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Huckleberry picking
« on: August 11, 2007, 02:17:52 PM »
I forgot to post this from last week. My wife and the two dogs went huckleberry picking in the mountains between Chewelah and Colville. Last year we got about 3 or 4 gallons in 4 hours, this year we got one gallon :'( . The best picking was between 4650 feet and 4900 feet. Below and above the berries were very shrivled up or not there at all.

I got to see some of the fastest grasshoppers I've seen outside of California though. Nearly as fat around as my thumb with a BIG egg laying tube sticking out of their butts. We saw a ton of deer and moose sign but no bear sign, which always is a good point with Pat. She thinks she's a bear magnet.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 05:01:59 PM »
That's good your wife got some berries and better yet she didn't have bear problems, three times I've seen a bear turn on a dog and Mr. dog heads for it's owner with the bear gaining every jump, these were all working stock dogs. Two times this caused a big wreck when they arrived. Just a caution, sometimes dogs are not the safest thing to be with in the woods. :dunno:

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007, 08:33:26 PM »
The misses and I gave away our kids, and headed to the mountains after some lunch.  We picked 3 gallons.  Lots of berries, it was hard to quit, but both of our backs were killing us.  Getting old and out ofshape I guess.  We thought abou youIdabooner and wondered why you and your wife weren't down here.  Of course someone spotted us.  An entire frickin mountain and they have to come pick within 10 feet of me.  Then another car, then another car, then another.  5 frickin rigs.  We kept moving upstream as another group came in.  finally most gave up happy they had their berries.  We dumped out pots and grabbed anoother load.  We then looked a bit for bear, but only saw a coupe blacktails.  We went up the mountain to another oneof our patches and it was loaded, but a few had picked through a bit, but LOTS of berries.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 07:44:47 AM »
....  Of course someone spotted us.  An entire frickin mountain and they have to come pick within 10 feet of me.  Then another car, then another car, then another.  5 frickin rigs....

Sounds like the elk opener...clam digging.....steelheading.....nothing worse....keep moving folks, this area is taken....get a life....
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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 07:50:20 AM »
It is 100% here on the east side......100% zero berries, or 100% big fatties. it seems like 4500-5000ft on the south facing slopes of the drainages that get more rain are doing well, others......not a damn thing.  I have a spot that has never let me down in 15 years and this year......well all good things must come to an end.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 07:56:25 AM »
I guess I just don't understand why people have to be in your space to be comfortable.  Standing in your back pocket etc.  Afraid of bears I guess.  Afraid of missing out or something :dunno:

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007, 08:12:07 AM »
We really don't have much trouble, my wife has a glock on her side and I have a 1911 or a 629....seems people keep their distance.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2007, 09:23:19 AM »
I guess I just don't understand why people have to be in your space to be comfortable.  Standing in your back pocket etc.  Afraid of bears I guess.  Afraid of missing out or something :dunno:
My wife and I plus our two little kids and two dogs were camped in a semi-secluded spot along the Denali Highway between Cantwell and Paxton. We'd been fishing, berry picking 'n' shooting ptarmagin all day and had just settled in for a nice night some small fish and other food and plain old being alone looking at the Alaska Range when this motor home pulls in. The people get out and ask if we mind if they camp next to us. I told them yes, that there was 100 miles of highway to choose from and that we would rather see them settle some where else. They got huffy and left. TS, we were alone and that is what we wanted.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2007, 10:01:45 AM »
Opening weekend archery two years ago...

I'm parked by a tank trapped spur road.  I'm about a half mile up this 6 year old clear cut in my treestand.  Saw a bear and a bobcat early AM.  Forkie came in about 9:30.  A bunch of people started talking about 200 yrds down the clearcut... spooked the forkie.  Then the whole woods came alive with berry pickers.  They were shocked to see me packing out my tree stand, bow, and gear right through the middle of them.  Got back to my truck and there were 4 cars parked right next to me.  Amazing...  don't mind sharing the woods.. But, that was ridiculous, especially knowing that a bunch of other areas in the same vicinity held just as many Huckleberries.

Something that I've always noted.  No matter how far away you park your vehicle in the woods, or in a parking lot.  You eill inevitably have someone park next to you.  I think it is their herd mentality.
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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007, 07:52:49 PM »
Went picking agin today.  I went past where we were to our smaller, higher patch.  We were picking our hearts out, and this rig pulls up, literally feet away from me and people start flyingfrom the rig.  I thought it might be bear hunters about ready to shoot me.  Sure enough, 4 people and bags start picking no less than 15 feet away.  "ARE YOU *censored*TING ME".  One of the ladies looks up.  My wife and I get into our rig and go elshwere.  We get to that spot and three rigs show up.  Church must have got out.  We picked a spot in beween.  She was cold, so stayed in the rig.  I picked another pan full.  That rig drove by, so I went back to ourspot.  >:(


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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2007, 08:20:31 PM »
big shotgun on yer back, I'm tellin' ya. just act a little goofy and have your gun in plain view.....works for us

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2007, 11:43:33 AM »
Anyone know if the Huckleberry fields down by Mt. Adams are ripe yet? We saw a ton of bear sign there last year and wanted to go back during the season.
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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2007, 11:45:16 AM »
They probably are.  They are about a good week to almost two early this year.  It was a good thing I wasn't packing a gun, I might have used it. >:(

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2007, 12:28:45 PM »
Have you hunted this area before? I saw a ton of sign there. I also came acrossed an ORV area close to there, might have been closer to mesquito lakes elk hunting last year.  I want to go back to as well, but I can't remember wich road I was on when we saw it.
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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2007, 12:52:45 PM »
I haven't.  I ran into a guy up in the patch where I was that had the year before.  He said it was pretty crowded with folks, and you had to know where you were.  One side of the patch was open for everyone and then one was reserved for the indians.  He made the remark...funny that he never saw anyone in the indian patch.

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Re: Huckleberry picking
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2007, 03:27:20 PM »
We saw the signs saying according to some good faith agreement back in the day, only the tribe can pick the east side (I think) of the road. When I was up there bear scat was everywhere, and they put these black plastic tarps over all the cut brush piles (not sure why they do that) and while stalking around I would catch out of the corner of my eye a black object moving next to me in the brush and the heart would start racing, LOL.
I tell you after 20 minutes of that my nerves were shot.
Pretty country though.
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