So I just hit 3 weeks as a mountain man and it's been a lot of fun. I live in Fawnskin, walking distance to the lake, post office and the Moose Lodge (yes, I became a member). I bought my AO tag and just paid for the annual boat permit. The shore fishing is pretty good if you know where and when to go, but tonight will be my maiden voyage on Betsy XXII.
I've been going on scouting trips every night to get back in shape and find a good area to hunt. The Band Tailed Pigeons are thick, but they stay in the tree tops and I rarely see them w/in shotgun range unless they're raiding the bird feeder. I found a couple decent areas for deer in the shotgun only areas, which will work well for archery. Lots of tracks and good sign. I could hear Mountain quail, but I have yet to see any.
The locals here in Fawnskin are a colorful bunch. Lots of ex-hippies and blue collar folks. So far I love it here. No tourists crowds, very little traffic and very good access to my hunting areas.
Just thought I would check in. I'm going to keep an eye out for Bishop. I know he has a lot of lake knowledge, so I'll bring my bino's when I'm on the lake and try to see what lure he's using.