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GaryB last won the day on January 4 2014

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  1. Leave them alone basically, unless they were in specific danger of being hit. Mostly the class was for the construction guys who over see contractors and have to report everything. If we do have to move them, we have to report it. So basically if I see one chances are I won't The stupid thing was they told us that the older ones were considered the preferred ones to save since the little ones take so long to age enough to reproduce. Soooo, it's fine for future generations to die as long as the old ones can still crank them out? But they really don't want you to handle them because of the chance they may scare and defecate or urinate, thus losing their water storage. And they don't get their water from drinking, but from food, and they could dehydrate before they ate enough food to replenish. They can also die if they get rolled onto their back as it crushes their organs, but don't touch them because they might poop! They must not be too rare though, they shut down the refuge in Vegas a few months ago and euthanized a bunch that were considered too sick to put into the wild.
  2. Yeah, I have Nick's book on my list of to gets. I have a couple of Shawn's books too, they're good info to have; his website has been a good source of research info for me as well.
  3. The problem around here is that most of the SAR is made up from transplanted city people who think because they have a 4x4 or an ATV and they went to a class they can handle anything. The guy in charge power tripped from what I hear and chased everyone off that would have been a valuable asset. I've never heard of anyone claiming they could smell a snake. I'm not even sure how that'd be possible unless they have scent glands? But I agree, smell helps a lot.
  4. Well everything with the sensors is coil sprung. Driving a new vehicle with coils and all the luxuries that come with it is like driving a Cadillac compared to my Scout, even with it aired down.
  5. I picked up a used Thule rack for the Scout on Ebay, I have yet to mount it as the mounting I have planned works in conjunction with the cage I yet to build. But IIRC I got it for about half what a new one went for and it was pretty much in brand new shape. Then worse case you might have to buy the exact brackets for your Durango, but it might be worth looking into, maybe even check out Craiglist.
  6. On my Scout I run 33" BFG M/T's and air down to 15 lbs. when I'm going to be exploring for any amount of time. I use the Stahn deflators, the ones you can set yourself. I air up using CO2, I can air up all four tires in about 5 minutes unless it's real cold or real humid and then the valving likes to freeze up. I can usually get about 25 air ups out of a tank and a refill is around $10-15 depending on where I get it. Plus I can use an air nozzle to blow dust off stuff as I have the tank regulated down to 125 PSI. I also have the Rancho adjustable shocks, if I know I'm in for a bumpy ride I can turn them off and with the air down it's not too bad a ride. Having leaf springs on all four corners can be like riding a bull sometimes. Everything else I haveor have had that is 4X has the sensors and damn warning lights and buzzers so I don't bother airing them down.
  7. I've been meaning to organize and list mine, I keep buying books I already have I'll have to get a list together and post them here, though I also collect general history books concerning Nevada. Just got 2 more rare ones for Christmas on Lincoln County, NV.
  8. According to the BLM their area is pretty much everything south of Goldfield to Caliente, though we've seen them toward Tonopah and Ely. We ( southern NDOT) actually had to go to a class on what to do if we encountered one on the job. The instructor was getting mad because I kept calling them "turtles" and asking which one was Raphael. Environmentalists have no sense of humor.
  9. Some of us have a running joke around here about our SAR needing SAR to find them when they go out looking for someone. Lots of people with good intenetions but not enough training. Then you get some guy who wants to play sheriff and he chases off all the guides, ranchers and long time residents who know the area and know how to survive. One coworker even told his wife he'd rather die lost than be found by them, and if she ever called them to look for him he was going to divorce her.
  10. I'm kinda lucky, they make a larger tank for the Scouts so I have a 33 gallon tank, plus 2 - 5 gallon jerry cans mounted to the back end. I fabbed my own swing out carrier and bumper, and put the cans between the spare tire and tailgate. If I get hit hard enough to drive the 33" spare through the carrier and into the cans, spilled fuel or fire is likely the least of my issues. You're probably limited on swing out carriers due to not having a real rear bumper, but I see plenty of Cherokee's and similiar SUV's running around with roof racks and gas cans strapped down. If you do go with jerry cans, I recomend the "NATO" style which uses a hasp lid instead of the spin on lid like typical jerrys. I have 4 of them and they work great, they don't leak and I can lay them flat or on their edge. The only issue is they will splash a little gas when you open them if you do any altitude climbs or they sit in the heat, but not anything worse than a typical jerry. Plus the fill spouts can suck if you don't get the right one. The all metal ones leak, where as the rubber hose ones tend to be fine. I got my last two from Sportsman's Guide as they were the cheapest source http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/us-military-surplus-style-20l-5-1-4-gal-jerry-can-olive-drab.aspx?a=984598 and I got my filler neck at a surplus store. A side note: California is very strict on fuel cans/storage. I know the cans have to be self closing to prevent fire or spilling, and they have to be contained in a certain fashion. If you venture into CA, you might want to look into the laws to be safe. You might be fine 99% of the time, but all it takes is one bored or pissed off CHP to ruin your day.
  11. Likely the Antiquities Act http://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/anti1906.htm IIRC any site older than 50 years is considered applicable. It's kind of a slippery slope on what is covered or not though. A ghost town or mine, highly likely. A sheep herders shack out in the hills that even the BLM is unaware of? Probably not. Unless you find something really neat and the gmen want it for themselves. I think most state laws are just an extension of it, basically giving governors or historical societies power to grant coverage to a particular site. Plus it probably depends on the governing body too. I think a state or municipal enentity can enact a law faster on their land than the gmen can on public. But I think having artifacts in a museum makes more sense than being under a lake of water and mud. Besides I'm sure divers have long ago hit the site for anything really valuable.
  12. I've heard of counties going in and trying to tax the land owners/site claimer for buildings or "improvements" of long established mine sites. It doesn't surprise me, counties are either being forced to look for more revenue because the feds take and take or they're just greedy and looking for their chunk of the pie. It's just BS that if you file a claim on an old site, and there happens to be structures or buildings on it, they feel you should pay for it even though they haven't been getting taxes on the site for over 50 years. Forbid anyone try to establish a new venture that might employ people and thus make more tax money without first taxing them into the poor house. But the biggest issue is reclamation by the BLM. Millions are set aside from taxes and mining claims plus what ever the feds divvy up to go in and remove everything man made and in most cases fill in the shafts or implode adits. Sometimes they put in bat girders in the shafts and adits if they find nesting, but when they are done, usually very little remains. Though it does seem to be on a case by case or more likely region by region situation. The Vegas BLM I feel believes in removing anything and everything while some of the rural BLM offices look at cleaning up hazardous waste and removing unsafe structures while leaving as much history alone as possible. Then again it likely boils down to the specific field director. There's places I have found that with out specific GPS coordinates very few people would come across, those I tend to keep to myself though I make the pictures public, can't hurt anything if they don't know where it is. Like others have said though, if it's a well known, especially published place, you're likely not going to do anymore damage than has been done by saying where the picture was taken. And I have turned in "diggers" before, though I doubt very little was ever done to follow up.
  13. Not really. It just snowed when I was trying to hunt, and having to plow the snow cut into my hunting. There was enough snow in spots to make areas inaccessible though.
  14. Had tag soup this season. Weather was crappy for my Dad's hunt and too much snow for mine. Other than that I am as good as can be considering some issues of late.
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