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Old 12-07-2010, 08:26 AM   #15
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Hibby, the solar charger was on the trailer when we puchased it so I have no information about it. There is a small panel on the roof and a controller panel in the kitchen. It does more than an adequate job. If we had another panel and bigger batteries, I am sure the solar charger would handle all of our power needs
Last year we hunted near Rawlins in the area boundried by I-80 on the south and U.S. 287 on the East. Lots of antelope and BLM land and you can visit Yellowstone Park before hunting as it is right up the road on 287.
I am sure there are good areas in the eastern part of the state. The Wyoming fish and game map is on the internet and the public land is identified in the Wyoming map Gazetter. Good Luck, Hank
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #16
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Got it! I printed the map yesterday from Wyoming Fish & Game and I see area 61. Looks like a 20 hour drive for us, which we can do. I also have a copy of the Wyoming Gazetteer already, and just need to dig it out. Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:20 PM   #17
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This is a great thread. The wife and I purchased our 1st trailer (1964 Safari) 8/28/2010 but did not take it with me this season . I have a bad floor and have an appointment with the doctor to do a frame off rebuild this spring Feb or March 2011. Photo's and details to follow. I have hunted in California, Nevada and Utah. Not many Pronghorn in CA and NV has to many restriction now and UT is changing in 2011. To avoid the crowds I love to hunt mostly archery these days. I shoot a Bowtech bow and Goldtip arrows. However I have a 7MM and a couple of 30-06's that I love also. Here in CA I hunt Deer on NF land. I would like to Hunt Wyoming some time. WY seems to have a larger quota and longer season for antelope than UT or NV. Anyway great thread.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:29 AM   #18
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Devil Track Lake

We were up in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota in August and liked it so much that we went back in October. Had originally planned to stay at the End of Trails forest service campground on Sea Gull Lake at the end of the Gunflint Trail out of Grand Marais. The website said they wouldn't allow trailers over 20 feet so we scrambled and stayed at Gunflint Pines, which is a very nice privately owned campground with full service.

While driving around we discovered there are all kinds of beautiful forest service campgrounds up there. When we came back in October we stayed at Devil Track Lake forest service campground because we wanted to be close to Grand Marais. They have beautiful lakeside sites with no services. I've included some photos below.

The only thing I didn't like is that the government has contracted out the campground maintenance and operation to a private company. Normally the fee at a forest service campground would be $8. Here it was $16.

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:04 AM   #19
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In our home state, Colorado, the Forest Service allows free, dispersed camping in many lightly used locations.
When visiting a new area, we usually stay at a known, in the book location for a couple of days while we check things out. We visit the Forest Service office if convenient and drive the Forest Service roads. Rules are usually posted at the National Forest boundary We like to check out a possible site first without the Airstream to make sure we like the site and can access it easily.
Heavily used areas often prohibit free dispersed camping and require the use of campgrounds. Often these are very nice and charge a reasonable fee compared to a private campground.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:16 AM   #20
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My wife and I spend the summer in MT on the Yellowstone River about 35 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to our trailer I also keep a couple boats, a Polaris Ranger, and various other toys there. While I'm primarily there to fish, and we stay in a full service campground, there is enough nearby National Forest and private land open to the public, that a person would have no problem in finding nice places to boondock camp and/or hunt to their heart's content. (One problem though for non-resident hunters in MT might be the high license cost.)

From a fisherman's perspective, I'd always like to have more fish to catch, but it appears to me there is an overabundance of deer - so many that we try not to drive at all after dark - somebody please come in the fall and harvest more of them!

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Old 12-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #21
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Batman, welcome... My wife and I love to hunt (bow or rifle) & flyfish, thus my quest for unique and great places to pursue the passion. In fact, we bought the Airstream to allow us to hunt, camp, and fish with more mobility and comfort than tents or hotels allow. Thanks to everyone's input and ideas! I think our fall vacation will be to Wyoming for antelope (thanks, handn!) unless I change tune and head for the Boundary Waters (Tinloaf, LOVE the photos!) Half of the fun is dreaming and planning.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #22
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We have some wonderful flyfishing in Michigan. Although it is a long haul from Montana, especially when you're in the heart of trout country, the Muskegon River, Au Sable River, and Manistee provide some of the best flyfishing around. My wife is better than I...

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Old 12-16-2010, 02:37 AM   #23
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Great photo. It look like she is getting ready to release that monster. That looks like a salmon, to big for a Rainbow. I have not had much luck with fly fishing. However I do like to tie flies and I will use them on my ultra light spinning rig in small streams for scrappy little brookies. We back pack 3 or 4 times a year to remote wilderness locations to fish and photo. Here are some pics of a Rainbow, a Brown, a Golden and a Brook. Nothing that would compare to your wives beastie. Tell her I am jealous.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:47 AM   #24
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Great photo. It look like she is getting ready to release that monster. That looks like a salmon, to big for a Rainbow. I have not had much luck with fly fishing. However I do like to tie flies and I will use them on my ultra light spinning rig in small streams for scrappy little brookies. We back pack 3 or 4 times a year to remote wilderness locations to fish and photo. Here are some pics of a Rainbow, a Brown, a Golden and a Brook. Nothing that would compare to your wives beastie. Tell her I am jealous.
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Wow! some really nice pics of fish. I'm am very much into bow hunting and sounds like my wife any I, our AS and our Bowtechs need to head out to Montana next fall and help control those deer herds.

Got this one on State land in Oakland Co., MI. and yes old guys can still climb trees to hunt.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:47 PM   #26
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This is what it's about... Pix sure make the post!

I would love to find some great places to park the Airstream as a home base to do some day hikes into areas for flyfishing...
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My husband is an avid hunter. Deer & pheasant are the main things he hunts. Yes, we eat them! He also likes to hunt coyote. A couple of years ago he had a trip planned for New Mexico for varment hunting. His flight up here in Chicago was cancelled at the last minute due to a shortage of pilots. Man, was he disappointed! He & his buddies had a guide & lodging all lined up for the week. Well, I thought it would be fun for us to go down to New Mexico with the trailer. He could hunt, I could make Dutch oven creations & read books or whatever while he went out hunting. Does anyone here know anything about hunting in New Mexico in the months of November/December? I don't know the first thing about it, but I'm sure someone here has a bit of knowledge! I wanted to try to go this fall, but our daughter & son-in-law had our first grandchild, so we stuck close to home. Maybe next year!
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Deer Hunt 2010

Here's this year's deer taken during the 2nd shotgun season in Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. We boondock in a nice flat spot right off the forest service road.

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