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South Spokane Cow Moose
« on: October 09, 2016, 10:23:22 PM »
Wondering if anybody could give me a good idea on how much time I would expect to need for this hunt?  I know its already kicked off as of Oct 1st but I couldn't give up the first seven days of early season muzzleloader Elk to go hunt Moose when they allow two full months for the hunt.  I also drew my Entiat Buck tag so all my scouting this summer was soaked up by going over and learning Entiat and Moose kind of got put on the back burner for this hunt.  I guess Im asking is this hunt doable in a weekend warrior trip or should I try for more time off work?  Funds are tight as I still need to make my Entiat hunt happen but I can't pass up the opportunity to hunt Moose even if it is a Cow hunt.  This will put a lot of much needed meat in the freezer for my family.  Thanks in advance on any advice!
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 06:05:15 AM »
  have a friend who just put in  5 days of hard hunting there and saw a total of one small bull which he passed cuz it was about dark last nite and he did not want to take a chance.  he will be back in early nov.  he walked a lot and drove a lot.    mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2016, 07:22:07 AM »
Anywhere from 5 minutes to a week.   I was just there and saw my first cow three minutes in.   
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2016, 09:26:42 AM »
Lil Gringo and I were there from daylight till about 2 pm yesterday.  Only cows we saw were in Idaho and all we saw in Washington were smaller bulls.  I was certain if we kept an eye on them they'd show us to the cows but.....was mistaken.

Did see 4-5 other hunters in there.....
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2016, 10:14:46 AM »
  a friend just saw a guy shoot a small bull, a 3 point.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2016, 08:54:03 PM »
My so drew the youth tag twice. On both occasions it took us three weekends to get his moose. Granted for an experienced Hunter we could have probably got t done on the second weekend. If you can avoid a open general deer season. I've never in my life experienced so much road hunting! We hunted Thompson Creek the first time, and Mt Spokane.  We only made it to Mt. Spokane once the first time because we got snowed out when we tried Mt. Spokane.

The second time we concentrated only on Mt. Spokane. Less deer hunters, and seemed more Moosey to us.

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2016, 08:34:21 AM »
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2016, 10:16:06 PM »
Thanks guys for the info, Im not going to have much time for this hunt so I hope I can get over and get it done with the limited amount of time I'll have.  I go years never drawing anything and the year I finally draw something I draw two tags, both being tags I would love to devote the whole season to from pre-season scouting to hunts end.  I chose the Entiat tag this year as priority, but the chance to hunt Moose in our home state was hard to put on the back burner!  Thanks again, appreciate it a lot!
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2016, 07:36:59 PM »
iepc has closed all roads to vehicles except atv's.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2016, 11:06:48 AM »
Mike, I assume the North roads are closed as well?
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2016, 05:19:33 PM »
  my son is up there scouting for a friend.  will know in a couple of hours.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2016, 09:32:04 AM »
Any word Mike?  My Dad was planning on heading up today. My Quad fell through, so if the gates are shut, he will have to wait until I can get a Quad.
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2016, 09:52:40 AM »
U can probably find out on inland papers website . If gates are closed or not.

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2016, 10:44:45 AM »
  the gates r closed and they did not know when they will open.  iep said it might b a while.    the contact number is  866-437-7711.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2016, 10:53:40 AM »
That's gonna screw some moose hunters

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2016, 10:57:50 AM »
   unless u have an atv which r allowed on the roads.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2016, 11:01:31 AM »
I missed that part, now it should be even better.

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2016, 11:55:28 AM »
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2016, 08:29:46 AM »
   my friend finally got his bull after 5 days.  he walked the gated off closed  roads.  saw a bigger bull walking out.   mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2016, 09:48:39 AM »
Spent Saturday up there.  With moose numbers what they are, I'm not willing to allow Lil' Gringo to orphan a calf.  We weren't able to find a lone fat cow we could get after.  Being a divorced dad, I kind of like the idea of harvesting a bad momma, one that allowed her calf to die...  :chuckle:

Sunday got text messages from home, step-son being airlifted to Sacred Heart Childrens Hosp for a heart issue....  Don't know what the deal is with these OIL tags but they seem to come at a cost  :chuckle:

All is OK, God is Good!  He's in good hands and should be home shortly, just need to figure out why his heart is wanting to do it's own thing.  Not sure we'll make it back up there, we may, but clarity of perspective......is always a gift.   :tup:
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2016, 09:45:33 AM »
The IEP lands were opened back up this last weekend in the north unit.  I would assume south also.
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2016, 03:02:36 PM »
Correct...


Also curious if someone lost a cow....  We found her, appeared to be dead a week or so?  Zero predation on her at that time.
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2016, 05:47:19 PM »
so far I have hunted 16 days without a moose sighting.  getting a bit frustrated.  on weekends I have 1 or 2 other people with me on other roads or other places looking for mrs moose.  so far nothing.  will hit it again this weekend.  talked to a gur from freeman with a bull tag.  he has hunted for 40 days and has seen only 4 cows, 2 on privare property.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2016, 05:52:53 PM »
  oops , I posted in the wrong place.  my post should be in mica peak.  don't know how to move it.    wish I was hunting south Spokane,  there are moose there.  mike w

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2016, 06:24:28 PM »
     wish I was hunting south Spokane,  there are moose there.  mike w
You were saying the same thing about Mica in the previous years. Good luck on filling your tag though. :tup:

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2016, 09:20:57 PM »
need to sit where you can see a lot of country and sit there for hours. I had a moose next to me couple of days ago on mica and 1 on my cam 3 days ago. To many moose hunters have a mentality that they are huge animals and if they are around you will just see them. There is a spot Id sit on mica everyday.

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2016, 08:19:36 AM »
FYI...

IEP gates are now shut until next year.



I spent last weekend with Lil' Gringo in there.  Friday saw 7 moose, Saturday 3, and Sunday by 9am saw 4.  Mostly bulls and 2 sets of cows with calves.  Bulls are definitely starting to rut hard.

Even got to pull the trigger...just didn't go boom.........but that story will have to be told another time...
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2016, 08:15:28 PM »
Interesting they're starting to rut hard. Should be wound down by now or over. Extended like everything else this year I guess.

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose (Updated)
« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2016, 04:08:16 PM »
Found some time and made it over the last weekend of the season and was able to punch a tag.  Couldn't have done it without the hunt community on here and Facebook for giving out great info and putting me where the best chances of seeing Moose are.  I met a couple local Deer hunters as well that helped a bunch with info of the area.  On this hunt I had a series of difficulties with broke down 4wheelers and pushing them out of the woods and working on them for hours at the gate and in the three days I had for hunting I hunted a total of 12 hours, didn't think I was going to get it done and was beginning to think I made a bad decision in trying to squeeze a last minute Moose hunt into my season.  On the last morning I had for hunting and knowing I could only hunt a half day that day so I could leave in time to make it home for work the next morning, with my hunt partner waking up sick that day and staying at the gate in the truck I decide head up solo with high doubts of killing a Moose.  I rode up to where a couple locals said I should check out and the first place I stopped to glass I spotted a nice Bull, shortly after I watched this Cow come up out of the thick by the Bull and I ranged her at 597 yards.  I dialed the scope in and took the shots hitting her twice and dropping her right in her tracks and the rest is history.  This hunt taught me more than any hunt to never give up trying and that it only takes one good moment to make all the negative moments worth your efforts.  It went from one of the worse hunting experiences Ive been involved in and lowest of lows to the ultimate high in a single instance.  Thanks again to the fellow hunters that have been so helpful, and now it is my turn to pass it on.  Future Moose tag holders that draw the South Spokane are welcome to PM me for info and I'll share what I know!
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2016, 04:27:52 PM »
Really glad to see you made it happen, Arte!    :tup: :tup:
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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2016, 04:29:18 PM »
Congrats. Can't get a cleaner carcass than that. :tup:

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2016, 04:32:15 PM »
Good deal, Congrats!!

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Re: South Spokane Cow Moose
« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2016, 05:40:48 PM »
Congrats. Can't get a cleaner carcass than that. :tup:
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