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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 08:03 AM


Have tracked bighorns with radio collars. They can be very hard to spot, even if you know where they are, blend in with the rocks and background.
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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 08:11 AM


borrego Cimarron is a big ticket item in baja...mucho dinero for a tag and trip. It was explained to me by a guide from the San Borja area how some of the elder rancher men had the job of following the heards and they had made water holes for them, the idea being to keep track of where the big males were so when the hunters came they would know where to take them. their locations are documented and photographed and they know in advance which animal will be "offered" to the hunter.

Although I am NOT an advocate for trophy hunting, the way they explained it to me made sense in an economic way and they only sell very very few tags a year. The large sum of money it brings in to their poor ejidos goes a long way to helping the families and ranchers survive.

Unlike bear hunting where hunters want the largest speciman which takes out the strongest bears from the gene pool...cimarrons that are targeted are the great grandfathers who have the biggest horns...and supposedly these old machos are no longer reproducing. The old ranchers find and track the animals to be targeted...the hunters probably dont realize it that they are led to where they are. This may not be the method in other areas but that is the story I was told by a guide.

Interesting how these Biosphere Reserves "protects" the animals so they can sell the tags to kill them for cold cash. The same deal goes for the Pronghorn Antelope in our Reserve here. I was so impressed with the millions of dollars donated by the Ford Foundation to try to save the Berrendos from extinction...until I found out that the plan was to breed em, set em free with radio tags, and then sell permits to trophy hunters...kinda took the delilght out of the program for me....and the hunters certainly will not want the old farts in this species. But geez...berrendo was a popular food source before and is supposed to be THE best meat ever...probably because they eat only flowers!!! If one allows wealthy hunters to bag them...what about allowing the ranchers to serve em up to visitors??? it's all economic developement isnt it??...turtles...pronghorn??? all endangered.

I agree with allowing indigenous people to exercise their rights to traditional food sources...but trophy hunting just rubs me the wrong way personally....although if the taking of a few older animals gets a new school for the kids...well...hmmm...I guess I can find it in my heart to understand their predicament.




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 08:29 AM


tripledigitken, thanks for the nice compliment on the hood horns. I will inform the Basque sheepman here at home (one of my neighbors) who put it on my rig before I drove down to Baja. He got the biggest kick out of putting them on there.

Did you notice the little mule deer buck in the road, the fifth picture down? He was not interested in leaving the pavement that morning.

Shari, you are correct on the "big ticket" issue for the sheep. There were two hunting parties at the airport in Loreto the morning I was there in February 2008 (taking my wife there to fly home) and I talked to both. The price of the tag for the biosphere tag was $50,000. usd. The other party had hunted on a private ranch west of Juncalito and the price of that tag was $35,000 usd. Those are just the prices of the tags/permits.




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 01:06 PM


b1, thanks for all that interesting info and pix. I will ask in Mulege tomorrow if someone does just a tour or camping trip to view the animals and the volcanos, etc. I'm not for trophy hunting either, but I can see someone thinking that if the gene pool survives and expands, it's better than extinction. It takes money...
When will the spotted bay bass become an endangered species (can't find many in Bahia Concepcion anymore)?
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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 02:43 PM


b1, thanks for the look down the Tres Virgenes Geothermal road... Twice now we drove by saying we wondered what was it like in there... Sign says 'hotel' and restaurant symbol... but you were chased out?



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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 02:49 PM


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Anybody have Steinbeck's "Log from the Sea of Cortez" on their Kindle?
Can you quick-read it for McFez, plz?
There's also a copy in the Rock Room at Shari's!!


I have the actual book, not on a 'Kindel'...

On pages 159-166 the borrego hunt is discussed... and they are going into the mountains west of Puerto Escondido... which is south of Loreto.




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 02:49 PM


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The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck ...in an chapter..writes about these mountain sheep that they went inland to hunt for. One of the local ranchers took them on this hunt. I assumed the area was San Felipe. Just thought I throw that in this conversation. Any sheep in San Felipe area still?


I have personally seen a HUGE ram in the middle of the road between Coco's and HWY 1 a few years ago. We were traveling northbound around the blind mountain curves and POW! There he was. What a giant. His shoulder stood above the hood of our Suburban. By the time I grabbed the camera from the dash and jumped out, he was down the ravine and halfway up the other mountain. I swear it only took him only three jumps. Im just lucky that my dad and a friend were with me, or nobody would have believed me
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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 02:55 PM


elfbrewery, They're not the only species that's hard to find in the Bahia Conception/Mulge area.

b1, The wind has turned white in Idaho.
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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 02:56 PM


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Originally posted by David K
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Anybody have Steinbeck's "Log from the Sea of Cortez" on their Kindle?
Can you quick-read it for McFez, plz?
There's also a copy in the Rock Room at Shari's!!


I have the actual book, not on a 'Kindel'...

On pages 159-166 the borrego hunt is discussed... and they are going into the mountains west of Puerto Escondido... which is south of Loreto.


"up on a trail" where they are crawling on their hands and knees to get to a certain plateau...... Is that it DavidK ? Gods...my memory is waste!




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 03:00 PM
Borregos closer to San Felipe...


100 miles south of San Felipe and 12 miles west of Gonzaga Bay, near Mision Santa Maria... May, 2007:















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Originally posted by mcfez
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Originally posted by David K
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Originally posted by Mulegena
Anybody have Steinbeck's "Log from the Sea of Cortez" on their Kindle?
Can you quick-read it for McFez, plz?
There's also a copy in the Rock Room at Shari's!!


I have the actual book, not on a 'Kindel'...

On pages 159-166 the borrego hunt is discussed... and they are going into the mountains west of Puerto Escondido... which is south of Loreto.


"up on a trail" where they are crawling on their hands and knees to get to a certain plateau...... Is that it DavidK ? Gods...my memory is waste!


:light:

On pages 161-162:

"We came at last to a trail of broken stone and rubble so steep that the mules could not carry us any more. We dismounted and crawled on all fours, and we don't know how the mules got up. After a short climb we emerged on a level place in a deep cleft in the granite mountains. In this cleft a tiny stream of water fell hundreds of feet from pool to pool. There were palm trees and wild grapevines and large ferns, and the water was cool and sweet..."

:cool: :bounce:




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 03:19 PM


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...but trophy hunting just rubs me the wrong way personally....although if the taking of a few older animals gets a new school for the kids...well...hmmm...I guess I can find it in my heart to understand their predicament.


i guess i like trophy hunting more when i think of it as a method to tax the rich :lol::lol:
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Yah, those rich people are so bad... hiring us at their businesses and homes to allow us to provide for our families... shame on them!

(Poor people have never hired me to work for them, how about you? The more rich people there are the more money for the rest of us)




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Yah, those rich people are so bad... hiring us at their businesses and homes to allow us to provide for our families... shame on them!

(Poor people have never hired me to work for them, how about you? The more rich people there are the more money for the rest of us)


twas meant to be a funny comment, dk. don't get your panties in a bunch.

but I do think that if people want to participate in barbaric trophy hunts, I hope they pay a lot and the money goes to good causes to counter-balannce the evil of the killing for "sport"
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Yah, those rich people are so bad... hiring us at their businesses and homes to allow us to provide for our families... shame on them!

(Poor people have never hired me to work for them, how about you? The more rich people there are the more money for the rest of us)


twas meant to be a funny comment, dk. don't get your panties in a bunch.

but I do think that if people want to participate in barbaric trophy hunts, I hope they pay a lot and the money goes to good causes to counter-balannce the evil of the killing for "sport"


I agree... killing should be limited to self defense and eating.




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Originally posted by mcfez
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Originally posted by Mulegena
Anybody have Steinbeck's "Log from the Sea of Cortez" on their Kindle?
Can you quick-read it for McFez, plz?
There's also a copy in the Rock Room at Shari's!!


I have the actual book, not on a 'Kindel'...

On pages 159-166 the borrego hunt is discussed... and they are going into the mountains west of Puerto Escondido... which is south of Loreto.


"up on a trail" where they are crawling on their hands and knees to get to a certain plateau...... Is that it DavidK ? Gods...my memory is waste!


:light:

On pages 161-162:

"We came at last to a trail of broken stone and rubble so steep that the mules could not carry us any more. We dismounted and crawled on all fours, and we don't know how the mules got up. After a short climb we emerged on a level place in a deep cleft in the granite mountains. In this cleft a tiny stream of water fell hundreds of feet from pool to pool. There were palm trees and wild grapevines and large ferns, and the water was cool and sweet..."

:cool: :bounce:


That's it!!! What a incredible story of crawling around on some ol dusty hot trail! What imagination that brings to one's mind.

DavidK.....you think you could i.d. that trail? I'd be the first one getting up there.

Oh....thanks David for the research. Any secret beach hot spots? :o




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 07:33 PM
hunting bighorn tres virgines


the sheep hunting price tag is up to $55,000 is what I was told today. They average 7 American hunters a year :o:o

pics of hunting @ 3 virgenes

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the sheep hunting price tag is up to $55,000 is what I was told today. They average 7 American hunters a year :o:o

pics of hunting @ 3 virgenes

[Edited on 12-1-2010 by BajaBlanca]


For that price.....my Mother in Law is an old goat....anyone....anyone....$20,000?




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Hi David K, sorry for the delay in answering your question about being "chased out" of the Tres Virgenes Geothermal Road. I did not take the side road up to the "Restaurant and Hotel". I went down the main road which did have a metal swing barrier but it was open and there were folks working on the road so I never thought much of it (hoping to see if the road would take me to the sea). Went on down well past the electrical plant and was merrily on my way still on the paved road when one of the plant workers in a white service pickup caught up to me and let me know I could not be down there. I was not supposed to go beyond/through the metal swing gate barrier (like are on the forrest service roads here in the northwest). The worker was polite but firm.

And yes Cypress, how I know the winds of Idaho have now turned white. However, reality dictates that I can't visit my friends -the banana trees of Baja- until February. thanks, b1




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[*] posted on 11-30-2010 at 10:12 PM
Good Read, Nomads


This has turned into a really interesting Thread.

No idea about the hunting situation in Baja. I thought a Biosphere Reserve was just that, a reservation of safety for the flora and fauna... but $ is $ and there seems to be a supply of it, so there ya' go.

I really enjoyed the photos of the sheep; some of David's have a petroglyph, almost sepia-tone quality about them. Beautiful.




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