Well I had a Fun weekend. I made some mistakes and learned some lessons. Such asÖ.1) Get away from people.2) Deer can be anywhere.3) Glass the hillsides.4) Leave the lost distressed bear dog alone at worse it will go back into the food chain. If it fallows you Ö. Drive faster.FridayWell Lets start with Friday. I got the gear loaded got all Camoed up then I got stuck picking the kids up from school. Least I made the school staff feel uncomfortable. I pick up my Dad then went back to the house to pick up the stuff I forgot. Then I finally headed out to Cherry lake. On the way up we saw a large heard of dear in Sonora with a few legal bucks to bad they where on private property inside incorporated city limits. Sides they seem to be more pets now since these deer are there all the time every year. Any way we got up to cherry and checked the usual spots in Penny Pines. We didnít see anything and It got far to dark to continue even though we had about 15 minutes until shooting time ends. We went to the camp grounds set up camp eat and went to bed. Some time after midnight it started to rain.Saturday It was slight drizzle and fog in the AM. We got up before sunrise and headed out. We spent all morning looking around. We didnít see anything on 4 legs. We did see gut piles a skin and a few dismembered legs on the road. Around noon we went back to camp.Rain Snow and Hail!We got lightning, thunder, pouring down rain, mixed with a lot of hail, and a few snow flakes, at about 67 deg Fahrenheit. I think this is only the third time in my life Iíve seen this happen. And the other two times where accompanied by a tornado. Dad and Me Considered calling it quits, and making a mad dash for home. Just then the weather stopped and the sun popped out. We went back out. I tried some new trails. Getting frustrated, I made the statement ďGod right Now Iíd settle for just seeing a deer.Ē We turned the corner and there in the trail was a very large Doe. Well It got dark and we headed back to camp.Sunday We got to a late start. It was a little bit colder then Saturday but no rain. Our first sitting was from a hill. We had stopped to play with the glass (I got a new pair of Binos and Dad got a new spotting scope). We managed to see 3 deer on a trail on across the valley on another hill about 300 yards away. We didnít see any horns however since I can actually shoot that far accurately and there was a Forestry road about 200 feet below between us and the deer. The question came up Ö. Can you shoot across a forestry road/trail? I found regs that says I cannot shoot from or upon a roadSAFETY: It is always unlawful to: Hunt while intoxicated (FGC 3001); Shoot at any game birdfrom a powerboat, sailboat, motor vehicle, or aircraft while under power or still moving from useof sail or motor (CCR/T14, Section 251); Shoot any firearm from or upon a public road or highway(PC 374©).Public Road definition.PUBLIC ROAD OR OTHER WAY OPEN DEFINED: ďPublic road or other way openĒ, particularly,with respect to safety regulations, includes any roads, dirt or otherwise, trails, open fields, parkinglots, etc., open to public access.To bad half of the Regs are wrote in Legalise.Any way we moved on and I made the comment ďGod I just wanta see something with antlersĒ well we saw 2 deer a doe and a buck with huge spikes Ö unfortunately no forks. I did manage to get a picture of it.Later we managed to see a pair of dowse.Unfortunately we got chased for about a mile down the road by some ones bear dog. The dog was soaked and he looked like he was starving. The dog also had red raw paws. We got to a high traffic area where the dog was in the way and risking getting ran over. When we stopped the dog jumped into the back of my truck. The dog had a radio color with the name Sal Perales and a 7 digit phone number. We asked around the area (a few people where camping there) and asked people passing by if they new the hunter or dog or had seen any bear hunters in the area unfortunately they all answered ďnoĒ. We did hear that a hunter the day before lost a dog. I went up and down the forest road about a mile to find a spot I got cell signal but I couldnít get out. I went back to the spot the dog fallowed us to and waited. After a few hours a forestry ranger came by. The ranger called into her dispatch and they called the number on the Tag. Dispatched informed us it was Salís Collar but he loaned it to a friend. About 10 minutes later a Bear Hunter came flying up the road. I flagged him down. I asked him if he was missing a dog. He said Yes gave us the name on the collar and stated he wished we hadnít picked the dog up. I informed the guy that we had been in the area for 3 hours and the dog had fallowed us for over a mile. He said the dog was just looking for a place to rest. He scooped up his dog thanked us and left.That pretty much summed up my weekend after the bear dog incident we went back to camp packed up and went home.
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