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Sunday, April 25, 2010

To catch an ELK

One of the interesting projects I work on each year with our department biologists is capturing collaring and tagging elk. Last week we were doing this. You might be asking yourself "are you crazy ... elk are big and dangerous. Well you would be right. When a big bull is caught we release it because of the possibility of being stabbed by antler. We only deal with cows and young bulls, but young bulls can be dangerous.

Elk grazing along highways.

The reason we capture live elk in AZ is for human safety. When an elk is hit by a automobile it can kill or seriously injure occupants within the auto and elk commonly cross roads. So after collaring and capturing these large creatures we track their movements for two years and develop patterns where their favorite and most common road crossings are. This aids in building crossing points over or under highways in the future thus making travel by auto, in elk country safer for elk and humans. Now you hunters are probably thinking that you would sure like to get your hands on this elk movement data. Sure would aid in hunting...huh? Sorry your out of luck.

Lariats are used to capture feet first.

The way we capture an elk is to set a big live trap similar to a trap you may rent from your local humane society.  By the way drugs are not used. We place a trap in a know elk area near a highway. For several months the area around the trap is baited with alfalfa. After the animals become use to the trap the alfalfa is next moved to the inside of the trap. An unaware elk walks into the trap ... trips a trap wire and bam... the door closes and now they are trapped.

The entire mechanism is triggered by a high dollar well just kidding here ...rat trap and fishing line.

Photo by Chuck Dillion
Hey that me in the background.
We can then approach the trap use and use lariats to rope their feet and pull the elk to ground and tie off to T-posts. Pulling to the ground is the hard part as these big animals are strong! In the above photo I am in the background. At this point we open the cage and place a hood over their head to calm them down.

Next a radio collar is placed around the neck of the animal and a numbered ear tag placed in the animals ear like cattle ear tags.

Sometimes school groups are invited and the whole ordeal is made into an educational activity. Once every thing is complete the animal is released to rejoin their group.

Here a young bull is released. Antler missing because of time of year.
At times young bulls have been known to come after us.

The elk is released with its now pretty jewelery...GPS necklace, ear piercing with a new earrings. No doubt they go back to their heard bragging and showing off their new jewelry. Collars are programed too fall off in two years.

Airplane flights are scheduled every once in a while and we fly over the collared elk and upload the data. Some collars transmit data directly from the collar to a satellite and then to a laptop. Older technology collars need to be physically retained to gather the data and radio telemetry is used to locate these older pre-programed fall off dated collar. After they are found we download the information to a computer.

Let me know if you enjoy these types of stories and I will post more of my game warden work related stuff.

Shoot well and be safe.

Mark Quigley

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CMSA National Championship

What a great time of year to be in Tunica Mississippi! The trees are blooming and the Mississippi River is full! Mounted shooters from all over our great nation... come to this shoot... (251) this year! This is one of my favorite arenas in the nation. This year the temps and weather were just perfect!
 Kenda Lenseigne and John Clark won overall!
Enjoy a few images from the event.
To see more photos visit our website.


What a blessing!


Jim Rogers.

A nice place for portraits.

Roping a motorcycle.


Our future shooters!

Colt Elim.

Hope you can make it next year! Shoot well ... stay safe ... MQ

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bushhawk Sholder Stock

Before BushHawk came out (about 20 years ago) I had devised a wooden rifle shoulder stock to house my film cameras. It worked good for my wildlife work and gave me a steady platform to use telephoto lens. I could never get the trigger system (shutter release) right though. Well when I found out about the BrushHawk  shoulder stock I ordered one!

Through the years folks have asked about the BushHawk device that we use here at Mr. Quigley Photography and how we liked it.


 I love it for certain kinds of photography work! You may ask what kind of work?

I use my BrushHawk shoulder stock for
creating images like these.

• Long lens wildlife shots ... adds stability when you don’t have time to set up a tripod. Sometimes when I’m patrolling I have this set up on the seat next to me to catch a poacher or sudden wildlife.

• The new generation of DSLR's that shoot movies I find again adds stability for the movie.

• Some panning shots using telephoto lens. We have used the stock setup for our old west posse pics where robbers are being chased by the posse.

• Bird photography.

Early morning light images with the aid of a BrushHawk stock.

Here are a few things I like about this camera support.
  •  A steady platform with a excellent two stage trigger system that works!
  •  Something that may sound strange is ... I like the way I can carry a camera easily in the field.
  •  Since I am a rifle shooter it is easy for me to use the shooting disciplines in long range shooting along with this camera stock. I shoulder...take a deep breath...focus... steady the stock and squeeze off a photograph. It is very successful for me and I retain a high percentage of distant images.
  •  BrushHawk makes long distance photography easy and enjoyable.
The 2 stage trigger.

Connection from camera to stock.

I set mine up with a rifle sling or you can use the sling that comes with it so I can throw it over my shoulder quickly when I go for a quick hike for ease of carry.

I recommend you get the shoulder pad. The release cable is sold separately and by the way different cables for different cameras.

Dave the company’s owner has been a joy to work with through the years and repaired my original stock for a reasonable cost and has fast turnaround times for pros.

The Brushhawlk shoulder stock aids in steadying
images in action photography.

The BushHawk stock is perfect for bird photography.

At times I will keep my camera attached to the "Hawk"
when I’m out on patrol. Sometimes there is not
enough time to set up a tripod to snap a quick
shot like this one.

So where do you get such a cool shoulder stock?

 Visit this website and tell them I sent you over.

 Well worth the money! We own a couple now.


Shoot well and stay safe....Mark