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South Rim Backpack - Trip Report

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South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:55:39 AM »
Just got back from a two night loop along the south rim. Go check out my trip report on my blog: My Life Outdoors.

Here are some pictures to wet your appetite.











For more info and pictures visit my blog: My Life Outdoors.
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011, 10:45:07 AM »
Thanks,

Nice report and photos. It looks very dry in the Quemadas.

PS. The deer you saw were not mule deer, but Carmen whitetails.
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 12:10:26 PM »
we just got home from spending a couple of days out there.  it is drier than bea arthur's hoo ha.  but there is water to be found if you know where to look.

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 12:18:15 PM »
we just got home from spending a couple of days out there.  it is drier than bea arthur's hoo ha.  but there is water to be found if you know where to look.

That sounds pretty ding dang dry!  :icon_rolleyes:

 I guess that's why they call it a desert?  :eusa_think:

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 12:22:09 PM »
LOL

I'll be out there in a few weeks.  Looks like we'll be carrying lots of water as usual.

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 01:52:47 PM »
PS. The deer you saw were not mule deer, but Carmen whitetails.

Duly noted....I had no idea....I even had a seasoned hunter with me and he said they were Mule Deer. We both have learned something new. I will change the info in the post. Thanks.

but there is water to be found if you know where to look.

We did find a small puddle of water in Boot Canyon (pic below). Not sure I would be too anxious to drink it...even after filtering it.
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 01:57:27 PM »
Nice report with lots of detail. First class photos.

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 02:03:27 PM »
PS. The deer you saw were not mule deer, but Carmen whitetails.

So are these Carmen Whitetail as well?

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011, 04:23:41 PM »
I'd guess them to be mule deer based on the size of their ears, but the only way I'm ever certain is when I see them run...or hop.

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2011, 07:46:07 PM »
These deer appear to be Carmen whitetails. Ear size is not the best indicator as CWT's are very small deer and the ears look big. The average weight on a CWt is about 70 lbs.
Although mule deer a slowly moving into the foothills of the Chisos, I have never seen one above Panther Pass (~5600). Most muleys are found below 4500', but topography and ecology are also factors. Muleys prefer more open country near water.

Do you have another photo of the bigger doe on the left, preferably a full butt shot of her tail and rump?
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2011, 09:02:24 PM »
PS. The deer you saw were not mule deer, but Carmen whitetails.

So are these Carmen Whitetail as well?


Looks like a mule deer to me. http://ww3.whitehorse.ca/PDF%20Files/Citywildlifecards.pdf says the black-tipped tail is an indicator for mule deer.

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2011, 09:34:59 PM »
These deer appear to be Carmen whitetails. Ear size is not the best indicator as CWT's are very small deer and the ears look big. The average weight on a CWt is about 70 lbs.
Although mule deer a slowly moving into the foothills of the Chisos, I have never seen one above Panther Pass (~5600). Most muleys are found below 4500', but topography and ecology are also factors. Muleys prefer more open country near water.

Do you have another photo of the bigger doe on the left, preferably a full butt shot of her tail and rump?

These deer were in the Guadeloupe Mountains the picture was shot at 7,000+ feet. Are CWT's found that far north? Would Mule Deer be at that altitude?

I'm sure I have other pictures. These deer invaded our camp along the Tejas trail and wouldn't leave us alone...It seems someone has been feeding them.
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2011, 10:46:47 PM »
The black tail is a pretty good indicator of a mule deer (hence the request for a butt shot)
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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2011, 10:58:45 PM »
The black tail is a pretty good indicator of a mule deer (hence the request for a butt shot)

 :eusa_whistle:

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Re: South Rim Backpack - Trip Report
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2011, 11:06:27 PM »
The black tail is a pretty good indicator of a mule deer (hence the request for a butt shot)

 :eusa_whistle:
Yeah, I had to pass that one up...

 


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