Turf & Surf but “Busted” by law enforcement. First deer of the season in CA?

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Turf & Surf but “Busted” by law enforcement.


BJ and I didn’t even get outside the LA Harbor break wall before we were busted by the LA Co. Sheriff. We departed Cabrillo marina at 6 am in BJ’s 42 sail boat which was to be our high end accommodation at Catalina – Two Harbors. Within minutes we had a sheriff boat with blue lights flashing come roaring right at us from astern (Picture 1). WTF. We couldn’t have been doing more than 6 knots. Sure enough, they stop and ask what we are up to). We tell them we are heading to Catalina to go deer hunting – tip off, I am wearing a blaze orange hat and camo pants. After checking the routine vessel paperwork and safety equipment, they inform us they were called by a concerned citizen who reported that we were carrying rifles (they were inside hard cases) to the boat. Welcome to LA-LA land. BJ and I sure look like a couple of terrorists (Picture 2). If we’d been in Texas, we’d have been reported for being inadequately armed. The officers and us all laughed about the call and went our separate ways. But I think there was a conspiracy behind it all. I had had this feeling of being watched for the last week or so. My theory is that the Catalina deer have had someone spying on us and through their connections at PETA, they had us turned in with the hope of getting us in trouble so we couldn’t get out there to hunt. If the deer had only known that The Admiral was not on the trip as she had to go elsewhere, they would have been far less concerned.

After trading in our regular tags for PLM tags in Avalon, we motored over to Two Harbors in our beautiful 42’ “hotel,” moored up at USC, and made “camp (Picture 3). Talk about living is style! We take our gear and ice chest ashore (Picture 4) so when RK arrived around 4:45 pm. we are ready to head out for the backside of the SW part of the island. This is the only area open at this time of the year and only before 8 am and after 4 pm as there are so many visitors wandering about the island. Shooting visitors is definitely frowned upon and the paperwork is a killer if you do. About one hour later, as we are heading up a steep valley when RK and BJ spot a doe some 180 yards further up. She makes us but only trots uphill away from us though the undergrowth. BJ lays in the dirt and when she appears at 200+ yards, he lets fly using a 270 win with 130 gr. Federal Copper bullet. Whack. The deer she hunches up but keeps moving. BK puts fires again as she disappears in the undergrowth. We know she is hit and watch, hoping she will come out into the open. After several minutes RK spots a deer 50 yards lower down on the hillside and we are not sure if it the same one as it appears to be much darker. I line up on it but I cannot get a good firing solution due to bushes which turns out to be a good thing. The animal then disappears from sight. So BJ walks out and finds his doe where we saw the “second” animal. We carry her to a road and load her onto the truck that RJ brings around – it is one hour and two minutes after heading out. BJ had only pulled one doe tag so he is done. I realized afterward that this may be the first deer shot (7.19) in the 2018 deer season as no one had shot a deer on Catalina since the season opened on 7.16 as the only season opening earlier on July 14 was Archery Zone A (South Unit 110 and North Unit 160)


No more than 40 minutes later, a group of 3 deer cross in front of us about 170 yards away and there is a nice 4x4 in the group. They are bouncing over a ridgeline but I can’t find them in my scope. I had put it on 9x while watching BJ’s deer and forgot to put in back on 3x. A real rookie mistake. As those deer disappear, a forkie appears below following the others. But now I am ready so I dial him in as he is ambling up the hillside. Boom, a 30-06 168 gr. Vortex Barnes goes screaming downrange. He shutters, runs in a circle for about 20 yards and then drops unmoving. Luck is on our side, there is a road real near where he fell. We get the truck and drive to a spot no more than 50 level yards away from the downed animal – you can see it in the back of the picture .just to the right of the fellow with the white shirt (Picture 5). A cakewalk of a recovery. He is a nice forkie still in velvet. The bullet went in behind the Left shoulder, took out the lung, went through the heart and exited thru the right shoulder blade. It is now 6:50 am.


We decide to check out a different canyon system and as we are driving over there, we see a really nice doe (I have to shoot a doe now, only one buck allowed) standing on a hillside some 350 + yds right by the road ahead of us. She seems very unconcerned so we drove toward her till we were some 170 yards away and behind some trees. I get out and try to line up on her but there are branches in the way. My moving about to get the branches out of my sight picture probably troubled her as she turned and simply bounced away. As we continue driving, a buck and then a yearling doe runs across in front of us. The deer certainly are out and about this evening.


When we reach the edge of the other canyon system, we begin to drive down into it where we plan to hunt through the bottom land. However, before we can get there, we spot a nice doe across on the other wall of the canyon. She is standing 230+ yds and directly facing and looking at us. RK says “shoot her in the neck” so I get my sticks, line up and fire. Boom – a clear miss. But the doe doesn’t know where the danger is coming from so she conveniently turns broadside as I jack in another round and let fly. Whack. She takes a couple of steps and drops like a stone. Fortune is once more on our side for once we get on the road through the canyon bottom, we simply had go along till we were right below where the doe fell and drag her downhill to the truck thus making for yet another really easy recovery. As we are all getting older, the fact there was no need to hump some deer in a deer pack up the steep landscape of Catalina was a blessing. We are stoked – three deer down in two hours. Gutting this animal reveals that the bullet went right through the aorta and vena cava at the top of the heart and completely severed the heart from the great vessels. No wonder she dropped. It is now 7:30 pm and we are done. (Picture 6)


We take the deer to Middle Ranch, skin and hang them in the cold room for the night. We have real cheese, definitely NOT Chez Wiz with dinner (http://www.jesseshunting.com/showthread.php/264543-Three-Turkeys-Two-Days-But-is-this-stuff-really-food ). (Picture 7) Next morning, we put the deer in body bags and write on the larger doe’s bag, “Well dressed, Dear!” (Picture 8)


At 7:45 am we head for the local fire station in Avalon where we need to find a fireman to validate/signs off on our tags. BJ was concerned we might not find a fireman at the station so I suggested we start a brush fire and the fireman would come to us. He did not think it was a good idea. Ya think? On the way to Avalon we saw the iconic endemic Island Fox (size of a small cat) and the island bison (size of a bison, Picture 9). We only missed the Bald Eagles. I don’t think the fireman knew what to make of our Well dressed, Dear!, It is then back to middle ranch to pick up RK, break down the deer and put the meat in ice chests for the trip home. RK grabs his fishing gear and after we load the ice chests onto the boat, we take a skiff out into Cat Harbor for fishing. We do some halibut drifts but only BJ gets hooked up, a small smooth hound shark (not quite Jaws) which was released. So we go further out into the blue water looking for better fish. After propitiating the fishing gods with a secret ceremony, all of a sudden on line goes screaming out. After a monumental hour long tug of war, we land what is the first of what will be three remarkable Bluefin tuna. They fought hard but were no match for RK, BJ and Sponge Bob. (Picture 10)



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No animals were harmed unnecessarily in the telling of this tale but the Truth may have gotten knocked about a bit.

Of course, those Bluefin tuna were not caught at Catalina but were from a fishing trip out of San Diego I was on two 2 days before. I just wanted to show the picture to make all the fisherpersons who read this jealous.
 
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Great adventure,,,Congrats and fantastic pictures....not many people have done that....
 

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Darn you Andy. Always out living the dream. I'm pretty sure it's all of us jealous hunters that are watching you. We are hopeful you will slip up some time and teach us your tricks. Lol jk. So glad to to see you out getting the job done. Hope you had a wonderful trip. They are always better with real cheese. Did you go try the one I told you about? It's pretty good for a country boy like me. I obviously do not get exposed to that high end stuff to often.
Thanks for sharing your great story.
Hope all is well at Hope and you are having fun with the grand baby.
take care
Kory T.
 

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Congrats on your success!! Great story as always and great pics to boot!!
 

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That is a dream hunting & fishing combo hunt for most of us. Congrats, I am jealous!

Bryan
 

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Trying to do it while I still can

Darn you Andy. Always out living the dream. I'm pretty sure it's all of us jealous hunters that are watching you. We are hopeful you will slip up some time and teach us your tricks. Lol jk. So glad to to see you out getting the job done. Hope you had a wonderful trip. They are always better with real cheese. Did you go try the one I told you about? It's pretty good for a country boy like me. I obviously do not get exposed to that high end stuff to often.
Thanks for sharing your great story.
Hope all is well at Hope and you are having fun with the grand baby.
take care
Kory T.


First let me say 1) thanks to all of you said you enjoyed reading this tale and 2) thanks to all of you who are working and paying your taxes. I appreciate it as I am well onto Medicare. I don’t want anyone who is relatively new to this forum laboring under the mistaken belief that I am really a skilled hunter. I didn’t go back to hunting on land (after stopping in my 20’s as opposed to spear fishing which I continued) until about 7-8 years ago when I “retired.” Indeed the story of my first CA hog hunt and deer hunt on Catalina back in the day is somewhere on JHO’s forum. Being retired is a state of mind in terms of I’m very busy with work stuff but it is only what I want to be doing and on my schedule – my time commitments are what I decide, not someone else. That is a precious form of freedom.


I don't have any hunting tricks and the only tips I know are to 1) practice practice practice with the firearm(s) you use in all sorts of positions as that is more important than spending money on a very high end firearm given the accuracy of the modern rifle and scope, 2) find expert hunters to hunt with so they can look like you know what you are doing and 3) have a wife who is a better shot than you and likes to hunt as that keeps you humble and you get to do things together.

Best to all you JHO folks and especially to Jesse with thanks for getting me back immersed into hunting.

Andy S

PS - I haven't tried the special cheese you recommended Kory. I looked for it but it wasn't sold locally and then I got busy with other things and lost the "thread". Tell me again what it was and where you got it. AS

 
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Love reading your posts and enjoy the jokes too--as always, well done.
 

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Another very nice adventure. The pics show comradery as well as do it yourself cactus proof gators, the always rare lions main boot laces and a barefoot guy on a tuna boat.
Whats better than that!
 

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This is the cheese I was telling you about. https://www.cheese.com/challerhocker/
i got it at the farmers market at the grove in LA.

I wonder what what you will think. For all I know as a newbie and a country boy. I may think it is real good and come to find out to people that know cheese it is junk. Not sure. I think it must be a little good to be in that shop and it gets pretty good reviews. Hope you enjoy it.
 

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Those bluefin!!!!

Great job on the surf and turf!
 

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New "Hunt"

OK Kory, I am now on the "hunt" for Challerhocker cheese locally. I know I can get it via Amazon but I want to DIY, not a canned hunt... I'll let you know if I bag some and how it tastes. The chase is "on".
 

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Another success

OK Kory, I am now on the "hunt" for Challerhocker cheese locally. I know I can get it via Amazon but I want to DIY, not a canned hunt... I'll let you know if I bag some and how it tastes. The chase is "on".
Success. After careful scouting, intense glassing and diligent stalking, I finally managed to locate and bring down some of that elusive Challerhocker cheese. It was a tough hunt but in easy recovery and well worth it as the cheese is delightful. Thanks for the tip Kory

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Mmmmm good stuff Andy. I'm glad you like it. That little market was new to me a while back and I feel like I am in a different country as I walk around and check out all the shops. It is a overload the first few times. All your sense are going crazy. From the great smells to the looks of all the colors. That whole market us a must do fir anyone looking to get off the beaten path. Congrats on the hunt. Job well done.
 

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How many cool things can you put together there Andy ?
Getting mistaken for Sailing Snipers, Being boarded by Gmen and then laughing it off, Sailing the ocean, wilderness camping on an island, a sucessful deer hunt, what happen to the scuba diving for monster lobster ?
 

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How many cool things can you put together there Andy ?
Getting mistaken for Sailing Snipers, Being boarded by Gmen and then laughing it off, Sailing the ocean, wilderness camping on an island, a sucessful deer hunt, what happen to the scuba diving for monster lobster ?
Yeah Opah, I couldn't make this stuff up. Life is a "kick" if you keep your sense of humor which is not easy at times I admit. Lobster season does not begin until Oct. Then it is after bugs for sure. But before then, I have one more tuna trip and a "top secret hunt" that I will write up afterward

BEST to you and yours.
 


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