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Title: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 19, 2012, 07:22:00 PM
Well, I have a few friends who have a desire to go into some the most rugged terrain this beautiful country can offer to test their mental and physical toughness, along with the strengths and weaknesses of their gear.   Not to be outdone, I decided that I too will do the same, only in a different location.   I sure hope I can survive this one.

Here I am prepping for another rigorous adventure Motor City Machete style...

          (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/Tradgang/9DB06E64-5EA1-4150-A38E-5162EB9D5C9C-10830-0000100C77B93BD8.jpg)

I pick up my hunting license tomorrow and begin 5 more days of intensive scouting (just like above) along with chasing wild roosters with longbow and wood arrows, then it is off to Waimea Canyon where I meet up with a couple buddies (who  live here) for 4 days of extreme tropical adventure trying to put the stalk on as many feral goats as humanly possible.  Once complete, I'm taking another 5 days to reflect on the experience before returning home.  It seems there is a problem with nonidiginous goats and chickens here, so I took it upon myself to do the right thing, which is, bring the family here to Kauai, Hawaii with me for moral support.

I also brought along a dozen specially made Machetes for this trip.  I'm hoping to return with none.  

Does anyone care to follow along on this adventure with me?
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Rob W. on August 19, 2012, 07:30:00 PM
Not me! The conditions look brutal. Could'nt bare to see a fellow Tradganger in so much pain.  :p  


  :campfire:  Rob
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Green on August 19, 2012, 07:32:00 PM
Good luck Mike.  Sure hope you survive this one.    :bigsmyl:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 19, 2012, 07:34:00 PM
Added bonus was that the resort just waived the fee for Internet here.  I thought I was going to be roughing it big time without that.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Pokerdaddy on August 19, 2012, 07:41:00 PM
Glad to see you getting some "scouting" in, Mike.  Have fun both in the treacherous wilds and back at "camp".  Looking forward to hearing the after action report.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: magnus on August 19, 2012, 08:12:00 PM
Have a great time Mike. The goat n chicken hunting should be fun. might be able to get after a pig or two as well. Aloha!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Steve O on August 19, 2012, 08:13:00 PM
I am all for it as long as you can keep those toes out of the rest of the pictures    :saywhat:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Bisch on August 19, 2012, 08:57:00 PM
I have a history with Goats!  :knothead:    :knothead:  

Good luck and get all of them that you can.

Bisch
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: buckeye_hunter on August 19, 2012, 08:59:00 PM
If you can wait about 20 years, I will come and hunt with you!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Dirtybird on August 19, 2012, 09:17:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Steve O:
I am all for it as long as you can keep those toes out of the rest of the pictures     :saywhat:  
I'm with Steve. Ha ha....
Best of luck to ya Mike and I'm sure either way the hunt turns out you'll have memories of a lifetime.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: lpcjon2 on August 19, 2012, 09:23:00 PM
Im in and get a pedicure for the good of the group. And were the Hawaiian people surprised at how white people from Michigan are...LOL
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Duckbutt on August 19, 2012, 09:24:00 PM
Mike,
You are one tough nut.  I don't think I could make myselft hunt with all the distractions there.  Heck I can't even hardly do it here.  Our deer season started this week and I'm taking the day off tomorrow and going surfing with Delaney.  
Hope you have a good hunt, bra!   :D
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: owlbait on August 19, 2012, 09:26:00 PM
Send plenty of pics Mike. Especially of the trackers!  :bigsmyl:  Which bow will you be shooting?
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: on August 19, 2012, 10:06:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Steve O:
I am all for it as long as you can keep those toes out of the rest of the pictures     :saywhat:  
:p
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 19, 2012, 10:16:00 PM
Joining me on this hunt is the latest addition to my bow rack...a custom Tall Tines longbow, that I will be shooting douglas fir arrows tipped with Eclipse 125 grain broadheads.  I made a couple "rooster" arrows and they are tipped with 125 grain Ace broadheads.  

And yes Tim, I thought I was tan till I looked around.  I'm glowing like a neon light, but I'm going to do my best to remedy that problem.

If this goes as well as I'm hoping, I can see this being a yearly thing.  If done correctly, it can be VERY cost effective.  For those of you that don't know me, I'm usually cheaper than a Chineese toy (read that as very frugal).  Best thing I ever did was quit smoking and, for the most part, drinking.  All the money I would have spent on that vise, I tuck away weekly to enjoy things like this.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on August 19, 2012, 10:18:00 PM
Good luck Mike!  I hope you bloody a few arrows. definitely a trip I would like to try!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Colotrad on August 19, 2012, 11:18:00 PM
Sounds awesome!!  Good luck.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Theis on August 19, 2012, 11:19:00 PM
Make sure you get some SPF30 on those feet. I was on a similar safari once, and burnt the inside of my heels!   "[dntthnk]"   Tough hunting once the boots go back on.

Good luck hunting goats.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: huntmaster80 on August 19, 2012, 11:28:00 PM
sounds like a great time!!!!!!! keep us posted
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: bawana bowman on August 19, 2012, 11:32:00 PM
Let me see, You gave up sunning yourself in a Florida Swamp and chasing Hogs. In exchange for lounging by a pool, chasing chickens, and climbing canyons in hopes of being better at it than the resident Goats?
Let's hope you made the right choice!!
Good hunting and I'll be watching!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: tradtusker on August 20, 2012, 05:04:00 AM
Looks like pretty wild Country there   :D  

Good luck, if you survive it, we'l follow along.

   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: wooddamon1 on August 20, 2012, 05:15:00 AM
Be careful over there, looks treacherous!   :saywhat:    :campfire:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: katman on August 20, 2012, 05:52:00 AM
How did you get a picture of your mirage? Keep your chin up you will get thru the first tough stretch.
 
Hint, get some sunglasses so the mrs does not see where your eyes are looking.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: DWT on August 20, 2012, 06:30:00 AM
Nice job convincing the wife this wasnt a hunting trip, nice diversion move. I would like to add though you should connsider some lightweight camo on those legs the sunglare might effect your shooting. Good luck with the goats and the roosters, looks like alot of fun to be had by the whole family. Don
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: oklahomaleatherman on August 20, 2012, 07:39:00 AM
I'm in.  Shoot straight and good luck in those canyons!

K.C.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: pdk25 on August 20, 2012, 08:25:00 AM
Good luck, Mike. Should be an awesome trip.  Looking forward to the rest of the story.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Onestringer on August 20, 2012, 06:08:00 PM
Good luck, have fun.

Scott
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Owlgrowler on August 20, 2012, 06:50:00 PM
Oh the humanity! Glad to see some one willing to take one for the team  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 20, 2012, 08:50:00 PM
Temporary setback today.  I went to purchase my license, and the area we were going to hunt is closed due to wildfires.  So my buddy came over and we poured thru the topo maps of the different hunt areas, and picked a different area to get our goat stamp for.  Going to hunt the cliffs where it is all goat trails and drop offs.  I should have some good pictures come Wednesday of the area we are going to hunt.  I'm planning a recon trip there to get a good lay of the land.

I got a few bites on doing some Rooster sticking, now to see if the tips pan out with permission to go on their property.  Only time will tell.  It's all coming together, now it's time to go view the daily parade of silicone.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: bawana bowman on August 22, 2012, 07:21:00 PM
Enjoy the parade Mike, must be rough.
I remember when I use to have dreams of silicone.     :saywhat:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on August 22, 2012, 08:58:00 PM
Mike, I am looking forward to pictures.  Good luck with the cocks.

I want to show you my arrows. I am fletching them as we speak.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 23, 2012, 02:27:00 AM
Sorry guys, but photobucket is down for site maintenance right now, so the pictures will have to wait.  To bad, because I had some of Topless Tuesday, but I need the storage space for other things.  So place all the blame on Photobucket for you missing out on those.  I will have some of the rest of the trip though coming at a later date when they are up and running again.

As for the hunting, I have not killed (or even shot at) any "Foghorn Leghorns"...YET.  Honestly, hunting them in the populated areas would not be a challenge at all.  If there are people around, the chickes have grown used to them.  I have taken my longbow and arrows everywhere we have gone, and my boys are really wanting some fresh chicken, but I just can't bring myself to shoot something that walks right up to you.  To show my boys how easy it would be to kill a chicken, we were at Spouting Horn (a place where the ocean waves flow thru the lava tubes emitting a loud moan, and spitting sea water straight up into the air), I dropped a corn chip, and chickens came from everywhere to get it.  I had to be quick, but was able to pin 2 down to the ground with my hands.  I did make sure to watch out for some of the larger Foghorns though.  You see the bigger ones have up to 1 1/2" spurs on them, and they look needle sharp.  I don't need any of those sticking me.

I have not given up on my quest of a P&Y Foghorn, but I want a true wilderness one (read that as a challenge), not a citidiot chicken like most of them that are here.

As for the goats, today I went on an aerial recon mission.  I wanted to get a good look at the terrain we will be hunting so what better way to do it than by a single engine prop plane?  I simply cannot wait to get in the mountains to goat hunt.  Waimea Canyon is trully one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen on earth.  Once again, once Photobucket is working, I'll get some good pics up for your viewing pleasure.  

Tomorrow, it's one more day of relaxing/snorkeling on the north side of the island (near Na Pali coast) before going on my excursion.  Originally I had planned on going to the Na Pali Coast to do my part on getting rid of an invasive species (hunting the goats), but the State has performed cull hunts recently and they were near 100% successful, so I had to go with option B, and I'm kind of glad I did for various reasons.  Hearing the goats were nearly all killed off of the Na Pali, was bittersweet, but being an invasive species I can understand.  But on the other hand it is hard to accept that another game animal is gone from such a beautiful location.  

Anyway, I'm going to sign off for now, and will be without internet till Next Monday or Tuesday when I get back to the resort (I know, I'm really roughing it), so there will be no updates from me unless I get cell reception and can phone a friend to let you know how I've done.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Bisch on August 23, 2012, 08:57:00 AM
Good luck, Mike!!!!!

Bisch
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Hopewell Tom on August 23, 2012, 09:09:00 AM
I love a parade...

Good luck, see you next week.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: kibok&ko on August 23, 2012, 09:16:00 AM
:campfire:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Dirtybird on August 23, 2012, 10:38:00 AM
Good luck Mike and can't wait to hear back from you about your adventure.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: pdk25 on August 23, 2012, 08:29:00 PM
Should get good from here.  Good luck.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 27, 2012, 02:23:00 PM
well, here is the rest of the story...

I rented a cabin in the middle of Heaven...

   (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01525.jpg)

My buddy that lives on the island arrived a couple hours after I did.  He was a compound shooter, so there will be no more about him in this story, except to say that he is a VERY skillfull mountain climber (which I soon learned is a good trait to have on this hunt), and a true sportsman.

We started the 1st of 2 days of mountain goat hunting by getting up at 4 AM (didn't matter, I couldn't sleep, because all the roosters up crowing all night).

Got in the truck, and went to the hunter check in Station to sign into the unit we were going to hunt.  I asked the purpose for this, and was told that if I don't sign out, they know where to start looking for the body.  "Body"? I asked. Well, that got Mike's mind to thinking...Did I prepare good enough for this trip or not?

After signing in, we drove downhill a little farther to our designated Unit, got out, loaded up our packs and bows and headed out to the Canyon Rim to sit and glass for Hawaiian Mountain Goats...

   (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01527.jpg)

It didn't take long for me to start hearing the vocal sounds of the goats, but I quickly found out that sound travels for ever here.  What I thought was a goat a few hundred yards away, ended up being 2 ridgelines over.  So from looking at the terrain, I weighed my options, and decided that there has got to be something in one of these valley's.  Well within about 20 minutes, I spoted a couple that were out on the right side of the large outcroping at the end of the ridge in the pictureabove...and so the first stalk commenced.

For those of you that have never been to Hawaii, and hunted mountain goats, your probably much like I was, and think you just wear your swim trunks and flip flops, walk over and stick one and go back to seeing the latest style of bikini on the beach (and yes there are plenty, except for "Topless Tuesday").  Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth.

I set out to get on these 2 goats the easiest way I could figure, and that was by walking the ridgeline I was on, and dropping down and around to get a arrow into one if not both of them, then get back to the beach...Right?  Well, I quickly found out that there was absolutely nothing in the state of Michigan that could prepare me for the terrain I was now hunting, except possibly getting up on top of a house roof that is a 12/12 pitch, or in laymen's terms, a 45* angle with shingles on, but NOT nailed down, and a bunch of loose bolders along the ridge ready to dislodge at any moment from the slightest pressure.  I had to stop 1/2 way thru to not only ask myself why I wanted to do this (answer was simple...I'm a hunter, therefore I hunt), and to get a picture to remind me why I actually do this...

   (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01528.jpg)

Let me back up a for a second, at the Koke'e State Park, there is a General Store, and on of the items they sell is a stick from the forrest to be used as a walking stick for $7.  I laughed at that and said I would never spend that much on a stick.  Well, my NEW Tall Tines longbow saved my arse more times than I could count in aiding me from going tumbling down the cliff and having a search party come and "find my body".  $7 sounded pretty cheap the first time I had to use my longbow, but then again, they are memory marks, right?

I made it out to the right side of this ridgeline in a little over a hour and more than once I used every muscle in my body to hug the cliff walls. (same pic from above)...

   (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01527.jpg)

and to my surprise, the 2 goats were still in the same general location, only problem, is I went to far to go any further, and now had to backtrack to get to withing my predetermined hunting distance of 20 yards or less.

Ok, sorry guys, but it's 8:20 in the morning here, and I need to go stake my claim on the beach.  There is just way to much to see, to spend the daylight in the hotel.

      :bigsmyl:    

More to come tonight...
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: RM81 on August 27, 2012, 02:54:00 PM
that's not right
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Charlie Lamb on August 27, 2012, 02:55:00 PM
:clapper:
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Post by: Whip on August 27, 2012, 03:21:00 PM
Good stuff Mike!  I didn't hunt there, but have seen it, and I think it is probably one of the most beautiful places on this planet!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: JEFF B on August 27, 2012, 03:34:00 PM
way to  go mike    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Duckbutt on August 27, 2012, 07:50:00 PM
Keep it coming Mikey......   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on August 27, 2012, 09:51:00 PM
I am liking this story!  Enjoy your beach time, I will check in later   :campfire:    :coffee:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 28, 2012, 02:38:00 AM
I got way to far ahead of myself.  Let me back up to last week when I took a single prop plane for a ride to see the area, and show you some of the pictures I took from that ride.

Here is the reason I didn't shoot a Foghorn Leghorn while I was on this trip.  I simply cannot bring myself to shoot something that walks right up to you.  Here is my 2 boys and Mom along with my wife walking up, enjoying a little chicken time...

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The first glimpse of where we were to spend the next few days...

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The begining of the Waimea Canyon on the west side of the Island...

    (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01466.jpg)

Here is the Kalalau Valley that I mentioned earlier.  I was told by quite a few individuals that before the State of Hawaii opened up a cull hunt for Mountain Goats on this Island, that it was not uncommon to see upwards of 200 goats at a time in this valley...

    (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01469.jpg)

A different view of the same Kalalau Valley.  I can only dream of the hunting the days gone by here.  Maybe one day they will reverse the numbers and get them overpopulated again...

    (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01471.jpg)
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: pdk25 on August 28, 2012, 02:52:00 AM
Keep it coming, Mike.  Great stuff.  That is some beautiful and harsh terrain.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 28, 2012, 02:55:00 AM
Just a couple more of the flight that was at the end of page 3 on this thread...

This is on the East side of the island.  It is called in English the 3000 foot waterfalls.  There is a Hawaiian name for it, but it is longer than the Hill Bow Thread.  The falls flow from the wettest place on the planet, Mount Waialeale...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01478.jpg)

I think this is the most beautiful place on the planet, here is the last aerial photo of this segment.  This is the mouth of the Kalalau Valley.  If you have never been here, you need to come.  Who would have thought that this is a premier hunting destination?  I never would have if I didn't follow threads and advice found on this website along with Tradgang Members and the Professional Bowhunters Society (PBS)and Traditional Bowhunter Magazines too...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01474.jpg)

Here is a picture of me leaving to start my hunt.  Driving down the road, this has got to mean good luck, right?...
        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01416.jpg)


Sorry to do this to you again, but it's getting late, and I need to get my rest to get ready for "Topless Tuesday" parade.  See you tomorrow evening, that is IF you all are interested in the rest of the story?


\\
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: wooddamon1 on August 28, 2012, 05:16:00 AM
Interested indeed! Great stuff so far!   :campfire:
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Hopewell Tom on August 28, 2012, 05:41:00 AM
Are you making that "Topless Tuesday" stuff up?

What a place!
Man, those aerial pics sure show a flip flop unfriendly place. Except for down along the beaches with the turquoise colored water. This is quite the hunting story. The Ryans have shown it to us, but this mainlanders look is eye opening.

Keep it coming.
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Post by: Thumper Dunker on August 28, 2012, 06:01:00 AM
Real cool stuff.  :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:
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Post by: Whip on August 28, 2012, 06:46:00 AM
Yeah Tom, I'm not buying that Topless Tuesday stuff.  I think he's making it up.  Of course pictures could prove me wrong.   ;)      :biglaugh:

Keep it coming Mike - I'm loving it!  I did a flight over the Napali Coast when we were there as well, only I did it in a two seat ultra light plane.  I've never been so scared and in awe all at the same time!
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Post by: DHR on August 28, 2012, 08:46:00 AM
Great stuff Mike.  I can tell you're having a fantastic trip. Looking forward to more hunting stories whenever you can tear your eyes away from the "scenery"!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Blaino on August 28, 2012, 07:55:00 PM
:campfire:  

Oh yea!!!
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 29, 2012, 02:40:00 AM
Alright, here comes the finally.  Sorry it has taken so long, but this vacation has been filled with so many wonderful adventures, it's been hard making time for everything.  For instance, I contacted the Hawaiian Monk Seal Foundation (back about 3 or 4 months ago) about shadowing their scientists while they were out researching them.  I never heard back from them to my request, then out of the blue, we got the call at 6 AM this morning that 3 Hawaiian Monk Seals (there is only 30 on the Islands) had made landfall on the beaches of Kauai, and they gave me directions to their location and said they needed help getting the temporary rope fences put up to keep people away. Well, I'm never one to turn down a request to either hunt or help out wildlife (I guess that's just what I do).  Atleast my boys and the rest of the family got a really cool experience not very many get to enjoy.

Here are my 2 boys with Mary Francis (Monk Seal researcher/Volunteer) and 2 of the seals...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01571.jpg)

Alright, enough with that part of the trip.  This is a hunting story.

I left off the other night with me getting to the end of BIG BALL ridge (you needed them to get out there, Don't know where mine were so I borrowed some and just winged it).  Here is a reminder of where I was just at...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01550.jpg)

If you would like a closer look at the place I hunted, look directly over my left shoulder at the sunny spot with the ridge running directly away from me.  That is the ridge that I posted pictures of on page 3 that we hunted the day before.  We drove around the other side of the canyon the next day just so I could get this picture to remind me why I do this to myself...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01553.jpg)

I set my bow down after that last picture and took this one.  I have looked at this picture what seems like a hundred times and still can't belive how beautiful and rugged Hawaii can be...

     (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01554.jpg)

Anyway, back to the hunt.  I got my first stalk on, and got to where I thought I was going to be in a great possition for a 20 yard shot.  It took me close to an hour to get to this spot, and when I popped my head ever slow slowly and unlike archery targets, these goats had moved.  I now was at 30 yards and there was no way I was going any further, unless I wanted to go straight down, and quickly, so I had to back track.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 29, 2012, 03:14:00 AM
I'll tell you, getting to where I had just stalked to was a huge accomplishment.  You see, not even 3 months ago, I had surgery on both of my legs, that left me not able to walk without assistance for 5 weeks.  I told my Surgeon that I had a trip to Hawaii planned, and he promised me I would be fine to go on the vacation (I conviently left out the part of mountain climbing while there.  He didn't ask, so I didn't tell).  I told my Physical Therapist what I had planned, and I just got that deer in the headlights look, then he said we got our hands full, but IF I do exactly as I'm told, I'll be fine.  Well I'm sitting here telling the story, so I must have done just fine.

Now I had to figure out a way to get back and down, quietly, so that I could attack from above (Here is a little shout out to all you AIRBORN guys...Death From Above). I mapped out in my head a way to do it, and I was quite pleased with myself when it actually worked, but once again, the goats (A Black and Tan, and also a Jet Black one) were obviously reading from a different script, and had moved once again.  I just sat down for a few minutes because my calves were killing me, and I couldn't believe I had actually pulled off another successful stalk, but I once again came up 10 yards short of my effective range.  You see, at home, I can make 30 yards with confidence 9 out of 10 times, but I wasn't home.  I had never practiced at 30 yards with my feet on bolders ready to dislodge any moment, and I somehow misplaced that 3rd arm I needed growing out of my arse to hold me tight to the cliff face while I leaned out and over to make the shot.

So in my quick little pep talk to myself, I gathered the strength needed to yet once again get to where I needed to be.  3rd times a charm, right?  It's got to be.  I didn't come this far to give up.
Title: Re: On the hunt of MY lifetime...
Post by: Mike Vines on August 29, 2012, 03:43:00 AM
Once again, I plotted my route and commenced to checking to make sure the borrowed balls I had were still there, and set off on my 3rd stalk.  This time, I decided that twice from above didn't work, so I'm going lower and attacking from the bottom.  Now in my mind, that sounded great.  I figured, as long as I could smell goat (can't mistake that smell for anything), I was good to go.  Stay hidden and always smell goat.  Now go get them.  

After what seemed like 1/2 a day (really only 1 hour), I made it to my destination, and slowly peeked my head around one of the rocks, and all I saw was my recent 2 buddies running over the most rugged terrain I had ever seen, just like I would walk across my front lawn.  Those 2 goats had either sensed something was up, or they finally got tired of watching me make a fool of myself and they were down into Big Ball Valley, and up and over the next ridge in no time flat, and all I could do was watch it happen.

What was a guy to do???  

Well, I sat down on the most secure bolder I could find and felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.  I had just accomplished a dream of mine.  I not only went mountain goat hunting in Hawaii, I had just pulled off not one, but 3 stalks, after having both legs operated  on and being laid up and out of work for 3 months prior to this trip.  I had busted my butt to get in the best physical shape I could in the time I had, and I knew THIS hunt for goats had just come to completion.  So as a memory to myself, I dug out my camera, set the timer and snapped this picture after the goats had crossed the ridge to my right (even with my elbow)...

        (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/Tradgang/DSC01537.jpg)
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Post by: Green on August 29, 2012, 04:15:00 AM
I'd say in the book of accomplishments and human conquest, you had a very successful hunt Mike.  Congrats to you on your hard work to rehab to be able to do this and thanks for sharing your adventure in such beautiful terrain.  

Now, let's get on to that bikini hunt from the lounge blind, shall we?    :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mike Vines on August 29, 2012, 04:20:00 AM
I still had 2 more things to do while I was where I had gotten to.  

First I promised a friend that I would do this for him, so I dug into my pack and pulled out something that (as I look at the words) has a whole new meaning to me now.  I quickly changed shirts and snapped another picture.  This one is for you Ryan (Steadman's shirt was weightless on this trip, but carries a lot of weight when reading the words)...

          (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01539.jpg)


I put my hunting clothes back on after that pic, and told myself this polypro shirt has to go.  I seriously need to buy me a Sitka top to go with the pants.  Sitka garments are awesome.


Now for those of you keeping score, I said I had a couple things to do.  Here was the last.  I had created a memorial to my Dad, and wanted to share it with you all as well.  You see, my Dad was an amazing man (much like everyone of your's), but mine was special to me.  My Dad has been all over this world while he worked for and retired from the U.S. Navy Sea Bee's and also on many trips with the family and my Mom, but he had never made it to Kauai. He had wanted to come to this Island something bad, but he lost the battle with the troubles in his mind, and was never able to visit here.  Well, I solved that little problem.  I made up the best arrow I possibly ever could have ( I seriously doubt I will ever build a more perfect arrow), I wrote his name, birthdate and date and time of his last breath on the shaft, and dipped over it 2 times to seal it in forever.  I tipped the shaft with a KME sharp Eclipse head, and I carried that arrow with me to the island, and on each and every one of those stalks.  Well I figured after accompanying me on this hunt, it was finally time to say my goodbye, so I pulled his arrow from the quiver knocked it, set the timer on the camera, and drew that arrow to full draw and waited for the shutter to click.  Once the shutter sounded, that arrow launched in the direction those two goats had gone, and all I could do was watch it fly till it dissapeared.  I listened, but never heard a sound, but I didn't need to hear anything.  His voice is with me every day...

          (http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab28/miklvines/DSC01538.jpg)


I followed up this hunt with 1 1/2 days of pig hunting, and no I din't get a shot, but I got to 1/2 draw on a 60 pounder at 5 feet, and like the goats, that pig winded me, and was gone, but that is a whole different story.  

And yes, the "topless Tuesday" is a reality in certain spots.  You need to seek those out yourself.  

There is something about the islands that bring out the best in everyone.  If you have been here, you will understand (this is our 4th visit).  If you haven't been here, you seriously need to ask yourself why not, and come.

Thanks for following along guys.  It was a huge adventure for me on so many different levels.  I'm glad I have a place that I can share my experience with people who can understand me (atleast when it comes to hunting).

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

Mike
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Post by: Steve O on August 29, 2012, 04:59:00 AM
Looks like an awesome place Mike.
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Post by: wooddamon1 on August 29, 2012, 05:15:00 AM
Awesome adventure! Great tribute to your Dad!    :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: DWT on August 29, 2012, 05:35:00 AM
Cool story Mike, thanks for taking the time to share. Don
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Post by: Joeabowhunter on August 29, 2012, 07:07:00 AM
Great story Mike, thanks.
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Post by: pitbull on August 29, 2012, 07:25:00 AM
It doesn't get any better!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Hopewell Tom on August 29, 2012, 07:26:00 AM
Hard Core... is right.
Great story, Mike. Thanks for taking us along.
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Post by: Tater on August 29, 2012, 08:20:00 AM
Great pictures....Thanks for sharing your adventure...!
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Post by: Herdbull on August 29, 2012, 08:53:00 AM
Thank you so much Buddy! Mike
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Post by: Shortlongbow on August 29, 2012, 09:17:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your adventure with us, Mike. Would love to go there someday.
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Post by: Bisch on August 29, 2012, 09:57:00 AM
Wow, Mike! That was AWESOME.

I went on a similar adventure in Australia earlier this year. I was hunting feral goats and red stag. I missed 3 goats and a stag.......and still had a fantastic time. The only critter I shot while there was a rabbit. When I tell my friends about it, esp the oneswho are not into bowhunting the way I am.....they look at me like I am crazy and ask "You went all the way to Australia to hunt and only shot a rabbit? Man, that stinks!".

But it does not stink! It was great and I would not trade the memories for a million dollars.

Only people who are die-hard bowhunters can understand.

Congrats on a great trip!

Bisch
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Post by: reddogge on August 29, 2012, 10:21:00 AM
Great trip Mike. The part about your dad was moving.
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Post by: Pat B. on August 29, 2012, 10:28:00 AM
Thanks for a great write up !
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Post by: DHR on August 29, 2012, 11:35:00 AM
Very nice trip and commentary Mike.  I love the pics
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Post by: Dirtybird on August 29, 2012, 01:20:00 PM
Mike, I am so glad you had the hunt of a lifetime.  Thank you for sharing with all of us those cherished memories.

David
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Post by: JamesKerr on August 29, 2012, 01:31:00 PM
Awesome!
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Post by: Mike Vines on August 29, 2012, 01:42:00 PM
I can say for certain, that any person who has hunted this area and taken a goat, you have unbelievable skills.  

Dan, I want to thank you and also Ho for the stories you 2 have wrote and inspired me, and also for the advice.  On my next visit, I will make it into the Kalalau Valley wether there are huge numbers of goats or not.  The place is just to beautiful to not set foot in there.

Well, I have a few more days till I have to leave, so please enjoy the mainland for me, because if I play my cards right, I might figure an angle so I can stay here forever.  1 thing is for sure...If I come back home, I will be returning to the islands.
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Post by: elkken on August 29, 2012, 02:38:00 PM
Great story and tribute ....  and yes Hawaii is a beautiful place ! Thanks for sharing the adventure.
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Post by: nick_the_tinkerer on August 29, 2012, 03:38:00 PM
:clapper:  
Ohh Hell Yeah!!!!!!
Now another Item of must do's or Bucket List    :biglaugh:
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Post by: Leland on August 29, 2012, 05:04:00 PM
Thank-you for the great story and pics.
Leland
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Post by: Whip on August 29, 2012, 06:53:00 PM
One of the best told stories around these parts in a long long time Mike!  Thanks for taking us all along, and for fanning the flames of desire for those who dream of following you.
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Post by: charles suttles on August 29, 2012, 08:35:00 PM
Man that was "THE BEST"
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Post by: Owlgrowler on August 29, 2012, 08:52:00 PM
EXCELLENT! Advice to any young single guys reading this: GO NOW! (I waited 'til my honeymoon  :banghead: )  Great pics too, thanks
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Post by: wapiti792 on August 29, 2012, 09:52:00 PM
Mike that is one of the finest stories I have ever read here! Great photo support as well. A plus on the effort and persistance and then putting it all together for us to enjoy! Thanks!
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Post by: S C Mercer on August 29, 2012, 11:30:00 PM
Excellent story Mike!  I especially appreciated the conclusion.  Just goes to show, once again, that there is SOO much more to hunting than simply killing animals. Those that get it don't ever need an explaination.  Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.  We, on TradGang, are so lucky to be treated to these adventures.. all for the price of simply logging on!  ~Steve
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Post by: Hud on August 30, 2012, 12:40:00 AM
Great story on your DIY hunt for goats and pigs. After seeing the country it is incredible that you were able to hunt it so soon after surgery. I hope your arrow found a good spot, so the goats won't forget you. Congrats   :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mike Vines on August 30, 2012, 12:44:00 PM
You all are way to kind.  I just told it as it happened.  I do appreciate all the nice comments.  

Well, here it is 2 weeks since we arrived, and I'm sad to say, but our trip ends tonight.  We start the long ride back home at 9 tonight and get home sometime tomorrow evening.  I just got used to the 6 hr time change and now have to resort back to Michigan time, but it is much easier knowing that white tail season is just around the corner.  Early goose starts this weekend, then small game in 2 weeks.  I really love this time of year.

Thanks again for following along on my adventure.  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask here or thru PM.  I have no problem helping you get here with tips on how to make it affordable not only for you, but the family too.  That makes it a win/win, but be forewarned, you will not want to leave.
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Post by: Montanawidower on August 30, 2012, 12:59:00 PM
cool looking country.... thanks for taking us along.
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Post by: Greg Szalewski on August 30, 2012, 01:01:00 PM
Great story Mike. This trip is on my list as well.
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Post by: rushlush on August 30, 2012, 01:31:00 PM
Mike thanks for bringing me on this adventure. Great story telling and beautiful pictures!!!
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Post by: Mac Hicks on August 30, 2012, 02:55:00 PM
Mike,
Great story and photos!  Thanks for sharing a great hunt and kudos for hanging in there and making those stalks in that terrain so soon after surgery.  "Hard Core" is right!  Very nice tribute to your Dad as well.  Have a good season back here in CONUS!
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Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on August 30, 2012, 07:59:00 PM
Mike,

Truly awesome.  Your accomplishments on this trip will live with you forever.  What a great tribute to your father.

Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Post by: rastaman on August 30, 2012, 10:07:00 PM
Great story sir! Thanks for taking us along!
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Post by: SKITCH on August 30, 2012, 10:35:00 PM
WOW. Thanks for the story and pictures.  Wife and I backpacked into Kalalau a while back and it was an amazing experience.  Once at the end of the  trail you can't camp too close to the cliffs cuz the goats kick the rocks off and they fall all the time. You could hear them crashing down all night long.  Also, while we were there we connected with a group of folks from the surrounding islands that had gathered there to celebrate the birthday of a friend.  One day a few of them got up early and went hunting goat.
They killed one with a spear and we had a huge party that night on the beach.  Great fun.

And along the lines of your comment about finding the body.  while we were there, one of the group got pulled out in the ocean by an undertow.  We had to bring a Coast Guard helicopter in by writing SOS in the sand.  They searched for him for 3 days and nights.  They never did find his body!    Kinda teaches you to live every day like it is your last.

Thanks again.  It is an amazing place!
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Post by: Margly on August 31, 2012, 05:15:00 AM
:thumbsup:
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Post by: Mike Vines on September 01, 2012, 01:18:00 PM
Thank you once again for all the nice comments.  After reading them all, I feel I did a good job bringing you along with me.  

I'm home now, and what a loooooong ride that was.  I'm already making plans to return back to the islands.  Might be a solo trip though, this way I get more hunting time.
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Post by: Easykeeper on September 01, 2012, 02:53:00 PM
Great story and photos.  Really liked the part about the arrow for your Dad.  Thanks for sharing...   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Soonerlongbow on September 01, 2012, 04:34:00 PM
Awesomeness!
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Post by: Mike Vines on September 05, 2012, 09:56:00 AM
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Post by: coaster500 on September 05, 2012, 10:39:00 AM
:campfire:
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Post by: huntin_sparty on September 05, 2012, 11:01:00 AM
GREAT stuff Mike!!!
Thanks,
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Post by: steadman on September 05, 2012, 12:21:00 PM
Great job Mike! The pic of you and the shirt is great but the memorial to your father is AWESOME!! Thanks bud!!
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Post by: Cookus on September 05, 2012, 10:32:00 PM
EXCELLENT! Mike, this is what's it's all about brother! Cherish the experience (I'm preaching to the choir)! Glad you could take us along!
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Post by: Mike Vines on September 06, 2012, 08:01:00 AM
I'm glad you all get it.  Here at work, everyone cannot understand how I can have such a great hunt, and not kill anything.  Too many people measure success in Material Items.  I find it best (sometimes) to just keep quiet, and cherish the memories.
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Post by: Jack Whitmire Jr on August 03, 2013, 09:33:00 PM
Wow I was just in those cayons last week , I didn't get to hunt this trip but will next . Kuai is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been .
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Post by: S2 Bowstrings on August 04, 2013, 04:20:00 AM
Thank you very much for sharing Mike!

   :campfire:
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Post by: Makua Girl on August 04, 2013, 02:02:00 PM
Such a great story!

   :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: straitera on August 04, 2013, 03:19:00 PM
Thanks for the great story & experience. As good as it gets! Real fine tribute to your dad too.
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Post by: Friend on August 22, 2013, 06:18:00 PM
Looking quite forward to hearing more on the hunting experience.

Thank you for sharing...
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Post by: adamgti on February 25, 2014, 05:50:00 PM
That looks awesome.

I will have to pursue a hunt on one of these warm islands