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APPLICATION STRATEGY 2019: Arizona Elk -
posted 1 year ago
@channel - After waiting for 45 minutes for the 26 other folks ahead of me to be served I was able to get my license by calling AZGFD at (602) 942-3000 option 7 technical issues with online licenses or draws. They processed my license renewal in 3 minutes, gave me the new license # and told me that they were inundated with requests due to their Online License App server crashing. I was able to complete my draw request online no problem.
Reminder to myself - buy your license in January (you can purchase and set a future start date) before the last minute online rush brings down the server!
Good luck to everyone on their draw!
Anyone else having issues renewing/buying their hunting license on AZGFD.com? I've been trying since 9pm CST yesterday and keep getting server time out. Tried other computers at work today. Must have tried to get in 400 times. Twice got thru far enough to click Complete Purchase just to have the system "time out again". I can apply in like 25 secs flat now.... Waited for an hour and half on the AZGFD phone # for licenses. Nada....called back 10 times....busy. I hate to miss the draw. My license expired today. Any suggestions?
Is going ultralight worth it? -
posted 1 year ago
Once I got rid of the sink I figured I could ditch the fridge too.
Perfect timing! Opening day of 2nd rifle CO elk found me at 10k feet soaked thru my base layer with way too much in my pack for the mission profile. As my first Western backpack hunt (I was doing spike camps and then regrouping at a base camp aka my truck) I definitely had packed for my fears and it slowed me down and held me back. However there is a reason why my friends call me MacGyver but I realized that it wasn’t because I had extras in my pack for them to borrow (which they always do) but b/c I could fix almost anything in an emergency with bubble gum, Gorilla tape, JB weld and a Leatherman. I spent that night pulling everything out of my pack and re-evaluating function, purpose and weight (“borrowed” my wife’s kitchen scale for this trip). Amazing how much easier it is to critically examine each piece of gear after carrying it all day. In the end I knocked about 15lbs of extraneous gear out of the pack . Never missed it, never needed it but was still safe and prepared but most importantly lighter! Made the rest of the hunt much better and I was able to go farther.
For me the 2 biggest areas that I can drop weight from for 2019 is my own body and my rifle. I’m in shape but could definitely knock 10lbs of fat off. Swapping out my beloved Savage 99 .358 @ 9lbs loaded w scope for a something like a Kimber Montana at about 6.5lbs loaded w scope would be an improvement. Maybe I can use the savings from not drinking beer toward a new rifle while I lose that 10lbs. Talk about sacrifices!
8 people just won a Stone Glacier EVO 40/56 backpack -
posted 2 years ago
Congrats Lads! Looking forward to getting your reports from the field on how you’re liking that pack.
Kristen A. Schmitt