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Old 02-23-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Any Hunters out there ?

Any "boondocking" hunters out there in Airstream land ? The wife and I and our bird dogs hunt 4-5 months a year out of our 66 Ambassador. If the dogs aren't dirty, we put an old quilt on the floor and let them in for a while to warm up when it's cold. They are trained to "stay" on the quilt. At 56, the AS sure beats the hell out of tent camping/hunting as we did in the old days !

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Old 02-23-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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Yep, we do a fair amount of hunting and fishing out of our AS. We are fortunate to live in the middle of some of the best hunting in Idaho right in our back yeard. We do take a number of fishing trips and if I had a dog, I would do more bird hunting, which is my favorite.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:42 PM   #3
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We bowhunt in Colorado for deer, elk and moose when we draw a tag in Colorado in our Airstream.
It does beat a tent.
We have modified our trailer with solar, bigger batteries, led lights, a water filter and radiant heat for living off the grid.
We have a 25, specifically for driving on forest service roads and getting into tight campsites.
I like to bird hunt also but there isn't much of it in early fall before we go south for the winter.
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When we are done with the remodel. We will be traveling and following the seasons with 3 labradors and the wife's 2 collies and 4 rabbits.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:23 PM   #5
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Yep, we do a fair amount of hunting and fishing out of our AS. We are fortunate to live in the middle of some of the best hunting in Idaho right in our back yeard. We do take a number of fishing trips and if I had a dog, I would do more bird hunting, which is my favorite.
We live 100 miles from Coeur D' Alene. Good grouse around there ! We have Labs and Britts, same lines for 26 years.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:28 PM   #6
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We bowhunt in Colorado for deer, elk and moose when we draw a tag in Colorado in our Airstream.
It does beat a tent.
We have modified our trailer with solar, bigger batteries, led lights, a water filter and radiant heat for living off the grid.
We have a 25, specifically for driving on forest service roads and getting into tight campsites.
I like to bird hunt also but there isn't much of it in early fall before we go south for the winter.
We have talked about making a combo Grouse and Ptarmigan hunt in Colorado. Would love bagging a Ptarmigan for mounting. Probably leave the AS down low and spike out up high a few days for Ptarmigan.
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Yup!
My AS never goes anywhere. It just sits up at my land. It's my get-a-way from the city and the base camp for deer hunting, tractoring and a little fishing.
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I hope to take advantage of some hunting opportunities in the future (have to figure out the non-resident requirements). At the present time I have everything arranged to carry all of my flyfisihing and flytying "stuff."
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I carry a 22 rifle in case I see a dusky grouse while looking around for deer and elk in Colorado. I shoot a few of these great eating birds. People with dogs and shotguns can usually get a limit of 3 in good habitat but they have to cover a lot of ground.
I haven't seen a ptarmigan in years, but there are a few of them around. They need high vegetation for shelter above timberline and where there is high altitude snowmobiling, the bushes get beaten down.
District 10 in NW Colorado has a short season for sage grouse. I saw several covies before and after the season but someone got to them before I did. I was just walking around trying to flush them myself. Again it is a job for a good dog.
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I have a '99 27' Safari that has been customized for falconry and one-person travel. I have an English Setter and a new English Pointer puppy and have recently moved to SW Montana. Always looking for fellow falconers who have Airstreams. I want to upgrade to solar but for now use generators when necessary. Works great for fly fishing too!
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I will be 60 in may, hunted my entire life. An Airstream is the best mobile base camp EVER. Our 64 Safari has been ground up rebuilt for extended booney camping. Plans for 2015, CA. tags for Archery Deer (D-3,4,5), (D-6) and upland game stamp. I would like to get an Elk tag in Idaho or Utah this year or next also.


Ladylongwing "I have a '99 27' Safari that has been customized for falconry and one-person travel."

Lady,
what a great Idea!
I have a good friend who just got his Falconers license here in California.
I will have to tell him about you and your trailer.
Who knows maybe another AS owner in the future.
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Any "boondocking" hunters out there in Airstream land ? The wife and I and our bird dogs hunt 4-5 months a year out of our 66 Ambassador. If the dogs aren't dirty, we put an old quilt on the floor and let them in for a while to warm up when it's cold. They are trained to "stay" on the quilt. At 56, the AS sure beats the hell out of tent camping/hunting as we did in the old days !

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Amen to that. Have done bunches of trips to the Coconino National Forest, up on the Mogollion Plateau in Arizona. I have a 2007 AS and the underside of the trailer is enclosed and have to exercise extra care in back country because of the low ground clearance and enclosed underside. Punched a hole 4.0" diameter when crawling over small river rocks. Opps, big surprise.

Water seems to be the limiting factor when dry camping. I can stay out about a week by myself without much of a problem. Have Honda generator for AC power.

Have at it, enjoy.
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I have a '99 27' Safari that has been customized for falconry and one-person travel. I have an English Setter and a new English Pointer puppy and have recently moved to SW Montana. Always looking for fellow falconers who have Airstreams. I want to upgrade to solar but for now use generators when necessary. Works great for fly fishing too!
Lady,

Falconry...Very Cool !!! I have (2) friends that are falconers. "The sport of Kings," in your case, Queens !

We have hunted Montana a bunch over the last 20 years, big game and birds !
We usually make a bird hunt every year around Thanksgiving.
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I will be 60 in may, hunted my entire life. An Airstream is the best mobile base camp EVER. Our 64 Safari has been ground up rebuilt for extended booney camping. Plans for 2015, CA. tags for Archery Deer (D-3,4,5), (D-6) and upland game stamp. I would like to get an Elk tag in Idaho or Utah this year or next also.


Ladylongwing "I have a '99 27' Safari that has been customized for falconry and one-person travel."

Lady,
what a great Idea!
I have a good friend who just got his Falconers license here in California.
I will have to tell him about you and your trailer.
Who knows maybe another AS owner in the future.
Batman,

My Dad bought an AS in the 50's. It stayed at the duck club in Wasco, CA for the entire season until the late 60's. It was the Gilbreath bros duck club, on gun club rd. We would go hunting every weekend during the season. In the late 60's, Dad moved the AS down to the Salton Sea where we hunted Wister Refuge. As a small kid I knew someday I'd have an AS to hunt out of. Some of the best times of my life back then ! Back in the day, there were lots of pheasants in the cotton fields from Wasco to Kettleman city.
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