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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2016, 10:56:54 AM »
Man those are some beautiful bulls.
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #26 on: June 12, 2016, 01:57:00 PM »
Nice
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2016, 03:53:09 PM »


:tup:
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2016, 04:24:04 PM »
Great bulls guys that should get the blood pumping.

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2016, 04:57:57 PM »
Wow. Great bulls can't wait to get in there. Good work fellas

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2016, 05:25:35 PM »
A good friend of mine drew that tag this year with 20 points, October 24th rifle.  Hope to help him out.  Great offer Tim

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2016, 05:52:56 PM »
September 10th for my archery tag.  I hope the weather cooperates and it's not to stinking hot

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2016, 06:20:01 PM »
If you don't have the weather in your favor, and your not in the rut I would always focus on the heavily timbered North facing slopes.

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2016, 07:24:31 PM »
You the man trophy! Much respect I can do a lot with that.  Praying for a good year for everyone.  Thanks again!

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #34 on: June 13, 2016, 12:54:56 AM »
Awesome bulls guys  :tup:  It's gonna be tough eating that Teanaway cow tag in August  :bash: Not too confident I will ever draw another bull tag.

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #35 on: June 13, 2016, 11:31:22 AM »
Sending a PM

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #36 on: June 13, 2016, 12:03:32 PM »
That's a good offer put out there Tgray

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2016, 01:32:09 PM »
Hell of an offer! PM sent!

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #38 on: June 13, 2016, 09:20:57 PM »
Those pictures bring back the memories ( Not good ones) Drew the Observatory archery tag a few years ago during the big fire and the area I scouted for weeks and weeks was closed down......Oh well I am sure I will draw another quality bull tag about 16 years from now :bash:

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #39 on: June 13, 2016, 09:41:58 PM »
Those pictures bring back the memories ( Not good ones) Drew the Observatory archery tag a few years ago during the big fire and the area I scouted for weeks and weeks was closed down......Oh well I am sure I will draw another quality bull tag about 16 years from now :bash:

That's when that picture I posted came from. Right before the fire. That bull was standing in front of that camera on opening morning too. Just couldn't get there.
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2016, 07:22:24 AM »
Thanks TGray, PM sent.  Here's a question for anyone out there:  If I'm reading the regs correctly, there's no general archery season in the 342 Umtanum unit.  Would this be a better place to spend my time for my quality bull tag than over in Manashtash?  We know Manashtash pretty well, but there's a lot of pressure in there during archery season. 

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2016, 03:19:11 PM »
My Dad and brother with Dad's 2014 bull from GMU 340.  :)

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #42 on: June 14, 2016, 03:26:02 PM »
 :yike: Wow that's an awesome bull rick :drool:
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #43 on: June 14, 2016, 03:48:01 PM »
Yeah, it was a magical trip.  It was my first time ever elk hunting - for some dumb reason I waited until I was in my 40s..  Dad, my brother Todd and I put in as a group and got drawn for ML Quality AND Antlerless.  We all saw elk, I never shot .  I had two opportunities, but the first one was the first time I'd seen an elk in person and the way I was shaking with adrenaline I didn't feel like it was in my range ;-)   Second time I was walking through some trees and elk crossed path right in front of me, maybe 50 yards ahead. I froze with the bull staring right in my direction and I was afraid to move because I wasn't sure if he saw me.  He stared me down while cow and calf continued on up a hill, waited until they were safely out of range, and then BAM he was off after them in a hurry.  When I relayed that tale back at camp, Dad chuckled and said "yeah, you should have just raised your rifle and shot.  If he was looking your way, he saw you."

Todd took one shot and missed.. 

Dad fired one shot the whole trip and took down this bull.  None too soon, because four months later cancer took down Dad.  Needless to say, I'm extremely glad I didn't wait "one more year" to go elk hunting.

Todd and I drew antlerless there last year and again this year.  Last year was tag soup - we never even saw an elk.  Smelled one the very last day but that was it.  Hopefully we'll have better luck this year (and will do a better job of scouting alternative locations in case the elk aren't there when we are again).

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #44 on: June 14, 2016, 03:53:28 PM »
Cool story, except the part about your dad, sorry.  Four months is incredibly fast, glad he was successful! My friend has the rifle tag this year and is moving to Oregon in 3 or 4 years, he's almost done with Washington.  I hope he can fill his tag.

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #45 on: June 14, 2016, 03:53:55 PM »
Rookierick, welcome to the site.  :hello:  Thanks for sharing the photo and story.  Sorry about your loss but super happy you got that hunt in before he was gone.
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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2017, 10:56:39 AM »
Really appreciate this offer, sent a PM!

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Re: Observatory Bull hunters
« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2017, 03:23:57 PM »
PM sent

 

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