Notes from the Border.

bphelo1.jpg      This past weekend I was deer hunting just south of Patagonia in the Coronado National Forest (more like National High Desert.) The weather was beautiful as usual. We have been hunting in the area near Ashburn Mountain for over 20 years. 

     Over the past 10 years there has been a noticeable increase in activity in the area. Some valleys and canyons seem to be more popular than other and we have managed to find a fairly quiet location to camp. So we thought. Very early on Monday morning a helicopter was circling over an area for 25 to 30 minutes with a powerful spot light. My guess is that some ground forces had interdicted some border crossers and the helicopter was assisting. After a while the helicopter broke off and started lighting up the nearby mountains. They were scanning so quickly it did not seem as if they were searching for anything specific. They scanned downed the canyon near which we had camped, finally brightening up our camp like daylight. After that they moved on and flew off to the southeast. 

     The event was not a surprise even though it was the first time that I had seen it personally. It reminds me that the U.S. Government is spending a huge amount of money on the border. I wondered how a fence, or wall, is any worse than flying around the desert at night lighting up the place like daylight. 

     This issue will not go away or get any better just because the Democrats control Congress. They will be expected to find a solution now that they hold power. It will be interesting to check back in 2 years and see how they have done. 

Thursday 11-16-06, 10:45 am


  1. I’m convinced that 2006 was simply a bad year for Republicans. It was the same in 1996 when Bob Dole challenged Bill Clinton and Republicans had the entire GOP ticket held no charisma. Yes, the border issue will continue to plague all Americans and Democrats will attempt to sweep it under the rug with one hand while registering immigrants with the other.

    Giffords will likely hold this seat for some time unless the GOP can front a very strong candidate with lots of money to burn on a race. None of the southern Arizona state legislators have the “critical mass” to take her on so the GOP better start looking now.

  2. redcardphreek says

    Not familar with the area. Were you hunting Whitetail or mule deer in that area?

  3. Oro Valley Dad says

    Whitetail. Also saw lots of javelina. The area was not as dry as in years past but could still use more rain.

  4. redcardphreek says

    everyplace could use a bit more rain and snow in Arizona after the last few years.

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