This fox had a death wish. Curt said that at my very first squall the fox started in at a high speed run passing him before he could turn on it, Donovan said that the fox shot by him at an amazing speed, but when it popped out next to me his time was up. The gray fox is a beautiful little animal.

We called another coyote but a couple of passing vehicles pushed the animal off, but not far enough for Donovan. He took the shot, the last we saw of that coyote he was still running.

Friday was over and I believe that we would all agree that it was a good day. Dinner at the Country Kitchen was amazing, lots of hunters, lots of stories, lots of fun.

SATURDAY I was to guide Moose57. With all the pressure on the reservation I decided that we would hunt off the reservation. At 5:00am in the rain we headed for South Eastern Arizona. Dawn broke wet and rainy but the sun broke out and the day was about as close to perfect as possible. This is ladder country so we used that all day. Moose57 is not very experienced so he wanted me to call all day. On the third stand a coyote broke cover but was instantly gone offering absolutely no shot. On the next stand I called and killed a coyote from my ladder. I wanted Moose57 to try the ladder so he used it for the rest of the day. On the 6th stand I was on my stool and called a coyote, it seemed to stand and look at me for ever (probably for only about 5 seconds) so I turned on it and killed it. I looked over at Moose57 to find him settled in and ready to shoot it but I’d taken it from him. The guilt was almost instant, man, I’m a game hog.

On stand 7 I decided that I would not take a rifle and give Moose57 every opportunity. He was on the ladder, AR15 in hand, I was about 25 yards behind him sitting on the ground. I was blowing on my Rhino call for a few minutes when I noticed Moose57 draw on something, I was sure it was a coyote so I barked to stop him and he took the shot. His second pull of the trigger “CLICK”, so I got up to see that he was shooting at a badger that was far from dead. He cycles the AR15 again and took another shot hitting but not stopping it. We chased it down and finished it off. Man did it stink, but the quality of the fur was worth any stink so it was time to skin. I’ve skinned a few badgers and am always amazed at how difficult a job it is. We probably could have skinned out 3 or 4 coyotes in the time it took to skin this relatively small animal, but the effort was worth it. We called a few more stands and headed back to Globe.
Another great day and again the number of hunters in the Country Kitchen was nothing short of amazing. It was nice to see Mike Paul had made it.

SUNDAY was a short day with the banquette so I did not hunt. The banquette was fun. I was completely surprised by Ranutah, when he presented Crapshoot, NASA, Critr and me with some beautiful wildlife art for helping Predator Masters, I never expected this and don’t know what to say. Raffles are funny things. I tossed my last $26.00 into the pot fully expecting it to be nothing but a donation. So while I was sitting there talking non-sense with Jay N., Rich Higgins, Rich’s son and Bill I’m sure Crapshoot was going nuts calling out a raffle ticket number until I realize it was one of mine, imagine my surprise when I won the Foxpro E-caller, WHOW! Then the same thing happened with the guillie suite. The foxpro is wonderful and the guillie suit is truly impressive. My thanks go out to those that donated these products.

This was all fun but equally fun is the gatherings out in the parking lot. Rich Higgins and son did some howling, as did Jay N. accompanied by many others. Photo’s, talking, even some skinning was done. These are the good times.

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Michael
.....liars usually leave tracks, the trick is finding them without getting caught ......

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#236743 - 01/19/04 06:36 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
Tommy Johnson Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 4807
Loc: Midland, Texas
Friday, I was able to hunt with Critr Gitr. 1st stand we managed to call in a bunch of hippies settin up for camp. 2 yotes and one grey is all we could sucker for the day, I took one yote.

Saturday I was with Larry Timmons, gotta late start :rolleyes: , and managed to call in a yote and a grey with Larry taking the grey.

Sunday, zip,zero, nada...

Had a great time, was able to put some faces to some names. Learned a few tricks from Jay N. and Rich in AZ. And thouroughly enjoyed the entertainment that Randy Merta and Donavon gave. Couldnt have met a better bunch of people.

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#236744 - 01/19/04 07:34 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
tonlocus Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2035
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
First of all I have to say thank you to all for making this such a great hunt. Critr, Crapshoot, Randy, Mike, and all the rest. I had a great time and will definately be there next year.

Friday morning was the closest me and my buddy Kirk came to killing anything. One the way to our first stand, we almost hit three coyotes crossing the road. We tried to call them about half a mile up the road but I guess they were a little spooked.

We did manage to get a double to come in to about 250 yards but they offered no shots. That particular stand was the longest of the weekend at 35 minutes. I fell asleep twice.

I had quite a few opportunities to talk with the critters and that was alot of fun in itself. They were very vocal and we chatted back and forth quite a few times. I guess they didn't like my attitude because they didn't want to meet me. I guess I can't blame them. I've got a pretty crappy disposition.

Anyway, it seems that all had a great time and it was cool to be able to put faces to screen names. Can't wait till next time.
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Tony "Those that would trade a little liberty for a little security deserve neither." Ben Franklin

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#236745 - 01/19/04 08:03 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
DONOVAN Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/18/03
Posts: 475
Loc: OKLAHOMA
micheal,thank you for the great time fri,it was a blast.i had a great time and got to listen to different calling styles also.i got ahold of riverrunner and the hide will be on the way in a couple of days.if you thought i opened up fri should have been around sun but this time i got the runner at over 200,broke it down and trophyhunter finshed off .had blast once again thanks.sat me and curtmatz got to hunt with purdygood we couldnt buy a dog .we hunted hard all day after the rain and spirts never got down found some way to laugh off every dry stand and there were alot of them lol.well pg was alot of fun to hunt with ,great guy.those that didnt come missed out .i had a alot fun.it was nice to put faces with the user names and win the 22-250.it was a great trip had alot of fun ,looking forward to next year but this time i will pay attention to the night time speed limit in texas lol.thanks to all that made this happen nice to meet everyone.later donovan

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#236746 - 01/21/04 12:33 AM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
Moose57 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 06/24/02
Posts: 1104
Loc: Bountiful, Utah
I had a great time hunting with Michael on Saturday. And he's not a game hog. I didn't have a shot at the dog and he was getting ready to vamoos. I would have been disappointed if he hadn't shot.

However, I did save his life. :eek: That badger was looking to make lunch out of Michael. He was making a bee line toward Michael and the dead rabbit blues he was singing. But I put all thoughts of lunch out of his mind. Even with a mis-fire, we were able to finish off old Mr. Badger.

One thing for sure about badgers, they sure are tough critters. And they sure don't want to give up their skin. We used a come-along to skin the little bugger. The badger was strung between a tree and the Bronco. I could have sworn we moved that Bronco about 6" before we got the skin off.

Michael was a great hunting partner and guide. I learned a lot. Thanks Michael for your patience and teaching. It was fun to hunt off the ladder. I really enjoyed my time with you. I hope to be able to hunt with you again sometime soon.

I was able to hunt with Phylogenesis on Friday. We had a great time together, even though we got skunked. We were able to enjoy the beautiful weather and the area we hunted. I even gave Kevin a shot at a fox, but he missed. I think he didn't want me to feel bad about not getting anything. That was about all we saw besides some deer and hawks. We were able to get some dogs to howl back to us, but they wouldn't show their faces. They knew trouble when they saw it.

And we should all thank Kevin for his support of the board. He was very generous in his participation in Sunday's activities. Thanks, Kevin, for helping to keep the board going in such an unselfish way.

I was able to share my room with hadley26. He is from Ogden, Utah. I made a new friend and hunting partner. I'm sure we will be able to spend lots of time together chasing predators and such.

And thanks to Dogn and Dogpounder for letting me catch a ride with them. It turns out they live only a few miles from me. I hope to be able to hunt with them in the future.

To all those who did not make it this year, you missed out on a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful, in spite of the rain. The scenery was spectacular. But the best thing about the trip was the company. It was so fun to meet face to face with some of the people who help to make this board what it is. It was fun swapping lies with everyone each night after the hunting was over. The time I spend on the board will feel a little different now. I will be talking with close friends now, not just a faceless name on a page. So if you couldn't make it this year, plan to be there next year. You won't regret the cost of time or money. You will make new friends and hunt new areas of the country. And your life will be better for it. I know mine is.

And thanks again to all those who made my time in Globe so special. Thanks to all those who organized the hunt and spent so much of their time making it a success. I won't name names for fear of leaving someone out, but you know who you are. And thanks to those who guided me and helped me learn more of the art of hunting predators. I'll not forget the time together or the lessons learned.

See you all next year, if not before.
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Paul Merrill GOT MOOSE!? When you come to a fork in the road..............take it!

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#236747 - 01/22/04 08:39 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
Trophyhunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 577
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Michael,
You are too kind. I had a great time hunting with you on Friday, and I consider you a very accomplished caller. You could sure get them dogs to sing with that howler of yours. I wish we could have hunted all weekend together. We could have done some serious damage to the coyote population, as well as them lightning fast fox. I would be glad to get together with you again for some serious calling in the future.
Good luck and successful calling to you my friend.
Alan
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#236748 - 01/22/04 08:44 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
Michael J. McCasland Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 04/24/01
Posts: 9470
Loc: Tucson,Az
Alan - Who did you hunt with on Saturday?

Thanks for all your responces. Maybe we can get together again. I've got some tunes that make Green Acres look like childs play.
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Michael
.....liars usually leave tracks, the trick is finding them without getting caught ......

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#236749 - 01/22/04 09:05 PM Re: Hunt Experiences and Stories
Trophyhunter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 577
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Michael,
I hunted Saturday with Mountain Medic and Dean'o, both from Oklahoma City. It's kind of ironic that I had to go all the way to Globe to hunt with fellow Oklahoman's. We only saw one coyote, but we did see some different kind of country later in the day. We also saw antelope, mule deer, turkey's, and bald eagles up in the high country. We got up on a mountain in several inches of snow, and it was coming down heavy up there. It was amazing to see the different types of terrain and weather that Arizona provides. It is truly a grand place.
Alan
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Alan

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